December 2018 Newsletter
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"Don't you know yet?
It is your Light that lights the worlds."

– Rumi

Last month I spent two days in Chico volunteering with Acupuncturists Without Borders treating community members/evacuees from the Camp Fire. The first day was at a free community Wellness Clinic, which also provided Reiki, sound healing, meditation, yoga, massage, and childcare. Other AWB volunteers and I treated 30 people that day. I returned a few days later to the Chico Silver Dollar Fairgrounds and treated first responders. I met firefighters from all over Oregon and California, (including Winters), and boy are they a quirky bunch with a good sense of humor! There was even a search and rescue team that had driven 13 hours from Arizona to help. We heard a number of times from very seasoned firefighters that they have never seen anything like this in all their years of fighting fires. The work they do is humbling.

It has been easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless in times of disasters and seemingly endless smoke-filled days, when we couldn't see the sun and it felt like one tragedy after another. It can be easy to think that you can't make much of a difference and to want to run away or hunker down till it all passes over. In the words of my dear ballet teacher, "Do what you can!" Even if you think it's not much, EACH of us has the ability to shine our light out into the world and to make it that much brighter and easier for someone else. Our lives are an amazing gift!! 

Wellness Event in Chico - 12/15/18

In November I participated in a holistic Community Wellness Clinic in Chico, providing relief services to evacuees from the Camp Fire.
The Wellness Collective will be hosting another similar clinic this Saturday, from 11-4 at the Wildflower Open Classroom, 2414 Cohasset RD., STE. 3, Chico, next to Cathy’s Sew and Vac.
This event is open to ALL in need including caretakers, first responders, evacuees, and anyone who is feeling effects and stress of the recent fire, and is open to all ages.

For more information, please visit the event's Facebook Page:

Bone Broth is HOT!

You may have read about the rise in popularity of bone broth, also known as soup stock. A classic remedy for colds and flus, it has been used in multiple cultures throughout history for ailments that affect connective tissues, such as the gastrointestinal tract, the joints, the skin, the lungs, the muscles, and the blood. Here's a short list of some of the healing components of bone broth:
▪ Gelatin: repairs gut lining
▪ Glycine: enhances the liverʼs ability to detox, absorption of calcium, manufacture of hormones, production of the antioxidant glutathione
▪ Chrondroitin sulfate: benefits joints
▪ Glucosamine: benefits joints
▪ Calcium: benefits bones, muscle function, cellular function, cardiac function
▪ Magnesium: benefits bones via calcium absorption
▪ Phosphorus: benefits bones
▪ Collagen: enhances elasticity and structure of skin
▪ Proline: collagen structure

Bone broth is very simple to make, especially if you have a crock pot or a pressure cooker. If you roast a chicken, save the carcass in a plastic bag in the freezer and add carrot peelings, onions, leek greens, and celery leaves to it until you have enough to fill your crock pot. I usually add several whole cloves, a couple of bay leaves, some garlic, and occasionally some lemongrass. Cover with water and either a splash of vinegar or some lemon juice (to help leach the minerals from the bones) and set the crock pot on low. Cook overnight, remove and strain the broth, then cover the bones and vegetables with more water and cook again. You can do this several times, adding more vegetables as you go. Season with salt when finished.

Refrigerate or freeze your broth (ice cube trays are great for small amounts) and use it for soup or cooking beans or vegetables.
Interested in finding a recipe or article from one of my old newsletters? Links to them are listed on my website.
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Do you have an FSA (Flexible Spending Account) or medical spending account that expires at the end of December? Acupuncture is usually a covered medical expense. Check your plan to see whether it is covered and let me know if you need copies of any documents to submit for reimbursement.

The office will be closed between December 22 - January 2,
EXCEPT Thursday, December 27th
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