Sustainable Self-Care For Women

I recently had the opportunity to speak about women’s health with a lovely gathering of fellow alumnae of the University of Rochester, where I was a graduate student at the Eastman School of Music many years ago. Women’s health is one of my favorite subjects, and I’ve devoted the last 20 years of my professional [...]

The Naturopathic Approach To Healing

When it comes to natural medicine, you have many different choices rooted in a variety of traditions from around the world: East Asian medicine, Ayurveda, Native American practices, Western naturopathic medicine, and numerous other regional systems. Here, I want to familiarize you with the foundations of naturopathic medicine since this is one of the pillars [...]

Electroacupuncture: Modern Pain Relief

If you have been struggling with chronic musculoskeletal pain for some time, the thought of acupuncture has probably crossed your mind since this treatment approach is well known for its potential to relieve pain and discomforts that don’t respond in a satisfactory manner to other approaches like pain medications, surgery, or physical therapy. Nowadays, acupuncture [...]

Tired of Being Tired?

Have you been feeling under the weather, wired but tired, achy and exhausted, or you just lost your zest for life? Maybe you already asked your primary care physician for advice, but they ran general blood labs that didn’t show anything they were concerned about. So, you got no answers and don’t know what to [...]

Picking a Bone With Arthritis

Does your body hurt, are your joints creaky, do you feel stiff like a board in the morning? You may have been diagnosed by your doctor (or yourself) with arthritis. Narrowly, the term arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Different forms of arthritis exist, such as osteoarthritis (the most common), autoimmune arthritis (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis), [...]

Reconsidering Hormonal Contraceptives

Typically, women choose to take oral contraceptives, also known as “the pill,” for one (or both) of two reasons: to prevent pregnancy or for medical indications, for example to manage menstrual or other hormonal irregularities. While this can be an empowering choice for women, and many don’t have any overt health issues on the pill, [...]

Your Body Gets Rid Of It

Do you ever wonder how your body is able to get rid of the things that aren’t good for you? Maybe you’re concerned that you’ve turned toxic and this could spell trouble for your health. Without your knowledge, or even awareness, your body has effective and efficient mechanisms to expel what’s not needed and could [...]

A Prescription For Healing: Shinrin-Yoku

Those of you who know me personally are aware of my deep love for the great Outdoors. I dedicate as much time as possible to hiking and climbing in the mountains, often spending nights out in the woods. I especially enjoy the beautiful forests of the Northeast, from Harriman State Park, just north of New [...]

Does PCOS Go Away In Menopause?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects an estimated 10-20% of women in the United States, maybe even more since a high percentage of women never receive a proper diagnosis. This is partly due to the wide range of how this syndrome presents and also because providers lack knowledge and awareness to identify PCOS. The numbers also [...]

How Your Pelvic Floor Is Holding It All Together

Deep inside your body is a network of muscles, tendons, and ligaments attached to your pelvis, a group of bones at the bottom of your torso. Think of it as a flexible and adaptable system, similar to a trapeze, that helps hold your internal organs in place and yet is flexible enough to allow [...]

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