March 1, 2018

Your Body On Sugar aka The Blood Sugar Balancing Act

There is something that all disease states have in common, and it is not only the feeling that our bodies are completely screwing us over. Regardless of the medical symptom or condition, EVERYTHING is worse when our blood sugar is imbalanced. I don’t care who you are, or what your health concerns are: if you…

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September 5, 2017

Why Does Exercise Help with Digestion?

Today I had a patient with gastritis (irritated stomach lining) and acid reflux (heartburn) who came to me on an antacid medication that was no longer working for her. My first question for her was: what do you do for stress relief? Like many other people who are extremely busy with work, families, and extracurricular…

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August 22, 2017

Fiber- I’m Bound to Tell You All About It

It is a running joke in my family that I talk about poop too much. Though I spend half of my waking hours asking my two kids to stop talking about their butts, and to put their penises back into their pants, I secretly have the sense of humor of an 11-year-old boy. This puts…

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May 25, 2017

A Worrier Can Become a Warrior.

  Anxiety and Blood Sugar   I see and treat many patients with anxiety and mood issues in my practice. One of the most common issues I encounter with my patients who have anxiety is that they tend to fall into a vicious pattern of letting their blood sugar fall too low, too often during…

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January 23, 2017

You and Your Hormones, Part One: The Basics

My father notoriously used to ask my mother every time she was angry with him if she was about to start her period. It’s a classic stereotype, right? Women are hormonal, changeable, and unreliable. My parents later divorced and his dismissal of her emotions may well have rightly been one of the reasons. We women…

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October 17, 2016

Can Failure Serve Us?

I think one of the most challenging aspects of practicing integrative care is to know when to manage symptoms, to really go after the cause, to do a combination of both, or to know that it’s time to refer someone to another practitioner. Not every patient is a good fit for me and I am…

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October 5, 2015

Nothing in Medicine is Black and White

Something has been irritating me lately. I sell and prescribe supplements for the majority of my treatment protocols with my patients in primary care. I have been doing this for over ten years and I intend to continue doing so as long as I am a practicing physician. Here is what irks me: hearing people…

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March 14, 2014

Is Naturopathic Medicine Nothing More than a Placebo Effect?

This morning I spoke to a group of physicians and dietitians at Swedish Hospital Issaquah, and I left in tears. I managed to save my tears for the car thank god, and with a few hours behind me to process I am now grateful that I am still sensitive enough to feel the meaning in…

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March 4, 2014

Allergic Or Intolerant?

I HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES! I hate to burst your bubble, but you probably don’t. I see so many patients who come through the door with a list of “food allergies.” These are often based on a person’s report of symptoms or past bloodwork from another naturopath or other practitioner. Regardless of the mechanism, I want…

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