Gua sha: The Chinese facial tool for healthy skin and pain relief

Traditional Chinese medicine includes more than just acupuncture. If you follow any health and wellness gurus on Instagram you have likely seen some of the other natural techniques gaining traction here in the U.S — cupping, Chinese herbal medicine and auricular therapy to name a few. But one technique that has gained recent popularity is … Continue reading Gua sha: The Chinese facial tool for healthy skin and pain relief

Why a plant-based diet might be better for your kidneys

There’s a lot of conversation around plant-based, vegan and vegetarian diets as the “healthy” choice. But what makes these diets better for us? Is this even scientifically true? That’s one area medical research continues to explore. Plant-based diets have already been proven to lower your risk of conditions like heart disease, diabetes and obesity. As … Continue reading Why a plant-based diet might be better for your kidneys

How meditation can help you cope with chronic illness

Chronic illness can take many different forms, but the feelings that often accompany it are the same — anxiety, confusion, depression, stress. When I tell people that meditation can help them cope with chronic illness, they often seem skeptical. But in my own life and for the cancer patients I work with, I’ve found that … Continue reading How meditation can help you cope with chronic illness

What doctors want you to know about cancer screenings

Most everyone has heard of cancer screenings, but it seems not everyone knows how they work. According to a recent survey report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, only 5.6 percent of respondents answered all cancer screening questions correctly, meaning most people have inaccurate beliefs about cancer screenings. As a surgical oncologist, this news … Continue reading What doctors want you to know about cancer screenings