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Five minutes a day keeps the doctor away

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioner offers tips for healthy living.
Rylan Boggs

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on March 1, 2017 3:33PM

Last changed on March 1, 2017 4:41PM

Kyle Cline stands in his pharmacy at his John Day home on Wednesday, Dec. 14. A practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, Cline says being mindful of day-to-day activities to keep the body healthy can prevent the need for serious medical intervention.

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Kyle Cline stands in his pharmacy at his John Day home on Wednesday, Dec. 14. A practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, Cline says being mindful of day-to-day activities to keep the body healthy can prevent the need for serious medical intervention.

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Kyle Cline stands in his pharmacy at his John Day home on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Cline, who practices traditional Chinese medicine, says spending five minutes each day on a healthy activity can lead to better overall health.

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Kyle Cline stands in his pharmacy at his John Day home on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Cline, who practices traditional Chinese medicine, says spending five minutes each day on a healthy activity can lead to better overall health.

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Five minutes is all Kyle Cline asks.

Extensively trained in traditional Chinese medicine, Cline said habitually taking five minutes a day to do something you love that is healthy can lead to better overall health.

The most important thing to do is to make time to take care of yourself, he said.

“Being too busy is actually probably the biggest issue,” he said.

Cline helps people manage their health on a day-to-day basis, which can help patients avoid invasive and extreme procedures. He has a range of tools including body massage, exercise, stretching routines and combinations of herbs he uses to treat patients. He works with about 50 patients each week by phone, by email or in person.

“We’re in a really wonderful time in healthcare because there’s so many different things that we can bring to a case,” he said.

His traditional medicine can often complement Western-style medicine.

“We’ve been brought up to think they are antagonistic to each other, and they are not,” Cline said. “To me, it’s exciting because we are able to blend things in a way that we’ve never been able to.”

When seeing a patient, Cline listens to their health history, what kind of treatment they are receiving and what they need. Many times solutions are fairly simple, and people just need to be encouraged to do what they already know to do.

Former John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Park Ranger Dave Sandersfeld was diagnosed with cancer in November 2015. Sandersfeld worked with Cline while undergoing chemotherapy and, according to his doctor, has a chance at beating the cancer. Sandersfeld described Cline’s treatments as “innovative” and said he would recommend it.

Cline encourages people to take care of themselves and maintain their health to avoid problems by increasing healthy parts of their life, such as a good diet and regular exercise, and removing unhealthy habits, such as overeating and neglecting physical activity.

Each person is unique, Cline said, and no single diet or workout routine will work for everyone. Instead, each individual must find a lifestyle that works for them, he said.

Most people know what they eat affects their health, but Cline asserts how you eat is just as important as what you eat. He warns against multitasking while eating and urges people to slow down, to be mindful of what they are doing and to not be distracted.

“If you and I are in a really intense argument and we’re eating at the same time, the body doesn’t process the food as well,” he said.

He said to be mindful of the five W’s when eating: who you’re eating with, when you’re eating, why you’re eating, where you’re eating and, of course, what you’re eating.

Many people eat based on convenience, Cline said, and more often than not, convenient food isn’t healthy. He compared eating junk food to putting water in your gas tank. It just won’t get the job done, he said.

Ultimately, Cline said, being mindful of day-to-day activities to keep the body healthy can prevent the need for serious medical intervention.



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