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04/18/2016 09:43 am ET | Updated 1 day ago

It’s Time to Stop Hating Your Body

What is your history with your body? What is your relationship with your physical presence in the world?

These are hard questions to answer. Because the answers usually hurt.

For most of us, if we’re honest, our relationship with our bodies is one of the most complicated and conflicted of our lives.

Many of us, when we think of our bodies, have a laundry list of complaints. From the way we look, to the way we move, to the illness we may carry. When we step back, then, and boil all those complaints down, our bodies become the source of two deep emotions: hate and fear.

“I hate the way my thighs rub when I walk.” “I am so afraid I will get cancer like my mother.” “I know boys don’t like bony girls.” “I hate getting old.”

We all have it. I know I sure have it. I can’t even fathom the number of times I haven’t gone to the beach because I didn’t want to get in a bathing suit, or that I’ve looked in the mirror, pulling my face this way and that, then letting out a big groan. Or how many times I’ve shamed my body, out loud, to others, cursing either the way it looks, or the way it’s changed as I’ve gotten older.

We all have that list of things that we say, to ourselves, and to others about the way we hate about our bodies. What we fear our bodies will do to us, to our lives. And we play out that dialogue, every single day, over and over.

Take a moment, and think to yourself, honestly about how many messages you send to your body every day that are negative. I know for me, it can be too many to count.

This has become a cultural way of life, our hating ourselves. And bonding with each other over the shared disdain of our physical presence. Then, we pass it on with each generation.

Think about what the world tells you about your body? What are the messages you have gotten about how to treat your physical self?

If you carry extra weight, the world says you’re lazy. If you are too thin, the world says you’re neurotic. If you have illness, the world says you’re weak. If you can’t bear children, you’re to be pitied. Yet, if you grind yourself into the ground through work, lack of sleep, “killer” workouts, the world applauds your efforts.

We, as a society, embrace our duality. The body is separate from “us.” It is something to be mastered, denied, beat up, overcome.

Think about exercise. We are supposed to “whip ourselves” into shape. “No pain, no gain.” If it isn’t hard, or painful, or torturous, it isn’t good enough. We stopped making exercise an enjoyable expression of movement and vitality, and made it into a form of punishment that is rewarded by an appearance obsessed society.

Make no mistake, we are obsessed with beauty. We will do most anything to achieve it. We have pills, and shots, and workouts, and lasers, and surgeries to try and fix those things about our bodies that aren’t good enough. And we tell ourselves that all the time; as I am, I am not good enough. So, we spend millions on trying to achieve our society’s ideal of perfect beauty. Because without it, we think we are too old, or too big, or too small, or too ugly to be loved. And while I look at myself in the mirror, contemplating how much acid it would actually take to peel off the years my face has earned, I have to look at what my body, our collective bodies, are hearing: “I hate you enough to inject you with toxins, to burn you, to cut you, because you aren’t good enough and it’s making me miserable.”

We hate our bodies for aging in a world consumed by youth, and yet we are terrified of dying. We curse our skin for sagging, our backs for aching, our eyesight for growing dim… all while popping vitamins and tonics trying to allay our fears of showing and feeling our age. We refuse to see that we can’t not die and not grow old at the same time.

What about sex? What words come out of our mouths about our bodies and their sexuality? Usually, that we aren’t desirable as we are. We will be, when we lose those ten pounds, or get waxed, or tone up our ass. Because nobody’s going to want to see thisnaked. But we forget that we are living, dynamic beings who don’t just want to have sex with each other because of how we look. OK, maybe sometimes. But when we are in a grounded, honest space, we want to have sex with each other because of how we feel, and how we feel with that other person. Sex is a union, a gift of sharing all of who you are with someone else, not just the perfect parts. Because perfect is boring. Messy is chaotic beauty at its best. It’s not the perfect push up bra, or the gap between your thighs, or the world’s longest erection. It’s your messy, human, divine self, and that’s beautiful.

We have come by these views honestly, by way of social conditioning over great spans of history. Not just the obsession of what lies in the mirror, but also the message that the physical is our burden to bear. Most all patriarchal religious systems teach us that the body is something to be overcome. In Christianity, is it to overcome the desires of the flesh that lead us to evil. In Buddhism, it is to overcome the physical needs of the body that weaken our ability to meditate and hinder our transcendence.

Think of how often you refuse to listen to your body. Whether its message is about food, sleep, stress, pain… how often do you “push past” what your body is trying to tell you? How often do you ignore your own physical needs? And how often do you brag about it, or receive praise from others for doing so?

We are lost in the duality of ourselves. We need to recognize that our bodies are an integral part of our being. We cannot exist without them. And we cannot expect our body to carry us through life, while we beat it up, day after day, without breaking down.

In Andrew Harvey’s book, The Direct Path, he says “How can we not fear and despise the body that is the source of so much anxiety and distress?” It’s natural, given the messages we tell ourselves every day. So, we have to change the conversation. Both with ourselves, and with each other. It will be hard, feeling almost impossible at times. To rid ourselves, as Harvey states, of all the cultural, sexual, and religious assumptions that teach you physical self-contempt.

But we must. We must stop the self-contempt.

We must learn to be compassionate to our skin.

We must be respectful to our bones.

We must be grateful to our hearts.

We must be in love with our own smiles.

We must come to see our bodies just as we do our spirits; an incarnation of the Divine in this form, so that it can express itself.

We are uniquely, beautifully, strangely us. And we need to start loving each and every part. Even those parts we want to transform. Especially those parts we think make us unattractive, unworthy, unlovable. Lean into them. Love yourself anyway. And never let yourself hate your body again. Because, really, one day you will be without it. And then, we will all realize the beautiful gift that it was, each and every lump and bump.

So, just for today, love who you are. Just as you are. Because you are beautiful. Because you are strong. Because you are compassionate. Because you are worth loving.

Fall in love with yourself. There’s no more important person on the planet for you to be in love with.

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If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorder Association hotline at 1-800-931-2237.

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Happy Chinese New Year! 2017 year of the Rooster…

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That one time we accidentally had a rooster at the Dahlstrom suburban farm. “Oedipus,” we called him!

John Copeland
Rancho Olivos
2390 N. Refugio Rd.
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
www.ranchoolivos.com

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Dr. Eric P. Dahlstrom, D.C., L.Ac.
Santa Monica Healing Arts
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One Vote that you can feel really GOOD about!

“Best of the Westside 2016” Results are in…Winner!

That’s right. Dr. Eric has been included in The Argonaut Magazine’s “Best of the Westside” AGAIN this year – for the 4th year in a row! In 2016 we have a trifecta!:

1st Place! Best Holistic Medicine Practice

2nd Place! Chiropractic

3rd Place! Acupuncture

Very special thanks to all of our friends & patients for your votes!

http://argonautnews.com/best-of-the-westside-2016-health-fitness-winners/best-16

Now come pay us a visit. 310.207.0222

Coby Dahlstrom
aka #mrsdrdahl
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Santa Monica Healing Arts
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Ready for Fall? THIS!: seasonal butternut squash soup

#mrsdrdahl’s first sight of fall soup

Anyone else noticing that the air smells a little different? There is misty fog in the morning before work or school drop off. And at the end of the day, it’s a bit chilly? Yay FALL! (or what we know of it in LA anyway).

In Dr. Eric’s garden its fall too; the summer squash is ripening. In the last few weeks, he’s brought home several different varieties (pumpkins, patty pans, Lebanese zucchini, yellow summer squash, and butternut (my fave).

When the squash comes home, and you need a sweater in the evenings, it’s SOUP SEASON!

Oh, I made a yummy one the other night for our first dive in.  So yummy, in fact, that I got 40+ likes on instagram (@mrsdrdahl).  So I’m thinking that it might be worthy of a blog here on Dr. D’s website.  This soup is not only delicious, and nutritious, but easy!  Here it is:

mrsdrdahl’s First Sight of Fall Soup (Roasted Butternut Squash)

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A recent Sunday’s harvest from Dr. Eric’s garden

1 large whole organic butternut squash

2 Tbs organic butter (preferably Kerrygold Irish butter)

1 organic apple (preferably fuji or gala)

1 organic yellow onion (or maui)

2 bay leaves

1/4 tsp fresh thyme

1/4 tsp fresh terragon

1/4 tsp turmeric

1/4 tsp cinnamon

dash cayenne (or two or three)

2 C bone broth (preferably homemade) chicken (or veggie)

1 C filtered water

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Dr. Eric in his happy place

1 tsp sea salt

2 dashes white pepper (or three)

fresh ground black pepper to taste

squeeze of lemon

1/2 C organic milk (or almond, hemp, rice, goat, cream, etc)

seeds of the butternut squash

whole plain organic yogurt (goat or greek ok, or sour cream)

dash of paprika

Lucero Olive Oil’s Evoo Favolosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil (preferably)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375.
  2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and hollow out the middle separating the seeds and setting them aside (do not throw out). Cover the inside surface of the exposed squash meat with olive oil then place insides up on a baking sheet covered in parchment. Add the cleaned squash seeds to the lined baking pan, and place all in the oven to roast.
  3. Be sure to check on the seeds after about 15-20 minutes and take them out or they will burn! When cooler, toss seeds in Lucero’s Favolosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) & sea salt. Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, return the squash to the oven. Roast for approx 1 hour (total) until your house smells amazing, it is slightly browned on top, & it is soft all the way through when tested with a fork. Remove from oven and let cool.
  5. While the squash is cooking, dice both your onion (skinned) and apple (skin on) and sautee them in a saucepan with 2 Tbs butter (preferably Kerrygold Irish butter) and the bay leaves until apple and onions are clear and soft. Then add spices.
  6. When the squash has cooled considerably, using a spoon, scrape the meat from the skin, discard skin.
  7. Back in the pan, add the broth, water, roasted squash meat, salt & both peppers. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, stirring occassionally for approximately 15 minutes to blend the flavors. Remove from heat and stir in your “milk” of choice. Squeeze in the fresh lemon.

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    immersion blender – the best!

  8. Using a blender (I prefer an immersion blender as it doesn’t require moving the soup from the sauce pan), puree the soup until it is the desired consistency (I prefer it rather lumpy).
  9. Serve garnished with a dollop of yogurt & the reserved roasted butternut squash seeds.  If you want it extra pretty, I’d also add a dash of paprika, and drizzle of the delicious Lucero Favolosa EVOO (not pictured above).
  10. Enjoy!

So, it takes a while, but still it’s easy work. And totally worth it! My kids and hubs both scarfed it down! The soup, and the side -salad of organic kale tossed in another couple of my faves Lucero’s Persian Lime EVOO, and their Mission Fig Balsamic Vinegar, & topped with dried cranberries (as pictured above).

PLUS, as I’ve mentioned before and as you surely know from Dr. Eric, seasonal, local food is ridiculously good for you.  Nature knows best of course, and she provides exactly the things you need when you need them. Wondering what on God’s Green Earth could be so great about butternut squash? well here’s a few things*:

  1. Heart Health. Full of potassium, it helps counteract the effects of sodium and decreases your blood pressure to prevent things like heart attack and stroke.
  2. Helps keep you regular. Full of fiber, it helps with digestion and helps maintain a healthy digestive track with good gut bacteria (and we know how much we are learning lately about THAT!).
  3. Healthy Eyesight. Full of Vitamin A, as well as lutein & zeaxanthin both antioxidants, the squash is great for your eyes.
  4. Healthy Bones. Full of manganese, Vitamin C, Iron folate, & Zinc, it helps maintain calcium absorption, mineral density, & production of collagen, all for healthy bone structure and protection against osteoperosis.
  5. Healty Skin. Full of Vitamin C, it helps prevent dryness and wrinkles and thus keeps you looking youthful! um, yay?!
  6. Healthy Immune Function. Again, with the Vitamin C – we all know that it is like, the best to help you fight infection.
  7. Reduces Inlammation. Yessir! the winner. Inflammation is the cause of most of our pain and disease. B-squash has the antioxidant beta-cryptoxanthin which reduces that shite. Need I list how studies show…reduces inflammation-related disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, regular arthritis, cancer…& all those yuckies?
  8. Aids in weight loss – what?! less than 100 calories, 26 carbs, and almost no fat. Great for filling you up without weighing you down.

*The above list of benefits is summarized from the following: http://www.organicauthority.com/8-incredible-nutrition-and-health-benefits-of-butternut-squash/

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homemade bone broth

So, those are some freakin’ great reasons to eat it.  That, and that it is delicious!  And, we haven’t even looked at the health benefits of all the other awesome ingredients like …. say…

bone broth (see a previous SMHA blog here: http://santamonicahealingarts.com/?p=800), or onions, cayenne, or turmeric (all the rage now re anti-inflammation!)… or how the black pepper helps your body absorb the amaze turmeric…or how lemon juice is alkaline which helps starve and prevent cancer…or paprika, or sea salt, oh and helloooooo OLIVE OIL? the list goes on.

What your body needs, nature provides.  And, right WHEN you need it.  To prevent FLU season (no FLU shots needed thank you very much).  The best bet is #foodasmedicine.  Ask Dr. Eric.  There’s a reason why you crave what you do, when you do. Trust your insticts.  And stay well.

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me in my favorite fall sweater on soup day! The Darcy Grandpa Cardigan in Latte from www.amateursstudio.com

Enjoy!

Coby Dahlstrom (aka #mrsdrdahl)

for

Dr. Eric P. Dahlstrom, D.C., L.Ac.
Santa Monica Healing Arts

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PS: For fun & just in case you might be interested, I’ve used the same inspiring base recipe for years for all of my butternut squash soup variations…you can find it here: http://www.chowhound.com/recipes/roasted-butternut-squash-soup-30466

PPS: I swear I don’t work for Lucero Olive Oil, lol.  But I do LOVE their amazing healthy gourment products! Ridiculous good. Every time our family makes the trip up to visit Dr. Eric’s mom or sister in Nor Cal, we stop off and visit the beautiful tasting room in Corning.  And we order them online a lot too.  They have great sales and super gift sets which are great for all our foodie friends and stocking stuffers. Just because it was so tasty with our butternut squash seeds, here’s the link for the Favolosa EVOO, but be sure to check out the Persian Lime as well (I think it’s even on sale right now!), and all the super balsamic vinegars! http://www.lucerooliveoil.com/single-variety-evoo/favolosa-extra-virgin-olive-oil.html

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lateral learning – why a school garden is so important!

PPPS: Last year, about this time, Dr. Eric sponsored the most amazing thing at the Kentwood School Garden for the 3rd graders and their school-grown butternut squash.  It was truly one of the highlights of my health/food/garden/mom life! Kids need school gardens – for so many reasons. Need a little inspiration?  Check out my last year’s October blog “The Whole Kit and Caboodle for Kentwood” here: http://santamonicahealingarts.com/?p=1156

 

 

 

 

OILY FOOD an excerpt from “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Kingsolver/Hopp

Following is an exerpt written by Stephen L. Hopp for Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – A Year of Food Life 51PfhTR2k-Lby Kingsolver/Hopp

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“Americans put almost as much fossil fuel into our regrigerators as our cars. We’re consuming about 400 gallons of oil a year per citizen – about 17 percent of our nation’s energy use- for agriculture, a close second to our vehicular use. Tractors, combines, harvesters, irrigation, sprayers, tillers, balers, and other equipment all use petroleum. Even bigger gas guzzlers on the farm are not the machines, but the so-called inputs. Synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides use oil and natural gas as their starting materials, and in their manufacturing. More than a quarter of all farming energy goes into synthetic fertilizers.

But getting the crop from seed to harvest takes only one-fifth of the total oil used for our food. The lion’s share is consumed during the trip from the farm to your plate. Each food item in a typical U.S. meal has traveled an average of 1,500 miles. In addition to direct transport, other fuel-thristy steps include processsing (drying, milling, cutting, sorting, baking), packaging, wherehousing, and refrigeration. Energy calories consumed by production, packaging, and shipping far outweigh the energy calories we receive from the food.

A quick way to improve food-related fuel economy would be to buy a quart of motor oil and drink it. More palatable options are available. If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country’s oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week. That’s not gallons, but barrels. Small changes in buying habits can make big differences. Becoming a less energy-dependent nation may just need to start with a good breakfast.” images-3

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Taken from the dust jacket back cover: “Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial food pipeline to live a rural life- vowing that, for one year, they’d only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it.  Part memoire, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is an enthralling narrative that will open our eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.”

If you are interested in reading this fantastic book (and we suggest you do), you can find it here:

https://www.amazon.com/Animal-Vegetable-Miracle-Year-Food/dp/0060852569/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471453919&sr=8-1&keywords=animal+vegetable+miracle

~ Coby Dahlstromimages-2

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Santa Monica Healing Arts
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HOME GROWN an excerpt from “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Kingsolver/Hopp

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THIS BOOK is a must read.

what is it about? Food as Medicine.

Taken from the dust jacket back cover: “Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial food pipeline to live a rural life- vowing that, for one year, they’d only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it.  Part memoire, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is an enthralling narrative that will open our eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.”

Just for fun. here’s one excerpt, written by Steven L. Hopp, the author’s husband who in addition to being an author of essays, is also a teacher of environmentl studies at Emory and Henry College. It addresses a concern MANY of our Patients and online followers have regarding growing your own food…

“HOME GROWN

Oh sure, Barbara Kingsolver has forty acres and Mule (a donkey, actually). But how can someone like me participate in the spirit of growing things, when my apartment overlooks the freeway and other people’s windows?

How big is that spare bedroom? Just kidding. But even for people who live in urban areas (more than half our population), directly contributing to local food economies isn’t out of the question. Container gardening on porches, balconies, back steps, or even a sunny window can yield a surprising amount of sprouts, herbs, and even produce. Just a few tomato plants in big flowerpots can be surprisingly productive.

If you have any yard at all, part of it can become a garden. You can spade up the sunnniest part of it for seasonal vegetables, or go for the more understated option of using perennial edibles in your landscaping. Fruit, nut, citrus, or berry plants come in many attractive forms, with appropriate choices for every region of the country.

If you’re not a landowner, you can still find in most urban areas some opportunity to garden. Many community-supported agriculture (CSA) operations allow or even require subscribers to participate on their farms; they might even offer a work-for-food arrangement. Most urban areas also host community gardens, using various organizational protocols – a widespread practice in European cities that has taken root here. Some rent garden spaces to the first comers; others provide free space for neighborhood residents. Some are organized and run by volunteers for some specific goal, such as supplying food to a local school, while others accomodate special needs of disabled participants or at-risk youth. Information and locations can be found at the American Community Garden Association site: www.communitygarden.org.”

If you are interested in reading this fantastic book (and we suggest you do), you can find it here:

https://www.amazon.com/Animal-Vegetable-Miracle-Year-Food/dp/0060852569/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471453919&sr=8-1&keywords=animal+vegetable+miracle

~ Coby Dahlstrom

for
Dr. Eric P. Dahlstrom, D.C., L.Ac.
Santa Monica Healing Arts

 

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Laissez les bons temps rouler! Lent starts tomorrow…

By John Copeland for SMHA

th-1Today is known as Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday and Carnival, all traditional names for the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It is more commonly known as Mardi Gras, which is simply Fat Tuesday in French. No matter what its name is, the day before Ash Wednesday has long been a time for eating and merry making.

 Fat Tuesday is a Christian holiday, is also known as Carnival and is celebrated in many countries around the world, mainly those with large Roman Catholic populations, on the day before the religious season of Lent begins.  Today, Brazil, Venice and New Orleans play host to the holiday’s most famous public festivities, drawing thousands of tourists and revelers every year.

Ash Wednesday, which is tomorrow, marks the start of Lent, the six weeks directly before Easter.  The forty day Lenten period is observed by many Christians with fasting and penitential practices. Traditionally during Lent, no parties or other celebrations are held, and people refrain from eating rich foods, such as meat, dairy, fats and sugar. These forty days of Lent, recall the Gospel accounts of the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness, serve to mark an annual time of turning.

 Traditionally, in the days leading up to Lent, merrymakers would binge on all the meat, eggs, milk and cheese that remained in their homes.  Fat Tuesday was traditionally a time to use up all the milk, butter and eggs left in the kitchen. These ingredients were often used to make pancakes, which is why in spots of the globe it is still called Pancake Day.th-6


Across the globe, pre-Lenten festivals continue to be held in many countries with significant Roman Catholic populations. Brazil’s weeklong Carnival festivities feature a vibrant amalgam of European, African and native traditions.  In Canada, Quebec City hosts the giant Quebec Winter Carnival.  In Italy, tourists flock to Venice’s Carnevale, which dates back to the 13th century and is famous for its masquerade balls.  Known as Karneval, Fastnacht or Fasching, the German celebration includes parades, costume balls and a tradition that empowers women to cut off men’s ties.

According to historians, Mardi Gras actually dates back thousands of years and is related to pagan celebrations of spring and fertility, including the raucous Roman festival of Lupercalia. When Christianity became nascent in Rome, the early church leaders incorporated many of the  popular pagan traditions, an easier task than abolishing them altogether, as a prelude to Lent, the 40 days of penance between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.th

The word Carnival is actually rooted in these celebrations.  Although its origin is disputed, as are many things in the past, folk etymologies exist which state that Carnival comes from the Late Latin expression “carne vale,” which means “farewell to meat”, signifying that these are the last days when one could eat meat before the fasting of Lent. The word “carne” can also be translated as “flesh,” suggesting “carne vale” as “a farewell to the flesh,” a meaning enthusiastically embraced by some Carnival celebrants who encourage embracing the carefree nature of the festival.

Some of the best-known traditions, including carnival parades and masquerade ball masquerading, were first recorded in medieval Italy. The carnival of Venice was, for a long time, the most famous carnival. From Italy, carnival traditions spread to the Catholic nations of Spain, Portugal, and France. From France, they spread to the Rhineland of Germany, and to New France in North America. From Spain and Portugal, they spread with Catholic colonization to the Caribbean and Latin America.

Many historians believe that the first American Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699, when the French explorers Iberville and Bienville landed south of the holiday’s future American epicenter: New Orleans. They held a small celebration and dubbed the spot Point du Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras was observed in Mobile, Alabama, by French soldiers when it was a still a colony of France in 1703. In the decades that followed, New Orleans and other French settlements began marking the holiday with street parties, masked balls and lavish dinners.  When the Spanish took control of New Orleans, however, they abolished these rowdy festivities, and the bans remained in force until Louisiana became part of the United States in 1812.th-2


On Mardi Gras in 1827, a group of students donned colorful costumes and danced through the streets of New Orleans, emulating the revelry they’d observed while visiting Paris. Ten years later, the first recorded New Orleans Mardi Gras parade took place, a tradition that continues to this day. In 1840 the Cowbellion de Rakin Society, a Mobile organizations journeyed to New Orleans to the secret society of New Orleans businessmen called the Mistick Krewe of Comus organize a torch-lit Mardi Gras procession with marching bands and rolling floats, setting the tone for future public celebrations in the city. Since then, krewes have remained a fixture of the Carnival scene throughout Louisiana. The event was well received and continued until it was suspended during the American Civil War. Mardi Gras was one of the first local institutions to be revived after the war. It reappeared in 1866 and has continued to grow in modern times.
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Today, traditional Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans spotlight the King of the Carnival and the Monarch of Merriment, as well as Comus, the God of Revelry. Many people dress up in eye-catching costumes and a spectacular ball is held. Debutantes are introduced at the Ball Tablaeu in their formal introduction to society.

People throw trinkets to crowds as part of the customary “parade throw” at New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebration. During the Bacchus parade, the king’s float throws doubloons with the image of the “Celebrity King” on one side of the doubloon (cups and toy coins) to parade watchers. Traditional Mardi Gras food includes the King Cake in which a pecan or charm is hidden. The person who gets a piece of the cake with the charm or nut is dubbed the “king” of that year’s Mardi Gras.

Louisiana is the only state in which Mardi Gras is a legal holiday. However, elaborate carnival festivities draw crowds in other parts of the United States during the Mardi Gras season as well, including Alabama and Mississippi. Each region has its own events and traditions.

 

Mardi Gras festivities are particularly colorful in French cities such as Cannes, Grasse, and Nice. Celebrations feature grand parades of flower covered floats with giant figures. People are dressed in costumes and confetti is thrown as an expression of merriment or joy.  A grotesque effigy that represents evil is burned at the end of the day.


It is also traditional in many parts of France to eat a large meal that includes crepes or waffles. Some people in the United Kingdom celebrate the day, known as Pancake Day, with games and races that involve tossing pancakes in the air. People in some parts of northern Sweden eat a meat stew on Shrove Tuesday, while those in the south eat “Shrove Tuesday buns” called semlor, which are filled with almond paste and topped with whipped cream.
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Today, is a the time to party it up, and…Eat! Happy Mardi Gras!
 
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John Copeland
Rancho Olivos
2390 N. Refugio Rd.
Santa Ynez, CA 93460

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Santa Monica Healing Arts
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Happy New Year! Gong Hey Fat Choy!

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Happy New Year, again!  In 2016, we celebrated New Years on January 1st and this past Sunday, February 8th, it was New Years once again – Chinese New Year, also called the Lunar New Year.  It is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.  Only, in much of Asia it is not 2016, according to the Chinese calendar it is the year 4715.

About one sixth of the people on our planet are celebrating New Years over the next several days.  In cities, towns and villages across China, one-fifth of the world’s population is welcoming the Year of the Monkey.  It is the biggest festival of the year in China, and many other Asian nations. Taiwan, Bhutan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Japan all celebrate the Lunar New Year.
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The Lunar New Year is based on the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, and it falls on the second new moon after winter solstice – somewhere between 21 January and 19 February, so unlike January 1st, the date of the Lunar New Year changes from year to year.

Although China has used the Gregorian calendar since 1912, the lunisolar calendar continues to be used to mark traditional holidays such as the New Year and the fall moon festival. It’s also used astrologically to select favorable dates for weddings and other special events.

The Lunar New Year has the longest chronological record in history, dating from 2697 BCE, when the Chinese Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac. The Chinese calendar is based on a complex lunisolar calendar system that uses both lunar and solar cycles to mark time. And there are several different symbolic cycles within the calendar, used in Chinese astrology, that make it an intricate and complex measurement of time.

The Lunar New Year is based strictly on astronomical observations, and has nothing to do with the Pope, emperors, animals or myths. Due to its scientific and mathematical nature, the Chinese calendar allows us to easily and precisely calculate backward or forward for thousands of years.
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This system is extremely practical. A child does not have to learn a new answer to the question, “How old are you?” in each new year. Old people often lose track of their age, because they are rarely asked about their present age. Every one just has to remember that he or she was born in the “Year of the Dog” or whatever.

The Chinese Lunar Calendar names each of the twelve years after an animal. Legend has it that Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he died. Only twelve came to bid him farewell and as a reward he named a year after each one in the order they arrived. The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born has a profound influence on personality, saying: “This is the animal that hides in your heart.” 2016 is the Year of the Monkey.  The Red Fire Monkey to be exact.

The monkey is intelligent, smart, wise, curious, energetic, impulsive, inventive, hyperactive, cheeky, strong-minded and vigilant. Red monkeys are problem solvers and work well within group environments, while retaining their individuality.  The monkey, like all things, has a shadow side, which can bring out infidelity and trust issues.12705210_10207604168838983_3903590007763715836_n
Like any fresh start of a year, questions abound about wealth, health and matters of the heart.

For many in China, Feng Shui masters with their astrological readings and predictions are merely a fun activity to pass the time. But for the superstitious, horoscope experts provide important guidance for the coming year.

The Year of the Monkey runs from February 8th, 2016 until January 27th, 2017, and this year, people who are born under the sign of the rabbit, snake, ox, rooster and rat will have the best luck out of all of the animal signs. More women will be in power this year, but all signs must be vigilant about health issues and potential accidents.

The Lunar New Year is a time of family reunion. Family members gather at each other’s homes for visits and shared meals, most significantly a feast on New Year’s Eve.  At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children “lucky money” in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The fireworks, which are being forgone in most of China this year because of air pollution are rooted in a similar ancient custom. In ancient times, people in China lit bamboo stalks, believing that the crackling flames would frighten evil spirits.
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And to finish up, how did the Chinese Zodiac become named after animals?  Well, tradition says that the Jade Emperor, or Emperor of Heaven summoned all the animals of the Earth, and he gave a year to each of the first 12 animals to arrive.

When the cat heard the news, he told rat about it and the two animals decided to go together the next day. However, the next morning the rat did not wake up the cat. Therefore, the cat could not make it to the gathering on time and did not get a year. This is why there is no year of the cat and is the reason why cats hunt rats.

Still, the rat made it first to the assembly and received the first year. The Year of the Rat is the start of the Chinese Zodiac Cycle – which repeats every 12 years. The rat used a lot of trickery to arrive first. He tricked the ox to let him ride on its head. The ox agreed and they went together. Just when they were about to reach to the assembly the clever rat jumped off the ox’s head and passed through the entrance gate first. The Ox was second followed by the Tiger and the Rabbit.th-4

The Dragon, even though it was the largest, fastest and most powerful animal of creation, arrived fifth because it stopped along the way to make rain for the farmers and to help the Rabbit cross the river that all animals had to cross to arrive at the Emperor’s palace.

The Dragon was follow by the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig.

But only twelve animals came to offer Buddha farewell and as a token of appreciation he named a year after each of the twelve animals in the order they arrived. In this way each year got linked with an animal. People born in that year are believed to share different traits.

The Year of the Monkey has arrived. So welcome the Monkey and have a very prosperous New Year ahead.
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Happy New Year.
Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin)
Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese)
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John Copeland
Rancho Olivos
2390 N. Refugio Rd.
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
www.ranchoolivos.com
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Santa Monica Healing Arts
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“The Whole Kit & Caboodle” for Kentwood ~ Sponsored by Dr. Eric

 

UnknownSo do you guys know what lateral thinking is? Have you heard of project-based learning? You may have recently, especially if you have a student in LAUSD as the new Common Core standards are trying to encompass a bit more of it.  Well, just for fun here’s the definition::

“Lateral thinking is solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic. The term was coined in 1967 by Edward de Bono.”pimr

If any of you have visited Dr. Eric for help solving a problem that as it turns out, is not straight chiropractic, or if you’ve been there for a headache for example, and walked away with a saliva test kit and two bottles from Standard Process, then you know kinda what I mean.

Dr. Eric likes to use integrated alternative therapies to find the root cause of a person’s dis-ease. He’s not one to rack and crack, and he’s not a big fan of band-aids (metaphorically speaking). He likes to find the ROOT cause of your pain and works to put you back in balance, homeostasis. Often this requires a lot of lateral thinking. That’s one of the reasons why he is good at what he does.  He thinks outside the box – the box of most Western Medicine – and he can help you heal.10984159_10204528413145241_5732512652723273381_n

 

Another thing that Dr. Eric does is sponsor #minimrsdrdahl’s school garden. Which helps to foster the same thing: Lateral learning. That way the kids get the whole kit and caboodle too. Literally. Nutrition, sure, gardening, agriculture, sure, but also history, science, literature, math, social studies, art, homemaking, vocabulary, and even sex-ed.

Today for example, was a red letter day in the Kentwood School garden.

8 months ago, in March, Kentwood kids planted butternut squash seeds. Students visited their budding seedlings during recess most days and watered them as they grew.  Over the summer, our PTO-sponsored drip watering system fed those plants as they turned into vines.  Upon our return in August, they were growing like mad, flowering, and had some small squash beginning. By Fall, those squash were ready to pick.10955207_10204579795429766_4143826007299995770_n

Last year, Dr. Eric was the one who figured that the school, and students would best benefit if we preserved the fruits of their labor, especially over the summer. Luckily, I’m good at canning. And Dr. Eric, ever the one for linguistic puns, coined the term “Koala Food” (the school mascot is Kenny the Koala).  We will be selling the finished products this coming spring, in our silent auction at Family Fun Day. All organic, kid-grown, school garden produce and recipes. So far, we have at least two dozen jars put up.10313056_10204579709067607_3056720641652066879_n

Recently, our wonderful school librarian approached me. She had thought of me, she said, when she read a darling book called “Sophie’s Squash” (Pat Zietlow Miller & Anne Wilsdorf). The story is about a little girl who thinks a butternut squash is so neat, she decides to make it her new toy.  She draws a face on it and takes it with her everywhere just like a baby doll; She cannot be swayed to eat it or switch it out for another toy.  When the squash starts to finally get soft, she consults the farmers market…they tell her to tuck it away in a bed of soil and give it lots of water and it will be happy.  The next season, she visits her squash-friend only to find that it has grown into a vine and has produced more baby squash. Delightful story.11159506_10204724049236021_2094583681756832266_n

“AWESOME!” I said. We just happen to have a butternut squash growing in the school garden right now! Our fantastic librarian went on to approach the fabulous 3rd grade teachers, who’s science unit this year covers seeds and planting. I mentioned that I had recently made “Koala Food” butternut squash soup that they could taste too! And it all fell into place.

Today, 8 months of work came to fruition. I witnessed first hand, the reasons why I do what I do. Why Dr. Eric spends his weekends toiling in the school garden.

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The 3rd graders and I talked about seasons, the Fall and what that means, what holidays happen in the Autumn, what foods they associate with those holidays. We discussed how butternut squash is similar to pumpkin moreso than zucchini, and how one butternut squash varietal differs from another. I showed them three different kinds of butternut squash.  They recognized the similarity when comparing themselves with their classmates: all human, all kids, all the same, but different – different colors, different shapes, different sizes. Fun new adjectives were used to describe the differences (of the fruits): oblong, bulbous, knobby, smooth, oval, orange, golden, big, giant, petite, graceful, curvy. We learned the meaning of “heirloom,” which like their family’s collectibles or finery, is a very special, handed-down-through-generations seed type that isn’t usually available in standard grocery stores. They recognized thusly the importance of supporting local family farms and supporting their local farmer’s market. 11137164_10205656077856154_2385955535524519663_n

In the eating of the recipe itself, the students had an opportunity to enhance the dimension of their learning.  Sensory appreciations: taste, texture, sweet, salty…”In the soup are apples, onions, sage, cinammon, can you taste them?” I asked. “Can you smell the cinammon?” We passed around fresh sage…doesn’t it complement the flavor of the squash to have a fresh leaf on top? what does the flavor remind you of? It’s a bit like pumpkin pie but not as sweet…do you know the word savory?”11033976_10205733629514897_271465502817944093_n
I asked them questions that made them think or recognize things they might very well have known but never connected. Did they know that butternut squash originated in Mexico? Or that it was cultivated by Native Americans? I asked them if they had any family recipes that were their family’s “heirlooms.” What other vegetables are orange? what makes them so? Betacarotene I told them.  Its good for eyesight. That squash contains a whole alphabet of vitamins: A,B,C, iron, potassium, zinc, and that those things are anti-oxidants that help reduce risk of cancer, cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke – in short, keep you healthy and happy. The seeds contain tryptophan which is used by your body to help your brain. These orange fruits of fall are excellent for your eyes, and more importantly, your hearts and your brains. Perhaps this is another reason why Sophie chose the squash as her friend? Because what is better for your heart or brain than a really good friend? Or your favorite toy? And to remind them daily, the Librarian will keep the garden-fresh butternut squash in the library, wearing its drawn-on happy face, just like Sophie’s.10420118_10205740252080457_7810252065439398266_n

After we tasted the soup, we walked into the garden and saw another squash growing, and other fall fruits, pumpkins and zucchini. The kids noticed the squash blossoms so we talked about these flowers being either male or female and how the plant needs both sexes living happily side by side in order to grow the fruits. The children surmised that it was, of course, the female flowers that grew the squash. Some of them had eaten stuffed squash blossoms before, filled with Mexican (Queso Fresco), French (Chèvre), Greek (Feta), or Italian (Mozzarella) cheese. If they dared, we tasted the leaves too, which are likewise edible, good for you and can even be used in stir-fry, salads, or instead of tortillas for wraps.11954587_10205781085461266_484969480295904598_n

The kids, if interested, will take home the recipe, allowing them to practice at home both the culinary arts, as well as their math (measurement) skills.  Their teachers will dispearse seeds from one of our school-grown squashes and they will grow their own plants, eventually transplanting them, once again, into the school garden. I am hoping they will talk about this with their families which will in turn foster a growing interest in vegetables and eating well. Perhaps, come spring, they will encourage their parents to bid on the Koala Food items in the silent auction, again encouraging health and wellness at home, as well as providing funding for next year’s school garden.10430458_10205741092701472_4669364781077671490_n

There are lots of expressions that come to mind to describe an experience so all encompassing.  The whole kit and caboodle is one.  Going the whole nine yards is another.  The whole shebang.  Going whole hog, going all in…the list goes on. But it is EVERYTHING.

Days spent like this at school are FUN. Learning like this will motivate these kids to grow into future doctors, scientists, farmers, writers, artists, healers, problem solvers. When they grow up, I hope they make a difference in this world…help us find some balance. And, I sure hope they will be as good at what what they do as Dr. Eric is at what HE does. safe_image.php

Oh, and in case you are FIRED up to try the recipe, this is the one that I loosely followed: http://www.chowhound.com/recipes/roasted-butternut-squash-soup-30466

If you’d like to read the darling book: http://www.amazon.com/Sophies-Squash-Pat-Zietlow-Miller/dp/0307978966

Bon Appetite!

Coby Dahlstrom (aka #mrsdrdahl)

for

Dr. Eric P. Dahlstrom, D.C., L.Ac.
Santa Monica Healing Arts3rd grade

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Sophie’s Squash is the reipient of a number award for children’s literature: 

Booklist Books for Youth Editors’ Choice-WINNER

Golden Kite Award for Fiction-WINNER

School Library Journal Best Book of the Year-WINNER

Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College Children’s Book of the Year-SELECTION 2014

Charlotte Zolotow Award-HONOR 2014

Ezra Jack Keats New Writer/Illustrator Award-HONOR 2014

Inspired by facebook’s query: “What’s on your mind?”

Well Facebook, let me tell you “what’s on my mind…”

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The facebook post that made me think…

I am not a good cook, nor do I particularly like gardening. I am not a “foodie,” and I don’t post pictures of food to boast or make you drool. I am certainly not going to write a cookbook (thank you though to all of you who complement, like, and repost!). I post ‪#‎DrEricsdinner‬ because I believe that the future of humanity is at stake (Special thank you Caitlin Blue for helping that click for me the other day with your political cartoon post!). I am serious. Food is the answer. Food is the medicine. We have become too removed from our natural selves. The Earth gave us the answers and we, in our pursuit of money & more importantly convenience, have forgotten.

Our bodies, this planet, are nothing but a complex chemical experiment that is gone awry. Every SINGLE thing we put on or in ourselves and on this planet complicates our existence. Now, I’m all for the progess that we’ve made- antibiotics can save lives and indoor plumbing sure did, and 3D printing is mind-blowing – but let’s not forget where we came from, let’s not go overboard, and let’s not blindly believe the establishment. This Earth gave us all we needed. The cures lie in the seasonal gifts from her. Cancer, endocrine disruptors, MTHFR, inflammation, heart attack, depression, jealousy, greed, laziness, cholesterol, auto-immune disorders, lupis, gluten intolerance, bladder infections, leaky gut, rheumatiod arthritis, anxiety…insanity…are the result of un unbalanced world. DIS-EASE. What good is wealth if you don’t have health?

I will not walk in a race for the cure, or buy a plastic BPA filled pink bracelet. I believe cures (and prevention), and not just for Cancer, lie in the organic, local, seasonal food we eat, the raw food supplements that we take, the available herbs all around us. And more importantly, what we DON’T eat. Weston Price knew this as early as the 1930s (http://www.westonaprice.org/…/principles-of-healthy-diets-2/). Traditional Chinese Medicine has cured for 2,000 years (http://www.drweil.com/…/Traditional-Chinese-Medicine-Dr-Wei…). The Ancient Celts cured with herbal medicine (http://glmorrisbda.hubpages.com/…/Healing-Herbs-of-the-Anci…), as did the native Americans (http://www.healthandhealingny.org/tradition_hea…/native.html). I do not believe that mandatory vaccination is effective or constituional (not up for debate with me). I believe in building a healthy well-tested immune system. I believe in PREVENTION. It is NOT ok to have a child look at lettuce growing in the ground and say, “wow, I’ve never seen that…or eaten it.”11054469_708175609309876_659682563476613235_n

It’s not okay that my drinking water is infused with someone else’s prescription medicine.  It’s not okay that I’m being forced to inhale Alzheimer’s and Cancer from the sky and your car. I don’t appreciate pesticides in my groundwater or plastics in the ocean. I take every precaution, every day, to undo what others have done to our Earth in order to pad their pockets. These meals you see? They are my CURE. I am saving humanity one squash at a time. One quiche at a time. One child at a time.11218691_919337164826016_7599357560218646815_n

More pressingly, I do not have faith that humanity will reach an acceptable way to deter gun violence, not with beurocracy, pharmaceuticals, therapy, or incarceration. Not when so many people’s chemical imbalances have psychiatric consequences -and monetary ones – both shooters AND politicians. Virtually every single one of the perpetrators in the mass shootings of the past 20 years was or had been on some prescription psychotropic medication – read SSRIs (http://m.disclose.tv/…/every_mass_shooting_over_last…/119552).  Depression and anxiety can be both caused and cured by what you do or don’t eat.  And poverty often causes folks to eat the WRONG stuff.  Don’t even get me started on Politicians and their drug convictions – crack, Oxycodone, Marajuana, Cocaine, the list goes one – and they have money.  It is not about class or social status. We are all out of balance. We are the blind leading the blind. And all of this is entrenched in somebody’s bottom line. No one other than you benefits from your growing your own food though…ask Ron Finley (“growing your own food is like growing your own money”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzZzZ_qpZ4w).

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How I know food can balance…my supplements.

Our world is toxic. The only way is to reconnect with our Mother. Treat her and all her creatures with kindness. Find homeostasis. Put your hands in the dirt. Work hard. Find the knowledge that our forebearers had and we have lost. It is possible. Balancing ourselves is possible – hey, I know a guy who can help you do it..Dr. Eric Dahlstrom at Santa Monica Healing Arts! Understand of course that what I believe and what he believes are NOT the same, but he CAN balance you that’s for sure. He did me, that’s why I know its possible (thank you very much to Apex Energetics Serotone Active K-38, and Estrovera specifically).

I am not supermom. I am not very good at debate, and I am certainly not patient enough to be a teacher. I am way too opinionated, and I don’t even really like children?! (Wait did I say that out loud?) But I do enjoy making a difference. I love seeing the joy and astonishment on kids’ faces in the school garden when we eat the celery that they grew right out of the garden. “Wait,” they say, “we can eat this? We don’t have to wash it or anything?” No kid. It’s that easy. It grows, you eat it. No pesticides to wash or bags of plastic to open…”You sure?” They say. Yep I am sure. If only everything could be such a sure thing.

But what I realized the other day, with thanks to my friend Melinda, is that folks might not be getting my message. I hope to inspire. I hope to lead by example. If I can do this thing…make every single meal a political statement, make every single dinner count, so can all of you. The choices we can get ourselves embroiled in are infinate; Each step we take offfers up a landmine of consequences. By using the Buycott Ap (http://www.buycott.com), I know sometimes I’m choosing 6 of one over 1/2 dozen of the other. But I CHOOSE. I make a difference. I put my money where my mouth is and vice versa.

Oh, and… “I’m sorry if the pictures of my political meal are annoying you…I assumed the future of humanity was worth discussing!”

btw: if you enjoyed this rant…you might also enjoy reading my occassional blogs at www.santamonicahealingarts.com! hey, wait, maybe I should make this a blog?! great idea…..!

Coby Dahlstrom (aka #mrsdrdahl)

for

Dr. Eric P. Dahlstrom, D.C., L.Ac.
Santa Monica Healing Arts
Providing Chiropractic Care and Acupuncture in Santa Monica since 1999 (http://santamonicahealingarts.com). Check out our 5-star Review on Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/santa-monica-healing-arts-santa-monica) or find us on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Santa-Monica-Healing-Arts)
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