Neurofeedback for Brain Health

Why Brain Health Matters Brain health is so important, but you don’t notice it until it’s malfunctioning—we take a healthy brain for granted until it’s not there!  The brain plays a role in nearly every function of your body.  Critical thinking, imagination, mood, memory, sleep quality, digestion, and the active control center balancing hormones are […]

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CBD–A Powerful Tool for Wellness

Cannabidiol oil, or CBD as it’s more commonly known, is a phytocannabinoid that comes from the Cannabis sativa plant.  Unlike its infamous cousin delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) it does not have psychoactive effects—you don’t get high using it.  It is gaining great scientific ground showing multiple health benefits through its activity on your body’s endocannabinoid system. THE […]

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How to NOT Outlive Your Brain

It’s a way to go that NONE of us want—dementia.  It is so hard on our loved ones.  Unfortunately Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia, is on the rise.  The disease affects 5.5 million Americans currently, and is projected to balloon to 13.8 million by 2050.  Approximately $259 billion dollars was spent last […]

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Spring Cleaning for Health

The robins are out and the weather is warming–spring is here!    This is a time for new beginnings, new life, and spring cleaning!  How about a personal spring cleaning, on a biochemical level?  Here are 3 steps toward reducing toxin exposures that can destroy your health. STEP 1—Evaluate Personal Products We want to be beautiful […]

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Deep Beauty

Beauty, at the deepest level, is the membrane.  This intricate structure envelops our cells providing protection.  It is, however, far more than a protective layer. The cell membrane contains proteins that function as hormone receptors and ion channels, allowing communication with the rest of the body, and regulating cellular function.  The membrane structure of mitochondria allow […]

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Evaluating Nutritional Supplements

Why I Recommend Nutritional Supplements I frequently prescribe nutritional supplements for my patients.  These play a key part in healing, and may take the form of micronutrients that act as cofactors for many intracellular enzymes, or herbal combinations that have been used in integrative medicine for years for their particular healing benefits. My reasons for […]

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How full is your bucket?

I have come to view health in this way:  We were all given a bucket at birth.  It signifies our ability to stay healthy by bouncing back from stressors and detoxifying harmful things thrown at us throughout our life. When your bucket overflows you get sick with a chronic illness.  Cancer, auto-immune disease, diabetes, depression, […]

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Unexplained Illness and Biotoxins

When I first started my functional-medicine journey, I had never heard of biotoxin illness.  Several years into my training I heard it mentioned in a few medical conferences, but I shied away from learning it or treating it.  Too complicated. Too controversial.  However, as a physician, it is in my nature to want to help […]

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Eat, Drink, (Sleep) and Be Merry–4 keys to vitality

EAT Good food. Whole food.  I promise to eat good food, whole food and nothing but the food. That means minus the chemicals that are preservatives, colorings, and artificial flavors. If you can’t pronounce it or it sounds like a science experiment, don’t put it in your mouth. DRINK Drink water. Drink when you are […]

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Unrecognized Stress and Disease–Part 1

“But I don’t feel stressed,” I hear frequently.  Such is the dilemma of our age.  Our bodies our stressed yet we don’t consciously recognize it.  We think of stress as the feelings of worry, anxiety and fear.  It is true that those feelings definitely are stress, but it is so much more.  Stress is a specific biochemical response […]

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Brain Chemistry

If you, or someone dear to you know is struggling with depression or anxiety you need to read to this! Every thought, dream, emotion or action is the result of an amazing chemical dance. One of my core beliefs is that we are an intricate combination of Spirit and Chemistry.  We have a God-given spirit, our soul.  The rest is […]

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Weight Loss and Mitochondria

“Why can’t I lose weight?”  I frequently hear this question as a physician.  “Eat less and exercise more” is what I used to say… “Weight is a math equation: calories in minus calories out equals net weight gain or weight loss”.  Have you heard that from your physician?  I would like to publicly now say […]

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New Year’s Resolution #1–Detox

It’s that time of year when we think of getting healthy.  Cleaning up our act. Should you clean up from the inside out?  Should you do a detox? The internet and email inboxes are flooded with various detox ideas: “the 10-day detox” “detox with your doctor” “sign up here for this detox”…  This usually includes buying […]

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Grass-fed Beef

A recent study compared the nutrient content of grass-fed versus corn-fed beef. The findings were significant. Grass-fed beef had higher concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, a lower ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, higher b vitamin concentration, and higher content of the anti-oxidants vitamin E and beta-carotene. This calls to question the advice of […]

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How Conventional Medicine got Hormone Replacement All Wrong

During my residency training, as a budding gynecologist, I remember trying to convince all my menopausal women to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT). At the time, the medical community believed that, in addition to relieving hot flushes, estrogen therapy would preserve memory, prevent heart disease, preserve bone density and prevent colon cancer.  Premarin was by far […]

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Processed foods alter gut bacteria

Your microbiome, the bacteria that live in your intestines and elsewhere in your body, serve very important functions.  They help you digest food.  They secrete nutrients that nourish the cells lining your intestines.  They affect which genes in your cells are active and which ones are inactive.  They support a healthy immune system, making you less […]

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Three Important Supplements to Consider

There are many supplements available to health-minded individuals.  It can be difficult to know which ones to take.  It is wise to have guidance in this area from a knowledgable individual who knows your health concerns and lifestyle.  In my practice I individualize the supplements I recommend for my patients, but there are three supplements […]

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