Category Archives: health

Power Point

Indeed we could all use a Power Point right now. No, not the one with the digital slides and the lecture (which is hopefully not just read off the slides). This is about an acupuncture point with real power! Classical … Continue reading

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The Nose Knows

My father had an impeccable sense of direction. Though he clearly used the location of the sun or stars and the time of day in his ability to find any geographical location with apparent ease, as kids we were always … Continue reading

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Putting Fingers in the Tiger’s Mouth

Before becoming a Shiatsu therapist, I was an 8th grade Humanities teacher. I didn’t know a lot about Chinese medicine, but I knew about the acupuncture point Large Intestine 4. When students would ask me if they could go to … Continue reading

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2:1. 4/7/8. 3–4–5.

The previous blog, “Breathe”, was about 2:1 breathing as a good way to deal with stress and a variety of other ramped-up symptoms like insomnia, high blood pressure, and some digestive distress. A friend emailed me that she has been … Continue reading

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Breathe

I had just read the news. I was making coffee and was clearly angry (yet again), slamming the coffee filter (which luckily is only paper) into its ceramic strainer and splashing water onto the counter and into the kettle to … Continue reading

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My mother calls to tell me I have cancer

My 88 year old mother called me about 10:00 yesterday morning, from the assisted living facility she is in. xxx“Did you go to the doctor?” she said. xxx“For what I answered. My cold is over. No more xxxcoughing.” xxx“You know … Continue reading

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The wisdom of our grandmothers

I think this is the slowest onset of a cold I have ever had. Each day it has gotten microscopically worse. First a slight raspy throat and then the next day a slightly more raspy throat. Yes and then the … Continue reading

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Gam Cho is in the house

I spent four hours at King Spa yesterday with a good friend. In the hot whirlpool, a staff member told us to use our “spa voices.” We were having way too much fun catching up, telling stories. Way too loudly apparently. … Continue reading

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Ebola!!!

Created by Jack Ohman for the Sacramento Bee.

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“When it’s my time…”

I took my mother to her doctor. Her weight exactly the same as mine. Congestive heart failure. Increasing and progressive Parkinson’s symptoms. Heart murmur. High blood pressure. Then we went out for lunch, my mother napping on the ride to the … Continue reading

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