What Does Healthy Feel Like? 6 Signs of Good Health

My patients come to me exhausted after years of trying and trying and trying. They know they’re not healthy, but when test after test comes back with no diagnosis, they begin to wonder. What does “healthy” actually feel like? Are they supposed to be this tired? What are the signs of health? So often we …

Seed Cycling: A Surprising Way to Regulate Your Periods Naturally

You may or may not have heard about seed cycling yet, as it is gaining popularity, for fertility. It was a tool I learned in medical school for regulating periods naturally. Seed cycling is useful for the woman wanting to get pregnant or the woman who wants regular, predictable periods without taking birth control pills. …

How to Manage Stress Better

It’s time for a reality check. Here’s a fact: Americans need to learn how to manage stress better. In fact, your current stress levels are probably killing you slowly. Or, at least, they’re making you sick. Ever heard of adrenal fatigue or HPA-axis dysfunction? If you’re like many Americans, especially if you’re a woman, your …

Your Immune System and Coronavirus: How to Give Your Body an Edge

Let’s chat about your immune system and the coronavirus. The novel coronavirus outbreak (also called COVID-19) is changing life for everyone—all over the world.  Of course, your primary focus is to (1) stay away from the coronavirus and, in case the first effort fails, (2) keep yourself away from anyone you could infect.  And rightfully …

5 Pros and Cons of Functional Medicine

Functional medicine takes a holistic approach to health. This approach can be life-changing. However, like almost anything in life, it doesn’t solve all problems. Nor will everyone benefit from it. I say this as a doctor and functional medicine practitioner. To explore whether functional medicine is for you, take the time to reflect on these …

Stop Living with an Undiagnosed Illness—You’re Not Crazy

You know something isn’t right. You know you’re living with an undiagnosed illness. But that’s just it: it’s undiagnosed, and all your best efforts to get a diagnosis have failed. Your doctors insist that you are in good health.  So what’s next? Is this the end of the road? Maybe you feel lost. You feel …

Adrenal Fatigue in Women: What You Need to Know

Adrenal fatigue in women, or HPA axis dysfunction, develops as we throw ourselves into life. We have a sense of purpose: we work hard, we take care of our families, and we do our best. But… sometimes we overdo it, and the stress mounts. Our bodies cannot handle it, and the result is a condition …

Women, Stop Believing This Lie About Aging

“Oh, honey, it is just part of getting older.” It’s as if women and aging are synonymous with misery and ill health. I have heard this time and again and it drives me crazy. I hear these platitudes from not only older mothers and friends, but from colleagues as well. Imagine… my OB-GYN telling me …

Is Functional Medicine for Me?

Is functional medicine right for you? It depends. As a functional medicine doctor myself, I’m certainly biased in favor of it. However, it involves more patient participation than other forms of medicine. Your doctor doesn’t just hand you a prescription and send you home. Instead, you’ll have a long conversation with your practitioner, in which …

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