COVID: 5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Immune System

COVID: 5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Immune System

5 Ways to Support Your Immune System with Chinese Medicine during COVID We are learning, in this time of COVID, that none of us are completely immune to this fast mutating virus (unless perhaps we have recovered from it). However, we do know that reducing our exposure by staying home and reducing contact with groups of people and following CDC and WHO recommendations with the use of masks, hand washing, use of sanitizers etc. we can reduce our risk of contracting the virus or unwittingly spreading it. How do we support our immune system to minimize the risk? The COVID virus needs a host and the host is human. The healthier you are, the stronger your immune system, the better your chances of staying healthy.  If your underlying health is poor or you have underlying health conditions and challenges the more impact this virus can have. Even

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Optimize Our Diets in the Time of COVID-19

Optimizing Our Diet in the Time of COVID – 19 “Those who take medicine and neglect their diet waste the skill of the physician.” -Chinese proverb Optimizing our diet in the time of COVID-19 can rely upon the wisdom and guidance of Chinese nutritional healing and Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine and its 3,000-year-old tradition of embedding food as medicine in the culture can teach us a lot, no matter what culture we are from or live in now. The basics of Chinese nutritional therapy are steeped in the foundations of Chinese medicine, on the observation of nature and our unique interaction with it. Each of us live in specific climates, we live through seasons and their changes and each of us has a unique physical constitution and condition. These considerations are important to consider when making food choices and recommendations. In the time of COVID-19 food can

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Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine on KATU

The power of nutritional healing with Chinese medicine Nutritional healing with food has been part of human life for time immemorial. Ellen wrote “In Chinese culture it is known that, “Food heals and medicine is food.” Food and medicine are one in the same in everyday life.” (from the book Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine, p. 9) In every ancient culture our ancestors understood how to eat with the seasons; how to heal with food; how to soothe a sore throat, how to build vitality and ease digestive distress. This maxim is being revived today as more physicians embrace the healing power of food to prevent and reverse many common chronic illnesses. Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac., wrote the book Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine: + 175 Recipes for Optimal Health  to bring this wisdom into our lives and into our kitchens. Here she visits with Helen Raptis on

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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Pearl Natural Health Hello, In this holiday season many of you are taking time to celebrate and spend with loved ones, family and friends. We hope that you are able to enjoy, rest and reflect as you enter the winter season and a new year. It is a time of new beginnings. We know that not everyone is in the celebratory mood. Some of you have experienced loss of one kind or another or are dealing with ongoing health and stress. We at Pearl Natural Health are aware that the intensity of these times have affected each of us in different ways which can impact our health and sense of well-being. It truly is important to make some time to rest and restore. We appreciate the opportunity to be part of your journey to increased health and well-being and look

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Pearl’s Ellen Goldsmith has written a book!

Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine: Book Hello, After eighteen months of research on food, culture and medicine; after spending most of the summer sitting at my desk; developing and taste testing (that was the fun part!) hundreds of recipes I have completed my first book entitled Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine with over 200 delicious recipes available for pre-order on Amazon! This has been a labor of love that came to be after decades of teaching about food as medicine to students of Chinese medicine and people like you.  This is a book for anyone who wants to learn more about Chinese medicine; the foundations of food as medicine according to traditions that have evolved over thousands of years, as well as people who love to eat good food, want to learn some new recipes and understand how to eat according to the season at hand. This

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Blog: Onto A Healthier You in 2015!

Blog: Onto A Healthier You in 2015!

Are you looking to a healthier you in 2015? Here we are at the beginning of another year, caught up in the flurry of activity and new beginnings. Health and happiness do not magically appear, they are cultivated day in and day out. You know the drill – eat more vegetables, stress less, EXERCISE, sleep more, eat regularly, meditate………..Oh my dear, the list can drag on and on with you getting the feeling that you are overwhelmed and, dare I say feeling inadequate and guilty for what you are NOT doing. So, how about we start with a little mercy and a deep breath?!  I am trained in the principles of Chinese medicine, a holistic form of medicine based on the observations of nature. Many of you are most familiar with acupuncture and the prescription of herbal remedies. But, let’s get back to nature and the natural

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