Welcome to my blog! I am so glad you are here! 😊

I am Dr. Emily Franklin, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, and Functional Medicine practitioner, and I have been treating patients with natural medicine for 25 years.

I am here to help you feel better, address your health concerns, and improve your overall health and quality of life, all using natural means.

To that end, in this blog I share articles, books, research studies, recipes, and more – resources that I personally value and recommend for your journey towards greater health and wellness.

Best to you, and let’s begin our journey together!

– Dr. Emily

Sunflower Seeds: A Wellness Blog

Welcome to my blog! I am so glad you are here! 😊 I am Dr. Emily Franklin, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, and Functional Medicine practitioner, and I have been treating patients with natural medicine for 25 years. I am here to...

read more

What Is A Healthy Diet?

What makes for a healthy diet? Wow, that's a big question. And let's just pause right there, because really, we should be talking about a 'way of eating' that is part of your overall healthy lifestyle, not 'a diet', because the connotation with the word diet is of a...

read more

Exercises for Endocrine Health

In order for the endocrine system to function at optimum levels, the process of detoxification must occur. Detoxification removes waste and potentially hazardous material from the body. Waste can be eliminated by different means, including through urine, tears, sweat,...

read more

Ginger for Intestinal Upset

Ginger has been found to increase the secretion of gastric juice and can be used for most digestive upsets that involve nausea, vomiting, cramping, abdominal pain, indigestion or diarrhea. Ginger helps food to be digested more quickly, creating an unfriendly...

read more

4 Nutrients to Support Endocrine Health

To boost and support your endocrine system, regularly consume these 4 foods/nutrients: Fish - Fish provides your body with Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 oils. These oils are fats that directly affect cognitive function, cellular function and kidney function--all the...

read more

Lowering Cortisol Naturally

If your cortisol levels are too high, either at certain times of the day or overall, there are many natural ways to bring your cortisol levels down, gradually and gently, in a way that supports your body and helps restore a healthy cortisol level and rhythm. Foods...

read more

Keto Resources

Looking for more information on the Keto diet/lifestyle? The internet is of course full of sources, many of which are of questionable quality and helpfulness. To save you time sifting through it all, I've put together a list of quality resources that I have personally...

read more

Keto Vanilla Steamer

Sometimes, a Ketonian/low-carber wants a tasty, satisfying, high-fat beverage but does not want any coffee and/or caffeine. And, there are folks who are Keto (or want to be) and do not like coffee, or coffee/caffeine does not agree with them, so keto caffeinated...

read more

Cultivate Optimal Endocrine Health

The endocrine system regulates the body through hormonal secretions. Cultivating your endocrine health can boost energy, improve appetite, reduce insomnia, relieve depression symptoms, improve circulation, relieve muscle aches and assist you in recovering from...

read more

Improving Vision Naturally

Degenerative eye diseases – including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy – affect tens of millions of people worldwide, and have a significant negative impact on quality of life. Currently, the treatments offered by Western medicine include eye...

read more

Keto + Wine = Success!

Spanish Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet: A heart-healthy diet for weight loss Joaquín Pérez-Guisado, Andrés Muñoz-Serrano and Ángeles Alonso-Moraga From https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2891-7-30#CR26 Abstract Background Ketogenic diets are an...

read more

Acupuncture Relieves Knee Pain

Study Finds Acupuncture Relieves Pain and Improves Function in Knee Osteoarthritis Acupuncture provides pain relief and improves function for people with osteoarthritis of the knee and serves as an effective complement to standard care. This landmark study was funded...

read more

Acupuncture: Why It Works

More than 3 million Americans receive acupuncture each year, and its use is increasing.1 While there are a variety of acupuncture techniques, those typically used in the U.S. incorporate traditions from China, Japan and Korea and involve penetrating your skin with a...

read more

The Anti-Aging Effects of Acupuncture

Did you know? Acupuncture inhibits the aging of skin cells and brain cells, slowing progressive degeneration and rejuvenating appearance, mental function, and energy. 8 Ways Acupuncture Works for Anti-Aging Collagen Production = Skin Tightening Reshape Expressions...

read more

MCT Lemonette

Quick and easy to throw together and onto some fresh greens, this tasty take on a classic vinaigrette is not only delicious, but is also a great way to get more oh-so-healthy medium-chain fatty acids into your diet! MCT Lemonette 1/4 cup lemon juice 2 T MCT oil (I...

read more

Chinese Medicine and Endometriosis

Chinese medicine - which includes acupuncture, herbs, diet and lifestyle - is one of the few natural treatment options that can be profoundly helpful for women suffering from endometriosis. Endometriosis is typically part of pattern called "blood stagnation" in...

read more