Vitamin D, also called “the sunshine vitamin”, is a nutrient made in the body from exposure to the sun but also from some foods and supplements. While it is called a vitamin, it is actually a “pro-hormone” because it affects the health of so many parts of the body including bone, brain, thyroid, immune, intestinal, kidney, liver, nerves, pancreas, parathyroid, prostate, and skin tissue. Adequate Vitamin D levels can help to prevent heart disease, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoporosis, muscle wasting, birth defects and periodontal disease, and a recent study found that it was protective against breast cancer in women over 60. That’s one powerful vitamin.

by Georjana Shames, LAc

During the long, dark winter months one's immune system is constantly bombarded by pathogenic factors, but you CAN stay healthy this time around.

There is an ancient Acupuncture proverb that states: It is not the seed that matters, it is the soil.

This indicates that whether you stay healthy absolutely depends more on the strength of your immune system than the germs to which you are exposed. But carrying hand sanitizer is still a great idea!

It's that time of year again when people swear off cookies and alcohol and rush out to purchase gym memberships.

In fact, studies show that the three most common new years resolutions are losing weight, exercising more and quitting smoking . . . all health-related.


As I ate a traditional slice of pumpkin pie and whipped cream after Thanksgiving dinner, I felt happy connecting it with good memories.

Then, the fond remembrances dissolved as I did what I always do – got mad at myself because I knew extra pounds would inevitably follow.