I’ve spent the past two weeks of my internship in the acupuncture department of SCU Health, and it was the first time I’ve actually witnessed a physician perform acupuncture on patients. Acupuncture is considered a modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and the doctor’s approach is quite different from ‘Western Medicine’ doctors. TCM looks at … Continue reading
My first week of internship has begun at the Southern California University Health System. This is a private, non-profit institution that teaches students about Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Ayurveda and Tactical Sports Medicine. They also have a wellness clinic with patients that are both students and general public. This is where I will be having my internship, … Continue reading Alternative Medicine Internship
It was a year ago when I posted my Memorial Day weekend blog, which included this quote: “Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops, and once-a-year Memorial Day ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well.” - Jennifer M. Granholm So how are we … Continue reading Remembrance 2022
It’s finals week, which means I’m almost done with my Spring 2022 semester. And once this mental torture is over, I can begin my summer internship! It’s a stressful time for anyone who’s a student. In fact, my daughter just finished her finals last week, but with only one or two melt downs. I only … Continue reading Final Days
The spring semester of my Integrative Health classes began with a course in CAM, also known as Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. I’m learning about different methods of healing like acupuncture, yoga, Ayurveda, reiki, acupressure, etc. One of our assignments is to choose a CAM practice, and incorporate it into our lifestyle for 4 weeks. After … Continue reading Self-Care Sunday – Tai Chi
With all this talk about football and the upcoming Super Bowl, I got to wondering if there were any mental health benefits to watching this very aggressive sport. I mean all that yelling, tackling, kicking… not to mention the action on the field. I started reading a UK article on football, then suddenly realized they … Continue reading Is Football Good for Mental Health?
This past weekend, I celebrated my birthday looking out over the Pacific Ocean as a Peregrine Falcon spots a tasty morsel of food and flies with absolute precision to nab it. The best part was that this bird landed on my gloved fist so I could take a good close look at its beauty. Fortunately, … Continue reading ‘Rapt’ Up in the Experience
People love to gossip. We say we don’t like it when people behave badly, but oh…do we LOVE to talk about it! Tabloids have made a fortune capitalizing on the love of celebrity gossip. The scandals, the drama, the all around bad behavior is a constant source of content for these publishers. But some celebrities … Continue reading Why I Love Betty White
Okay, that’s a bit cynical, but according to this article from Forbes, 80% of New Year's resolutions are broken by the beginning of February. The article then goes into a deeper dive into what I’ve been learning about SMART goals. This is a technique health coaches use to encourage their clients to make steps towards lifestyle … Continue reading Self-Care Sunday: Break your 2022 resolution yet?
Fall semester is over! It’s been quite a ride trying to keep up with my studies while working part time, but I did it! Papers, presentations, exams, all a thing of the past. I’m enjoying learning how to be an Integrative Health Coach… but it’s a lot! Especially my human diseases class. Four exams worth … Continue reading Self-Care Sunday: Breathe