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Celebrating the Return of the Light in January

Uncategorized Jan 04, 2014

January is such a curious time of the year. Here we are in the dead of winter, where it is still cold outside for the most part and the days are still quite short. Yet we celebrate the birth of a new year here once again!   It is the birth of the return of the light as the days slowly, incrementally get longer. For many it is a tough time of the year since it is still dark and cold out , and there are no more holiday parties to go to. Yet we must still stay open to the signs that warmth , light , and abundance are coming back soon! The winter solstice was the stillpoint at the fulcrum of change. Stay hopeful! Here are some tips to feel good and renew and regenerate in preparation for the return of the light.

1. While it is still dark and cold outside, take the time to meditate , pray and do yoga. This will keep your channels and meridians clear for the new ideas and inspirations that will be coming as the days grow longer.

2. Exercise outdoors on sunny days. Skiing is great for...

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Avoid and Prevent Winter Weight Gain!

It is very common in northern latitudes for the average American to gain from 2 – 10 pounds each winter especially during the holidays when there are more parties and gatherings centered around food. Here are a few tips to prevent winter weight gain from compromising your health goals this winter season.

1. Fill your plate 1/2 to 3/4 with salad or braised greens. This is the best way to avoid overeating all of those carbs and fats at parties and potlucks that happen over the holidays.

2. Stay active. It may be time to retreat to a more indoor venue for your exercise, especially if the temperature is, say 5 below! Even though running on a treadmill or a versiclimber is not as much fun as cycling the trails or going on a nice hike, it will stave off depression and help melt away those extra pounds. Or better yet, try a more vigorous yoga class such as ashtanga style. Once the mercury climbs to a more comfortable 20-30 degrees skiing is always an option for those like myself who...

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Heal the Gut! (What???)

So many of the chronic, inflammatory, and autoimmune diseases that I see over and over again in my practice can be helped by looking at and focusing treatment on healing the GI tract, or the gut.  Many  of my patients who seem to have disparate symptoms and names for their diagnosed illnesses benefit from this  approach.   Illnesses from arthritis, to Graves disease to Lupus, to Chronic Fatigue to Interstitial Cystitis to Skin conditions, to Chronic Vaginitis, to   Inflammatory Bowel Disease and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome ), etc. .  Many  patients are initially skeptical that their  bladder, skin,  joints, thyroid have anything to do with their GI tract.  But so many patients have benefited tremendously from this approach, that often the first place that I and other naturopathic doctors look is  at the GI tract.

The way this works is that the GI tract can itself become inflamed from an intestinal virus, antibiotic...

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How to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

immune support Nov 01, 2013

Here are some simple things that you can do to protect yourself and your family this winter! Be well!

1. Wash your hands! This is THE single most important thing that you can do to prevent the spread of the cold or the flu!

2. Avoid sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and your food allergens. By avoiding foods and substances that negatively affect your immune system, and eating lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean organic proteins, you are giving your immune system the building blocks and raw materials to thrive! The most common food allergens are wheat, dairy, peanuts, soy, citrus, eggs, and chocolate.

3. Vitamin C! Vitamin C supports the health of your connective tissue and is a powerful antioxidant. High doses (safe because it is a water soluble vitamin and your body easily excretes what it doesn’t need) to bowel tolerance – back off the dose when your stool gets loose, can ward off an infection at the 1st stages.

4. Herbs such as Astragalus and Reishi have a long...

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Support Your Lungs, Support Your Breath

lung health Oct 16, 2013

The Autumn seasonal change is a optimal time to support your lungs. Actually any time is a good time to support your lungs since it is after all a vital organ. But this time of year is especially beneficial since the lung energy is amplified. Here are some tips on how you may support your lung health.

1. Breathe. Breathing of course oxygenates your tissues and our bodies cannot function without it. Certain chest opening yoga postures and backbends can help to improve and increase lung capacity thus increasing the amount of oxygen received in each breath. A simple one is to lay the on your back with a bolster under your thoracic area and breathe. Also being aware of how deeply you are breathing. It is all too easy to breathe shallowly when you are stressed and working at your desk or computer. Which brings me to… 

2. Exercise. One should engage in some sort of aerobic activity that increases blood flow, increases the heart rate and causes you to sweat a bit. This will...

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Homeopathic Remedies for #BoulderFlood

stress Sep 16, 2013


As most of you probably know by now, my community in Colorado has been hit exceptionally hard by the recent flooding in Boulder County.  While I realize that most people’s primary concerns is getting to safety,  dealing with the flooding and its effects on   homes, finances, and places of business,  remember homeopathy can be a powerful tool right now.  Feel free to use it whether or not you “believe in it”.

 



FIRST LINE TRAUMA REMEDIES

These are the remedies one would use while coping with the situation or the immediate aftereffects of the situation.   These are good to have around and are common remedies in homeopathic first aid kits.  They may also be considered for the acute ailments that follow a stressful event such as our 1000 year flood.

ACONITEafter being in a shocking or frightening situation such as a battle or natural disaster.  Even given to newborns after a traumatic birth.  ...

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Balancing Yourself for Better Sleep

sleep stress Sep 14, 2013

Sleep disorders run rampant in our society. Also they become more commonplace in women as they hit perimenopause due to various hormonal influences. While the stress/cortisol imbalance accounts for what I believe is the majority of the sleeplessness we as a society experience, here are some helpful tips if getting a good solid 7-9 hours of deep sleep is elusive.

Getting proper sleep is extremely important to ones health as lack of sleep exacerbates psychiatric imbalances (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, mood disorders), depresses the immune system and increases the risk of mistakes and accidents while driving. Overall, lack of sleep impairs performance much in the same way that having a few alcoholic drinks impairs cognitive and motor performance. Of course sometimes poor sleep cannot be avoided as when caring for a newborn , but then the mothers who are breastfeeding get the added protection of oxytocin which helps offset the lack of sleep one gets when caring for a baby.

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Healthy Kids!

children's health Sep 11, 2013

Here are some very general tips for keeping children healthy any time of the year!

1. Allow them the time and structure to get plenty of fresh air and exercise. A guideline is 1 hour of unstructured outdoor play (weather permitting) and 1 hour of structured physical activity per day. This is ideal.

2. Offer them plenty of purified water. A good guideline is 1/2 of their weight in fluid oz per day.

3. Identify and eliminate food allergens. The most common food allergies are to peanuts, wheat and gluten, cow dairy, citrus, soy, tree nuts, eggs, and chocolate, though really they could be allergic to any food.

4. Allow themenough sleep. Young children need 10-12 hours of sleep per night and teens also need at least 9-10.

5. Make sure that much of their learning is play based and experiential. Children have the capacity to do a lot of rote memorization of factoids though the latest research in brain development indicates that more of the learning before age 12 is best in an experiential...

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Anti-Aging Tips for the Longevity Lifestyle

aging Aug 07, 2013

Here are a few of my favorite anti-aging tips:

1. Manage your stress well. High cortisol levels contribute to cellular oxidative stress and weight gain as well as sleep disturbances. Sleep disturbances will interfere with cellular rest and repair. So high levels of stress and unhappiness contributes more to aging than almost any other factor.

2. Limit your intake of refined carbohydrates and sugars. High carb intake can contribute to insulin resistance and weight gain as one ages which can predispose one to Type 2 Diabetes which contributes to many other health problems as well.

3. Avoid exposure to toxins internal as well as external. Avoid tobacco smoke, alcohol, preservatives, plastic water bottles, paints and solvents and pollutants as much as possible. Always try to eat organic foods as much as possible.

4. Eat high density nutritious foods such as wild salmon, dark green leafy vegetables, dark blue and red berries, beets. A more colorful plate will give you a good sampling of...

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Estrogen Dominance and PMDD

This one is for the ladies and the men and children who live with them.For many women their monthly cycles are dreaded events with PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder), which is like PMS “on steroids”. This syndrome can include severe mood swings, irritability and depressive and suicidal thoughts that reoccur monthly. In severe cases, 2 weeks out of the month are OK and 2 weeks out of the month are pure misery.

In my clinical practice the cause of this is often estrogen dominance. This is becoming even more common as we have more xenoestrogens ( estrogen producing compounds from the environment) that we are exposed to on a daily non stop basis. Xenoestrogens can come from herbicides, pesticides, plastics, pthalates in cosmetics, etc. They are so pervasive that they are very difficult to avoid.

I find that once a woman with PMDD enters treatment with me their symptoms resolve within a month or two with tweaking needed here or there of the protocol over time. One of the...

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