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! [...]

Shoulders Are a Climber’s Achilles Heel

How come so many climbers develop shoulder problems? Almost all my friends, most of whom have been climbing for years if not decades, have been sidelined by acute or chronic shoulder injuries at times. I’m no stranger to this issue myself. Orthopedists primarily use imaging diagnostics such as x-rays and MRIs to look for structural [...]

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, [...]

Caring For Your Lymphatic System

Most people have only a vague notion of what their lymphatic system is or does, so I decided to provide an overview of this marvel of your anatomy and physiology, along with a few tips to care for the health of your lymphatic system naturally. The lymphatic system lives a bit in the shadow of [...]

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 [...]

Supporting Insulin Resistance Naturally

I don’t know how many people I’ve heard from lately who gained weight during the pandemic. More than I can count! Weight gain mainly results from changes in your daily habits, especially reduced physical activity and increased consumption of calories like those types that rapidly increase your blood sugar and stress your insulin; in rarer [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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