What IS the Immune System, Anyway?

By Jane Barthelemy. Many people ask me why they tend to come down with colds and flu. In a group of people where someone is sick, they’re always the first person to catch a bug. Our common understanding of the immune system is based on bit of everything – traditional beliefs, our doctor’s medical advice, our parents, the media, pharmaceutical ads, personal experience, etc. This article explores both Western and Chinese medicine on the immune system. Recently a totally new world of discovery has opened the scientific community, changing overnight our view of our immune system in enormous and colorful detail. This new knowledge holds great…

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6 Surprising Steps to Healthy Bones

By Jane Barthelemy. Millions of people suffer from maladies of the joints and bones. Joint pain and bone fractures are major causes of disability. Arthritis affects 1 in 5 adults. Osteoporosis affects approximately 54 million Americans. Studies show that both bone diseases are directly linked to chronic acidic ph in the body. Sadly, many doctors do not address this root cause of bone disease, instead prescribing pain-killers or joint replacement, each having dangerous side effects and risks. What’s Arthritis? Arthritis means “joint inflammation”. Also called osteoarthritis, it is characterized by the wearing away of the cartilage attached to the joint surfaces. The role…

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Break Your Sugar Cravings Painlessly

By Jane Barthelemy. It’s 3:3o pm, your brain is getting foggy, your energy is a bit low, your nerves are on edge, and you need a sweet snack. Sound familiar? Sugar cravings are a very physical reality in our lives. Sugar stimulates the brain’s reward centers through the neuro-transmitter dopamine, just like other addictive drugs. Foods high in fat and sugar stimulate 

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4 Steps to Raise Your Emotional IQ

Successful people have a high emotional IQ. The ability to read one’s own emotions and those of other people gives inner self-confidence and keen perception, two essential qualities for effective leadership. Emotional intelligence means you can look yourself straight in the mirror with total acceptance. It means harmonizing your feelings with those of other people without judgement. When you’re able to honestly read yourself and others in balance, you’re well on the way to becoming a leader in any area or walk of life. But there’s a rub. Emotions exist in many layers and intensities. Some emotions arise from recent events and we are consciously aware of them (Ex: “I’m mad at Joey because…

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Tools to Deprogram Chronic Fear

By Jane Barthelemy. This article discusses our layers of fear as individuals and as a society, and how subconscious fear affects our health. What is fear? We view fear from both Western neurological and Chinese Medicine perspectives. How does chronic fear limit our brain’s cognitive function and condition our behavior? How does fear cause stress in the nervous system and distort our true experience of reality? How can fear over time ruin your health? How can we unplug a pattern of fear and stress in the nervous system? There are many ways to self-heal the fear pattern in your brain. One of the best tools is called Nadi Shodhana, alternate nostril breathing from Ayurvedic wisdom. It takes…

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Adrenal Fatigue, Modern Stress Syndrome

By Jane Barthelemy. What is Adrenal Fatigue? According to Dr. Mercola, up to 80% of adults experience adrenal fatigue during their lifetimes, yet it remains one of the most misunderstood illnesses in the US. The term “Adrenal Fatigue” was first coined in 1998 by naturopath and chiropractor Dr. James Wilson, author of the book “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome”, and founder of the CCNM Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, the largest Naturopathic college in the world. At first the medical community rejected the concept as ridiculous. However now Adrenal Fatigue is seen as a genuine disease by doctors, and commonly diagnosed by the…

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My Favorite Herbs for Kidney Health


by Jane Barthelemy, CBP, CRM, DRM, MBA, Author. Your kidneys are a remarkable organ, and deserve loving care. Kidneys have many essential functions in the body, including filtering the blood, controlling metabolism, water balance, producing bone marrow, ruling sexuality and libido. The kidneys are intimately linked to the brain, nervous system, hearing, and the ears. Thick beautiful hair and graying of hair are ruled by the kidneys. The adrenals are part of the kidney system, providing high energy when needed, however they often get overworked and tired. In Chinese medicine, the Kidneys provide Qi or life energy to all the other organs. Do…

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6 Surprising Tricks to Lick Colds & Flu


By Jane Barthelemy. Any change in the weather can shock your immune system. That’s when we get sniffles, colds, and flus. Microbes are everywhere, just waiting for these opportunities. They float in the air, we share them with family and friends, spreading them with our hands. We spend good money on medications, and we lose time from the things we must do.

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Ode to the Goddess of the Luo River


This painting by Gu Kaizhi (346-407 CE) was inspired by a poem by Cao Zhi of the same name. It portrays a ritualistic ceremony in reverence to the Goddess of the River and the Healing Spirit of Water. The painting is now in the Palace Museum of Beijing collection. Click to enlarge.

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Are You Alive? A Quick Questionnaire


By Jane Barthelemy. Yes, I’m asking: Are you truly alive? Are you experiencing your life fully? Do your senses fill you with joy? How vitally alive are you on a scale of 1 – 10? This article explores deeply personal questions. Why is that important? Because your health, your success, and your destiny depend on how you answer.

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