Category Archives: Natural Medicine

Natural medicine practice in Merced, CA and Portland, OR Dr Erika Enos, N.D.

Summer Sunshine & A Few Things You Should Know (and probably don’t!) About Sun Protection

Welcome to summer in full swing!  In both Colorado and California we have at least a couple more months left of sunny summer weather.  I often recommend to patients that they spend at least 30 minutes outside, rain or shine, winter, spring, summer, or fall.  This time of year there is a lot of shine … Continue reading

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Delicious, Nutritious Shamrock Smoothie

There were a few years in my childhood when I looked forward to Shamrock Shakes from McDonald’s as a special March treat.  And how bad could a milkshake really be?  After all, isn’t it just ice cream and mint flavoring? If only. It is important to know your ingredients and we almost never do when … Continue reading

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Instead of Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen . . . .

My goal as a Naturopathic Doctor is not to simply replace pharmaceutical medications with “natural” alternatives because of some notion that one is inherently better than another.  Modern drugs are incredibly useful when used judiciously, and I am grateful for the availability of many of them.  That being said, I do want people to be … Continue reading

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Spring Blossoms, Chronic Allergy Solutions

California’s Central Valley is looking absolutely gorgeous this month with all the orchards in bloom! If you’re an allergy sufferer, you might not be able to fully appreciate or enjoy the splendor. Symptoms of allergies include a runny nose, eye discharge, sinus congestion (pressure or ache in the forehead and/or nose and cheek area), headaches, … Continue reading

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Healthy Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! This heart-centric holiday has me thinking about the health of both physical hearts and emotional hearts.  What can we do to keep both of our hearts healthy? First, the physical heart.  You’ve probably heard about “heart healthy diets.”  These diets are often recommended to be low in fat and high in fiber.  … Continue reading

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Apple Chunks and Pumpkin Decadence: A Naturopathic Holiday Prescription

We are in the midst of a season of celebration and food is one of the primary ways we celebrate. Memories and emotions linked are linked to our holiday foods. Unfortunately, most of these foods are no longer grandma’s apple pie baked from scratch and fresh ingredients. They are easy prep foods out of boxes … Continue reading

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Your Health and the Bell Shaped Curve

How many of you have been to your doctor for review of routine blood work and have been told that it is all “fine” or “within normal limits”? Have you ever wondered how the “normal” values for labs are established and what it means to have normal values? Have you ever questioned whether normal values … Continue reading

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6 Habits for Good Food Hygiene

  In my previous post, I discussed some of the ways in which how you eat, not just what you eat, affects your overall health.  Here are my 6 tips on good food hygiene for building optimal health: 1)   Spend time preparing your food.   I bet that if I took a survey about where digestion … Continue reading

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Your Eating Habits and Your Health

Hippocrates is credited as saying “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.” Food certainly has a powerful impact on health; you are probably well aware of this fact. What you may not be aware is that the way you eat also has a profound impact on your health. You may be … Continue reading

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