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Shiroko Sokitch, MD

Heartburn: End Addiction to Medication

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Each day, we’re bombarded with messages about heartburn. Commercials depicting happy men, women, and children enjoying huge meals and then suffering acid reflux are resolved with a simple chewable tablet or a preventative pill. These are followed by advertisements for the latest, largest fast-food offerings. It can be confusing when our bodies are reacting negatively to this protocol that seems so “normal”. It’s understandable that many of us suffer from ailments related to diet, including an addiction to these “safe” medications. In my last article, I explored the secret causes of heartburn and how to heal. Below, I share why…

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Heartburn: The Secret Cause, and How to Heal

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It happens to everyone. The painful, burning sensation in the middle of the chest and ache in the throat. Heartburn. Also a symptom of acid reflux, this condition may seem like no big deal, based on the numerous over-the-counter products that ensure quick relief. However, heartburn occurs for a reason and must not be ignored. The Acidic Diet The leading cause of heartburn is diet. White foods such as bread, pasta, baked goods, french fries, and many other starchy carbohydrates can cause immediate heartburn. Other foods that contribute are acidic, spicy, or fried foods, as well as tomatoes, citrus, coffee,…

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Quieting Anxiety to Create a Peaceful Space Within

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Is anxiety a part of your daily life? While this emotional response is expected after significant life changes or trauma, many of us struggle with it regularly. Our modern lives tend to create anxiety as feelings of stress, panic, and fear cumulate throughout the day. This can cause inadequate sleep at night, high blood pressure, inflammation, and a host of other problems. Fortunately, there is a way to quiet the mind and release the grip of anxiety on our lives. Signs of An Anxious Life The following symptoms are all part of the anxious response: Increased heart rate Sweating Shaking…

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The Healing Power of Love

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When you’re struggling with a health issue it can seem insurmountable. You may have tried one thing after another and become discouraged, even while you hope that something will come along to save you. You may not know this but you are equipped with the most powerful tool to overcome even the lowest lows: LOVE. Love not only makes our relationships thrive, but it transforms challenges into triumphs. Love is the root of all relationships. Cultivating a life of love comes with many benefits, including a more positive outlook, better health, and stronger relationships with ourselves and others. The Heart…

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Love is Our Healing Super Power!

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Valentine’s day used to be one of my least favorite holidays, I felt like it was only for those who had romantic love in their lives and I was missing out. That is until I learned that love is the most incredible healing force in the universe. Love is our super power, and we can have it and use it for healing ourselves and our lives. Imagine having a  superpower of love. Rather than feeling lonely and lost, suddenly you feel empowered because you have love inside yourself! A few weeks ago, I met with Stacy, a successful businesswoman who spent her…

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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: A Blended Medicine Approach

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I’ve spent quite a few weeks discussing the thyroid, from symptoms of an imbalance, to what to do when your tests tell you everything is normal but you’re still not feeling like yourself. One in three adults is living with thyroid disease, and many of us may not realize it until the effects on our bodies are catastrophic. In my practice of Blended Medicine -I use both Chinese and Functional medicine to heal your problems.  We work with you to ensure that the root cause is both discovered and resolved. For patients with autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, this can be an…

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Learn to “Heal Your Pain Now” with Dr. Joe Tatta

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If you’ve eagerly read my blog posts about pain, I’m excited to introduce a valuable resource to you. Dr. Joe Tatta’s new release “Heal Your Pain Now: The Revolutionary Program to Reset Your Brain and Body for a Pain-Free Life” is soon to be available in both e-book and print format. It is complete with dietary and lifestyle recommendations, self-assessments and quizzes, and both meal plans and recipes. It is a program proven to make your pain a thing of the past. Meet Dr. Joe Tatta Dr. Joe Tatta is a doctor of physical therapy, board certified nutrition specialist and…

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Are Your Lab Results Telling the Truth?

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I see many patients who have been searching for answers for some time. These patients include Brenda, a dynamic business owner and mother of three who has had difficulty losing weight since the birth of her last child. Conventional medical doctors advised her to diet, get more exercise and sent her to a lab for a basic bloodwork panel. When she came to my office, she had been practicing this protocol for years and had made no headway, and felt frustrated and alone. Despite her best efforts, she was still gaining weight and felt exhausted each day as the sun…

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Thyroid Tests: The (Often Overlooked) Essentials

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In the last article in this series, I shared many of the symptoms of thyroid imbalance. If you feel even one of these symptoms is affecting you, the next step is to order tests that check your thyroid function. However, many practitioners only check for a few of the essentials and often overlook levels that give valuable insight into your thyroid levels. Before requesting lab work, read this article to be sure to know which tests to request! How to Monitor the Thyroid A simple blood test will determine whether your thyroid is functioning optimally. Most practitioners will order bloodwork…

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Could You Have a Thyroid Issue?

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Did your new year’s resolution include a goal for your health? Have you vowed to lose weight, eat healthier, be more active, or find answers to an underlying health concern? Before reaching your goal, you may also need to assess whether your thyroid is functioning optimally. This small, butterfly-shaped gland is located in the neck and can influence everything from mood to weight. Below, I’ll share symptoms of thyroid problems, and in the upcoming articles, I’ll tell you how to both test for imbalances and care for your health, regardless of whether your results indicate an issue.   Overactive Thyroid…

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