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. …

Acupuncture for Depression

A new study conducted at the University of York in the UK and published this week in the online journal PLOS Medicine confirms what those of us who practice acupuncture know well, that acupuncture is an effective treatment for symptoms of depression. In the study, a total of 755 patients were randomly assigned to receive…

Naturopathic Medicine Week – October 7-13!

It’s an exciting time for the naturopathic community as our profession gains greater recognition for the quality healthcare we provide. On September 10th the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to pass Senate Resolution 221.  The resolution designates the week of October 7-13 Naturopathic Medicine Week “to recognize the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective,…

Get a Good Night’s Sleep, Naturally

When we are busy and stressed, sleep is often the first casualty. We cut back on sleep to get more done, then suffer through sleepless nights and long days running on caffeine and adrenaline. Good sleep is vital for our health and well-being. People with chronic sleep disturbances have an increased risk of health problems including heart disease. One study found that they receive fewer job promotions and lower pay than those who sleep well!

Growth hormone, sometimes called the “anti-aging” hormone, is secreted in the brain during deep sleep.  It stimulates regeneration of body tissues and breakdown of fat stores. Hormones that affect appetite also become disrupted with poor sleep. The result is that you feel hungrier and eat more while breaking down less fat. Getting quality sleep regularly will help you feel better, be more productive, and help you manage your weight too!

Helpful Hints for Healthy Digestion

A healthy digestive system is one of the pillars of a healthy body and mind.  Digestion is not only the process through which our bodies extract the nutrients we need from the food we eat and eliminate that which is toxic or not useful. Your digestive system is also the home of a large portion of your immune system. When your digestive system is inflamed or moves too quickly or too slowly, your entire body is affected.

It’s no coincidence that people who have chronic health problems often also have digestive problems. Improving gut health tends to improve overall health, not to mention relieve the social embarrassment and activity restrictions that go along with an unpredictable digestive system.

Natural Support for ADD/ADHD

Attention deficit disorders challenge many children and their families. Symptoms may disrupt learning and interfere with social interaction, and parents often grapple with the difficult decision to give their children medication to help manage their symptoms.

ADD/ADHD symptoms can often be improved with dietary changes. Food additives, colorings and preservatives commonly exacerbate symptoms. Food sensitivities may be present as well, with some of the most common food triggers being dairy, wheat, eggs and soy. Consult an experienced practitioner before removing whole food groups from your child’s diet to be certain that your child will still be getting the nutrition he or she requires.