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…

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…

A Naturopathic Approach to Anxiety and Depression

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.