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New Year … New Beginnings … New Opportunities … New Hope

Happy New Year

At BIOM we’ve been enjoying the Quiet and Stillness that lingers as the Sun passes slowly past Winter Solstice …

Winter Solstice

The end of the year, as measured by the Gregorian calendar, is a good time to recount and reflect; to recall what has been learned and what wants to be known.

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Sipping tea ... we sat and talked about where we’ve been and where we’d like to go …
It Was A Very Good Year

2015—the Year of the Wood Sheep—was very good at BIOM: balanced and steady; notable in a year full of much ecological, geopolitical and economic stress.

Year of the Sheep

Health-wise, looking back over the year, it’s significant to see that people who have been using Oriental Medicine at BIOM, in a preventive way, have largely avoided getting ill from the array of viruses and bacteria we live with and pass around to each other. 

Kitty Bradshaw Herbalist

There was time devoted to creating and building; repairing and refurbishing. This applies to our health, as well as the health of the things in our life that support our well-being. As a result, we’ve been developing new skills, and continuing to hone the ones we already have. 

… Kitty’s first-time felted hat …

hand-made felt hat

… Michael’s portable workbench …

Handmade portable workbench

Learning-Wise …

Kitty taught a second, year-long, evening class at BIOM called Movement, Meditation and The Medicine, where eight of us got together once a month for two-plus hours to learn, practice and enjoy the Power of Oriental Medicine.

Kitty checking pulses

Michael has been drawing on his 30-plus years experience practicing, teaching and applying the meditative martial arts in daily life. His new program is called Tai Chi For … which he customized into Tai Chi For … Farmers and Gardeners and taught to various groups in the Chimacum, WA farming community.

Michael demonstrating Tai Chi

2016 … Everything Old Is New Again

As the song says … everything old is new again … but that’s only true when there’s a fresh infusion of Energy or Chi …

Michael demonstrating Tai Chi

Chi Dancing

Helping you rebuild and maintain your Energy … your Chi … is what BIOM is here for. We remain committed to offering you the benefits of Oriental Medicine, which include teaching and reminding you of the many things you can do on your own to regain and/or maintain your precious Health.

Fire Monkey

Keep in mind that 2016 intersects with the energetics embodied in the Chinese calendar, which in February brings on the uninhibited antics of the Fire Monkey. This signals a more peripatetic, change-oriented time for everyone. At BIOM, we’ll be on the lookout for instabilities regarding the health of body, mind, and spirit to help you get and stay balanced.

This Year At BIOM

• Kitty will be offering another year-long class focusing on Heart energy because we’re coming into a Fire Element year. And balanced Heart energy affects personal courage, which is much needed as we progress through uncertain times.

• We will continue to focus on how the seasons of the year affect the seasons of our lives, by providing integrated health tips and insights regarding body~mind~spirit.
•  We will be sharing with you simple, satisfying mediations we’ve been enjoying ourselves that provide great benefit when things are going well and when they fall apart.
• We’ll also be creating a new website to make it easier for us to share information about How to Stay Healthy the Oriental Medicine Way and easier for you to ask questions and join the conversation.

So HAPPY NEW YEAR! to you … and Welcome 2016 … a year of Repairing and Building … Health-Wise & Other-Wise …

Fire Monkey

Food Remedies for Colds and Flu

During those times when your immunity is low, and you feel cold- or flu-like symptoms, it’s time to take preventive action by enjoying one of these nourishing, natural home brews.

Learn more about preventing colds and flu.

Scallion Broth

This simple broth will help you sweat lightly, and is an excellent remedy for preventing and getting rid of colds:

  • Take one scallion, and chop it up.
  • Boil in water for 5 to 10 minutes. (Keep the lid on the pot to prevent vapor from escaping.)
  • Strain and flavor with tamari.
  • Sip it slowly, bundle up, then lie down, or go to sleep.
  • Scallion broth is the more effective of the two remedies, but if for some reason it doesn’t appeal to you, ginger tea is a good alternative

    Ginger Tea

    If scallion broth doesn’t suit your culinary fancy, try ginger tea:

  • Put a couple of slices of fresh ginger in one and one-half cups of water.
  • Boil for 5 to 10 minutes. (Time it based on how strong you like your ginger tea.)
  • Keep the lid on the pot to prevent vapor from escaping.
  • Add a little honey and lemon.
  • Sip it slowly, bundle up, then lie down, or go to sleep.

  • Staying Healthy In Winter




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    Seasons change, and your body and mental outlook change with them in predictable ways. Oriental medicine combines knowledge of seasonal characteristics with your unique health situation, to balance your energy (chi) and help you adapt and thrive during the cold months of Winter.


    In this episode of Seasonal Health Tips,’ Kitty talks about how the Water element of Winter affects your health, and how to stay healthy and thrive during the cold months of Winter.

    (To get the most out of what Kitty has to say, open the 5 Element Theory chart in a new window while listening.)
    Length 07:32, Size 8.7 MB



    The Water Element
    Every season is associated with one of the Five Elements, and for Winter, the element is Water—the energetic force that governs the health and functionality of your Kidneys and Urinary Bladder.

    According to Taoist 5 Element Theory, the Kidneys play a key role in the health of the entire lower part of your body. This includes balancing and processing fluids, as well as, strong joints, healthy sexual function, and more.


    Pictures of Health

    Protect Yourself Against Cold
    To avoid getting sick, keep your wrists, ankles, and especially the back of your neck from being exposed to the cold. When you’re outside, be sensitive to how you feel and make sure your extremities don’t get too cold—especially your fingers and toes.

    When your Kidneys are working well, the proper amount of heat is generated in your body, and normal precautions like “bundling up” in the winter will prevent cold from entering and getting trapped in your body. When your Kidneys are out of balance, you’ll notice a persistent feeling of cold in your lower back and extremities. If this is the case, you need to strengthen them. Otherwise you’ll be more vulnerable to pathogens and illness.

    Did You Know ...
    Women living in cold mountainous climates wrap woolen sashes around their waists—with older women wearing more layers, and younger women fewer. Padding around the waist maintains the warmth your Kidneys and internal organs need to function healthily and supports your back when lifting heavy objects.

    Taking Care of Your Kidneys
    There are several ways to build and maintain the health of your kidneys.

    Chi Kung. Take 30 seconds to a minute—a few times during the day—and briskly rub your hands together to generate warmth in your palms. Then place your warm palms on your lower back, and feel the warmth from your palms penetrate into your kidneys. Then, gently massage your back. This simple exercise is an enjoyable way to invigorate your kidneys.

    Chinese Herbs. Traditional Chinese herbal combinations provide an excellent way to strengthen your kidneys.

    Acupuncture & Acupressure. These time-tested methods for improving the flow of chi (health-maintaining energy) in your body works to nurture your kidneys.

    Diet and Nutrition. This basic approach to health is a simple way to nourish your kidneys.

    Did You Know ...
    Vegetables are smart! While the air is cold or freezing, Winter vegetables send their chi (life force) down into their roots where it’s protected underground. Our ancestors were smart too, because they understood the life-sustaining value of these roots ... and we should too.

    Winter Food Tips
    Ancient wisdom tells us that “for everything there is a season ...”. With this in mind, here are some diet and nutrition tips for the Winter season:

    • Eat root vegetables like carrots, onions, potatoes, beets, and (unsweetened) Winter squash. Miso soup is a nourishing Winter soup that provides a healthy way to get the moderate amount of salt you need.
    • Eat foods that are high in calcium to strengthen your kidneys. aduki beans would be a particularly good addition to your Winter diet. Black beans, black “woodear” mushrooms, and black “cloudear” mushrooms will also add robustness to your Kidney energy.

    Winter Health Tips
    Here are some things to be aware of as you become more conscious about how to stay healthy in Winter:

    • Moderate the amount of salty food you eat.
    • Stay away from diuretic foods, like celery.
    • Remember that caffeine is particularly hard on the kidneys. (Consider drinking tea or decaffeinated coffee.)

    An In-Sight ...
    Notice if you find yourself craving salty foods during the Winter. If you do, your kidneys are probably weak and need some strengthening.

    Winter Remedies
    During those time when your immunity is low, and you feel cold- or flu-like symptoms, it’s time to take preventive action by enjoying one of these nourishing, natural home brews.

    Scallion Broth
    This simple broth will help you sweat lightly, and is an excellent remedy for preventing and getting rid of colds:

    • Take one scallion, and chop it up.
    • Boil in water for 5 to 10 minutes. (Keep the lid on the pot to prevent vapor from escaping.)
    • Flavor with tamari.
    • Sip it slowly, bundle up, then lie down, or go to sleep.

    Ginger Tea
    If scallion broth doesn’t suit your culinary fancy, try ginger tea:

    • Put a couple of slices of fresh ginger in one and one-half cups of water.
    • Boil for 5 to 10 minutes. (Time it based on how strong you like your ginger tea.)
    • Keep the lid on the pot to prevent vapor from escaping.
    • Add a little honey and lemon.
    • Sip it slowly, bundle up, then lie down, or go to sleep.

    Scallion broth is the more effective of the two remedies, but if for some reason it doesn’t appeal to you, ginger tea is a good alternative

    Get Help If You Need It
    If you experience any kidney-related symptoms—lower back pain, earaches, knee problems—or other symptoms that don’t clear up quickly, call BIOM for an appointment. It’s best to alleviate your symptoms while addressing the root problem—before it becomes more advanced.

    Related Links
    Seasonal Retreats at BIOM
    Winter Photo Gallery

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