Food Allergies: This Time, It’s Personal

I became a mother in April and since then I have been experiencing the anxiety that comes along with being responsible for the survival, well-being, and healthy development of a tiny, helpless creature for the first time. If you’re a parent, you know exactly what I’m talking about. When I opened up my daughter’s diaper…

Prevent Alzheimer Disease with Your Diet

Many of my patients wonder how they can prevent dementia and have a better quality of life as they age.  One important strategy is a low-glycemic (low sugar) Mediterranean style diet.  This type of diet is bursting with vegetables and fruits, healthy fats from nuts, seeds, olive oil, and fish, and low-fat protein sources like…

Neuro and Reproductive Endocrinology Certification

Continuing to learn the best ways to navigate the complexities of integrative and holistic medicine to find solutions for patients’ health concerns is a passion and never-ending pursuit of mine. I have recently successfully completed a training program that has helped me to better understand the tools available to address health through the evaluation of…

Inflammation, Diet, and Depression

A study published in October 2013 in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity shows us just how much dietary choices may matter when it comes to mood. 43,685 women, aged 50-77, who were not depressed at the start of the study, were followed for 12 years during which time they answered periodic questionnaires about their eating…

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…