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. …
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…
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,…
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Fall is here, and it’s the perfect time for a detox program! In Chinese medicine, the fall is the season of letting go and clearing away what is no longer useful. Detoxification quite literally helps our bodies to let go of what isn’t useful to us and what may be getting in the way of…
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!
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.
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.
Our lives are more stressful than ever these days and as a result, the person who never experiences periods of anxiety or depression is very rare. While some cases of anxiety or depression can be serious and debilitating, for most of us our mood problems interfere with our enjoyment of our lives and our relationships, but they don’t prevent us from going about our daily lives and doing the things we really have to do.
The good news is that there are many ways to improve your mood! Our thoughts have a tremendous affect not only on how we feel emotionally, but also on levels of neurotransmitters in our brains and stress hormones produced in our bodies. This is why positive thoughts tend to generate calm and happy feelings while negative thoughts tend to generate fearful, angry, resentful or sad feelings. Simple exercises like noticing your negative thoughts and putting a more positive spin on them can change your brain chemistry and change the way you feel. Counseling can be very helpful for people with anxiety and depression because they learn new ways of thinking. You might also consider picking up the book “Feeling Good” by David Burns, MD for some great insights and exercises to help change your habitual thought patterns.