3 Ways to Help Balance Hormones

Having a hormone imbalances can really zap your energy, affect your mood, sleep, weight and more.  Having worked with many women and some men over the last several years to help them balance their hormones, there are many things that can contribute to a hormone imbalance including stress, environmental toxins, not getting enough sleep, diet and more.  Let’s take a look at three of these factors along with ways to find balance.   Stress: When we are stressed, the adrenals work overtime to protect us from what they consider physical stress (even though we are not really in danger). This is our fight or flight response. It causes the adrenals to… Read More

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Need a Detox Now That Summer is Over?

Need a detox now that summer is over? How has your summer been?  Have you indulged in a too many cookouts and drank a few too many cocktails?   Summertime is full of activities and social events that can make it hard to stay on track with a healthy diet.  Are you feeling like you need to detox?  Do you really need to consider a cleanse or detox program?   Detoxification is essential for your health and well-being. In a perfect world, your body would get rid of toxins by itself and on many levels it does have systems in place to do this.   The liver, kidneys, skin, lungs, blood, colon,… Read More

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Functional Medicine Practice…..What things look like one year later

Once you see the benefits of functional medicine, there is no turning back.  You are driven to find answers that are going to help people get well.  You become consumed with it, learning everything you possibly can.  Anyone that practices functional medicine is definitely a lifelong learner.   This passion leads many health practitioners to leave the conventional model of practicing medicine at some point.  Just like I did a year ago.  There are many reasons why this happens.  One of the main reasons, I believe, is to have more time with patients.  To hear their story and to provide individualized medicine.  To ask why and get to the root cause. … Read More

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Anxiety and Hormones – Natural Ways to Calm Down

Do you feel yourself feeling anxious for no reason?  It could be related to your hormones. Anxiety is something many of us deal with on a regular basis due to stress in our lives. However, there are times when individuals can experience anxiety for no particular reason.  Sure stress, is often a cause for anxiety, but could an underlying hormone imbalance be the what is making you feel uneasy, unsettled, and not at peace?  In my experience, the answer to this is yes. Many women suffer from anxiety related to fluctuations in their hormones that can occur before the menstrual period, before menopause (perimenopause) and in menopause (post menopausal).  This… Read More

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Natural Medicines – Are They as Effective as Big Pharma’s Toxic Drugs?

The doctor will see you now….But for how long? As a nurse practitioner it pains me to say this, but you have experienced it and I have experienced it.  Usually, you only have a few precious minutes to tell your healthcare provider what’s bothering you.   A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that the majority of doctors don’t even ask patients the purpose of their visit.  Crazy, right?  They look at your chart and have formulated an opinion without first hearing your story.  Even when doctors do give patients the opportunity to explain their issue, they interrupt them in 11 seconds on average!  This is what… Read More

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Why is Infertility on the Rise?

Have you wondered if infertility is on the rise?  In my observation and practice I have seen more women in their 20’s and 30’s having difficulty conceiving with no known cause.  Did you know that only 60% of couples will conceive naturally without medical assistance within the first 6 months of trying? This means that one in every eight couples struggle with infertility issues – or a whopping 17.4 million women in the US alone.  (National Fertility Association Statistics: https://resolve.org/infertility-101/what-is-infertility/fast-facts/) Infertility is outlined as the decreased ability, or complete inability, of a couple to conceive a child, more specifically – failure to conceive after a year of regular intercourse without protection. … Read More

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My Experience With Low Dose Naltrexone

Have you heard of low dose naltrexone or LDN? LDN is one tool I use in my practice while working on the root causes.  LDN can help support the immune system in the combating many autoimmune conditions.  If you would like to learn more about the amazing benefits of LDN, check out the my interview with the founder of the LDN Research Trust, Linda Elsegood by clicking here.  I have been prescribing this compounded medication for years and have been amazed by it.  I really feel it need to be a first line therapy.  If you or someone you love is suffering from an autoimmune conditions, please let them know about LDN. … Read More

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How Inflamed Are You?

Today I want to talk to you about inflammation or more specifically, autoimmune disease.  An autoimmune disease is a disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks healthy cells. They can be seen as a communication issue within the body or simply a disruption in the body’s delicate balancing act. While there are more than 100 currently recognized today, the most commonly observed autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, lupus, type 1 diabetes, MS, and Crohn’s disease. According to the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association (AARDA), more than 50 million suffer from some kind of autoimmune challenge in their lifetime! Fortunately, emerging treatments are surfacing in the functional… Read More

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Safe Ways To Protect Your Skin This Summer

Are you taking good care of your skin this summer?  Looking at one’s skin can be one of the first signs you can tell how well someone is aging.  Now with summer fast approach, are you protecting your skin when outside?  Some sun exposure is actually good for us as it provides Vitamin D.   When using sunscreen, you want to make sure you use one that is not full of harmful chemicals (which most sunscreens are in my opinion).  Instead invest in sunscreen products with natural ingredients that are not full of hormone disrupting chemicals like Beautcounters CounterSun.   Everyone ages, but there are things you can do to slow down… Read More

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The Anti-Cancer Revolution is Here….Natural Ways to Support a Cancer Diagnosis!

I don’t know anyone who has not had their life impacted by cancer either with their own diagnosis or that of a loved one.  This is certainly tru for Ryan Sternagel, creator of the Anti-Cancer Revolution. Ryan and his family received devastating news on his son’s first birthday: stage IV cancer!  How could this beautiful innocent child have stage IV cancer?  Particularly in a family that lived a healthier than average life filled with good food, exercise and happiness.  What happened next is an amazing testament to a father’s love for his son.   Ryan deeply researched the disease and how to protect his son from the damage of conventional treatments… Read More

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