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Emotional Immunity: How We Catch and Spread Emotions

Emotional Immunity: How We Catch and Spread Emotions

By Shellie Rosen, Ph.D., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, DOM, L.Ac. The "emotional contagion" theory that humans can spread emotions and behaviors to those around them emerged in 1897. It was a philosophical and psychological explanation for social behavior until biomedical...

Berberine, Weight Loss Miracle?

Berberine, Weight Loss Miracle?

By Shellie Rosen, Ph.D., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, DOM, L.Ac. Weight loss enthusiasts tout berberine as a "miracle supplement." However, few sources explain the intricate effects of berberine in the gut that lead to countless positive biochemical benefits. These include...

The Health Case for Vanity

The Health Case for Vanity

By Shellie Rosen, Ph.D., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, DOM, L.Ac. Skin hides beneath layers of clothing where sinister potential skin cancers may go unnoticed. Spots, rough patches, and scaly skin are early signs of skin cell dysfunction (premalignant cutaneous neoplasms)...

Tips for Appendix Health, Even If You Don’t Have One

Tips for Appendix Health, Even If You Don’t Have One

By Shellie Rosen, Ph.D., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, DOM, L.Ac. The appendix was long considered a vestigial organ, which made appendectomies appear to have no downside. However, medicine has begun to discover the role of the appendix and how those without it may be...

“Get On Your Feet!”

“Get On Your Feet!”

By Shellie Rosen, Ph.D., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, DOM, L.Ac. Our feet are overlooked, hard-working, and a source of chronic pain. A 2019 National Institutes of Health Survey found that 50.2 million adults reported pain on most days or every day, with the most common pain...

Need Brakes for Your Brain?

Need Brakes for Your Brain?

By Shellie Rosen, Ph.D., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, DOM, L.Ac. The neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) can benefit anxiety, depression, insomnia, or nervous system disorders. GABA inhibits nerve cell communications to reduce excessive stimulation and is often...

Digestible Artisan Bread

Digestible Artisan Bread

By Dr. Shellie L. Rosen, Ph.D.,Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, DOM, L.Ac. The ever-evolving science of “nutrition” rarely celebrates life-sustaining classics like artisan bread. Artisan bread is a satisfying, culturally significant food. It undergoes a long fermentation process...

Put On the Red Light

Put On the Red Light

By Dr. Shellie L. Rosen, Ph.D.,Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, DOM, L.Ac. The National Human Activity Pattern Survey revealed in 2021 that Americans spend 93 percent of life indoors. That’s not good. The direct sunlight we’re deprived of has numerous health benefits. It...

Enzymes To Improve Blood Flow

Enzymes To Improve Blood Flow

By Shellie Rosen, Ph.D., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, DOM, L.Ac. Enzymes can help digest food, clear cellular debris, and reduce swelling and inflammation. Proteolytic or fibrinolytic enzymes break down proteins for digestion and help remove protein debris in tissue, joints,...

A Springtime Histamine Primer

A Springtime Histamine Primer

By Shellie Rosen, Ph.D., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, DOM, L.Ac. Histamines are involved in many helpful biological processes, but in excess, they are problematic. Such is the case when environmental allergens trigger painful sinus symptoms due to a large release of...

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