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Shiroko Sokitch, MD

Get to Know Goldenseal

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Goldenseal is an herb in the buttercup family, known for its thick yellow root stalk. Its most popular use is to prevent colds. It can also help you fight colds off faster. Recently, I was in my local health food store and was browsing for goldenseal, of which I only found one type – whereas I found nearly twenty different types of echinacea, an herb with some similar uses. I understand that supply and demand can cause a fluctuation of available products, but it’s a shame that goldenseal isn’t more popular. BERBERINE The active ingredient in goldenseal is Berberine, which…

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Breakfast Breakdown (Part 1)

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Breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day, but for many people it can be a challenge to find the right things to eat. If you’re like me and don’t – or can’t – eat grains, dairy or eggs you may feel like you’re experiencing a breakfast breakdown with trying to understand what’s for breakfast every day. Many people don’t like to eat what they would normally eat at lunch or dinner time for breakfast, though that is always a viable option. So, here’s a fresh idea for you: tapioca pudding. One of the best…

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How to Stay Healthy When You Travel

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I love to travel and learn about new people, experience new foods and just get out of my own usual comfort zone. I just got back from an amazing work/vacation trip to Europe!  It started with a week cruising on the Baltic sea, visiting new places I’d never been and then a week in Paris studying a different way of using ear acupuncture and walking around that beautiful city! I had never been there before! It was incredible!! On my first day there I got the first bladder infection of my life!! OMG! I spent my first two days looking…

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What Is Functional Medicine Anyway?

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      I’ve dedicated the last 18 months to studying and certifying myself in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine, founded by Jeffrey Bland PhD. Yesterday was the big day, I took the board exam, a four hour test to prove I’ve got the knowledge they require. WHEW!!! THAT WAS HARD!!! When I say I practice functional medicine everyone asks me “what is it?”! There are so many modalities of healing it can get confusing sorting through all of the paths. So I wanted to explain it from my perspective and experience. Functional Medicine is a way…

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Meditate or Medicate?

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Meditate or Medicate? Which would you rather do if you could have the choice?  For many years I thought I could help my patients with the best medicine available. I chose to ignore the power of meditation in that time. I thought it wouldn’t make as much of difference as medication or a supplement would. Then I reached a point in my own life where I realized I would have to do something to keep me centered and calm so I could do a better job. I started to meditate. I’ve been meditating most days for several years now. I…

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What It Means to Care and Why Caring Is So Important

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          I care about you. Yes, I do. I care about you as a human being, as a person who has a story, as a patient in my practice and any other way that you want to show up in my life. What It Means To Care I was thinking about the meaning of the word, caring, the other day. I was thinking about it as part of my evolution as a person and healer in the writing of my book. An article from the NIH (National Institutes of Health) explains the difference between empathy and…

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How To Heal Diabetes With Intermittent Fasting

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Did you know that ten percent of our population struggles with Healing Diabetes? That’s 30 million people! While we once believed the disease to be irreversible, studies now shed light on an alternative treatment option-intermittent fasting. What is Intermittent Fasting? What do we mean by intermittent fasting? It is a period of hours during which you don’t eat anything. There are many ways to do it, and they all have effectiveness. I used to be against fasting for the most part because I thought it was too hard when people have very stressful lives. Jimmy Kimmel – late night show…

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Nature’s Flu Treatment

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Is it just me or does everyone seem to be catching the flu this winter? Well, I finally came down with it myself…the dreadful flu! Yuk! The fevers, the body aches! The flu is always a nasty virus to catch, but this year’s seems to be particularly bad. The flu shot this year is only 10% effective in preventing you from getting sick. So you have to take extra good care of yourself. I also think 2017 was an even more stressful year – and high stress is a major cause of the flu. I was out of bed within…

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Making Your Dreams Come True

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Making Your Dreams Come True   Here we are again at the start of another new year. With the new year millions of people promise to themselves a resolution of change. For many it’s a personal resolution like quitting smoking or losing weight. Some resolve to discovering new hobbies. Yet others envision all of their dreams coming true! But if you’ve ever made a new year’s resolution, you’re likely not surprised to know that 80% of them fail before the end of February! Why is that? What’s missing?  One word: Commitment  You see, if we want anything, we must make…

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Tips For Relieving Stress This Holiday!

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Can you believe that it’s already December?!!! I know this year has FLOWN by for me! As we head into the holidays this year, many of us are experiencing more than normal amounts of stress. If you’re struggling to make ends meet, or experienced one of the fires or hurricanes, your stress might be even higher. You may even feel like you don’t want to celebrate this year. In difficult times like these, try to remember to celebrate the little things. Breathe! And let me share with you these tried-and-true tactics to staying CALM and comfortable during this time. 1….

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