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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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Embrace Gratitude to Improve Your Health

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Is gratitude a part of your health plan? Many of us prioritize nourishing our bodies, staying hydrated, and supplementing to boost our health, but overlook the importance of a grateful heart. If you want to invite an abundance of all sorts into your life, an attitude of thankfulness is the best way to start. Below, I share both the health benefits associated with gratitude, and a few of my favorite exercises for shifting my focus to one of thanks. A Prescription for Gratitude Two celebrated psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E….

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How to Spot (and Fix) a Weak Immune System

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Our bodies are equipped with the miraculous ability to heal themselves. Unfortunately for some of us, this intricate system can become depleted, making us more susceptible to both common illnesses and life-threatening diseases. As I mentioned in my last blog – sometimes when we are too sensitive to others or always engaged in taking care of others (as so many healers are), we can be more “permeable” to the outside world – which weakens our immune system. In this article, I’ll examine signs of a weak immune system, and suggest remedies for bolstering your immunity, just in time for flu…

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Dietary Supplements for Memory and Cognition

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It’s the nature of the world in which we live that there is seldom a single solution to even the most common of problems we encounter. For example, the largely accidental discovery that certain molds would kill harmful bacteria, which would lead to the eventual creation of the antibiotic penicillin; seen as a wonder drug when it was finally proven to be effective at treating a range of bacterial infections, including Streptococci, Staphylococci, Clostridium, and Listeria genera. Yet, even this was not a cure-all; in addition to some relatively mild side effects, there are a number of people who are…

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