Favorite Links

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 Chinese medicine:

www.acupuncture.com/education/tcmbasics/index.htm – 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.

https://www.iceam.org/about-iceam/what-is-canonical-chinese-medicine/ – I’m a student of this program!

www.ilaaom.org – 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.

www.acupuncturetoday.com – Geared towards practitioners but there is some content for consumers.

www.nccaom.org – this organization governs national accreditation through certification for acupuncturists and Chinese herbalists.

www.acupunctureresearch.org/Research-Summaries – if you love reading about the latest scientific research on acupuncture this is your place.

http://acupunctureofiowa.com/blog-laura-christensen/ – blog with many research articles


Meditation:  Light Watkins changed my attitude towards meditation and my practice.  I HIGHLY encourage you to check out https://www.beginmeditating.com and his book Bliss More.


Self-Care:  www.louisehay.com/affirmations – 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.


Functional Medicine & Natural Medicine:


www.sweeteningthepill.com – Holly Griggs-Spall wrote a book about oral contraceptives and it’s being made into a film by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein

www.medicalnewstoday.com – Intriguing articles about new studies and concepts in medicine.

www.chriskresser.com – Chris is an LAc. like me who does tons of research to figure out the truth behind popular ideas and principles of functional medicine.



www.susanstiffelman.com – I love her books Parenting Without Power Struggles and Parenting With Presence. She does some online classes that are very helpful too.


Podcasts I Recommend:

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

The Jolt Files – I just learned about this podcast recently, and the topics look interesting and relatable for my patients and myself alike!

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.

Underground Wellness Sean Croxton ended this but you can still get all his info-packed episodes on iTunes. He interviews all the big names in the modern health/nutrition/diet movement.

The Sessions Sean is still interviewing but on myriad topics not specific to health and diet.