Author Archives: Dr Erika Enos

Is Thyroid Medication Dangerous?

I was recently asked this question by a potential patient and her husband. She had just been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and they were considering alternative treatment options. This sounds like a very simple straightforward question, and from the perspective of most doctors, the answer to whether or not thyroid medication is dangerous is a simple … Continue reading

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Fall Detox: Bentonite Clay

Bentonite and other healing clays are simple, cost-effective ways to support the body in detox both topically and internally. I frequently recommend these as part of specific patient treatment plans and I also utilize them regularly myself. There are many different types of healing clays but I’ve chosen to focus on bentonite clay because it … Continue reading

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Fall Detox: Milk Thistle

If there is one herb everyone seems to know about for liver health, it is milk thistle. Not only is milk thistle supportive of liver health (1, 2) and detoxification (3) but it also… is an antioxidant, helps to protect and regenerate kidney cells (4), protects nerve cells (5, 6), boosts glutathione levels (7, 8), improves … Continue reading

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Fall Detox: Menstrual Products

Guess how many disposable period products a menstruating individual will use during the 30+ years from menarche to menopause… 500? 1,000? 2,000? According to New York’s Representative Carolyn Maloney, “the average woman will use over 16,800 tampons and pads over the course of her lifetime.” Representative Maloney has introduced a bill to study menstrual hygiene … Continue reading

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Fall Detox: Electronics

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” ―Anne Lamott Taking a Break from Electronics… “Digital Detox” It can be beneficial to take a break from anything we do regularly or habitually. The benefits of “unplugging” from our routine use of electronic devices for a determined period of … Continue reading

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Fall Detox: Spirulina

Spirulina Chlorophyll is found in green plants and algae. It is what makes them green and allows them to capture sunlight to make energy for the plant. Structurally, it is very similar to the heme in hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein that carries oxygen on your red blood cells. The only structural difference between hemoglobin … Continue reading

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Fall Detox: Deep Breathing

The Vagus Nerve and Stress Did you know that when you find yourself freaking out, that your vagus nerve can be your best friend? It’s the major nerve that runs along our spine in our chest and abdomen and stimulating it can kickstart our parasympathetic nervous system and help us relax. When life stressors trigger … Continue reading

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Fall Detox: Clean Air

Did you know that you take more than 17,000 breaths each day?! Your lungs have an incredibly large surface area (second only to the gut), they are in constant contact with the outside world (outside your body, that is!), and they are incredibly absorptive. The quality of the air you breathe matters. It probably seems … Continue reading

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Fall Detox: Beets

Seasonal transitions often inspire me to nourish myself. Especially the transitions from winter to spring and summer to fall. One way I like to nourish myself is by making sure that my body is optimally supported in detox and my environment is clean. Spring cleaning of our homes and our bodies is probably a familiar … Continue reading

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Shopping for Healing Foods on a Budget

“Well, I guess shopping at Costco is out!” commented the mother of a teenage patient after I presented the anti-inflammatory diet that would lay the foundations for a plan to help heal her daughter’s severe cystic acne. I honestly had not shopped at a warehouse-type store in many years and so I assumed she was … Continue reading

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