Botanicals

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PCOS and Pregnancy

Contrary to what your gynecologist may have told you, having a baby is often not as easy if you were diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS for short. To begin with, a large percentage of women in our country manifest with signs and symptoms of PCOS. However, not all cases look the same or [...]

Planning to Grow Your Family?

You’ve found your mate, you’ve decided it’s the right time to start trying, you’ve stopped your oral contraceptives—you’re ready! Well, not so fast. Rising numbers of couples find that conceiving and carrying pregnancy to term are not as easy as they thought. Maybe you’ve already been trying for several months or even experienced the loss [...]

It’s Lyme Time

We’re expecting another bumper crop of ticks this year—in part accelerated by a changing climate. The percentage of ticks carrying one or multiple pathogens associated with Lyme has also dramatically increased in our region. This situation has only worsened since I last wrote about integrative approaches to treating Lyme. So, let’s take a look at [...]

Spring Is in the Air

It’s a perennial challenge for many people. Just as the weather is getting nicer and we want to spend more time outside, trees, grasses, and many other plants begin to bloom and their airborne pollen will find a hospitable landing spot in your airways, where they can trigger an overreaction of your immune system and [...]

Women’s Health in Midlife, Part 3: A Holistic Path

Women in their middle years are more and more interested in taking a holistic path to health and wellness. What does this mean? When we look at a person holistically, we may shift our perception and see the person as a whole, we appreciate the web of functions, experiences and challenges she has. And we [...]

Women’s Health in Midlife, Part 2: The Natural Approach

Just in case you’re still wondering: No, menopause is not a disease! The cessation of menstrual periods around the age of 50 is a natural process for women. Many, if not most women, are actually glad that their menstrual cycles, the accompanying discomforts and mood swings, the risk of unplanned pregnancy, etc. are coming to [...]

Women’s Health in Midlife, Part 1: What’s Going On

It’s a hot topic for women and the people around them: What’s happening in midlife? Menopause! Women are usually so busy with careers, kids and care-taking that they don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about the health changes inevitably coming their way as they enter their forties and fifties. Some people also find [...]

Heartburn? Why Drugs May Not Be a Good Idea

Almost everyone has a sour taste in their mouth once in a while, though for some people this is a more common occurrence. We’ve been inundated with advertisements telling us that we need to take medication to relieve the discomfort and prevent worse things from happening. Reflux is a phenomenon that can show up with [...]

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 [...]