Susan Tretakis

TCM and Fear

TCM and Fear

Fear is my “F word”. Some background: My father was a NYC policeman, then detective, and it was his belief that he prepare his daughter for a very dangerous world.  Never once did I leave the house being prepared for the worst: a flat tire, a car accident, meeting up with an escaped killer/rapist/ kidnapper/thief. Having “mad money stuck in […]

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TCM and Food

TCM and Food

Is anyone else suffering nutritional and diet information overload? Going food shopping has become similar to when I was taking statistics in college; confusion and questions reign. A friend of mine, a certified nutritionist, tells her clients that they should never read the front of any package but go directly to the listed ingredients on the back. Identifying and deciphering […]

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Acupuncture and Resilience

Acupuncture and Resilience

It’s been a tough few weeks. Not just for myself, but also for my friends, neighbors and I suspect, for many who I do not know. From the almost daily news alerts of police lockdowns due to bomb threats in local schools and parks through to the heart breaking, inexplicable, friends’ family losses due to cancer, heart attacks and traffic […]

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TCM and Grief

TCM and Grief

Grief is a horrible emotion; it means that you have lost someone or something from your life.   At some point, everyone will experience grief. I view grief as the price one pays for loving and caring; seen through that pair of lenses, grief can be affirming. My inner- professional knows how to work through the grief process. Because it has […]

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TCM and Aging

TCM and Aging

My dining companion leaned across the table and said to me; “I have to tell you, I think your total Traditional Chinese Medicine conversion makes you very brave.” I sat back and thought: “Brave?? Me??? How cool is that!!!!” I believed myself to be as far from brave as one can be; in fact, if there is such a word, […]

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Chinese Herbs 102

Chinese Herbs 102

It’s been a very social month for me, which is somewhat surprising since I am not usually social. In fact, I define the word “introvert” to the max, but I have seen a number of people these past few weeks who I have not seen for many months. Some are snow-birds; others are just busy with this thing we call […]

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The Five Elements

The Five Elements

Some background: As an undergraduate and graduate student, I majored in Psychology. “People”, as a subject, fascinated me. “People” amazed me, disappointed me, and enhanced my life. “People” could also be dangerous to themselves and others. I went to school and later interned at a time where serious personality deficits and mood disorders were treated with drugs and hospitalization. I […]

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