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Shiroko Sokitch, MD

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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Happy Thanksgiving – A time for Hope

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Thanksgiving – A time for Hope? I have spent the past few days considering what the holidays will look like this year. I ask myself, How can a happy holiday be possible? There has been so much loss and tragedy all over our planet and I’ve heard many stories of incredible loss in the last few weeks. With Thanksgiving just days away it’s hard to know that for some the Holidays will be spent with one less loved one or in a hotel or on the streets because their home is gone. Many of my clients who did not lose…

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Can You REALLY Heal Hashimoto’s?

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Chances are, you or someone you know is living with an autoimmune condition. Though often considered a thyroid disorder, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition that affects the thyroid. I often speak about it, because so many people have Hashimoto’s and don’t know it. I diagnose many people every month who didn’t know they had it. It has become the most common form of thyroid disorder in our country.  This is the season of the immune system, so I want to talk about the thyroid today because it is such an important part of the immune system. Symptoms include weight…

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How to Take Care of Your Body During a Crisis

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My heart is hurting with the degree of loss and suffering that people are enduring in these very difficult times. Almost every day I hear of a new devastation. Right now, the crisis is very close to my heart and home, with the fires in Sonoma County where my office has been for 24 years.  The Larkfield area was my home for many years, to see it all gone was truly a shock. My heart is with all of you who have suffered in these times. Please know, if there is ANYTHING I can do for ANY of you struggling…

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Skip Flu Season With These Immune Boosters

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Fall is here, and with it flu season is nearly upon us. At this time of year, I always talk about the flu because it’s the time of the Lungs in Chinese Medicine. The Lungs’ job is to protect you from things that come in from outside – i.e. -your immune system. We all know the flu is highly contagious, and affects us physically, mentally, and spiritually. Stuffy, runny noses, sore throats, body aches and fatigue don’t have to be a part of your fall season, however! Protect yourself and your family with these natural immune system boosters. Working With…

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Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Chances are, you know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. When we hear the word cancer – especially breast cancer, it can feel hopeless, frightening, and out of control. But there is hope, and you can take control of your health. Find out what you can do today to lower your cancer risk and to support your health, no matter the diagnosis. Who Is At Risk? Both men and women are at risk for breast cancer. Occurring in 1 out of every 8 women, breast cancer is the most common cancer among…

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Why Detox 6: Cleanse 101

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Cleanses and detoxification have become a national trend. It seems like every day there is a new celebrity-endorsed cleanse that promises weight loss, better health, glowing skin, and more. In this series on detox, I’ve shared many reasons why a detoxifying cleanse is important for our health, from herbicides like glyphosate to heavy metals in cosmetics. Cleansing is increasingly important in our modern world. However, the quality of your cleanse matters. In this installment of the detox series, I share what happens during the process of a cleanse and why not all are created equally. Cleanse Types There are cleanses…

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Why Detox 5: Safe Skincare and Cosmetics

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Walking down the cosmetics and personal care product aisles at the store, I am always a bit overwhelmed by the abundance of products available. Even at Whole Foods and the local health food store there are so many choices! These products are marketed to make us feel both clean and beautiful. However, many of these products contain harmful chemicals. These toxins enter our bloodstream directly through our skin much more than you would think, through breathing in sprays and powders, and also from consuming products on our lips and hands. Find out which chemicals to watch out for and my…

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Why Detox 4: Healing Leaky Gut

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If you’re finding yourself reacting to more and more foods that didn’t used to bother you, you might have leaky gut. Many of my patients are surprised when they find out they have leaky gut. What does that even mean, you might wonder? Imagine that your small intestine is like a colander, when you pour the pasta into it, all the water drains out and leaves you with pasta. When you eat food, it is all supposed to be broken down into liquid by your digestion, and then the water filled with nutrients is supposed to be absorbed into your…

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Why Detox 3 – Environmental Toxins

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Talk about environmental toxins!!! This past weekend I went to brunch with a friend and we sat at the counter watching them make our breakfast. All right, I’m not perfect! I ordered eggs benedict with no bun, and had asparagus and avocado with my eggs and hollandaise (yes, it was yummy!). As I watched, they poached the eggs in a cheap aluminum pot, used teflon pans for making omelets, poured out at least 2 tablespoons of oil into the teflon pan – from a plastic bottle, and the oil was cheap canola oil full of GMO’s. I could go on,…

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