As I write this, snow continues to fall, streets are filled with snowy ruts, and limbs are crashing throughout the neighborhood. We decided to close the office today (April 11, 2022) in efforts to keep everyone safe–we apologize for any inconvenience! The weather forecast currently predicts a return to our […]
Weather Woes–Closed 02/15/21 due to ice!
We hope you enjoyed a safe and peaceful snowy weekend! We were hoping that the forecasted rain and warmer temperatures would allow us to safely open the office this morning (Monday, Feb 15, 2021), however, we awoke to ice! On my brief and slippery walk this morning, I could hear […]
Modified Office Hours
It is with reluctance, yet hope, that we have modified Natural Family Medicine’s office hours. For the week of March 23rd – 27th (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday), we have abbreviated hours: 9AM – 2PM. Dr. Brown remains available via her after-hours number for telephone consultations–Adina can help arrange this […]
Boston Heart Out-of-Pocket Increases
We were just notified TODAY that effective December 1, 2018, Boston Heart Labs will no longer be offering its “Know It Now” pricing. If Dr. Brown has ordered Boston Heart testing for you, PLEASE complete your blood draw BEFORE December 1st. Alternatively, Dr. Brown can order through a different laboratory–just […]
Medical Insurance Changes
Medical Insurance Benefit Changes for 2018: Naturopathic physicians are being excluded as PCP’s in individual plans. The open enrollment period for 2018 medical insurance benefits began on November 1, 2017. Unfortunately, it appears that medical benefits in the individual market beginning in January will have limited access to naturopathic care. […]
The Nut for Your Thyroid . . .
Brazil nuts are very high in selenium–at least if they are grown in Brazil. (Note that some “Brazil nuts” are now grown in Hawaii and do NOT have the same selenium content because the soil is different). Selenium is important for the production of thyroid hormones–I recommend about 200 mcg […]
Wheat and Inflammation–It’s About Time
Research continues to confirm the link between wheat and inflammation. As I have told patients for years, it is NOT just the gluten that is concerning. Other parts of the wheat have also been shown to cause inflammation. Probably the most detailed testing of reactivity to wheat is by Cyrex […]
Homemade Chai–Easy and Delicious!!!
Tis the season to cozy up with some delicious tea! One of my favorites is my homemade chai tea. It’s easy, delicious, AND makes your whole house smell wonderful!! Just simmer the following ingredients for about 30 minutes, strain and enjoy! Some people like to add black tea while simmering–this […]
Glucosamine/Chondroitin for Arthritis
This is an interesting report showing that glucosamine and chondroitin may be more effective that Celebrex for pain relief of osteoarthritis. If you suffer from osteoarthritis, avoid gluten, avoid commercially-raised meat, avoid all food intolerances, include turmeric and lots of colorful fruits and veggies, and try glucosamine/chondroitin!
Health Risk with Garcina cambogia
This article reviews the potential for serotonin syndrome with Garcina cambogia. Please use caution. Read more here.