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The MTHFR Gene

Genetics are playing a more integral role in both and Conventional and Naturopathic Therapies. SNPs, or Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, study genetic mutations, which vary from person to person. Through assessing a person’s unique genetic picture, it is possible to understand aspects of treatment that were rather mysterious previously. A thorough genetic assessment can tell us …

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Fundamentals of Naturopathic Medicine

In honor of the upcoming National Naturopathic Medicine Week, I would like to devote this month’s article to discuss some of the guiding principles behind our preferred form of healthcare. Naturopathic Medicine is a grass-roots movement whose popularity is currently being spread through word-of-mouth education, professional to patient, patient to family, neighbor to neighbor, co-worker …

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Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition Strategies to Heal the Digestive Tract

It will come as no surprise that digestive disorders are among the most common issues I see in my practice. This is because successful treatment of health issues such as IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and even constipation requires a holistic understanding of the GI tract. In this area, possibly more so than in any …

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To Boniva or Not to Boniva?

We spend so much time focused on what our outsides look like that it is important to reflect upon what’s underneath that holds us up. Poor bone strength is an issue that is poorly understood by the conventional medical community. Currently, the standard of care is pharmaceutical medications like Boniva and Fosamax and the ubiquitous …

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Gluten-Free Diet: Fad or Necessity?

Naturopathic medicine is all about treating the cause of disease. One of the fundamental determining factors determining what level of health or disease a person reaches is their daily nutrition choices. This is a fact that is almost completely ignored in conventional medicine. Hence why the healthcare system is so expensive and inefficient. The Standard …

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Benefits of Reiki for Children

The calming practice of Reiki can benefit children by promoting relaxation and confidence. Learning about the benefits of Reiki at a young age promotes a healthy way of living throughout their lives, helping children make better choices and create balance. Other Benefits of Reiki include: Less likely to show signs of excitability and depression Improves …

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The Thyroid Gland, Naturopathic vs. Conventional Treatment

Ever since Oprah decided that she couldn’t lose weight on account of her thyroid gland, all women with weight loss challenges have demanded that their thyroid hormones be tested. More often than not, these levels come back within the “normal” range on the conventional lab tests, leading to a lot of frustration. We all would …

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Stress, Cortisol, & Your Health

This month we will be discussing one of my favorite topics, the adrenal glands. Chances are, if you have seen me as a patient, you already know about this idea, as stress is something that I focus on heavily in treating ALL health problems. The adrenal glands govern our response to stress and can often …

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The Gut-Brain Connection

As I sit in my living room looking out at the winter wonderland around me, I reflect on how the winter can occasionally give me a case of melancholy. Living in Seattle, a land of angsty grunge music and seasonal depression, gave me a healthy appetite for sunshine and a bit of a winter phobia. …

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Healthy Comfort Foods for the Winter Months

It’s that time of year again when I start wanting to put cheese on everything I eat. In general, people crave richer, more-calorie-dense foods when the thermometer begins to drop. During the long Maine winter, our instincts are not unlike those of a hibernating bear. We spend more time indoors staying warm, we need more …

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