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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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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SIBO and the Elemental Diet

SIBO and the Elemental Diet SIBO or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is a condition that occurs when an overgrowth of bacteria resides and over-populates the small intestine. Possible symptoms a person can experience include bloating, gas, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea or loose stools. The physicians may recommend the Elemental Diet to help ease SIBO symptoms. If left untreated, SIBO can lead to the inability to absorb nourishment and nutrients from food, possibly leading to a type of malnutrition and vitamin deficiency. At Pearl Natural Health, we consider SIBO  part of the one’s whole health picture with symptoms that range from poor appetite, foggy thinking, digestive disorders from mild to more severe including IBD and IBS. We treat SIBO with diet, herbs and, when needed, pharmaceuticals. We offer onsite SIBO testing to evaluate its presence and diet is a major part of treatment. For people who absolutely find

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Podcast: Wild Fermentation with Sandor Ellix Katz

Talking Fermented Foods with Sandor Ellix Katz Sandor Ellix Katz is a fermentation revivalist. His books Wild Fermentation (2003, 2016) and the Art of Fermentation (2012), along with the hundreds of fermentation workshops he has taught around the world and helped to catalyze a broad revival of the fermentation arts. A self-taught experimentalist who lives in rural Tennessee, the New York Times calls him “one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene.” Sandor is the recipient of a James Beard award and many other honors. For more information, check out his website www.wildfermentation.com. To listen other episodes of Healthwatch on topics including mindfulness, thyroid, healthy eating and weight loss, gut health as well as others,  click on this link

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Podcast: Mark Hyman, M.D., Eat Fat, Get Thin Cookbook on KBOO

The companion cookbook to Dr. Mark Hyman‘s revolutionary Eat Fat, Get Thin, with more than 175 delicious, nutritious, heart- and waist-friendly recipes.   Dr. Hyman’s Eat Fat, Get Thin radically changed the way we view dietary fat, and proved that the key to losing weight and keeping it off is to eat ample amounts of good fats. Now, Dr. Hyman shares more than 175 mouthwatering recipes to help you incorporate these good fats into your diet and continue on your path to wellness. With easy-to-prepare recipes for every meal–featuring nuts, coconut oil, avocados, and lots of other superfoods you thought were “off limits”–you can achieve fast and sustained weight loss. Your health is a life-long journey, and THE EAT FAT, GET THIN COOKBOOK helps make that journey both do-able and delicious. Join Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac. as she interviews Dr. Mark Hyman on KBOO’s Healthwatch. Mark Hyman, MD, is the

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Podcast: The Microbiome Solution an interview with Dr. Robynne Chutkan

Heal Your Microbiome We are cleaner but not necessarily healthier. Why and what does our digestive health and the Microbiome have to do with our health? Gastroenterologist Dr. Robynne Chutkan speaks with Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac. on Healthwatch about living a little more dirty and eating clean as a way to heal your gut.  With the prevalence of chronic afflictions like obesity, diabetes, food allergies, auto-immune disease, chronic fatigue, depression, acne & rosacea they’ll talk about the connection to digestive health and the microbiome.  Dr. Chutkan discusses her new book The Microbiome Solution: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out. Dr. Robynne Chutkan, is one of the most recognizable integrative gastroenterologists working in the United States today. She is here to speak with us about her book, The Microbiome Solution: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out. Dr. Chutkan has

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Podcast: Sugar-The Bitter Truth

Sugar or Real Food? Wolfram Alderson is the founding executive director and COO of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition whose vision is to strengthen the movement to enlighten the public about food and nutrition that reduces food-related illness and promotes a healthy society. The institute was co-founded by Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric neuroendocrinologist from the University of California in San Francisco. Dr Lustig elevated the conversation about sugar when he delivered a stinging indictment about the high intake of sugar on the health of children and society in a talk entitled Sugar: The Bitter Truth viewed on You Tube by over 6 million viewers. Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac.  knows how hard it can be to change a habit, especially a sugar habit. Her interview with Mr. Alderson on KBOO’s, Healthwatch is for anyone who loves sugar and keeps trying to give it up. Listen in to this

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Podcast: Food as Medicine – An Interview with Dr. Julie Briley

Interview with Dr. Julie Briley of the Food as Medicine Institute at the National College of Natural Medicine   We know that food has an impact on our health. We know American eating habits, on the whole, have not been the most health promoting over the past few decades. We know what has happened: One in three children born after the year 2000 may develop Type 2 Diabetes or heart related disease including high blood pressure or high cholesterol in their lifetime, many of them before adulthood. We know something has to change. Programs that advocate healthier eating habits, changes in the USDA food recommendations, efforts of organizations to improve school lunches and institute farm to school programs are beginning to make a difference. In Portland, Oregon the National College of Natural Medicine’s (NCNM), Food as Medicine Institute (FAMI) has taken on connecting people to healthy good

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