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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 [...]

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 [...]

Hydration Keeps You Humming

Water is the life-giving element on our planet. The different phases of water help shape its surface. Its availability has enabled the evolution of living organisms, from single-celled bacteria to highly complex flora and fauna, including humans. Climate change and the careless use of fresh-water resources around the world also contribute to the decline of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]