Today marks the Spring Equinox - equal hours of day and night as we begin moving towards the long days of summer. In East Asian Medicine, this brings us the vibrant energy of the Liver and Gallbladder. Some of you have already felt those effects as the slow, slumbering energy of Winter has been giving way to spring.
This flu season is giving everyone a lot to worry about. In addition to the usual concerns over the flu, there is the emerging novel coronavirus in China. While cases in China are ballooning rapidly we are not seeing a similar spread in other countries yet. The good news is the same protective measures apply for both viruses.
January 25, 2020 is the start of the Chinese Year of the White Rat (or Mouse). The Rat
is the first animal in the Chinese Zodiac system and this is the beginning of a completely
new 12-year and 60-year cycle and is therefore considered the beginning of a new era.
This is a common scenario. My new patient came in very frustrated – she’s had MRI’s, nerve conduction testing, ultrasounds, CT scans, endoscopy, colonoscopy, circulation tests of various kinds, vials and vials of blood taken for tests, and 3 separate MD’s have all concluded that they have “no idea” why she is experiencing palpitations, generalized weakness, loss of muscle function in one leg. or stomach pain.
In Part 1 I wrote about why many of the drinks waiting on store shelves really aren’t good for you because of the sugar in them. I didn’t really touch on the chemicals in them that we might be concerned about, but let’s just say most drinks you can buy aren’t good for you. It’s that simple.
What do you reach for when you are thirsty? Is it a cold soda? An energy drink to get you through the afternoon? Or as many people do around here in Kentucky, a nice tall cup of sweet tea? Did you ever stop to think about what’s in your drink?
Not all of our parents grew up with this, but odds are your grandparents and great-grandparents probably regularly ate this dish. I didn’t grow up eating it, but I did cook it quite regularly in my early 20’s for my grandmother.