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Fish Oil and Probiotics During Pregnancy–for Baby’s Health

April 23rd, 2018

Research has noted a 33% reduction in risk of allergies with fish oil and a 20% reduction in risk of eczema with probiotics. Check out the details in this article! Good over-the-counter brands include Nordic Naturals and Carlson.

De-Stress and Sleep Apps

April 23rd, 2018

Do you suffer with insomnia? Check out this list of apps designed to help you de-stress, fall asleep, and stay asleep. I have not tried them all but enjoy the Sleep Cycle app. I also like one called “Relax and Sleep” but not sure that it is still supported–I’ve had it a LONG time. Rest well!!

My Favorite Rhubarb Recipe Ever!

April 16th, 2018

I love when Spring weather prompts growth of my robust rhubarb plant and now have a favorite recipe without grain, dairy or sugar! Check this out–I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!

Roasted Rhubarb with Sweet Potato

4 – 6 stems sliced rhubarb stems (do NOT eat the leaves)

2 – 3 sweet potatoes chopped into bite-sized pieces

2 – 3 tbsp coconut oil

2 pinches of Celtic gray salt

Combine all ingredients in a baking dish (large enough for rhubarb and sweet potato to be in a single layer). Roast at 350F for 30 minutes until soft. Yum!!!

 

Rhubarb!

Coronary Artery Calcium Scan — Heart Health

April 13th, 2018

A calcium scan of your heart can be a quick way to check on heart health! While we try and correlate standard blood testing (that is, a cholesterol or lipid panel), we are still essentially guessing as to the level of plaque formation. Elevated LDL and Lp(a) are associated with an increased risk of arterial plaque formation. But many people have effective HDL (the only lipid we associate with removal of lipids from the blood stream) and therefore no plaque formation. A simple coronary artery calcium score (CACS) can further assess your plaque levels. And the reason we do not want arterial plaque is to reduce risks of heart attacks and strokes. Check out this article and schedule an appointment to see if you should get a CACS!

Allergies Or Not–Eye Wash Helpful!

April 13th, 2018

Certainly if you have pollen allergies, rinsing your eyes can provide relief. But did you know that even if you don’t have allergies, those pollen particles are irritating! I think of them like tiny scrubber pads. See the attached image courtesy GettyImages. So, remember to rinse out not only your nasal passages (especially if you have pollen allergies) but your eyes–using sterile saline solution. I find that using an eye cup with sterile saline works best for rinsing my eyes–eye drops just aren’t enough in peak season. To your health and comfort!!

I prefer using a glass eye cup to avoid plasticizer contamination:

EWG’s Dirty Dozen–Foods Highest in Pesticides

April 10th, 2018

EWG has published their 2018 report for the “dirtiest” fruits and vegetables when it comes to pesticide residues. Strawberries and spinach top the list. Check out the full list here — a great way to support your grocery budget decisions.

Acetaminophen Overdosing During Cold/Flu Season

April 5th, 2018

Increased overdosing with acetaminophen is noted during cold and flu season–at least in part due to the multiple over-the-counter medications that contain it. Please note that there are many natural treatment options to support your body’s recovery from colds and flus while reducing symptoms, too–schedule an appointment if you are struggling.

Acid Reducing Medications Associated with Depression

April 5th, 2018

Research reveals that use of proton pump inhibitors is associated with an increased risk of depression. This is just another reason to avoid long-term use of them. There are botanicals, exercises, and diet changes that can replace the use of acid reducers in many cases. Please call and find out what might be best for you.

Chronic Fatigue and Low Thyroid

March 27th, 2018

Research is bearing out my clinical observations of an association between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and lower thyroid hormone levels. Most allopathic physicians (MD’s, DO’s, etc.) tend to monitor thyroid function with only a TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) which is a pituitary hormone, NOT a thyroid hormone. By measuring T4 and T3 (actual thyroid hormones) in addition to the TSH, a better picture of thyroid function can be ascertained. In addition, reverse T3 (a hormone that can block the thyroid receptors causing a “peripheral” hypothyroid state) can also be very helpful to assess. Multiple treatment options can be considered based upon these results and help reduce the pain and fatigue of CFS.

Naturopathic Nutrition Training

March 16th, 2018

Wondering about the nutrition training that naturopathic physicians receive? Check out this article! 🙂

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