I teach, a lot. Life as a teacher essentially means being on stage, most of the time. My students and my clients have images of me in their minds, and I’m quite certain that those images are better than what I really am, or that they are taking their image of my Best Self and imagining that it is my Everyday Self.I am not, by nature, a graceful person. I have a loud, big personality. I think faster than my second thoughts (those thoughts that say, “you probably shouldn’t say that out loud”) can keep up with. I am long and gangly, and a little clumsy. All of my life, even as a very young child, I have known that to be graceful in every situation was The Right Answer, and I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of energy trying to learn to appear to be graceful, with varying degrees of success. I can remember saying that I would know I was grown up when I became graceful. It turns out, “grace” doesn’t quite work like that.
Eliminating food allergens from the diet can bring substantial relief from inflammatory gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS, Crohn’s disease, and celiac. These ill-tolerated foods – the gluten in wheat and other grains, the casein and lactose in dairy, and others – can initiate destructive processes that irritate the stomach lining, compromise the intestinal wall, and disrupt the balance of the microorganism ecology in the colon. Removing them is an essential step in recovering healthy digestion.
Sometimes, though, the elimination of these foods isn’t enough to completely resolve serious health problems. Leaky gut syndrome, for instance, can persist long after all known food allergens have been removed from the diet, and prevent the sufferer from returning to full vitality. Fortunately, there are a number of readily available herbs that can speed the process of recovery. These plants can help to soothe inflammation, repair damaged tissues, and improve digestive function.
We are a culture of More.
We like words like SuperSize, Maximize, and Fullest Potential.
We like, whether we admit it or not, concepts like Planned Obsolescence, because it allows for words like New, Shiny, Improved, and of course, Shopping.
We believe things like “You can never be too rich, or too thin”.
We, as a culture, have turned “for a rainy day” into the fine art of Stockpiling. Extra of our Extra, for a just in case several steps after just in case.
We are not enamored of the word Enough. It reminds us of words like Sacrifice, as well as Old and Used, none of which are terribly popular. Enough implies concepts like Making Do, and Less, which are in direct conflict with More. Enough makes us think we’re Settling, and of course we all were taught in school that you Never Settle for Second Best.
Words are pretty amazing things. We can use them to make people feel good about themselves, or awful. We can use them to bring people together, or to divide. The way we speak when we’re working with people – regardless of profession – says a lot about not only what we think of our position but also what we think about the people we’re working with.
There is a lot of debate in the herbal community right now about “professionalism”, and one of the things being talked about is how to “sound” professional. A lot is being made about using the same vocabulary that doctors use, because that would be more “professional”. In my practice, I avoid medical jargon as much as possible – even when I’m teaching for the pharmacy schools.
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- The Beauty of Imperfection and a Tea for Gracelessness – May 7th, 2013
- Gut-Heal Tea – April 2nd, 2013
- Enough. – March 31st, 2013
- On the Merits of Plain Speech – February 8th, 2013
- Green Cleaning – January 9th, 2013
- On the Merits of Fluctuation – November 20th, 2012
- Classroom Experiment: Kadha (Fried Dumplings) – November 19th, 2012
- Chai for a Busy Day – November 6th, 2012
- Tips for Staying Sane in a Stressful Time – October 16th, 2012
- Movement Patterns and Heartburn – September 24th, 2012
- Family Reunion Cookies – September 4th, 2012
- Raising Healthy Children, part 6 – August 14th, 2012
- Raising Healthy Children, part 5 – August 8th, 2012
- Raising Healthy Children, part 4 – August 2nd, 2012
- Raising Healthy Children, Part 3 – July 17th, 2012
- Raising Healthy Children, Part 2 – July 9th, 2012
- Raising Healthy Children, Part 1 – July 5th, 2012
- Linden and Tulsi: Two Great Herbs that Go Great Together! – June 19th, 2012
- Offal: It’s Not Awful! – April 22nd, 2012
- Interview with a Paleo Kid – April 10th, 2012
- Bone Broth Demystified – April 4th, 2012
- Cod with Greens and Kumquats – March 9th, 2012
- Successful Self-Experimentation, part 5: Putting it in Practice – February 10th, 2012
- Successful Self-Experimentation, part 4: Connection – February 8th, 2012
- Licorice Oil for Eczema – February 7th, 2012
- Successful Self-Experimentation, part 3: Reflection – February 6th, 2012
- Successful Self-Experimentation, part 2: Perception – February 2nd, 2012
- Successful Self-Experimentation, part 1: Introduction – January 31st, 2012
- Solomon’s Seal: Beyond Sprained Ankles – January 22nd, 2012
- Holiday Trimmings – Allergen Free! – December 21st, 2011
- Egg Nog – December 19th, 2011
- Appetizers – December 16th, 2011
- Caveman Desserts for the Holidays – December 12th, 2011
- Is That Meat Made of Wheat? – December 2nd, 2011
- Totally Caveman Pumpkin Pie – November 21st, 2011
- Surviving the Holidays with Food Allergies – November 19th, 2011
- Snake Oil – November 12th, 2011
- Sit on the Floor! – October 17th, 2011
- What’s For Lunch? – September 7th, 2011
- No Cure for Cancer: Healing This Client – August 24th, 2011
- Nettle and Friends – Nutritious Miracle Tea – August 22nd, 2011
- Two Teas for Tense Times – August 16th, 2011
- “Cure” vs. Health – August 7th, 2011
- Sage: a Favorite Nervine – August 2nd, 2011
- Rooted & Ready – July 17th, 2011
- Varicose Veins – A Solution! – July 12th, 2011
- The Importance of Unstructured Time – July 11th, 2011
- Almond Honey Cake: Low Carb and Grain Free! – July 10th, 2011
- Avocado Oil Mayonnaise – June 23rd, 2011
- Homemade Baby Formula – June 21st, 2011
- Dealing with Jetlag – June 17th, 2011
- Seven Herbs for Summer Health – June 15th, 2011
- Why the Acorn? – June 12th, 2011
- Vital[ist] Lifestyle Interventions – June 8th, 2011
- Grain-Free Granola! – June 7th, 2011
- Almond Meal Pancakes – June 6th, 2011
- Weaving Our Way Fourward – May 16th, 2011
- Proud Mama – April 29th, 2011
- Spring Root Salad – April 28th, 2011
- French Eggs – What to Eat for Breakfast! – April 21st, 2011
- Herbal Relief from Seasonal Allergies – April 4th, 2011
- Seaweed as Food and Medicine – March 31st, 2011
- Save the Whales, See an Herbalist! – March 1st, 2011