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Food & Mood: Take Control of Your Mental Health

Mood disorders like anxiety and depression are increasing. But understanding the critical link between food and mood can empower you to take back control of your mental health.

Protein Powder

Protein & Collagen

When you purchase protein powder or collagen, you expect it to support your health. But you have to be wise.

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If You Only Take One Supplement, It Should Be Vitamin D.

Unfortunately, this is the time of year when we most need vitamin D, and our bodies are least able to produce it.

Demystifying CBD & THC

Demystifying CBD & THC

I often receive questions about CBD & THC. What are the benefits and risks? How can you find a safe and effective product? Are they right for you?

Article 3 — Safety First_ How to Vet Your Own Supplements

Straight Talk About Supplements | Part 3:

Learn to vet your supplements to ensure their safety.

Article 2 — Are Your Supplements Lying to You

Straight Talk About Supplements | Part 2

Warning: Your supplement may contain hidden pharmaceuticals. The labels could be lying to you about their contents.

Article 1 — 5 Things You Need to Know About Supplments

Straight Talk About Supplements | Part 1

We love and hate supplements for good reasons: they offer the best of medicine and the worst of human deception.

All About Herbals Hibiscus

All About Herbals: Hibiscus

The Benefits of Hibiscus Tea My son, Khalil, loves hibiscus tea and it’s saving his life. Now, I know that sounds like a crazy statement. We talk about food as medicine, but can an herbal tea actually have such incredible healing properties? Today I’d like to do something a little different. This post is the…


Detox Part 4: Advanced Detoxification Techniques

  Would you like to learn about some of my go-to detoxification tools that I use with my patients?   Read This First First, I want to say that the techniques in this post require that you work with a skilled practitioner. Last week’s post discussed how clean water, air, food, and nutrients can support…


Coach’s Corner: An Easy (and Cheap) Way to Add More Collagen to Your Diet

Making your own bone stock is a great way to stretch your food dollar a little further, add some important nutrients to your diet, and reduce food waste.   What’s So Great About Collagen? We see collagen supplements in almost every store, making various claims for healthier joints, skin, nails, hair, and more. The benefits…


Are you Pregnant or Thinking About Getting Pregnant? Is Functional Medicine Right for You?

If you’re a mom-to-be or are thinking of having children soon, you might have questions about how functional medicine can be beneficial to you in this season of life. I see many young, healthy women in my clinic who come to RIFM specifically because they want to be in peak physical health before having a…


Avoiding the Pitfalls of Fasting

When I talk with my patients about fasting, they often tell me about the unpleasant side effects that they experience. Today I’d like to talk about some of the obstacles to fasting you might face and some ways to support your body for a more pleasant fasting experience.   The Pitfalls of Fasting Some common…


Ramsey Hunt Syndrome

You may have heard about Ramsey Hunt Syndrome in the news lately. I’ve had some questions about it recently, so I thought I’d talk a little about what Ramsey Hunt syndrome is, what causes it, and some possible treatment options. While Ramsey Hunt is quite rare, similar syndromes that cause nerve damage are actually fairly…

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Cardiovascular Disease 3 of 4: Nutrients that Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk

What does a personalized approach look like when working with an integrative functional medicine practitioner to prevent or treat cardiovascular disease? With the aim of reducing the risk of heart attack, strokes, and other vascular disease, we consider the person’s history, their nutritional status, their environment, their gut health, and more in order to create…