Homeless For Now – by Ann Cecil-Sterman

Interesting case today and perhaps the highlight of the week. I saw a homeless man with a mountain of debt and with one single penny and two sticks of beef jerky in his pocket. He’d had a job in a store but neglected to pay his parking fines which accrued so much interest that the

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A Note From The Day – by Ann Cecil-Sterman

A rare departure from the complement channels for me today. A pop singer came in today announcing that she was about to go on antibiotics for swollen lymph nodes in the neck. She had to leave early to fly and there wasn’t much time. Having been called to rescue her gut many times over the

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Choosing Acupuncture Needles and the Quest to be Effective and Tread Lightly at the Same Time – by Ann Cecil-Sterman

For many years I used the same brand of needles. They were superbly engineered. Made of shiny stainless steel and completely uncoated, they performed their job superbly. They would engage Qi effortlessly and allowed my intention as practitioner to be enacted, just as a fisherman (fisherperson?!) moves the bait to hook his catch. Once on

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Food As Medicine Andrew Sterman Ann Cecil-Sterman bone broth

Bone Broth Finds the Spotlight, by Andrew Sterman

In the dietary branch of Chinese Medicine, cooking bones is a method to extract the essence of the animal in a way that can most easily be digested and assimilated. There is something shamanistic about it; we are trying to absorb the deepest digestible energy of the animal. Yes, high cuisine relies upon stocks for

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Food As Medicine Andrew Sterman Ann Cecil-Sterman grains

In Praise of Grains, by Andrew Sterman

With so much food variety today—and so many people’s health sabotaged by their food choices—one thing we can count on is a steady stream of food fads. To be more respectful, let’s call them trends. To someone following a new trend, of course, it seems totally sensible, the only questions left are, “What took me

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Food As Medicine Andrew Sterman Ann Cecil-Sterman wet damp

Diet & Dampness, by Andrew Sterman

Dampness is one of the six climatic factors taught in Chinese medicine, along with cold, heat (fire), wind, summer-heat, and dryness. For many today, modern heating and air-conditioning have eased the climatic influences—unrelenting cold or oppressively humid summer heat can be escaped by going indoors. And while climatic dampness can be an important issue for

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