Controlling the Chaos of Hormonal Imbalance

What are Hormones? Our bodies are made up of close to 40 Trillion cells and in order for them to work together for our health and happiness we need some pretty impressive communication systems. Of course the master control system is the brain and nerve system which sends electrical signals to each and every cell…

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An Attitude of Gratitude

“I love you.”  “You are amazing.”  “I’m so much better because of you in my life.”  How does it feel just to read those words?  Would you love to have someone say those words to you today? I’ve been thinking lately about the power of Gratitude and Generosity in my life and I believe that they…

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A More Holistic Approach to Mental Illness

An Epidemic of Broken Brains We’ve been focusing on health issues related to the brain and mood over the past few weeks… and for good reason.  There are an estimated 1.1 billion people on the planet with cognitive or mood problems. 1 in 10 Americans are on antidepressants and 1 in 10 children are on…

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The Big Picture on “Weight Loss”

“Can You Help Me Lose Weight?”    We get this question a lot and in short, the answer is generally ”yes”.  But, that isn’t the end of the discussion. There is a long answer and a discussion that MUST take place before any plans are made to “lose weight”.  That’s because when people talk about “weight…

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5 Keys to Banish Fatigue for Good

Some of you may already know this but the #1 most common symptom that people visit their doctors for in our country is fatigue.  Why is that?  Well, just about every state of dysfunction or disease in the body impacts the key cellular mechanisms that produce energy in your body. Unfortunately, most of us try to…

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Stress, Gut Health & Brain Function

One of the most challenging and exciting aspects of working from the Functional Medicine model is that it demands that we recognize that everything is interconnected in the body. Instead of looking for single causes for health complaints, we search for patterns and correlations that create an environment that pushes the body into a state…

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The 7 Pillars of Wellness

I had an interesting discussion with one of my medical colleagues the other night. We were talking about trying to help people get their hormones to really work the way they are supposed to and how difficult it can be if the patient’s lifestyle isn’t good. We both noted that the same thing could be said…

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Is Sleep as Important as Exercise for Weight Loss?

I’ll bet there isn’t a week that goes by when I don’t have at least one new patient consultation where  one of the patient’s top three complaints is that they can’t seem to lose weight. The typical conversation highlights that they have tried numerous diets and they are beating themselves to death at the gym.…

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The Gut Microbiome & Hypothyroidism

We are experiencing a massive epidemic of thyroid disease and dysfunction with over 30 million people suffering from thyroid problems in America. And that number is rising. The thyroid gland is like your body’s master controller for energy and metabolism and every single cell of your body has a receptor site for thyroid hormones so…

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Control Inflammation Naturally

I was researching something for a patient today and came across some startling numbers. It turns out that there are over 70 million prescriptions written every year for NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and over 30 billion tablets sold over-the-counter each year. WOW! That’s about 22% of the entire population of the US taking at least…

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