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Cortisol & Cancer: How Lowering Stress Can Help Prevent Cancer

Every week on the news, online, in a magazine, we hear or read about the ever-elusive “cure for cancer.” So far, it’s still a far-off medical goal. While I think it’s important for us to keep researching treatment options for all the men and women affected by cancer, I also want people to focus on an equally important part of their health management: Cancer … [Read More...]

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How Wild Alaskan Salmon Rocked My Locks, Changed My Life, and Can Change Yours Too

  It’s August, 1989. Something weird and wonderful is happening en route to Harvard Medical School, and it’s not just the music of Nirvana and Pearl Jam. My hair is astonishingly full, thick, and shiny even though I haven’t used “product” on it for the entire summer. My nails are curiously strong. My skin? Radiant, and it’s not just from the early love I … [Read More...]

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Balance Your Hormones, Balance the Scale: 5 Ways to Lose Weight through Natural Hormone Balancing

Are you doing everything right, but still struggling to lose weight? A lot of people seem to think weight loss is just a case of simple math. That all it takes is “eating less and exercising more.” That the only reason someone is overweight is because of their self-control. Ladies and gentlemen, that is a lie. When it comes to burning more calories than … [Read More...]

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The Birth Control Pill: 7 Reasons Why You May Want to Stop (and How to Stay Healthy if You Don’t)

Millions of women take the birth control pill (BCP) for contraception, to treat an underlying hormone imbalance, or both. BCPs block ovulation and thicken your cervical mucus so that sperm have a reduced chance of meeting up with a fertilized egg. But are they a good idea? That depends. As a gynecologist practicing functional medicine, I have a skewed perspective … [Read More...]

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Tired but Wired? 3 Foods to Eat + 3 to Avoid to Heal Your Adrenals

After taking care of patients for the past 25 years, I’m accustomed to the push back that occurs with adrenal problems. (In fact, I suspect you’ll have a few yourself in response to this article, and I look forward to hashing it out in the comments section). I get it – when you’re tired but wired, like I was in my mid-thirties, the last thing you want is for some … [Read More...]

Blog05-26-16

What I Tell My Patients to Eat for Clear, Glowing Skin

The skin is a mirror of the gut and mind. In functional medicine, symptoms are divine messages from the body. It’s our job together to decode them, not rush to a new pill or cream. We need to identify the root cause and then create a protocol to heal that cause. The same rule applies whether the issue is acne, eczema, rosacea, wrinkles, weight gain, rapid aging, or … [Read More...]

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How Your Hormones Really Affect Your Sex Drive & What To Do About It

This statistic troubles me: 57 percent of women prefer Facebook to sex. While the data arose from a questionable source (Cosmopolitan), it reflects a general feeling of “meh” that many of my patients and online clients have toward sex. I see it daily in my functional medicine practice, and the symptom points to a larger, more disturbing problem. I consider sex drive … [Read More...]

WHY DR. SARA?

Dedicated to Helping Women Balance Hormones Naturally

I believe in eating your leafy greens rather than popping synthetic pills. I believe in Ayurveda, integrative medicine, + yoga to cultivate your vitality. If this is the doctoring you seek, you’re in the right place!  Dr. Sara Gottfried