Fortifying Your Immune System This Fall

Fortifying Your Immune System This Fall

While naturopathic medicine has always had critics, evidence for and interest in holistic approaches continue to mount. In the midst of a devastating pandemic this continues to be the case. While naturopathic naysayers have previously argued that attempts to strengthen the immune system were nonsensical, recent research coming out of the University of Washington supports what NDs have long practiced – evidence based immune support, in the form of certain foods, vitamins and dietary practices – can and does make a difference in how your body resists pathogenic invaders.
 
As we enter flu season, with COVID-19 continuing to be a daily concern, there has never been a more important time to take immune strengthening precautions. What exactly does fortifying your immune system mean? A number of things actually. 
 
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Trying to Focus at Home….School

Trying to Focus at Home….School

How’s homeschooling going? How successful have you felt in your efforts to work from home? Does your child have attention issues that are making online schoolwork challenging? Have you also found yourself staring at your computer screen or re-reading the same sentence three times wondering how any of us are supposed to stay focused at a time like this? This working and schooling from home phenomenon is new to most of us and the experience may be highlighting focus issues in you or your family members. Even those of us without an official diagnosis of an attention disorder may feel similarly given that our body’s stress response can make it challenging to have the focus we have may have pre-pandemic.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Health Nuts in Your Life

Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Health Nuts in Your Life

If you’ve left some of your holiday shopping to the last minute, here are some health inspired ideas!

One of my favorite healthy gifts is tea. There are so many different herbal combinations that can support a calm mind, a restful night of sleep or any other health concern for which your friend or family member might appreciate some botanical support. When choosing a medicinal tea, it is important to choose ones that are responsibly sourced. I recommend checking out Mountain Rose Herbs and, for a more local option, Harney and Sons. If you’re looking for a tea tasting outing, a trip to Harney and Sons’

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Treating PCOS Naturally ~ a naturopathic approach to a hormonal syndrome

Treating PCOS Naturally ~ a naturopathic approach to a hormonal syndrome

I see a lot of women with a diagnosis of PCOS in my practice. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is an interesting diagnosis in that, because it’s a syndrome, there are multiple ways that a woman can end up with this diagnosis. Symptoms, lab tests, imaging or a variety of these can be what leads this diagnosis which one in ten women have been given. Women must have two of three of the following conditions to be considered for this diagnosis:

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The Top 5 Supplements You May Not Know You Need

The Top 5 Supplements You May Not Know You Need

As we prepare for a new school year, you may be looking at your family’s supplement regimen and wondering if it needs a re-boot. This can be a great time to see your local naturopathic doctor since NDs are experts at optimizing your neutraceutical and lifestyle routines to help you prevent and treat diseases you are most at risk for. But, until you take the most personalized approach, here are some supplements you may want to consider.

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Changing Our Understanding of Chronic Pain

Changing Our Understanding of Chronic Pain

In the latest chapter of our nation’s opioid epidemic story, shocking statistics have been revealed about the large numbers of prescription pain killers sent to small town pharmacies, directed by levels far above the provider and their prescription pad. The level of maleficence in this tale is astounding but if we can look beyond that, the underlying question really becomes why are Americans in so much pain?What kinds of signs, symptoms and complaints led to these prescriptions?
 
As a provider who focuses on following the whole journey of a person’s health issue, we know that the stories behind these pain prescriptions varied widely.
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Understanding the Epigenetic Influences on our Genes

Understanding the Epigenetic Influences on our Genes

In my last post I reviewed the basics of genetic testing and how the resulting info can help us better understand our health. But examined through lab work or not, our genes and their mutations only tell part of the story. The other, maybe more allusive, main character is what we call epigenetics. By definition this term refers to substances or molecules that turn your genes on and off. Essentially they are factors that are hanging out around your genes and help to inform when and if and how often those genes get coded for – and ultimately used to make enzymes and other proteins. 

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What the MTHFR @#$%er Should You Know About Your Genes?

What the MTHFR @#$%er Should You Know About Your Genes?

In between televised Olympic coverage this week, the commercial for ’23 and me’ has been one of my favorites. It starts looking all the world like a car ad; asking you what car you’d pick if you could only have one car for life. They then remind you, half way through romantic American landscape footage, that while you will likely have many cars in your lifetime, you will only have one body and it’s your job to take care of it. What a compelling explanation for exploring your genetic makeup!  

Our understanding of genomics, or the study of our human genes, has accelerated quickly since scientists completed coding of the human genome in 2003. We now have many different genetic testing options to look at one or almost all of our genes and interpreting the results is rarely straightforward. While ’23 and me’ may be one of the most recognized testing services, it is certainly not the only one.   

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Anne’s Story of Hope in the Face of Ovarian Cancer

Anne’s Story of Hope in the Face of Ovarian Cancer

When I went through treatment for cancer almost 20 years ago, we did not have the genetic insights we do now. And, complementary care was not what it is today.

I recall a casual mention of an acupuncturist that was available to me through the cancer center. But there was no clear information about how to access her care and in the midst of feeling overwhelmed by all my other appointments, I never managed to seek out her services.

Fast forward ten years…

I am serving as one of a team of Naturopathic Doctors in an Indiana University Cancer Center as part of my residency.

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Trained as a primary care provider, Dr. Egginton is enthusiastic about offering general Naturopathic family care. She specializes in Oncology, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, LGBT health and the microbiome.

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