Is low iron getting you down?

Micronutrients in Mental Health Series I The role of optimal nutrition in depression, and a number of other mental health conditions, is often overlooked, but plays a critical role in health and well-being. Iron deficiency, even without being diagnosed with anemia, can lead to low energy, fatigue and depression.  Many of my patients who have […]

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Antidepressant Use in the U.S. is On the Rise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the results of their study on Antidepressant Use in The U.S. for persons aged 12 and over from 2005-2008 this month. In their Data Brief, they report that the rate of antidepressant use among all ages has increased nearly 400% since 1988-1994. Some salient features of […]

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The Price We Pay for Beauty

Environmental Medicine Series II Is your liquid soap contributing to bacterial resistance, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), social impairment or metabolic problems? Is the ingredient that makes your shampoo lather contaminated with a carcinogenic compound? Or is the lotion that you use potentially affecting your hormones and fertility?  The personal care products industry is a […]

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“To sleep:  perchance to dream…”  

Sleep is something so many take for granted and yet insomnia affects a large proportion of the population, 22.1% by recent estimates .  Untreated insomnia can lead to psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression and insomnia commonly occurs in those with psychiatric disorders. Treating the underlying psychiatric disorder will generally improve sleep. In the long […]

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Gut Feelings

Recent evidence suggests that the status of our gastrointestinal flora may affect mood and behavior. This evidence, derived from a study conducted by Bravo et al. and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that bacteria in the gut can communicate with the brain and vice-versa via the vagus nerve1. (The […]

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The New Normal: How A Naturopath Looks at Laboratory Testing for Optimal Health

Have you ever gone to your doctor feeling that something was off, but testing revealed that ‘nothing’ was wrong? At least nothing according to conventional medical diagnosis of disease and interpretation of laboratory test results… In naturopathic and functional medicine, however, we are taught to use laboratory testing (along with an in-depth physical exam and […]

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Are you getting enough nutrients?

Have often have you heard, if you eat a balanced diet, you will obtain all of the nutrients that you need? But what is a balanced diet? And in an age where our food quality is often poorer than that of our ancestors due to loss of nutrients with shipping and storage, modern agricultural practices […]

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