Category: Naturopathic Medicine

The Gut-Brain Connection: Improving Mood and Digestion Through Anti-inflammatory Nutrition

The “connection” The gut is often referred to as the “second” brain because it contains the same tissue and can produce many of the same chemical messengers as the brain that sits in the cranium. If you have ever experienced “butterflies in your stomach” when you are nervous or excited, then you have experienced the […]

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The Return of an Old Favorite: B Shots!

Many of you who have been with me long-term remember my Vitamin B injection clinic at Champion’s.  It seems like such a looooong time ago, though it was actually only a few years. Back then, Vitamin B injections were the quickest way I knew to treat a variety of chronic complaints and to make people […]

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Genetic Influences in Health: the MTHFR Gene

Genetics are playing a more integral role in both and Conventional and Naturopathic Therapies.  SNPs, or Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, is the study of genetic mutations, which vary from person to person.  Through assessing a person’s unique genetic picture, it is possible to understand aspects of treatment that were rather mysterious previously.  A thorough genetic assessment […]

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Fundamentals of Naturopathic Medicine

In honor of the upcoming National Naturopathic Medicine Week, I would like to devote this months article to discussion of some of the guiding principles behind our preferred form of healthcare. Naturopathic Medicine is a grass-roots movement whose popularity is currently being spread through word-of-mouth education: professional to patient, patient to family, neighbor to neighbor, […]

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Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition Strategies to Heal the Digestive Tract

It will come as no surprise that digestive disorders are among the most common issues I see in my practice.  This is because successful treatment of health issues such as IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and even constipation requires a holistic understanding of the GI tract.  In this area, possibly more so than in any […]

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To Boniva or not to Boniva? Bone strength and the underlying causes of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis.

We spend so much time focused on what our outsides look like that it is important to reflect upon what’s underneath that holds us up.  Poor bone strength is an issue that is poorly understood by the conventional medical community.  The standard of care currently is pharmaceutical medications like Boniva and Fosamax and the ubiquitous […]

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Gluten-Free Diet: Fad or Necessity?

Naturopathic medicine is all about treating the cause of disease.  One of the fundamental determining factors as to what level of health or disease a person reaches is their daily nutrition choices.  This is a fact that is almost completely ignored in conventional medicine and hence why the healthcare system has gotten so expensive and […]

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Benefits of Reiki for Children

The calming practice of Reiki can benefit children by promoting relaxation and confidence.  Learning about and utilizing Reiki at a young age promotes a healthy way of living throughout their lives, helping children make better choices and create balance. Other Benefits Include: Less likely to show signs of excitability and depression Improves concentration Enhances relaxation […]

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The Thyroid Gland, Naturopathic vs. Conventional Treatment

Ever since Oprah decided that she couldn’t lose weight on account of her thyroid gland, all women with weight loss challenges have been demanding that their thyroid hormones be tested.  More often than not, these levels come back within the “normal” range on the conventional lab tests, leading to a lot of frustration.  We all […]

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Stress, Cortisol, and Your Health

This month we will be discussing one of my favorite topics: the adrenal glands.  Chances are if you have seen me as a patient you already know about this idea, as stress is something that I focus on heavily in treating ALL health problems.  The adrenal glands govern our response to stress and can often […]

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