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Where do I like to go on the web? Well, all over the place! I read about Traditional East Asian Medicine (aka Oriental Medicine), natural medicine, meditation, nutrition, parenting, food, etc.  Here are a few links that you may want to take a look at.  Also listed are some interesting podcasts related to health.  With anything I read online, I never take anything as gospel.  I always keep my skeptical mind on alert!  You know how single research studies have limited significance until it’s repeated enough times to hold weight.


Acupuncture and East Asian medicine: – This introduces the basic unique concepts of Chinese Medicine, which is nice as it can seem like a foreign language to most Americans not familiar with the terminology. – I’m a student of this program! – This the State Association for acupuncture and oriental medicine.  The first tenet of its mission is  “To safeguard and promote the practice of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine through legislation.”  Anyone who believes that acupuncture should be integrated in the health care model of the US and IL in particular can become a member.  I really like the Mission Statement and Goals Page to explain how it supports this profession. – Geared towards practitioners but there is some content for consumers. – this organization governs national accreditation through certification for acupuncturists and Chinese herbalists. – if you love reading about the latest scientific research on acupuncture this is your place. – blog with many research articles – a source of research on acupuncture effectiveness



Light Watkins changed my attitude towards meditation and my practice.  I HIGHLY encourage you to check out and his book Bliss More.  Here is his donation-based meditation kickstart:


Self-Care: – Louise is a classic, and I know so many people in the healing and self development circle who tote her book You Can Heal Your Life.  Definitely check it out.

YOGA!! I LOVE YOGA! I recommend it to many of my patients as part of their self-care routine.  Even just once a week will help to calm the mind, move the body, and the best thing is you make it yours. You modify each posture to fit your body and ability.  My favorite local studio is Abhyaasa in downtown Naperville where I’ve yoga’d since they first opened.  Sarah is a very talented yoga teacher. Her cues, her attitude, her encouragement, and her flows are above the cut of your typical yoga teacher. I highly recommend her online yoga studio and live Zoom classes.

Yoga with Saba Haider – Saba has been one of my dearest yoga teachers and I consider her a friend. She is one of the most genuine caring intelligent people and teachers I’ve met. Check out her online yoga studio Ashoga where she has live Zoom classes and some videos.

Qi Gong – this is a modality of Chinese Medicine that one can learn and do at home on ones own.  Unfortunately I am not an expert or well-practiced with it but my colleague Dr. Khanita has been practicing Qigong for years and has a free 5-day Qigong challenge that is the perfect intro to qigong for my patients especially as she’s a chiropractor and an acupuncturist, so she knows what she’s talking about especially regarding pain, her specialty.  Her YouTube channel is AMAZING!!


Functional and holistic Medicine and Natural Living:


Dr Aviva Romm – Harvard Medical School MD, Midwife, Herbalist, Community Educator extraordinaire. I have so much respect for this amazing woman and am grateful for her generosity in sharing her experience. – Holly Griggs-Spall wrote a book about oral contraceptives and it’s being made into a film by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein – Intriguing articles about new studies and concepts in medicine. – Chris is an LAc. like me who does tons of research to figure out the truth behind popular ideas and principles of functional medicine. – another functional med doc originally from IL.  I really like this article entitled The Power of the Subconscious Mind to Heal You – look up personal care and home products to check for toxic ingredients (think sunscreens, cleaners, makeup, etc).  Also can find the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists here


Complimentary and Collaborative Practitioners in our area:


Lifetime Health & Wellness is a pediatric, prenatal, and family chiropractic clinic located in southwest Naperville.  Dr Michelle Dougherty and Dr Carrie Voigts are experienced and compassionate and their entire staff is wonderful.  We both believe in the complimentary power of acupuncture and chiropractic for optimal wellness. –  Margaret Stoch is a very knowledgeable speech and language pathologist who specializes in speech, feeding, and swallowing problems.  If a baby has trouble breastfeeding or with food I’d call Margaret for an assessment and to rule out tongue ties.

Estuary Center for Living & Healing Arts is my practice’s former home. I know all the women of Estuary personally, and can attest to their integrity and genuine desire to serve the community. I miss being a part of it, but continue to collaborate with them!


Healthy Living Products and Local Farms

Just Nutritive – Natural skin and hair care – absolutely all natural, clean ingredients.  I feel like their products are truly crafted with care. My favorite product of theirs is the Face Cream, but I also like the self tanning lotion, and thicker hair shampoo and conditioner.  I hear their cider vinegar rinses are fantastic.

Thrive Market – this is an online grocery store with a wide variety of healthy food and home products. I try to minimize what I buy at Whole Foods and use this instead.

Broadbranch Farm – I’ve been a customer of this wonderful family’s organic farm for many years.  Brian, Anita, and their 3 daughters are so passionate about growing and raising the healthiest plant and animal foods just as nature intended.  I admire their heartiness and dedication, and in all my years I’d say everything they raise is second to none in quality.

Wallace Farms – Here’s another wonderful local family run small midwestern farm dedicated to quality.  I’ve also been ordering from Nick and his crew for many years.  My favorite items are the turkey tenderloin and ground turkey, but they have lots of pork, beef, chicken and fish as well.  They partner with other local farms to offer this wide range.

Moore Family Farm delivers fresh pasture-raised eggs, grassfed/pasture-raised meats, and seasonal veggies and garden plants to a driveway in the subdivision behind my clinic.  No website, but ask me for her number! Their farm is in Watseka IL and she drives up once a month to bring her lovely products to Naperville. Her veggies are incredible in summer and fall!!


Parenting: – I love her books Parenting Without Power Struggles and Parenting With Presence. She does some online classes that are very helpful too. – all kinds of wonderful support groups and tools and articles for heart centered parenting


Podcasts I Recommend:

Everyday Acupuncture best acupuncture/OM podcast I’ve found, Michael Max is a practitioner in St Louis who interviews other practitioners on interesting topics.  Michael also hosts another excellent podcast my alltime favorite, but it’s audience is practitioners (Qiological).

Heavenly Qi – Geared more towards practitioners, straight out of Australia.

Natural MD Radio hosted by Aviva Romm, a midwife and herbalist turned Yale trained Medical Doctor – she distills complex and important issues into the basics that anyone can understand – really allowing listeners to be their own health advocate.

Quote of the DayI recently got addicted to this podcast! It’s a healthier way to start the day than listening to the news.  These clips from a wide variety of speakers are sure to drop some truth bombs on your head!

The Sessions Sean Croxton is a skilled interviewer who curates some of the best people to discuss myriad topics.

The Vedic Worldview – Thom Knoles is a world reknowned meditation teacher with wisdom to share from his meditation teacher, applied to our modern times.



Brené Brown wrote several inspirational books any of which may speak to you.

Letting Go:  The Pathway of Surrender – by David Hawkins.  This book is truly transformational and a must read.

The Web That Has No Weaver by Tep Kaptchuk – a classic for learning about Chinese Medicine principles.

Between Heaven and Earth by Efrem Korngold and Harriet Beinfield – another classic about Chinese Medicine

The Spark in the Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine by Daniel Keown

Bliss More by Light Watkins – great intro to meditation for anyone wanting to learn.

Hormone Intelligence by Aviva Romm – “The Complete Guide to Calming Hormone Chaos and Restoring Your Body’s Natural Blueprint for Well-Being”

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz – This book was impactful in my life when I read it a bunch of years ago. Simple yet Powerful.