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Why Bother With Details?

By Cindy Black / January 17, 2011 /

Sometimes details make me so bored that I dread the thought of them. I’d rather know the forest than the trees. There is so much more to experience in a diverse forest than there is staring at a single tree. However, I also find that I benefit from knowing details. Since I know all the side…

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Food for Thought

By Cindy Black / January 7, 2011 /

Wondering about the wisdom of your gut feelings? The Enteric Nervous System (ENS) is a very large group of nerves embedded within our digestive system. Not too much is known about this system, so it doesn’t get much press. But consider this: the ENS contains over 100 million neurons – as many as the spinal cord! And…

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My Health Care Debate

By Cindy Black / March 22, 2010 /

My mind is foggy, will I laze on the couch or go for a walk? I am hungry for something sweet, will I grab a candy bar that I believe is not really good for me but a part of me likes, or will I find a piece of fruit that I believe is better…

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Spring is the time for a liver cleanse!

By Cindy Black / March 16, 2010 /

As the snow and ice melt around us, plants that have been hibernating all Winter begin pushing through dirt, rock, cement, and pavement, to start the cycle of regeneration again. This action of pushing up through the hard soil and reaching for the sun relates to the Wood element in Chinese Medicine. Trees and perennials…

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Treat Your Feet

By Cindy Black / February 22, 2010 /

Warm foot soak! A simple warm foot bath feels especially luxurious on these cold winter days! Recently, I treated myself to a fabulous hot foot soak. Some simple things are just too good to be true, this is one of them! I used a regular dish pan, filled it with hot water (you know, not so hot…

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Winter Health

By Cindy Black / January 5, 2010 /

The Winter season corresponds to the Kidney – Water energy according to Chinese Medical Theory. Water – Kidney energy is quiet, internal, and sustaining. Seeds formed from last year’s plants are deep in the ground, keeping quiet, incubating until the rush of Spring. We can nourish our own Kidney energy now by keeping our bodies…

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Cat Naps

By Cindy Black / August 7, 2009 /

Quoting results from a February 12, 2007 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine, Medical News Today reported on February 19, 2007, “researchers found that midday napping (siestas) reduced coronary mortality by about one third among men and women.” Medical News Today continues, “The results showed that people who regularly took siestas, defined by the…

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Impossible Dreams

By Cindy Black / July 21, 2009 /

Use your brain to follow your dreams

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In A Heartbeat

In A Heartbeat

By Cindy Black / June 26, 2009 /

It’s happening all the time, the rhythm of your heart. Stopping for a moment to think about it can be a bit mind boggling. On average, our human hearts beat about 70 times per minute when we are sitting around at rest. It only takes 0.857 seconds for a single heartbeat. For each of these…

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