Anatomy of Stress, Part II

hypothalamus (larger structure in beige, top) 
pituitary (small, acorn-shaped in beige, bottom)

Stress is often cited as a root cause of many disease states and a group of researchers have been locating specific biochemical markers of stress to see if acupuncture can help. While it is understood through empirical evidence that acupuncture DOES reduce stress, the question for this study asked how it helps. Eshkavari, Permaul, and […]

Anatomy of Stress, Part I

illustration courtesy of Carter's The Human Brain Book, pub DK

A recent study of interest looks at the intersection of the nervous system and acupuncture. In order to understand what the study is about, a brief overview of brain anatomy and physiology might be helpful. The hypothalamus-pituitary-axis (HPA) is a region in the brain that has to do with regulation of a multitude of body functions, […]

Turmeric Chaser

turmeric chaser

This Turmeric Chaser after-dinner treat that is as delicious as it is medicinal. It is mildly sweet and fatty, a tasty way to top off a clean, healthy meal The main ingredient in this recipe is turmeric. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties and benefits cellular activity involved in these pathways to […]

Plant Protein

Plant proteins are satisfying, offer diverse choices, and are equal to animal proteins.

We’ve written about plant protein with this red lentil recipe and this article on protein outlining how your body assimilates amino acids, the building blocks of protein. To your body, plant proteins are equal to animal proteins. You may be getting more plant protein than you’re aware of. Plant proteins allow you to control the […]