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’Read on!
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:Read on!
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.Read on!
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.Read on!
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.Read on!
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.Read on!
You’re considering seeing a naturopathic doctor…
But what IS naturopathic medicine?
How does it work?
What can you expect from it?
Naturopathic medicine blends centuries-old natural, non-toxic therapies with current advances in the study of health. Things like lab testing, genetics, the amazing microbiology in your gut, and how each body system affects the others in a delicate balance.
And the truth is, often people see someone like a Naturopathic Doctor when they’ve run out of options and can’t find a solution to a chronic problem.Read on!
Let’s face it….being healthy in our world is not easy.
Then when you go see your doctor once a year you feel like you’re spending most of the time with a medical assistant.
And then maybe fifteen minutes, if you’re lucky, to ask a year’s worth of your questions about tests, hormones and dietary recommendations.
Talk about stressful!
What if you could have more support to ask your questions, understand how your body works and take charge of your health in a preventive, rather than a reactionary, approach?
What if you left the doctor’s office with a plan outlining how to address all your health cares and concerns?Read on!