About Lynn

lynn jaffeeLynn Jaffee is a licensed acupuncturist and the author of the book, Simple Steps: The Chinese Way to Better Health, a clear and concise explanation of Chinese medicine for the lay person. She is co-author of the book, The BodyWise Woman, a personal health manual for physically active women and girls. Read more about Lynn...

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Love Notes from Your Body

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About two months ago I developed a mild case of heartburn. It wasn’t a huge deal, but over the course of the day, what I was eating turned into a small fire that returned to haunt me later. I cut out drinking alcohol, spicy foods, onions, and tomatoes in an attempt to get my digestion to calm down, to no avail. I began to examine my stress profile, as I believe that in many cases of poor digestion, stress is the culprit. But no, . . . → Read More: Love Notes from Your Body

Lessons on Living to Be A Hundred

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of talking to a woman who was celebrating her 101st birthday. Shirley had just been out to Sunday brunch with family members to celebrate the big day when my husband and I ran into her. Shirley was sharp, had a sense of humor, her eyes had a sparkle, and she was walking pretty darn well. In my mind, this is the picture of how I want to grow old.

In Chinese medicine, a number of factors contribute to . . . → Read More: Lessons on Living to Be A Hundred

How to Set the Stage for Healing

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Several years ago, I spent a whole summer nursing a muscle pull in my hip. I’m not sure what I did, but it seemed that anytime I tried to hike, run, or bike, I would get what felt like a lightning bolt right through my hip and groin. I took my hip to the doctor, and he just gave me massive doses of ibuprofen, which didn’t do a thing.

At the time, I can remember thinking that it would never heal. When it started . . . → Read More: How to Set the Stage for Faster Healing

Tylenol PM and Alzheimer’s?

Avoiding medication with Chinese medicine

Age-related memory loss runs in my family. Growing up, I remember my Great Aunt Clair telling us kids about her son who lived on the moon and who regularly sent her pennies. Aunt Clair never married or had children, but was sweet and we loved her stories nonetheless. My maternal grandfather also suffered from dementia, and now my mom. So it’s reasonable to say that I’m interested in all things memory related.

I’m a big fan of staying healthy through lifestyle choices and eating . . . → Read More: Tylenol PM and Alzheimer’s?

The Energetics of Food

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I just got word that our community garden plot has been turned over and is ready for planting. It’s a little early here in Minnesota to put anything in the ground, but I’m excited to start digging, transplanting, and watering—not so much with the weeding. Mostly, I’m excited to start eating the abundance of vegetables that we grow in our small square of ground.

Let me be clear—I grew up as a very picky eater. Green foods were not a part of my repertoire . . . → Read More: The Energetics of Food