“If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.”
Blood deficiency (xue xu) is a diagnostic term we use in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for someone who is showing signs and symptoms of inadequate nourishment of the blood to the body. It is not uncommon for the women I see for pre-conception care, fertility treatment and pregnancy support to have an element of blood deficiency as part of their diagnosis. Although, blood deficiency is not limited to women in their reproductive years and can also be present in men.
Signs and symptoms may include:
- poor memory
- mild anxiety
- difficulty falling asleep
- pale (face, lips, tongue, nails, eyelids)
- weak nails
- hair loss or premature greying
- low energy
- blurred vision or floaters in the vision
- dry eyes, skin and hair
- tics, tremors and numbness
- women: light or absent periods (maybe after a history of heavy periods)
A lot of these symptoms are consistent with those of iron deficiency anaemia. TCM blood…
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The moon was near its full phase while at Monument Valley recently. I did some photography which included wonderful Luna, so I thought it might be time for a little photography talk. Don’t get too used to it though; I get bored easily with photography how-to (I’d rather do it than talk about it).
As many photographers know, “shooting the moon” when it’s full can yield killer shots, but it can also be a pain trying to deal with the high contrast. To be successful, be persistent, and keep in mind the following:
- The moon needs to be one day before the full phase if you want to shoot it rising at sunset and include the foreground landscape. It is ideal when at sunset the moon is as close to 24 hours before full phase as possible. Realize that the moon’s full phase occurs at a specific time; it doesn’t…
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