Herbal remedies are often much better choices for illness than over-the-counter or prescription pharmaceuticals. It’s true that antibiotics are miracle drugs, but miracles wear out when we use them every day: bacteria become stronger and the antibiotics don’t work as well over time. Not only that, but our bodies get lazy if we always let . . . » read more: Raising Healthy Children, part 5
In short: first perceive, then reflect, then connect.
In slightly-less-short: first, practice perceptive skills of intuition, interoception, and mindfulness; then, keep a record that accurately reflects your food, feelings, exercise, and experiences; then, identify health patterns at your baseline and after making changes, to see whether and where those changes are having effect.
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Humans are very good at pattern recognition. We’re so good at it, in fact, that we “trick ourselves” into seeing familiar patterns in clouds or in Rorschach blots. But we can’t recognize a pattern anywhere if we don’t look for one. Keeping the record isn’t going to do you any good if you don’t go . . . » read more: Successful Self-Experimentation, part 4: Connection
When my daughter was born, she had very severe eczema. Eczema is almost always related to food allergies, and hers were gluten and dairy. Giving up food allergens is important, but skin issues, especially long standing ones, take a while to resolve. Here’s a simple topical that will cut your waiting time: Licorice oil!
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Reflection is a bending back. It requires some flexibility.
Reflecting is intimately bound up with recording. If a recording does not reflect well its original, we say it has low fidelity. We prefer the highest degree of fidelity possible, as this gives us the greatest amount of useful information.
Reflection is similarly bound to recollection. . . . » read more: Successful Self-Experimentation, part 3: Reflection
When engaging in self-experimentation, there are certain skills that must be put into play in order to get useful results. First are the sensory skills that form the borders of our interactions with the external world, and can give us insights into our own internal world as well.
. . . » read more: Successful Self-Experimentation, part 2: Perception
Diet and lifestyle changes are ideally made with the guidance of an experienced and trusted practitioner, but sometimes that’s impractical or impossible. Sometimes, you don’t have a practitioner like that near you, or you haven’t found one who suits you yet. Sometimes, you hear so many good things about a particular diet, exercise plan, or . . . » read more: Successful Self-Experimentation, part 1: Introduction
Varicose veins run in my family. I had one near my knee already when I was in college, and over the years, especially while I was pregnant, I developed quite a few in my ankles and lower legs. One was so purple it was nearly black, about an inch long, and squishy. Sometimes I’d go . . . » read more: Varicose Veins – A Solution!
Travel is exciting, but jetlag is no fun. Here are some handy tips to help you acclimate quickly!
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No matter what part of the country you’re in, it’s safe to say, spring has sprung! Although up here in the Northeast, we still have snow on the ground in shady areas, before long, thoughts will turn to stocking up on Kleenex.
But there’s a lot you can do to prevent and relieve seasonal . . . » read more: Herbal Relief from Seasonal Allergies