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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Hormones Explained

We talk so much about hormones nowadays but, unless you studied biology or medicine, you may have only a vague notion of the role they play in your health. So, let’s take a closer look at what hormones are, what their purpose is, and how they help create balance in the body. What are hormones? [...]

Can Hormonal Birth Control Affect My Fertility?

The hormonal birth control pill became available in 1960 and helped create a revolution in industrialized countries by enabling women to control if and when they will have babies. Certainly, doctors, researchers and patients initially came under tremendous pressure (and some spent time in jail) for something that gave women more say over their fertility, [...]

Your Gut: The Center Of Your Universe

Most aches, pains, discomforts and dysfunctions in your body are connected to the gut. Even how you think or feel is affected by the health of your gut. We generally spend precious little time caring about or for our gut and expect it to work hard for us day in, day out without complaint. If [...]

It’s Crystal Clear: We Need Salt, Not Sugar

Have you been told by your physician to reduce your salt consumption? The conventional wisdom that salt contributes to hypertension has been perpetuated for decades by the medical community, government bodies and AHA guidelines—without much compelling evidence to support it! The United States and, to a lesser degree, other industrialized countries have been overwhelmed by [...]

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 [...]

Hashimoto’s: Can Chinese Medicine Treat Autoimmune Disorders?

Hashimoto's is an autoimmune condition that affects a surprisingly large number of Americans, especially women. It is also probably underdiagnosed and undertreated. Hashimoto's is the cause of hypothyroidism in approximately 80-90 percent of patients. It is often missed because a common thyroid screening test, which evaluates TSH levels in your blood, is generally interpreted as [...]

Adaptogens Can Make You More Resilient to Stress

Adaptogens are natural substances with a wide range of health benefits. What exactly are they and how can you use them? If you are experiencing stress, recovering from severe illness, frequently catching cold, or trying to stay healthy into old age (basically every one of us), then this story is for you. Adaptogenic herbs are [...]

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