Nourishing Yourself In Pregnancy

“When you’re pregnant you’re eating for two” is an old saying that deserves a closer look. Obviously, it doesn’t mean you should be eating twice as much as before. But let’s delve a bit into what’s different now and how to approach this important dimension of your journey to growing your family. These days, many [...]

Fasting, the Missing Piece?

If hunger pangs are the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of fasting, you may want to read on to put your gut reaction a bit in perspective. First of all, let’s clear up a common misconception that fasting and starving are somehow related or even the same thing. They’re not! [...]

Why Is It So Hard to Lose Weight?

Weight gain is a common concern among women approaching and passing into menopause. It can feel like the whole world is conspiring against you, and no diet seems to be making a dent. What’s going on? What we’re up against For decades, government agencies, medical associations and industry groups have perpetuated misconceptions, or outright lies, [...]

Stress Relief From Mother Nature

If you feel anxious and stressed, take a deep breath. Really! A sense of overwhelm, feelings of anxiety and depression, as well as nervous exhaustion are extremely common. Most of us experience them in one form or another sometimes in our lives. For some of us, however, they can become a state that we find [...]

How to Take Herbs

The wonderful and wondrous world of botanical medicine appeals to the layperson as much as to the professional health care provider. Botanical medicine has been the trusty companion of humanity since our earliest days. Our ancestors had intimate knowledge of the flora and fauna in their environment both for nourishment and healing. They may have [...]

Menopause: A Transition Not to Be Missed

Every good thing comes to an end, I like to say; and that applies to our reproductive capacity, too. But that doesn’t mean life after menopause is a complete drudgery and not something to look forward to. Au contraire! What’s in store? Actually, many women are looking forward to the freedom and stability the ending [...]

What You Can Do to Conceive a Healthy Baby

Are you thinking about starting our growing your family? You and your partner may be wondering what you can do to improve your chances of conceiving naturally and bringing a healthy baby into this world. In the last several years, we have learned a lot about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to improve the [...]

Getting Healthier, One Step At a Time

A perennial question that keeps cropping up is how to get and stay healthy—whatever that means for you. Maybe you’ve gained unwanted weight, your digestion is giving you trouble, sleep and energy are not what you’d like them to be, or your doctor told you that your blood pressure, blood sugar, or cholesterol is too [...]

What Covid Can Teach Us about Lyme Disease

We can finally see a silver lining, a subsiding of the pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2, in large part thanks to the widening availability and administration of vaccines, including two prominent mRNA vaccines which have demonstrated impressive safety and efficacy, both in large clinical trials and the real world. But this coronavirus and its emerging variants [...]

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 [...]

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