The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

emperorbookHonestly, it has taken me quite a while to read this book. It was recommended to me in a course on cancer that I took in early 2013 and I am still reading it. This fact, however, should not reflect on the quality of the book – it’s excellent. But I am a slow (and distracted) reader and this book is very information-dense. Mukherjee portrays our understanding of cancer biology in such a narrative that it feels like a novel. I’ve come back to this book in 20 page increments over the past two years and pledge to finish it by New Year’s 2016. On an up note, I have watched the entire PBS series based on the book. Highly recommended with a box of Kleenex and note-taking essentials.

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Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

zebrasulcersWhat a great read. I first heard of this book in April 2015 (wish I had sooner) from lecturer Jani White at the Integrative Fertility Symposium. Stress always comes up when talking fertility and Jani very highly recommended this book to anyone who deals with stress and I do as well. Robert Sapolsky brilliantly and hilariously entertains page to page (and when glucocorticoids are a main topic, that’s not an easy task). I learned so much more about why stress is such an issue for our society from reading this book than I have in reading research articles the past few years. And laughed the whole way to boot.

Our Bodies Are Molded Rivers — Novalis

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Tourists taking a boat ride in Wu Zhen

During my last trip to China, I had the opportunity to visit Wu Zhen, a ancient canal village dubbed “Water Town,” as one of our day excursions from Hang Zhou. We walked through a series of houses that have been transformed into miniature museums with attractions like ancient, intricate beds and the popular blue and white fabric that this area is know for. But the main reason for visiting Wu Zhen is to observe the ancient canals. We finished our trip here with a boat ride down the canal for the full experience. It was easy to feel as if you had stepped back in time and I could sense how important these waterways were for the health and prosperity of this town. Continue reading

The Tao of Healthy Eating

taoofhealthyeatingForget the fad diets. Eastern dietary therapy is all about eating for YOU. In the Tao of Healthy Eating, Bob Flaws explains the art and science of eating for your constitution and personal ailments in an educational, but easy to understand format. Learn how to pick and combine foods to restore your body to a state of health without juicing 30 lbs of grapefruit.

It’s Pink Pajama Party Time

pinkpajamatimeTHE TIME HAS COME!
Tonight is the 10th Annual Indiana Women In Need Pink Pajama Party! 

IWIN works to provide strength and support to Indiana women undergoing cancer treatment with individualized services and the Pink Pajama Party is one big event to celebrate Indiana women and raise money for this awesome foundation. I am so happy to be a part of this year’s event where I will be providing mini acupuncture facelifts and stress-relief treatments (all while sporting my pink pajamas). IWIN

 

Click here to learn more or donate to the IWIN Foundation or here to read BreastCancer.org’s take on acupuncture and how it can help with cancer treatment side effects.

How to Beat those Winter Blues

winterbluesAfter the hustle and bustle of the holidays has come and gone, I’m ready to get on with springtime. For me, this means about 3-4 months of waiting and wishing and whining about the weather. I’m less interested in my health, being active, and lack motivation. I know that a lot of my patients feel the same way and this cold winter weather brings about more than just increased aches and pains – we start to get depressed.

SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder, it’s a type of depression that occurs during a certain time of year. For most people, its starts Continue reading

I’ll take my coffee eclectic, please

bookexchangeCalvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company is my office-away-from-office. Walking distance from EHS, very friendly staff, lots of seating, fair-trade and organic coffee – what could be better? There are even plenty of books for leisurely learning, a book exchange, local handicrafts to purchase, and a busy bulletin of local businesses and goings-on. Oh, and did I mention they also donate all profits to not-for-profit organizations that work to serve people? That’s a coffee break you can feel good about.

 

Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company
647 Virginia Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203
www.cfcoffeecompany.com