Author Archives: NancyBurton

Holiday Mood

Holiday lights, decorations, and music set the mood for this special season, as does food. What you eat through out the holiday season determines to a great extent if you are happy, energized, calm and relaxed, or aggravated, fatigued, overwhelmed and irritable. Meals and snacks eaten during this busy time...

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Seasonal Support

As the weather gets colder, cold hands, feet and noses can become an issue. Cold is understandable, but painfully cold means a lack of circulation. In extreme cases extremities have a burning sensation and can turn dark or purple. The types of food you’re eating, how you’re assimilating those foods,...

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Smoke Inhalation

With over a month of breathing smoke our lungs, lymph, liver, spleen and kidneys (our detox organs) have been working over time. Here are some ideas to deal with smoke, and help recover from smoke inhalation. It’s easy to get smoke and ash particles in your lungs but not so...

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Snoring and Mouth Breathing: Warning Signs

Mouth breathing, as opposed to air flowing freely through the nose, is a common phenomenon. What isn’t common knowledge is how this impairment of air can adversely effect your health. Snoring is mouth breathing at night, typically the result of phlegm blocking nasal passages. Phlegm accumulation can create masses, such...

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Hormone Disruptors

Hormones comprise the communication network of the body. They regulate temperature, glucose assimilation, calcium uptake, bone mass, water metabolism, immune and digestive systems, weight, and energy, to name just a few of their functions. If your hormones aren’t working properly its like having your internet and phone connections malfunction. It...

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Recharging

Achieving optimal health involves more than eating right and exercise. It means taking care of yourself in additional ways, including taking time for yourself. Making room for down time, fun time, family time, time with your partner, with friends, and alone time, are all important for your spirit, mind and...

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Acupuncture: What’s the Point?

I’ve discussed the importance of eating foods rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and good fats to nourish and heal the body. I’ve written about the necessity not only to ingest nutritious foods but to make sure your digestive system is able to break down your food, filter out the...

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Rebalancing the Body: Internal Dampness

When helping my patients adjust their diets for optimal healing, one of the most common modifications involves the over consumption of damp foods. This can be a confusing concept but one of great import to future overall health. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is based on the Taoist concept of Yin...

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The Politics of Food

During the Great Depression people were starving. The majority of farms were small family-run operations. But people couldn’t afford what farmers grew. Farms were going into foreclosure at an alarming rate. The US government stepped in. They realized that even when people could once again afford food, if enough farmers...

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Nancy Burton, L.Ac. – Reclaiming Our Health

Dear Community, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, and everyone who’s been kind enough to let me know they appreciate my articles. Many of you have told me that you save them and send them to friends and family. Your feedback gives me incentive to keep writing...

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Health Tips

Drinking Enough Water: Our bodies are made up mostly of water, so drinking enough each day is essential. Many people have trouble drinking water this time of year because when they drink water they opt for ice water, or chilled water from a refrigerator dispenser. These will cool or chill...

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Health Tips: Holiday Meals

How many times have you been tired and grouchy after eating a big holiday meal? Look at what that meal consists of. Many holiday meals are mostly starches: mashed potatoes, yams, dressing, breads, and sweets, all high on the glycemic index. These foods give people a peak and then crash...

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Modern Science Validates Ancient Wisdom

Genetic studies have taught us that we have DNA that determines if we are likely to get cancer, heart disease, strokes, Alzheimers or any number of diseases. There are even tests available to list your genetic propensities. But we now know that those genetic tendencies can be switched on or...

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Trauma

Eight months after being involved in a serious auto accident, I was introduced to Traditional Chinese Medicine. After relying on more conventional methods, to no avail, I was ready to try anything. I’d heard about Acupuncture and Chinese herbs but really didn’t know anything about them. When I began a...

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Helping Kids (& Adults) Learn

I once attended a fair with a friend and his five year old daughter. As soon as we entered the grounds he bought her the first sweet, junk food that caught her eye. “Do you realize what you’ve just done?” I inquire as she happily munched away. “Give her five...

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Grains and Potatoes

Grains and potatoes helped build this country. Up until WWII we were a nation of physically hard working people, farmers and laborers. Starvation and malnutrition were common realities when floods, drought or pests ruined crops. Grains and potatoes kept people going in times of bounty and scarcity. It was cheap...

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Sweet Poison

Sugar! It’s in or added to drinks, prepared foods, sauces, and salad dressings. It’s consumed throughout the day in breath mints, gum, candy and snacks. And recent nutritional studies are saying it’s a cause of strokes, heart attacks, Alzheimer’s and cancer. Cholesterol was thought to be the culprit: bad fats...

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Protein Part II

In the US, huge amounts of female hormones and antibiotics are fed to animals and poultry. Most other countries won’t import our meats, dairy or eggs because they consider them toxic. Feeding poultry estrogen insures that chickens produce 3-4 eggs per day instead of one egg every 3-4 days. Cows...

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Protein: Part I

Over the years, there has been significant controversy over protein and the role it plays in our diets. Is red meat harmful? Is a vegetarian diet the most beneficial? How much protein should you eat and how often? As I have mentioned in previous articles, we are all biochemically individual....

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Enjoying an Allergy-Free Spring

Spring has sprung. Walking about town imparts daily wonders. New blooms greet us as old friends. The scent of flowers fills the air, as does a plethora of pollens. Once the grass starts blooming, hay fever season will be upon us. But there is hope for allergy sufferers, ways to...

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Understanding Digestion

As I have mentioned in previous articles, digestion is the foundation of health. If digestion isn’t working properly the rest of the body isn’t going to get the nutrients it needs to function and heal. A failure in digestion is usually the first domino to fall in a long series...

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Conquering Food Cravings

After back to back holidays with ample opportunity to overindulge in sweets, breads, pastas or other empty carbs, food cravings can take on a life of their own. If you have been beating yourself up for lack of will power, don’t. Cravings are the body’s tap on the shoulder saying,...

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Granny Smith Apple & Sauerkraut

Cultured vegetables, those fermented in a brine, as opposed to those pickled with vinegar and sugar, feed the positive bacteria in the small intestines. Two heaping tablespoons mixed in with your food, three times per day is a powerful tool for re-establishing gut flora, and keeping Candida at bay, once...

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Bone Broth

Bone broth strengthens bones and teeth and boosts the immune and digestive systems. Many cultures start a meal with a small cup of broth. In crock pot: Makes about 7-8 quarts, about three and a half quarts per batch. Ingredients: 3-4 organic or free range beef marrow, chicken or turkey...

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Overcoming Depression and Fatigue

Depression and fatigue were once ever present realities in my life. If I wasn’t in the depths of depression, I was worrying about my next mood or energy crash. Getting out of bed to face each day was a struggle. Lack of sunshine was one of many contributing factors leading...

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Reclaim Your Health: Resolving Illness, Fatigue, and Pain

Many people are sick, depressed, tired and in pain when they don’t need to be. There are chronic issues that Western medicine doesn’t address, which Holistic Medicine excels at resolving. People seek my services when Western medicine hasn’t produced positive results. Eight months after an auto accident, I learned about...

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