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Archive Category: Women’s Health

Potential Risk of B6 and B12 supplementation

June 3rd, 2019

A recent report states that those supplementing with high dose B6 and B12 are at greater risk of fractures. We do not want to ignore the association, but there are a lot of questions regarding their research. They did have a large sample of 76,000 women and followed most over about 21 years. However, the study was limited to primarily white, middle-class nurses who were insured. The diets were reviewed only every 4 years. We don’t know what else they were supplementing. We don’t know other risk factors (e.g., radiation) that may contribute to increased fracture risk. We DO know that excessive replacement of Vitamin B6 is associated with numbness and tingling–and since it is popular for “energy”, it is easy to get way too much if someone is taking multiple supplements. I whole-heartedly agree with completing appropriate testing with the goal of reducing over-replacement. I use a couple different options for nutrient testing. Check with your provider or schedule an appointment to see what testing and supplementation may be right for you. To your health!

Natural Cleaners??

October 21st, 2016

Even so-called “natural cleaners” may contain dangerous chemicals. A big part of the problem is that companies are not required to label cleaning products ingredients. And sources of dangerous chemicals can be  hidden in different terms such as “fragrance”.  Your best bet? Make your own! There are many simple and effective options. For example, this article recommends adding baking soda to liquid soap for a bathroom scrub. Here is another link to some great ideas! You can even use just baking soda to clean toilets, etc. And guess what works best on windows and mirrors? water and a flour-sack cotton cloth. Use caution with essential oils as well. Many companies use solvents to extract the essential oil and then dangerous residues can be present in the final product. And PLEASE avoid triclosan which is in many anti-bacterial soaps and toothpastes! The FDA has even put a ban on triclosan but it isn’t in effect until September 2017. To your health!!

Natural Cleaning Options

Natural Cleaning Options

Hurray–Coffee May Help Reduce Dementia in Women!

October 21st, 2016

There is new evidence that coffee may help reduce the risk of dementia in women. Since I love coffee, this is especially good news to me 🙂 Now, remember though, moderation is important. Limit coffee consumption to 1 – 2 cups daily and avoid filling it with sugars and syrups. Also, if you have high blood pressure, you may need to avoid caffeine altogether.

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Peace–For Your Health

October 11th, 2016

In the hustle and bustle of our lives, I hope you can enjoy some peace today. Our health requires it. Take deep breaths, enjoy the sunshine, go for a walk, and plan on quiet time.

Peace in Autumn

Peace in Autumn

Paleo May Be Even Better Than Mediterranean

October 11th, 2016

The article summarizes findings comparing the popular Mediterranean diet to the increasingly popular Paleo (or pre-agrarian) diet. The findings suggest improved weight loss and especially improved reduction of waistlines. And those in the study ate until they were full. Schedule an appointment to see if the diet is right for you, and for clarity amongst all the internet hype!

Low Thyroid Function in Early Pregnancy Associated with Gestational Diabetes

September 13th, 2016

This is an interesting article revealing a link between low thyroid function (specifically both low TSH AND low free T4) and increased risk for gestational diabetes. Most doctors run only TSH to monitor thyroid function. I always recommend screening TSH with free T4 AND free T3 for more complete thyroid assessment.

Women Need More Sleep

April 5th, 2016

That is just the tip of the iceberg–check out the first line in the attached article:  “It’s tough being a woman in this world. Women are twice as likely to experience major depression than men and more likely to suffer from heart disease.” Stop the multi-tasking. Eat a healthy (and simple!) diet–fruits, veggies, and meats (fish, chicken, etc). And get a good night’s sleep. Get to your doctor to have screening physical examination and labs. To Your Health!

Women and Heart Disease

February 9th, 2016

“The Guidelines May Kill You” Please read the attached article. Exciting is that more research is being conducted regarding cardiovascular health in women and more evaluation options are available. I’ve found Boston Heart is a great resource for my patients.

Endocrine Disruptors–Hidden in Our Daily Lives

July 6th, 2015

I sure wish it were different, but so many so-called “safe” products are actually potent endocrine disruptors. What that means is that these products adversely effect our thyroid and sex hormones. They can cause such problems as hypothyroid symptoms, weight gain, and infertility, among many others. PLEASE read the attached article. EWG has a top 12 list of dangers as well. Bottom line, avoid artificial fragrances (perfumes, air fresheners, dryer sheets, hair care products, lotions, soaps, detergents, etc.). Check out EWG‘s site for safer alternatives.

Foods For Healthy Bones

June 30th, 2015

Dairy is not the “be all, end all” to bone health. In fact, there is argument that it may be detrimental if over-consumed. Eating a diet rich in healthy vegetables and fruits as well as limiting red meat are also helpful. Check out this article for additional ideas to support your bones!

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