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Period Pain Is Not Normal

You had been looking forward to going on that bike ride, spending time at the family barbecue or watching a movie with your friend. Maybe you had just hoped to make it through your workday without distraction. But then you got your period and, along with it, pain that may range from dull & achy [...]

Feeling Good During Pregnancy

Carrying an unborn child is usually a joyful and satisfying experience for a woman. You (and your partner) are looking forward to meeting this miracle of conception and growing your family. But pregnancy is also a time when a woman’s body goes through many changes that can affect your physical and emotional wellbeing. These discomforts [...]

Give Your Immune System a Boost

Late summer, early fall is a season when most of us switch gears back to a busier schedule, the weather is getting chillier, and we start spending more time indoors. This is also a time when we need to boost our resilience to stress and ability to fend off cold viruses. Do you catch colds [...]

Natural Relief For Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Don’t be embarrassed or argue with your friend or partner if they tell you that you snore heavily and your breathing stops intermittently while you’re asleep. Most people with these kinds of sleeping issues don’t know it until someone else brings it to their attention, so you should thank them. Your tip-off may be sleepiness [...]

Suffering From Headaches and Migraines? Try Acupuncture

I’ve had only a few rare migraines and the occasional mild headache over the years, so I consider myself lucky. But several close friends and family members have struggled with severe migraines for many years and are still searching for the holy grail of cure. Headaches and migraines are often the reason why people seek [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]