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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Why Getting Dirty is Good for Your Health

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When I think of my childhood, I think first of all the hours I spent playing in the dirt. To my childhood self, there was nothing better than upending rocks to look for salamanders, wading into skanky ponds with the hope of nabbing a turtle, or crouched at creek’s edge catching minnows. I spent hours on end fascinated and grimy.

While my parents might not have loved how dirty I became (I could leave an impressive bathtub ring!), it turns out that my time . . . → Read More: Why Getting Dirty is Good for Your Health

Secrets for Fighting the Common Cold Using Chinese Medicine

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I began writing this post a couple of weeks ago, feeling pretty smug and self-righteous that I hadn’t caught the cold that everyone around me was sporting. Most people I knew weren’t flat out sick, but as their cold progressed, it dropped down and became a chest thing, and they were dealing with a big loopy cough that lasted a good four to six weeks.

Then over the holidays, I caught a cold, or what I would describe as a shadow of a cold. . . . → Read More: Secrets for Fighting the Common Cold Using Chinese Medicine

Twelve Simple Things You Can Do Right Now for Better Health

Sometimes life gets in the way of your health. You get lazy or busy or distracted. One day you wake up and realize you have no energy, are sporting way too many extra pounds, and feel like crap. You know you have to get it together and think about revamping your diet or starting that new, incredible exercise regimen, but it all feels just so…overwhelming.

Isn’t there something easy that you can do? The good news is that there is, and research has documented . . . → Read More: Twelve Simple Things You Can Do Right Now for Better Health

Love Notes from Your Body

Signals from your body

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