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Cortisol: The King of All Hormones

The monarch of our hormonal hierarchy, cortisol, is an unsung hero when it’s in balance, but when it’s out of whack? It can turn your body into a realm of chaos.

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Inflammation: The Underlying Cause of Chronic Disease

Inflammation is a normal response of our body’s immune system … but it can sometimes run amok, leading to all kinds of problems.


Getting Unstuck: Introducing the Triangle of Health

When I see patients who have been to other clinics and seen other practitioners, these are the main things that are keeping them from making progress. These are the humps they can’t seem to get over.

Lifestyle Medicine for Stress: Creativity, Nature, & Relationships

Lifestyle Medicine for Stress: Creativity, Nature, & Relationships

In this last post in my series on Lifestyle Medicine for Stress, I’d like to introduce three more interventions that can effectively help us to manage stress, reduce cortisol, and help our bodies better respond to challenges.

Lifestyle Medicine for Stress: Mindfulness & Breathing

Lifestyle Medicine for Stress: Mindfulness & Breathing

Both strategies — mindfulness & diaphragmatic breathing — are backed by a great deal of research on addressing the negative health effects of stress. Let’s talk about the power of these two seemingly simple interventions, and how you might incorporate them into your life.


Lifestyle Medicine for Stress: Exercise

As we know, unmitigated stress has been linked to various diseases. I see its effects in my clinic every day, so I think that it’s incredibly important to talk about this elephant in the room. Physical exercise is another powerful intervention to help mitigate the effects of stress.

Lifestyle Medicine for Stress

Lifestyle Medicine for Stress: The Power of Yoga

Stress is the elephant in the room that people aren’t talking much about in the medical world today. We now know about so many ways that stress can affect our health. Unmanaged stress is associated with an increased incidence of cancer and heart disease. And did you also know that stress makes some medications less…


Top 10 Myths About Cancer

Note This Article has been updated. We all are affected by cancer – directly or indirectly. But why is it so prevalent these days? What can we do about it?   As a functional medicine practitioner, I seek the root cause of disease; cancer is no exception. So today I’d like to address some of…


Top 10 Myths About Heart Disease

Note: This article was updated (April 22, 2024). There is much new research on heart health and how we can mitigate the risk for heart disease. However, I often hear dated information about heart disease, some of which have even been debunked. Today, I’d like to shed light on the risk factors for heart disease…

Femal Doctor performing checking the BP of a female patient

Cardiovascular Disease 2 of 4

Last week we started our discussion on cardiovascular disease, the number one killer in our country. We talked about many risk factors and the root causes of heart disease: inflammation, oxidative stress, and immune dysregulation.   Today, we’ll look at the traditional markers for heart disease and see why these screening tools are inadequate for…

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The Cause of Cardiovascular Disease

Over the last several years, we seem to have lost sight of the most common killer in our country. Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease accounts for almost 660,000 deaths in America every year. This often silent disease has been the number one killer in our nation for over 50 years.   Consider these…

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Hormone SERIES Progesterone 1 of 2

When I began studying medicine in 1996, I was told that after a woman had a hysterectomy or went through menopause she no longer needed progesterone. It was thought that estrogen was the only important sex hormone for women. We now know that to be antiquated thinking; progesterone is a key hormone with many functions…