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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Are Vitamin Supplements Healthy or a Case of Overkill?

For many people, the idea of moderation is a tough one.  For some reason, they seem to think that if a little bit of something is good for you, a lot must be really good.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.

Take vitamins, for example.  When I ask my patients about the supplements they’re taking, more and more often, I come across people who are taking more stuff than I could carry around in a laundry basket.  We have come to think of vitamins . . . → Read More: Are Vitamin Supplements Healthy or a Case of Overkill?

Doorway to Another Paradigm

To understand Chinese medicine is to understand your health, and ultimately your world, from another paradigm. It is a way of thinking in which we are part of the natural world, and as such manifest patterns in our bodies that repeat over and over in nature.

Through this doorway:

Good health is a balance that is never still. It swings like a pendulum between fatigue and energy, hunger and satiety, illness and health.

Ill health, while felt on . . . → Read More: Doorway to Another Paradigm

Keep in Touch

I am a runner, and have been for over 25 years.  Before I picked up the running habit, I was pretty sedentary, and while I wasn’t exactly a couch spud, regular exercise was not something I ever thought about.  However, shortly after I began to run I noticed some changes in my health that were pretty dramatic.  I started to crave healthier foods, and even dropped a few pounds.  I felt better conditioned, had more energy and I even . . . → Read More: Keep in Touch

What's In A Name?

It almost feels like a recurring dream.  I’m at a health fair, networking event, or out meeting new people, and it happens.  A conversation starts, we introduce ourselves, and I tell my new acquaintance that I’m an acupuncturist.  They say that they have had acupuncture before and it didn’t work for them.

 

My next question is always the same.  “Who did the acupuncture?”  Nine times out of ten . . . → Read More: What's In A Name?

The Heart of Summer

The dog days of summer are an appropriate time to talk about the Fire element associated with summertime, and its corresponding organ, the Heart.  The longest, warmest, and brightest days of the year are related to the Fire element.  The warmth of Fire is needed for all transformation, such as the process of maturing plants and ripening fruits and vegetables that sprouted in the Spring.

The Fire element also corresponds to the organ system of the Heart.  We’re all familiar with terms like having . . . → Read More: The Heart of Summer