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...

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Dr. Emily’s Perfect Pot Roast

  Pot roast is one of those classic dishes that is great to have in one’s repertoire as a cook. Roasts are readily available and relatively affordable (we get our grass-fed beef from JX Ranch in Tucumcari, New Mexico), you can easily load ’em up with lots of vegies,...

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Dr. Emily’s Quick & Easy Thyme-Garlic Chicken

    A couple of years ago, I started a little perennial herb garden from seed – lavender, oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme. This summer, my little plants have finally gotten big enough that I could harvest quite of bit from each of them to use in my kitchen! After...

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Keto/Low-Carb Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing

Delicious, easy and satisfying, this healthy, non-dairy low carb/Keto Ranch dressing makes salads even more wonderful! 1.5 cups mayo (Primal Mayo or Chosen Foods Mayo are yummy mayos made with super-healthy avocado oil, or, you can make your own mayo) 1/4 cup coconut...

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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...

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Easy & Delicious Low Carb Chocolate Cake

This low carb chocolate cake is an absolute dream! Wonderfully moist and fluffy just like a chocolate cake should be, with a satisfyingly full, rich chocolate flavor, it's quick and easy to make, and is grain-free, dairy-free and low-carb/Keto-friendly to boot....

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Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies (Low-carb/Keto)

Looking for a low-carb/Keto gingerbread type cookie recipe for the holidays? These grain-free, dairy-free, perfectly chewy cookies are full of flavor and so absolutely delicious, you (and anyone you feed them to) won't miss the carbs at all! A great way to enjoy a...

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Meatza! (aka Keto Pizza)

For many people, one of the hardest parts of going low carb or Keto is giving up pizza. If you have made the very wise decision to adopt a low-carb lifestyle, with its many short and long term health benefits, do not despair! You do not have to live without pizza to...

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Quiche Casserole

This recipe is very tasty and goes together fast, and provides a quick and satisfying breakfast or lunch option for busy workdays. I make this nearly every weekend for the week ahead, using whatever veggies are in season. And if you tolerate dairy, a sprinkling of...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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Easy Bone Broth

You've probably heard how good bone broth is for you. Now, here's super simple, easy instructions on how to make this mega-health-boosting concoction yourself. All you need is a crock pot, a few pounds of bones - any type of bones, with meat on them or not -  plus...

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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...

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Are You Insulin Resistant?

You’ve probably heard about Insulin Resistance. It is now understood to be a major factor in many of our modern diseases. Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, overweight and obesity – all are correlated with higher fasting insulin, and...

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