Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Category Archives: Healthy Lifestyle

The ‘New’ Water Bottle – Hip & Hot

I love hot water bottles for warming the muscles and encouraging good circulation, especially the german ones made of odorless thermoplastic.  They are so helpful for healing imbalances that are worse with cold weather, particularly during the winter months.  Who knew that you can now buy a hot water bottle with a protective and cozy [...]

Organic – To Buy or Not To Buy?

To avoid proliferation of toxic, chemical pesticides in the body, it’s a good idea to buy organic produce whenever possible.  Since this is not always feasible either due to availability or price, it’s helpful to make some distinction. Which fruits and vegetables should you be sure to buy organically?  Which are lowest in pesticides?  Some [...]

Candles & Air Quality

Candles with lead-core wicks pose air quality hazard in the home, especially during winter months when windows and doors are kept closed. Here’s an easy test: rub the tip of an un-burnt wick on a plain piece of white paper. If the wick leaves a light gray pencil-like mark, it has a lead core.  If [...]

What is acupuncture like and how does it work?

Acupuncture is one of the fastest growing fields in medicine right now as it provides real solutions to health issues, without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.
Here’s a link to an interesting article and video by The Wall Street Journal about acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.  It’s pretty well done and gives some good information.
New research published [...]

The Tea Leaf – everyday medicine

Many types of tea are made from the leaves of the camellia shrub with the botanical name of Camellia sinensis. The different types are due to the different ways of processing, fermentation and oxidation of the leaves.   Camellia teas include black tea, green tea, oolong tea, pu’er, and white tea.
Overall Health Benefits of Tea
Recent research [...]

Asian Grocery Store: Unlock the mysteries

There are many exotic fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs that have tremendous healing benefits.  By getting to know them, you can increase the ways that you take care of your health.   I’ll use this list when working on blogposts, and write a little about each one in its own post, so that you can get [...]

Hidden names of MSG – be informed!

MSG is a neurotoxin and excitotoxin that over excites the cells in the brain so that food tastes better.  Due to MSG, the cells die off from overexcitation. Some people get reactions after eating the food ingredient monosodium glutamate (MSG) – reactions that include migraine headaches, upset stomach, fuzzy thinking, diarrhea, heart irregularities, asthma, and/or [...]

Almond Milk – tastes better when you make it yourself!

Making Nut Milks
You can make some delicious milks by whirling soaked nuts with water in a blender.  You can make the mixture delicate and thin or thick and creamy.  Soak raw almonds or raw cashews to make almond or cashew milk.  Nut milks are healing and are a great alternative for folks who have allergies [...]

Laptops & male fertility

Laptop computer use does effect fertility for men, particularly when they are place on the lap for long periods of time.  Click here for some details of a study about increased body temperature from the warmth of the computer:
laptop fertility research.
Having a computer near the torso (organs and glands) for long periods of time, has [...]

Best Sunscreens

Concerned about hazardous chemicals that penetrate the skin?
Top rated sunscreens contain zinc or titanium.
The ‘Environmental Working Group‘ website has ratings and sunscreen information.