• "Musings on The Treatment of Allergies"  by Karen S. Vaughan, MSTOM, L.Ac, Registered Herbalist (AHG)
    Allergies may be permanent or changable, may respond to threshold reduction or require elimination. Difficult to treat and respond to various treatment strategies.. January 2008
  • "Is a Vegetarian Diet Healthier Than an Omnivorous Diet?"  by Karen S. Vaughan L.Ac., MSTOM, AHG
    Vegetarian diets may be better than a Standard American Diet but are not healthier than a good omnivorous diet. Different constitutional types may need different foods. Traditional diets are omnivorous and never vegan.. May 2007
  • "Breast Health"  by Karen S. Vaughan, L.Ac., MSTOM
    Natural ways of preventing breast lumps, breast stagnation and breast cancer.. April 2007
  • "The Omnivore's Dilemma reviewed"  by Karen S. Vaughan, MSTOM, L.Ac.
    A brief review of Michael Pollan's book, The Omnivore's Dilemma and the problem with excess degraded corn in our diet.. November 2006
  • "Nature Waiting to Take Back the City"  by Karen Vaughan, L.Ac., MSTOM
    Nature is waiting to take back the city, with tenacious plants, secret wildlife and agressive survival strategies. An ode to urban wildlife.. November 2006
  • "Salt!"  by Karen S. Vaughan, MSTOM, L.Ac.
    Salt is more than the simple white crystals that we used to find in the blue carton with the girl and the umbrella. Sea salts, land salts, red and black salts all provide new salt experiences.. September 2006
  • "Non Pharmaceutical Ways to Deal With Pain"  by Karen S. Vaughan, MSTOM, L.Ac.
    Pain can be caused by physical or emotional blockages to the free flow of blood and energy. Gate theory says that a little pain can block out larger amounts of pain.. July 2006
  • "Hepatitis C"  by Karen S. Vaughan, MSTOM, L.Ac.
    Around 4.5 million people in the United States are infected with hepatitis C. Tattoos and pedicures are common transmission routes, besides shared needles or unprotected sex. Herbal remedies like Xiao Chai Hu San are more effective than interferon or ribaviron. Milk thistle and schisandra also help the liver.. July 2006
  • "Dealing with Domestic Violence or Emotional Abuse"  by Karen S. Vaughan, MSTOM, L.Ac.
    To leave an abuser, bore them, make them think it is their own idea. How to identify an abuser. Steps to take to nip it in the bud. How to tell when to go. Consensual D/S relationships and abuse.. July 2006
  • "Female Urinary Incontinence"  by Karen S. Vaughan, MSTOM, L.Ac.
    One third of all women experience urinary incontinence, most often following childbirth. There are direct physical treatments to train the bladder and pelvic floor muscles so that one need not resort to pills, surgery or a lifetime of Depends. Chinese medicine can tonify the Kidneys and Urinary Bladder meridians and provide significant relief. Dr. Anna Margherita Sassone of Clocktower Gynecology has a physical therapy based practice which uses non-surgical methods such as behavior modification, biofeedback, electrical stimulation of muscles, pelvic floor muscle training and visualization during ultrasound. Karen Vaughan, L. Ac. treats patients with acupuncture and herbs.. March 2006
  • "The Herbal Treatment of Diabetes"  by Karen Vaughan
    Diabetes has been known since the 3rd century and has been treated by Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and in the Western herbal tradition. Cinnamon is one of the strongest insulin enhancers. We review herbs used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus including cloves, garlic, pata de vaca, gymnema, pedra hume caa, allspice, . March 2006
  • "Coffee Herbs"  by Karen S. Vaughan L.Ac., MSTOM
    Coffee mixes well with herbs to moderate its effects. Coffee lowers levels of type 2 diabetes due to flavanoids, magnesium and increasing the metabolic rate. Alcoholics at risk for cirrhosis of the liver have lower rates. Asthmatics have fewer attacks and can head them off with coffee or a coffee foot bath. Coffee is associated with 24%lower levels of colon cancer, 21% lower incidence of gallstones and an 60% reduction in Parkinson’s Disease. March 2006
  • "Good Health Resources"  by Karen S. Vaughan
    Good sources of alternative medical information on the web, in books and elsewhere.. March 2006
  • "Feeding Breastfeeding Moms To Promote Lactation"  by Karen S. Vaughan, L.Ac., MSTOM
    Breastfeeding mothers need additional nutrients to provide optimal breastmilk. In all cultures mothers are fed additional nutrient-dense foods. This article outlines the use of galactagogues, the need for fats and special concerns with postpartum weight loss or dieting, allergies and . March 2006
  • "Bipolar Affective Disorder in Children and Adolescents"  by Karen S. Vaughan, L.Ac., MSTOM
    Bipolar affective disorder expresses itself differently in children and teens than in adults. This article discusses Western and Oriental medicine approaches to treatment. DSM4 definitions have limited applicability. Children have special side effects. Bipolar disease is frequently confused with ADHD and stimulants can make bipolar disease worse. Includes a review of TCM patterns to bipolar disease and points and herbal formulas used for treatment.. March 2006
  • "Pain Can Cause Kidney Malfunction- Treat it Now"  by Karen S. Vaughan, MSTOM, L.Ac.
    Pain does more than hurt, it can shut down your kidneys (SIADH) and kill you. It is important to treat pain. Acupuncture and herbs can treat pain. Gate theory shows that moderate pain can be trumped by slight pain.. March 2006
  • "Male Pelvic Floor Exercises for Sexual Health"  by Karen S. Vaughan, L.Ac., MSTOM
    All men should do pelvic floor exercises to increase their sexual health. Pelvic floor exercises are comparable to Viagra according to Dr. Grace Dorsey. Erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and lack of morning erections can be treated by pelvic floor exercises.. March 2006
  • "What to Expect on Your First Acupuncture Appointment"  by Karen S. Vaughan, MSTOM, Lic. Ac.
    So you haven't had accupuncture before and are somewhat apprehensive. What will happen? Will it hurt?. January 2006
  • "How To Treat Colds and Flu with Herbal Medicine"  by Karen S. Vaughan L.Ac., MSTOM
    Colds and flu have mostly symptomatic treatment in Western medicine. Not so with botanical medicine. There are many antiviral and antibacterial herbs, plus herbal strategies to make your immune system function more effectively.. January 2006
  • "In Praise of Physical Medicine"  by Karen S. Vaughan, L.Ac, MSTOM
    The number one cause of death in the US is medicinal drugs, accounting for approximately 784,000 deaths anually. In-hospital adverse reactions to properly prescribed medicines is 2.2 million per year. So why is our instinct to pop a pill when there are physical methods like acupuncture, physical therapy, chiropractic, osteopathy and massage that may be less dangerous, cheaper and more effective? . December 2005
  • "Iron Crotch QiGong for Male Sexual Health"  by Karen S. Vaughan, L.Ac., MSTOM
    Iron Crotch QiGong was developed for male sexual health. It treats lack of morning erections, male infertility, impotence, erectile dysfunction, urinary problems and improves overall health.. October 2005
  • "Can Chinese Medicine Help Me Lose Weight?"  by Karen S. Vaughan, L.Ac, MSTOM
    Can Chinese Medicine help you lose weight? Not if your weight is excessive because you don’t get enough exercise. Not if you are eating the wrong foods. Acupuncture and herbs can strenghten your Spleen Qi and reduce your hunger or anxiety, but a personal trainer may be a better bet. Long periods of exercise and some caloric restriction using Omega 3 fats, vegetables and restricted grains will be a better choice. . July 2005
  • "Deadly Immunity:"  by Robert Kennedy Jr.
    DEADLY IMMUNITY When a study revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of kids, the government rushed to conceal the data - and to prevent parents from suing drug companies for their role in the epidemic. Do not vaccinate when your child is ill, nor give more than one vaccine at a time and avoid thimerosol or aluminum based vaccines.. July 2005
  • "The Importance of Fluids and Electrolyte Balance"  by Karen S. Vaughan, MSTOM, L.Ac.
    Diarrhea can kill even in the USA. Rapid loss of fluids and electrolytes can cause mental confusion and loss of consciousness. Hyponatremia can kill from too much fluid. Homeade electrolyte solution given.. June 2005
  • "What To Do For Respiratory Illnesses"  by Karen S. Vaughan, MSTOM, L. Ac.
    Coming down with a cold? Don't immediately hit up goldenseal or echinacea. There are different stages, different paterns and different strategies. Botanical medicine has many antivirals as we;; as antibacterial medicine, and herbs to make your immune system function better. And beware of taking herbs like ginseng to increase your energy- they can tonify the pathogen.. April 2005
  • "Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load: Why are potatoes worse than sugar?"  by Karen S. Vaughan, MSTOM, L.Ac.
    The idea of "Simple" versus "Complex" carbohydrates has been replaced by the concepts of glycemic indesx, which measures how rapidly a food raises blood sugar, and glycemic load, which measures the impact considering quantity. Glycemic index can be reduced by consuming foods with fats or proteins which buffer the increase in blood sugar but all foods within the class will still have their relative value. So sweet potatos are better than Idaho russets and chana dahl is better than chick peas. But there are surprises- Idaho russet potatoes are worse than pure sugar in raising blood sugar. All people, not just diabetics,despite varrying levels of carbohydrate tolerance, will do better to eat lower on the glycemic index scale. . April 2005
  • "What is Acu-Aromatherapy?"  by Karen S. Vaughan, L.Ac, MSTOM
    Acu-aromatherapy is the use of therapeutic grade essential oils combined like a Chinese herbal formula to stimulate acupuncture points with or without needles. Reviews therapeutic grade essential oils, discusses adulteration, quality and formulation of essential oil blends.. March 2005
  • "Avena Sativa: Oats for Anxiety, Libido, Bones and Adrenals"  by Karen Vaughan
    An old column on oats, Avena Sativa, useful to reduce anxiety and increase your sex drive. It nourishes the nerves, the adrenals and pancreas, and helps build bones. How to make an overnight infusion of oatstraw and seed with nettles.. February 2005
  • "How to Cook a Chinese Herbal Formula"  by Karen Vaughan L.Ac., MSTOM
    Instructions for cooking a Chinese Herbal Formula. Decoctions differ significantly from teas in that they are boiled for specific lengths of time and certain herbs in the formula are separately processed. Includes a Mediboo article as well.. February 2005
  • "Acidic Foods, Fermentation and Blood Sugar"  by Karen S. Vaughan, L. Ac.
    Vinegar, lemon juice and lactic acid fermented fruits and vegetables can reduce blood sugar spikes, lower the glycemic index of foods being fermented and can cause weight loss. Information on how to make lactic acid fermented foods.. January 2005
  • "Fatty Acid Essentials"  by Karen S. Vaughan, L.Ac. ,MSTOM
    Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratios are too high in the American diet, coconut oil is the best cooking oil and CLA from grass fed dairy is essential for health.. January 2005
  • "Cinnamon helps Insulin Resitance and Cardiovascular Disease"  by Karen Vaughan, MSTOM, L.Ac.
    Cinnamon intake will reduce insulin resistance, lower tryglycerides, lower LDL cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Uses of cinnamon in Chinese medicine are discussed and ways to incorporate it into diet based upon recent research.. January 2005
  • "The Use and Abuse of Herbs"  by Karen S. Vaughan, MSTOM, L.Ac.
    It concerns me when people say that they take kava kava or valerian each night to get to sleep. Although the herbs are very useful and probably more attuned to human biology than synthetic chemicals, the fact remains that it is not healthy to drug yourself to sleep each night, even herbally..