Do You Suffer From Anxiety?

Spring is here!   Soon many of us will be busy in our gardens or enjoying outdoor activities.  However for some today and everyday is another day filled with anxiety.  That is what I want to talk to you about today.  Do you suffer from anxiety? Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the US with over 40 million people over the age of 18 suffering from some form of it today. That is 18.1% of the population! Of all those suffering, only 36% of them are getting treatment for it. Why is this number so low? Pharmaceutical medication hasn’t proven to be necessarily successful. Efficacy rates range between… Read More

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Candida Overgrowth and It’s Potential Hidden Dangers

Have you ever suspected you may have yeast overgrowth or candida? Have you asked your health practitioner about it and they look at as if you have 3 eyes? If so you are not alone. Today I want to talk to you about a very important subject and that is Candida and the potential health dangers you need to know about. Yeast is a fungus that helps keep the digestive system and immune system healthy, and also helps with the absorption of vitamins and minerals from your food. So some yeast is good. However there are also certain species of yeast that when present or when healthy yeast grow to… Read More

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Do you suffer from irritable bowel?

Do you suffer from an irritable bowel?   Did you know that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common GI (gastrointestinal) disorders in the world! In the US up to 10-15% of adults experience symptoms of the disorder every year. With an increase in new toxins and processed ingredients in our food system, it is no wonder that the majority of people are struggling to combat this disorder with modern medicine. Which by the way, often does not work to alleviate the symptoms of IBS. As a functional medicine nurse practitioner, I want to help you get to the root cause of what is contributing to your IBS symptoms. … Read More

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How Stress is Wrecking Havoc on Your Gut

Ahh, stress, is there no part of the body that it does not affect?  Stress affects your physical, mental, and emotional health. In its chronic form, it will have a significant impact on your body and can cause all types of problems, and in some cases plays a key role in serious chronic diseases.  Your gut is the epicenter to good health.  The amount of day-to-day stress you have will take its toll and wear down your immune system.  Did you know that 80% of your immune system resides in your gut! It isn’t hard to make the connection between stress and your stomach. I know when I am stress… Read More

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Taking a Functional Approach to Your Healthcare-Discover the Power of Functional Medicine

Recently I was interviewed by health coach Julie Smith from www.juliesmithcoaching.com.  We had a frank discussion about what functional medicine is; how this approach to healthcare is different; and why it’s so powerful. Watch the video and for more information on the who, what, what and how of functional medicine read more here. Who is a functional medicine practitioner? Examples of practitioners that practice functional medicine can include Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, Chiropractors, and Acupuncturists. What is functional medicine? Functional Medicine focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease, not just symptom treatment. Functional medicine examines every factor involved including symptoms, genes, environment, and lifestyle factors to treat the… Read More

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Autoimmune Disease on the Rise? What You Need to Know

Autoimmune Disease appears to be on the rise.  Did you know that it is believed that 20 percent of the American population is believed to suffer from some form of an autoimmune condition?  This is an alarming number!  Watch the video below to get my take on why this may be happening.  Find out what steps you can start taking today so that you can help to lower your risk or even improve your symptoms if you currently are dealing with an autoimmune condition. Then if you would like to work with me further, click here for more information.  

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Haywire Hormones? This Ancient South American Plant May Help

Haywire Hormones?  If so, then you are going to want to keep reading.  There is one ancient South America Plant that may well help relieve those haywire hormone symptoms you have been experiencing.  It is also my number one recommendation to the thousands of women and even men I have treated over the years suffering from hormone related.  Before I tell you what this plant is, it is advised to first consult your health practitioner about any hormone related symptoms you may be experiencing.  Functional Medicine practitioners like myself will always recommend doing a complete evaluation that includes checking your hormone levels.  If you would like to learn more about how… Read More

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6 Ways to Tell If Your Hormones are Out of Balance

Are you wondering if your hormones are out of balance?  Do you wonder what symptoms are associated with hormone imbalance?   I probably don’t have to tell you that abnormal levels of hormones can wreak havoc and can have a negative impact on your quality of life.  Not only are you suffering, but the people who may be around you are as well. Mood swings, for instance, can affect the way a woman treats people in her surroundings. From monthly periods to menopause, it is important to have an understanding of the cause of your hormonal imbalance, including how you should deal with it. You should be able to tell if you are having hormonal imbalance.… Read More

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Hashimoto’s Treatment…….What You Need to Know

Hashimoto’s is a largely an under diagnosed condition affecting more women then men.  It can leave you feeling not like yourself.  You may notice weight gain, mood swings, hair loss, dry skin, constipation, menstrual irregularity, fluid retention, significant fatigue and more.  Many who suffer from this autoimmune condition are frustrated as they don’t feel they are getting the answers they need to not only diagnose this condition, by also to treat Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism. If you suspect you have Hashimoto’s, be sure to watch my video, “Hashimoto’s-What Causes It and How to Test for It.  This is a great place to start to learn about some of the presenting features,… Read More

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Obstacles to Combating Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune disease is on the rise.  To make matters worse there are many obstacles to combating autoimmune disease. According to The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), there are approximately 50 million Americans suffering from autoimmune diseases. That equates to 20 percent of the population! This is a shocking statistic. With over 100 known autoimmune diseases today, autoimmunity has become a major chronic health problem and diagnosis for these diseases are difficult, research is limited, and conventional treatment is often limited to managing symptoms.  Many of the common obstacles found in diagnosing, researching, and treating autoimmune diseases include: -Symptoms can affect several organ systems making it difficult to assign the… Read More

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