Determining the Cause of Depression

Determining the Cause of Depression

Rates of of depression, anxiety and suicide are at an all time high. While it might be easy to blame worldly events such as the pandemic and all its fall out, other causative theories are worth considering. Since naturopathic medicine aims to identify the cause of disease, taking a holistic approach to possible etiologies is important.

One theory, called the cytokine theory of depression, posits that depression may be linked to inflammation.

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Gratitude as the Antidote to Anxiety

Gratitude as the Antidote to Anxiety

If I asked you what you were thankful for today, what comes to mind? Some may think of family members while for others, those same relationships elicit feelings of stress and tension. Some may call to mind the people with whom they share their home while for others, who live alone, their sources of gratitude may be beyond the walls of their residence. And this, really, is why incorporating gratitude into your day is a practice. At the start of a routine of contemplating what you’re grateful for you may question whether you can list something as insignificant as a cup of tea or as vast as the sunshine.

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Navigating Multivitamin Madness

Navigating Multivitamin Madness

Choosing a good quality multivitamin can be somewhat crazy-making!  Standing in CVS or Whole Foods or Costco, staring at row upon row of bottles claiming to contain good and healthy nutrients can make anyone confused about which one to pick, how much to spend, or even if any of them are necessary!
 
I do not think that everyone needs to be taking a multivitamin.  But, if a patient is feeling chronically fatigued, starting with a multivitamin recommendation to fill in nutritional gaps is a good first step.
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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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Correcting Cortisol’s Curve

Correcting Cortisol’s Curve

As a Naturopathic Doctor I work with patients on a wide variety of concerns from chronic pain to cancer to diabetes or IBS. But regardless of the presenting symptom, there is one hormone that underlies much of what I recommend and the questions I ask. That hormone is cortisol. Sometimes referred to as the “stress hormone”, cortisol is released from your small adrenal glands, which sit on top of your kidneys. Cortisol is released in response to our daily circadian rhythms – ideally peaking first thing in the morning and lowering as we prepare for and fall into sleep. This is “ideal” because cortisol triggers metabolic activities that help us be active during our day and which are not necessary (even counter-productive) at night.

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About Me

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.