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Shiroko Sokitch, MD

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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How To Cleanse in Winter

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As we begin a new year, many wish to jump-start their 2017 of health and prosperity by participating in a detoxifying winter cleanse. While I do support the practice of new beginnings and fresh starts, cleansing in winter is especially hard on our bodies. Below, I share ways to start your year off right without taxing your system. The Season of the Kidneys In Chinese Medicine, winter is the season of the kidneys. We use this season to gather and restore our energy. Much like nature spends its time in hibernation, so do parts of our bodies. In contrast, cleansing…

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My Gift to You This Holiday Season

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The holidays are a wonderful time for reflection. While many of us feel pressured to find the perfect gift, it can be tempting to forget the importance of both kind words and an open heart. Winter’s chilly weather reminds us to go inside, and it’s a reminder for us to also look inward. May we remember to be thankful for both the lessons we’ve learned and the loved ones in our lives. A Prayer for Love and Peace “For this holiday season: I wish you the most beautiful time with beloved friends and family Filled with gracious gifts Joyful delicious…

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5 Ways to Resolve Your Pain

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I’ve spent some time discussing how to resolve pain from poor digestive health, lowered immunity, inflammation, and chronic pain. In this article, I want to speak to those who are experiencing physical pain. Whether you’ve just been injured or are dealing with a chronic condition like osteoarthritis, you don’t have to suffer! These five methods work with your body to bring you relief and help you get back to optimal health. 1.    Acupuncture Acupuncture is recognized as an effective technique for pain relief. It has also been practiced for over 3000 years! Developed in Ancient China, this painless technique involves…

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Is This Pain All in My Head?

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Have you ever struggled to find an explanation for your pain? Have you seen countless doctors in an attempt to identify the source of your discomfort? Do you ever wonder if your pain is all in your head? These are concerns I hear from many of my patients, including Sarah, a mother of three who has had migraines for the past year whenever her stress level soars, and Marsha, who had a knee replacement years ago but still experiences crippling pain off and on. Like many others, these patients are told that there is no reason for their pain and…

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