Susan Tretakis

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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Traditional Chinese Medicine and Vertigo

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Vertigo

I don’t “get” these people who love amusement park rides; I don’t understand why someone would pay steadily rising park entrance fees to take a roller coaster ride which goes up and around the track at steadily increasing speeds. I don’t see the allure of that even crazier “tilt-a-world” ride which not only spins you around at increasing speeds but […]

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TCM and Spring

TCM and Spring

I love spring – it’s my favorite season. Living in South Florida limits ones’ season of spring to often a few weeks – sometimes, spring lasts a few hours of even fewer days. While I readily admit these past two years have made me see and revise many things looking through the lenses of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I never thought […]

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Just Say No!

Just Say No!

I grew up watching Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare and Marcus Welby compassionately care for their television patients. This fictional medical world became my reality because, as I have said before, I was a relatively healthy – if large – child. My medical visits were few and far in between. I can only think of one major illness – other than […]

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Chinese Herbs 101

Chinese Herbs 101

If you watch any amount of television you soon realize that in any given hour, you’re going to see a commercial for some new drug. Usually, the commercial begins by asking if you are suffering from an array of illnesses:   allergies, anxiety, arthritis, constipation, depression, digestive issues, headaches, etc., etc. Then after insisting their new drug will cure you, the […]

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Acupuncture and Emotional Trauma

Acupuncture and Emotional Trauma

I have often said that acupuncture has changed my life. Changing ones’ life is no small feat; however, recent events have shown me that acupuncture – along with Traditional Chinese teachings – have helped me regain a life that was shaken to the core this past Valentines’ Day. I live in a community directly impacted by the lone gunman who […]

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TCM and Me

TCM and Me

Yesterday I received an email from a person with whom I have been friends since she was 18 years old. Suffice it to say that we are both decades older from when we first met – me having an additional decade over her. Her email saddened me, but it also illuminated a great truth for me. Seeing my success with […]

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TCM and Yoga

TCM and Yoga

Stretching for the Win – by Susan Tretakis – Most of you are familiar with the story of Pavlov’s experiment with the dog. The definitive example of “classical conditioning”, it is why I can no longer allow myself to watch info-commercials on television at 2 and 3 in the morning. Like Pavlov’s dog, I hear the words, “This price is […]

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