Feeling nauseus, weak, painful? It could be your Ileocecal Valve.

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Today we’re diving a bit deeper into the stomach, intestines, and the ileocecal valve.  So often “random” symptoms of nausea, weakness or pain are really the result of very common and very “fixable” malfunctions in the gut. In short, our digestive tracts have numerous valves that keep intestinal material moving in the correct direction.  That way, you … Continue reading …

“The Hug” Technique for Abdominal Pain

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Casual hugs are great, but what happens when you make a hug intentional in your abdomen?  Try this exercise for general abdominal health, as well as for abdominal pain: Advanced Hugging 1.  Choose a partner or a friend who you feel very comfortable hugging, and who feels very comfortable with you. 2.  Be sure to choose someone … Continue reading …

An Interview Snippet with Marty Ryan

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This is a snippet of an interview I did with Marty Ryan (on the left, above) for my upcoming book.  Marty is a belly practitioner of more than 20 years, and is one of the best teachers I have had the privilege of learning from.  He is based in Seattle though he travels around a … Continue reading …

Abdominal Surgery Statistics

Sounds boring and gross, right?  I mean seriously, statistics about how many bellies get cut into every year?  Ugh. But actually, these numbers kind of blew my mind: From the CDC, numbers of certain abdominal surgeries in the US every year: Hysterectomy: 498,000 Cesarean section:1.3 million From other sources: 750,000 gall bladder surgeries in the … Continue reading …