The Endocrine System

The seat of the pituitary gland

The body’s metabolic functions are set in motion by a series of electrical and chemical reactions. The Hypothalamus-Pituitary Axis (HPA) keeps our systems running smoothly, together. In order for us to have a good quality of life, each body system must work efficiently and harmoniously with the other systems. Therefore, it is critical that there […]

Mount Falcon: A Hike Review

View from Mt. Falcon

This is not just your ordinary hike: Mt. Falcon is a place where Denver locals go for a good workout. You will see trail runners and mountain bikers training for events or just to stay in shape. I would give it a good rating for its exercise value alone. Mt.Falcon is located in Morrison, Colorado and […]

Acupuncture and Women’s Health

Menstrual Cycle Wheel

Menstrual Irregularities from Western/Eastern Perspectives From a western point of view, menstrual irregularities originate as functional disturbances of the hypothalamus-pituitary axis (HPA) or the ovaries, tubes, uterus, or cervix. Eastern medicine (acupuncture and Chinese herbs) collects its data a different way to arrive at the same end, and devises a treatment plan that will alleviate […]

Case Study: Trigger Points

TrPs on gluteus minimus

A patient came into the office complaining of sciatica pain down the back of her leg. To identify the problem she was asked to specify the location, intensity, duration, and quality of the pain. To assess and confirm the problem, Tom had her lay face down on the table, and palpated her lower back and gluteal […]

Berry Picker Trail: A Hike Review

one of many gorgeous views along Berry Picker Trail on Vail Mountain

Vail Ski Resort is also a summer playground and has a good system of trails nearby. We wanted to see what it would be like to hike in the ski area, so picked the Berry Picker trail, which by the descriptions online, seemed moderate. We found the steady elevation gain of more than 2,000 feet challenging, […]

Fennel and Mushroom Risotto Recipe

fennel and mushroom risotto

This fennel and mushroom risotto recipe is a light version of the classic risotto, made without the extra cheese and without any butter. Less rich and more satisfying! Ingredients 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice 2 T olive oil 1 leek, sliced 3 garlic scapes, chopped fine 1  1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced 1 jalapeno pepper, diced 1 […]

Chatfield CSA Late July

a variety of produce is beginning to mature

Wow- this week’s farm output is starting to explode as we reach mid-summer, one of the best times of the year. This series serves as a reminder of why you eat this stuff, pointing out each item’s vitamins and minerals. Beets both greens and roots have magnesium, phosphorous, iron, and vitamin B6. The roots are rich […]

Thai Basil Pesto Recipe

thai basil pesto recipe

  What I’ve always heard about CSA boxes is true: the farm grows a variety of produce, exposing you to new items and with that, the challenge of figuring out how to incorporate it into a meal. Not really a problem as far as problems go! The weather is going well and our CSA has […]

Classic Plum Cake

plum cake

When you have too many ripening plums on hand, a simple cake is the solution. This classic recipe is basically foolproof, so making it gluten-free is easy. Plums remain the star, surrounded by a dense cake that soaks up the sweet plum juices. There’s little need for sugar or fat, just enough to bring out the natural flavors. You’re […]

Taoist Meditation: Breathing Method, Part I

the lungs that allow you to breath

  The air we breath contributes to our general well-being, but we don’t often think about that in the context of nutrition. Yes, nutrition! Air is a form of nutrient in both biomedicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The exchange of gases occurs in the lungs, where oxygen (O2) is inhaled and carbon dioxide (CO2) […]