Yesterday it was warm and sunny and I hiked up Mt. Sanitas in a sleeveless top. Today I scraped ice from the freezing rain off of the windshield of my car. That is pretty typical spring weather for this area and I fully expect to get more snow here well into May. But the signs of spring are undeniable. The leaf buds on the trees are getting fat and fuzzy, waiting to burst, my tulips and irises are up, the days are getting longer and I am starting to plan in earnest our vegetable garden. There may even be some lancinato kale that overwintered that would be wonderful to pick and braise or put into my smoothie!
According to traditional Chinese medicine this is also the time of the year when the liver chi becomes more active. The same life force that helps the leaves to bud and the grass to grow in green is the same lifeforce that can cause us to want to initiate new projects during our yearly cycle. This same energy, when blocked can cause anger, frustration and irritability. It can also be a time when those prone seasonal mood disorders and have a liver imbalance can begin to exhibit mania.
I am dedicating this issue to the liver. Enjoy!
I just returned from a wonderful conference in Phoenix on naturopathic oncology. Naturopathic medicine has a lot to offer people who are undergoing treatments for cancer from combating side effects from the treatments to strengthening and supporting people undergoing treatment to helping to prevent recurrence. You just cannot argue against these evidence based naturopathic therapies when looking at the studies.
I will be holding a free 30 minute discussion Weds/ 3/14 on weight loss. Still a few spaces left. Also available via skype. Please RSVP via email or by calling (303) 443-2206 and leaving a voice message as space is limited.