Chronic Acne – 5 Foundations to Address

Chronic acne, both cystic and non-cystic, is something I treat often in a wide age range from teenagers to people in their 5th decade of life.  Although acne can appear to be topical and cosmetic, it is really much more than that.   As a Naturopathic Doctor, I view what happens on your skin as a … Continue reading

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Is Thyroid Medication Dangerous? Part 2

Thyroid Medication part 2

In my previous blog post, I began to address the question: Is Thyroid Medication Dangerous? In that post, I agreed with conventional medicine that thyroid medication is not toxic and the drug itself doesn’t usually cause side effects (although it can), I suggested perhaps we should be asking different questions about thyroid medication, including: Does … Continue reading

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Is Thyroid Medication Dangerous?

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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

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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

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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: Thoughts

Guest post by Josh Flowers Thoughts We are addicted to movement in many forms. Aside from the obvious, physical movement (we are busy bodies for sure!), another aspect of our lives that is constantly in motion is our mind and thoughts. It is a wonder that we can get any relaxing done with the sheer … Continue reading

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Fall Detox: Menstrual Products

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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

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“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

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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

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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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