Author Archives: Josh & Jeanne Rubin

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Josh, Polymyalgia? Can you offer some CHEK ideas for treatment of this – a gym member where I work has been diagnosed with this, and I thought it would be nice to offer some alternatives to steroid treatment. I am assuming you are talking about:Polymyalgia rheumatica causes moderate to severe aching and stiffness in the muscles in your hips, thighs, shoulders, upper arms and neck. Initially, you may have pain on just one side of your body, but as the disease progresses, symptoms are likely to occur on both sides.Stiffness is usually worse in the morning or after sitting or lying down for long periods. At times, the discomfort also may be severe enough to wake you at night.The aching and stiffness of polymyalgia rheumatica often occur suddenly, but sometimes may develop gradually. Polymyalgia rheumatica can cause other signs and symptoms including:§  Fatigue §  Unintentional weight loss §  Weakness or a general feeling … Continue Reading

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Is I You or You I?

When I don’t know Who I Am, I follow You. When I Know Who I Am, You & I are One.

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Pregnancy and Progesterone

Josh, I have a new client, who is having a hard time getting pregnant. She is 40 years old, two successful previous pregnancies. 11 and 7 years ago! She has tested as Sympathetic dominant. I am fairly certain of Adrenal Insufficiencies and we are addressing this now. She is most likely Estrogen dominant and I am hoping to have her tests results soon. Here is what I would do, if you have not already: If you say she has an adrenal issue and the only way you will know is with a test, the best thing would be to treat with DHEA and Pregnenolone. The levels will depend on what stage she is in. I also use Herb Pharms Adrenal support in my protocol (have them put it in tea every night), Cortrex by Thorne Research Group (glandular and support adrenal) and Biogest by Thorne Research (pancreatic, liver and gut … Continue Reading

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Trying to be, is trying not to think. But trying not think is thinking and not be-ing!

“It both is and is not; neither is, nor is not.” -Buddha

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What is Gluten??

What is gluten?: Gluten is an amorphous mixture of ergastric (i.e., non-living) proteins found combined with starch in the endosperm of some cereals, notably wheat, rye, and barley. It constitutes about 80% of the proteins contained in wheat, and is composed of the proteins gliadin and glutenin. Gluten is responsible for the elasticity of kneaded dough, which allows it to be leavened, as well as the “chewiness” of baked products like bagels. It is the glutenins (specifically, low molecular weight glutenins) that are especially critical to gluten quality.What contains gluten?: Gluten is pretty much in every grain that you can think of eating except rice, buckwheat, corn, and oats (some think it does have it and other research shows that it does not). There are other grains that are gluten free, but most are very uncommon and most Americans do not eat them. Who is intolerant to gluten?: Gluten intolerance … Continue Reading

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Wonders of Green Onion

Chinese Pinyin: Cong Bai Latin: Alli Fistulosi Bulbus Taste: Warm and acrid Meridians it enters: Lung and stomach Dosage: 3-10 grams of only the roots Functions and indications: 1. Promotes sweating to relieve an exterior wind cold invasion (like ginger) 2. Warms the yang qi (both internal and external) a. Spleen yang deficiency: watery diarrhea, strong odor, stomach cramping, stool with undigested food b. Kidney yang deficiency: urinary retention as with prostate issues c. Moves the yang qi of the chest: chest pain, tightness and oppression

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Wonders of Ginger

Chinese pinyin: Sheng Jiang Latin: Zingiberis Rhizoma Recens Taste: Slightly warm and acrid (disperses qi and blood) Meridians it enters: Lung, spleen and stomach Dosage: 3-5 slices Actions and indications: 1. Promotes sweating to releive the minor or beginning stages of an external wind cold invasion (no sweat, chills, fever, thirst, achy body and headache) 2. Warms the Lung to expell phlegm cold (white, foamy and clear phlegm) 3. Warms the Spleen and Stomach to stop nauseau and vomiting from the middle jaio (abdominal area)- diarrhea with food in stool, stomach pain that likes warmth and compression This is a great herb to calm the stomach area down when one has nausea and vomitting, upset stomach, diarrhea or stomach nerves.

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Focus on what you have, instead of on what you don’t have!

“We can not create something out of nothing, but we can transform what is incomplete into something more perfect.”          -Rudolph  Steiner (1861-1925)

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Mind, body and spirit

The body is nothing but mind in action. -Paramahansa Yogananda

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Ponder this one..!

No one can hurt you. You can only let others hurt you by owning their emotional experiences of you. -Johny McMullin

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