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Find Your Personal Stress Busters

You know it when you're stressed. You just don't feel like your best self. Stress is not what's going on in your life but how you respond to it, consciously or unconsciously. That's why we also call it the stress response. Hans Selye, a physician and professor at McGill University who was born in Vienna [...]

Adaptogens Can Make You More Resilient to Stress

Adaptogens are natural substances with a wide range of health benefits. What exactly are they and how can you use them? If you are experiencing stress, recovering from severe illness, frequently catching cold, or trying to stay healthy into old age (basically every one of us), then this story is for you. Adaptogenic herbs are [...]

Life After Birth

Expecting mothers these days, encouraged maybe by their friends or doula, create a birth plan while they are pregnant. If that's true for you, are you also thinking about an after-birth plan? Currently, the spotlight is trained more on what to expect at your birth, and how to prepare for it to increase your chances [...]

Natural Relief for Anxiety and Depression

A wide spectrum of mood and anxiety disorders affects almost one in five adults in the United States every year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (some experts think the number might be much higher). About two thirds or more of them do not receive treatment. Anxiety and depression come in many [...]

Arthritis? What You Can Do

When all is well, you wouldn't know that every movement of your body involves your joints. They bend in many different ways, depending on their function, and allow you to flex, extend, twist, or simply move forward. But when your joints are not well, you will know because every movement creates pain and discomfort. This [...]

Be Comfortable during Your Pregnancy

From conception to birth a lot of changes occur in your body while your baby is growing and getting ready to meet you. Many women are feeling great throughout most of their pregnancy, some experience minor twinges, yet quite a few develop discomforts at different times that can really take the joy out of this [...]

Not Feeling like Yourself? It Could Be Your Thyroid

Have you been feeling more lethargic than usual? Sleeping poorly? Gaining weight? Feeling cold? These are just a few of the many manifestations of a poorly functioning thyroid. Let's take a closer look. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck and an important part of your hormone (or endocrine) system. [...]

Prepare Your Family for Cold and Flu Season

Tomorrow will be our first day of snow in New York City this fall, so this is a good time to share with you some of my favorite strategies to stay healthy during the cold and flu season. Colds and the flu are caused by a variety of viruses that we're constantly exposed to. When [...]

What Is Functional Medicine and Why Does It Make Sense?

In recent years health care systems in the United States and other industrialized countries have been faced with unprecedented challenges caused by chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune conditions that are poorly addressed by the conventional model of heroic medicine, an approach that proved successful in the fight against infectious diseases [...]

Sleeping Like a Baby Promotes Good Health

I don't need to tell you how much better you feel when you get a good night's sleep on a regular basis. The science of sleep has established health benefits too numerous to count. The more obvious ones are feeling energized, focused and productive during the day. Our bodies, and especially our brains, are using [...]