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Purging!

nutrition weight loss Aug 15, 2014

This morning, on my day “off” from seeing patients, I cleaned out my son’s room in preparation for his attending middle school. Out went (most of ) his old school projects, the large bin of legos (most of which were passed down from his older brother) as well as lots of other old toys that he no longer plays with.   And since I was on a cleaning and purging roll, I went and cleaned out our refrigerator which was way overdue. Next I will be going through my son’s old clothes (and mine as well) getting rid of what he has outgrown and what I no longer wear. I had all summer to do this, but I just got to it today, 5 days before school is to start.

Coincidentally, this late summer/ early fall time of the year in Chinese Medicine is also considered to be ruled by the Lungs which is about letting go of things that you no longer need (as well as the emotion of grief).  I have noticed in my own life, in my past, that I tended to end relationships this...

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Brain Health and Neurotransmitters Linked to Gut Health

Did you know that the health of your gut can effect your moods? A while ago, someone coined the phrase “Gut Psychology Syndrome” for the effect that a leaky or inflamed gut can have on neurotransmitter production (or lack thereof).   The special diet and protocol have been used for conditions such as autism, epilepsy depression, bipolar disorder, etc. “Grain Brain” is another term used for that brain fog that many people get from eating various grains, including the non-gluten ones.

While the diets and protocols laid out in those excellent books such as “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” as well as “Grain Brain” are a good start, with “leaky gut” syndrome and its associated inflammation, there is no one diet or supplement protocol which works for everyone. We are, after all, unique individuals genetically and spiritually. What works smashingly for one person needs to be adjusted for another. Laboratory results may...

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My Health – A Journey into Terrier Consciousness

allergies nutrition Jun 16, 2014

Here is an article I wrote a while ago for elephant journal:

Waylon has wanted me to write something for elephant journal for a while now.

While I appreciate that he enjoys my writing , I have been at a loss as to what to write about… until a friend on Facebook posted the above photo of me (2nd from the left) when I was 10 years old. Then something started to come together…

Sure I am a naturopathic doctor… I could write about that… Sure I spent time at an ashram and with spiritual teachers and learned a few things about myself… I could write about that… I have had a solid yoga practice for a while… yeah yeah yeah…
Boring, boring boring, blah, blah, blah…

Yet when I look at that photo I see myself as an emaciated child with multiple food allergies, a full head smaller than my friends who are pretty much the same age as me. But something in my facial expression is a harbinger of the journey I will undertake, first to...

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Beating Inflammation – the root of many chronic diseases

autoimmune inflammation Jun 02, 2014

Inflammation is one of the causes as well as the result of many chronic diseases including asthma, eczema, arthritis, colitis, IBS, heart disease, and fibromyalgia, as well as many other chronic discomforts of the body. Luckily there are many things one can do to naturally help the body to reduce its inflammatory response.
1. Identify and eliminate food allergens from your diet. This alone can significantly reduce the inflammatory burden to the body so much that many symptoms go away.
2. Heal the GI tract. Intestinal permeability can aggravate food allergies, thus triggering antigen-antibody complexes that trigger inflammation.
3. Alkalinize your diet by increasing your fruit and vegetable intake and reducing animal products in your diet (excepting wild seafood). A diet high in animal proteins will increase the levels of inflammatory prostaglandins and exacerbate a prior condition.
4.Increase your omega 3 fatty acid consumption. These will help to release the antiinflammatory...

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Is Fasting a Good Idea?

nutrition Apr 25, 2014

Many of you ask me about fasting. Fasting can be a great way to clear your mind, body, and spirit of any impurities known and unknown that one may be harboring. That said, many of you also know that I hardly ever spontaneously recommend fasting for my patients as part of a general treatment plan. The main reason for this that in order to do a fast ideally one needs to be able to devote all of their time to resting, meditating. and doing as little as possible. As food and nutritional intake is decreased, so is one’s bodily energy, causing many fasters to experience weakness and dizziness. While some people feel a burst of energy and a heightened awareness as they clean out, others experience fatigue and some other uncomfortable symptoms of rapid detoxification.

In our modern world with our crazy overbooked schedules many of my patients can’t afford to set aside enough time completely free from their responsibilities to properly fast without compromising their health and...

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Breast Health Tips

Here are a few general tips for breast health.

1. Eat and drink organic. Pesticides and herbicides mimic estrogen in the body, thus increasing breast cancer risk. If you live in an agricultural area , it may be a good idea to detoxify every spring.

2. Drink at least 8 -8 oz glasses of purified water every day. Water helps to flush out the lymph system in your body and also helps to flush out the toxins.

3. Practice yoga every day. Postures that work on shoulder girdle and chest flexibility such as downward dog and back bends with the arms over the head will help to flush the lymphatic system and prevent toxins from accumulating in the breast area.

4. Eat plenty of foods from the cabbage and broccoli family which also includes brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, collard greens. These contain compounds such as DIM and SGS that help prevent cancer and also help the body to detoxify and break down exogenous estrogens.

5. Get regular screening. Early detection can make a huge...

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Natural Help for Allergies

allergies Mar 21, 2014

Many people feel a sense of relief and well being upon the arrival of spring. Days are warmer and longer, flowers are blooming, and many enjoy wearing lighter clothes and feeling the warm air against their skin. And in Boulder, opportunities for a myriad of outdoor activities abound. This makes many people grateful that winter is finally over. If one suffers from seasonal pollen allergies, however, springtime means the discomforts of a runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes and/or skin, trouble breathing, and fatigue.

Many factors contribute to the onset and development of seasonal allergies. Some are due to heredity and others are due to cumulative lifestyle factors and stresses on the body.

Food Allergies

If one has undetected food allergies and continues to eat their allergens, an excess burden is placed on the body’s immune system. I often attribute repeated exposure to food allergens akin to driving your car with dirty oil. It puts a drag on the whole system so your organs...

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Cortisol Levels and Sleep

sleep stress Mar 13, 2014

Cortisol is a major hormone among many that is released by the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands secrete our “fight or flight” hormones that we as a species evolved with so that we could outrun that sabre toothed tiger. When cortisol is released, we are on high alert. Blood rushes to the muscles, muscle tone is increased, and more glucose is released into the bloodstream. The only problem is, currently in the modern world most of our stresses have more to do with work deadlines, paying bills on time, commuting through traffic, relationship issues and picking our kids up from school on time.

We have a chronic low level of stress constantly barraging our body. Over time this chronic release of cortisol into our bloodstream can lower our immune system, increase our fatigue, disrupt sleep patterns, disrupt sugar metabolism, and increase anxiety, irritability, and depression, not to mention an increase in weight gain! Regulating cortisol levels is something we as naturopaths...

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Naturopathic Medicine and Oncology- OncANP Conference Highlights

cancer Mar 05, 2014

A couple of weekends ago I had the privilege to attend my 3rd OnCANP (Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians) Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. It was one of the most informative conferences I have had the privilege to attend. Many more oncology patients are showing up in my practice as cancer becomes more rampant, so for the past 3-4 I have taken it upon myself to learn as much as I can about working with this condition. Whether a patient is currently in the throes of the cancer fight, in remission, or wanting to prevent a recurrence, my colleagues in naturopathic oncology and I are staying current with the latest research and strategies.

Our aim is to work safely and effectively in conjunction with allopathic cancer care. We learn about drug and supplement reactions, i.e. which nutrients and herbs are safe to use with particular cancer drugs and which are not. This is crucial and nuanced information to have access to. Naturopathic medicine has a lot to offer in the realm in...

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Protect Your Joints!

aging inflammation Jan 16, 2014

There are many things that one can do to protect your joints from the ravages of time . Here are just a few of them!

1. Choose low impact sports for the bulk of your workouts. Swimming, yoga, walking, cycling, and low impact aerobics are but a few of the activities that are easy on your joints. Running can be very hard on the joints, but if you must run…

2. Wear proper shoes for your activity. Choose a good shoe that fits your activity. Wear orthotics if necessary and…

3. Warm up and stretch well. this will allow for adequate space between the joints so that you are not overly grinding away at your cartilage. Also stretching well will prevent injuries and help you to perform well.

4. Drink an adequate amount of water. Water hydrates your joints and tissues so that they can move properly and can detoxify waste material well.

5. Massage therapy, rolfing and other forms of bodywork can help relief muscle tightness, thus allowing proper space between the joints. Bodywork...

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