I’m perfectly happy to be a broken record when it comes to talking to patients about the importance of healthy eating, and a diet consisting of whole, nutritious foods. Food is medicine and eating well is essential to living well. Nobody is surprised to hear that I encourage my patients (and anyone else who will listen) to avoid fast food… it simply does not fit into a health promoting diet. Most fast foods are made with low quality ingredients, heavily processed, stuffed full of additives, and generally no good for your health.
There are plenty of reasons to avoid fast food, but if you’re ... Keep Reading
In my office, and in my articles, I talk a lot about medicine that does not come in the form of pills. A healthy diet, an active lifestyle, and getting plenty of sunshine are just three of the many examples of the most common (and effective) natural medicine prescriptions.
Another important medicine (no pills involved) is maintaining meaningful, supportive relationships with others. The way we interact with those closest to us can dramatically influence our happiness, and in turn, our health. A new study, to be presented at the 2017 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual ... Keep Reading
As a naturopathic physician, one of the things I always stress to my patients is the importance of a healthy, clean, whole food diet. Most people know that a meal of vegetables and legumes is a healthier choice than a burger, fries, and a soda. But when hunger strikes… the temptation of a quick, easy, inexpensive meal often wins out. Herein lies the importance of a five minute conversation that was the subject of fascinating recent article.
In a new study out of the University of Michigan, researchers underscored the enormously positive impact of a five minute chat about nutrition. For ... Keep Reading
The race is on. Big Pharma is keenly aware of the major role that inflammation plays in a wide range of different symptoms and diseases. The market for anti-inflammatory drugs is massive… billions are spent annually by people looking for relief. The problem is that many of the common drugs used to suppress inflammation are associated with intolerable risk and side effects. Drug companies know that newer, better tolerated anti-inflammatory medications will bring huge profits… so, they all have huge research and development budgets directed at new ways to reduce inflammation.
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Has the cold season got you down? If so, you’re certainly not alone, especially if you live in a northern climate. This time of year, the cold, wet weather and lack of sunlight characteristic of the northern winter have many people feeling the symptoms of the “winter blues.”
There is a medical term for this condition, one you’ve probably heard before — SAD, which stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is characterized by a depression that sets in when the weather begins to cool, and lifts when the weather becomes warm and sunny again. It is estimated that between four and six percent ... Keep Reading