Know When to Get Help

Do you try to do everything yourself?  Do you hate to ask other people for help?  Are you good at dispensing advice, telling others when to seek help yet fail to do the same for yourself?   I have to admit, I am very guilty of this and now stepping out from behind the curtain to admit it. If you have been following me for a while, you know that my goal is to empower you to be in control of your health.  Sometimes that means asking for help.  I started my blog a year ago and have been trying to figure out how to get the message of health… Read More

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No More Mammograms?!

Is getting an annual mammogram a good thing or a bad thing?  The latest and most comprehensive study every done puts into question the notion that mammograms save lives.  This study was recently published in the British Medical Journal, February 11, 2014. It is believed that mammograms help identify breast cancers early and reduce deaths in women who receive them. However this recent study disputes any statistically significant benefit to getting a mammogram with clinical breast exam in women 40 to 59 years old as compared to women who had clinical breast exams alone.  This longitudinal study was done over 25 years on 90,000 Canadian women.  The death rate was… Read More

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Discover the Eight Roots to Disease and the Steps you Can Take to Avoid Them

Every day in my practice, as a nurse practitioner, I see so many people that are suffering from fatigue, depression, joint pain, weight gain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, autoimmune disease, and various other maladies. Often times they have been to see multiple doctors with no answers. Sadly, I often hear patients say they feel like they are not being listened to or they get the following responses: you are depressed, exercise more and eat less.  They don’t feel their concerns are being heard and no one is looking for the root cause. Often times you are given less than 5 minutes to voice your concerns. Is this how you feel… Read More

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It’s Read an E-Book Week

It is “Read an E-Book Week”.  This is a great opportunity to get “Seeds 4 Change:  A Path to Health and Healing” for 50% Off!  Now through March 8th, you can get it for only $4.89.  To get this great offer, head on over to www.smashwords.com and enter the coupon code REW50 to get the discount. March is hear and that means spring is coming! Spring is a time of renewal and fresh starts. A time to get back outside and enjoy nature. Spring is also a time to take a look at our health and well-being. Are you happy with where you are? If not or if you are looking for help to get… Read More

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Four Ailments in Which Herbal Remedies are Commonly Used

Before there were pills, powders, syrups and injections, there were poultices, pastes, salves, oils and potions supplied to those who needed them. Herbal remedies make use of nature’s bounty to either prevent disease and ailments or to even help cure them. Their history is rooted in ancient medical practices. Most herbs are sold today as herbal supplements and are available nearly everywhere.  Even in the age of modern medicine, over three quarters of the world’s population use herbal remedies in one form or another. Because many herbs produce effects similar to prescription drugs, it is recommended that any herbal remedies used or supplements taken be revealed to your healthcare provider in order… Read More

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What is Kefir?

Have you heard of Kefir and its reported health benefits? I have to admit, until recently, I did not have a clear understanding of what Kefir was, other than I knew it contained beneficial bacteria. Kefir is made from fermented milk with Kefir grains or a bacterial/yeast fermentation starter. It originated in the Caucasus Mountains around 3,000 BC. The fermented Kefir contains a mixture of good bacteria and yeast cultures. Commonly found good bacteria contained within Kefir includes Lactobacillus caucasius, Bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces Kefir. Kefir can be made from cow’s milk, goat’s milk, coconut milk, and almond milk. So if you are lactose intolerant you have several options available. All of which contain probiotic benefits. However during… Read More

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Could parasites be what are bugging your gut?

There is this misconception in the medical community that unless you have traveled outside of the United States you likely don’t have parasites.  Could the cause of your abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, itching, rash, headaches, fever, muscle aches, allergies or asthma symptoms be due to parasites?  If very well could be. Generally these symptoms are present for years.  I have often been questioned for ordering ova and parasite testing.  Nearly every time I order this testing from the local lab I get a call asking me if the patient had recently traveled outside the country.  Usually your local labs can’t find hidden parasites as their tests are not… Read More

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What do you think about the Affordable Care Act?

Now more than ever it is important that you take responsibility for your health. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is upon us.Many concerns exist about what this means for you and me. It is believed that the ACA is going to drive up healthcare costs for the consumer who is currently covered by an employer sponsored healthcare plan. Health insurance carriers will be required to cover employers’ employees regardless of pre-existing conditions. This cost will be passed on to the consumer through higher insurance premiums and taxes. We all will pay. It is believed that the ultimate goal is to force everyone into universal healthcare. There is concern that people will not be able to afford the… Read More

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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Epidemic

Did you know that you or a family member may silently have fatty liver disease? It is a national epidemic not only in adults, but in children as well. Obesity and poor diet are known contributors to this condition. It is believed that as many as 20% of adults and sadly 6 million children have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This not only increases your risk of developing cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer, it also increases your risk of heart disease as well. So what exactly is NAFLD? It is an excess deposit of fat and scarring within the liver. This contributes to oxidative stress and inflammation. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can be silent with… Read More

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Could this simple vitamin be the missing link in hard to treat depression?

If you are one of the many people who suffer from depression or are a clinician that treats depression, you know how hard this can be to treat effectively. More than 70% of those treated for depression do not feel they are getting significant symptom relief. There are many things that contribute to depression. Stressful and traumatic life events, poor diet, lack of sleep, and genetics are all known risks factors for depression. If you seek help from your health care provider, you will often be offered an antidepressant medication and if that does not work another one will be tried or a combination of antidepressants. Yet still you do not get relief.   The ideal… Read More

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