IBS: How I Learned to Love My Belly Again

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an uncomfortable and challenging condition to live with.  Trust me, I know.  Throughout most of my teens and early 20’s I suffered with IBS.  I had a colonoscopy at 18 and got the IBS diagnosis from my gastroenterologist who gave me a prescription for Bentyl (an anti-spasmodic medication) and instructions…

Sleep May Be A Detox for Your Brain

A fascinating new study published this month in the journal, Science, suggests that the restorative function of sleep may be to remove toxins from the brain. The study examined the brains of mice during sleep and waking time. The study authors found that during sleep, the brain’s cells shrank.  This led to greater space between…

The Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

This is the first-ever National Naturopathic Medicine Week!  In honor of that, I am sharing this great graphic that details the Principles of Naturopathic Medicine.  These principles guide the training and practice of naturopathic doctors every day, with every patient. They are why I chose a career in naturopathic medicine.  Thanks to my alma mater,…

A Holistic Approach to Fibromyalgia

Overview Fibromyalgia can be a challenging condition to live with, and patients are often frustrated by the care they receive.  Fibromyalgia symptoms overlap with those of other chronic diseases, which often leads patients to see several different specialists before receiving their diagnosis. Once diagnosed, the challenge becomes finding a treatment that offers effective symptom relief. …