What to Eat to Reset Problematic Hormones

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When in balance, your hormones are like text messages in your body from a wise mentor. Each hormone sends a “do this” or “do that” task to cells far away in an effort to create homeostasis, which you feel as a full head of hair, strong nails, clear skin, stable mood and weight, stress resilience, robust … [Read more...]

The Natural Sleep Cure: How to Get Restful, Rejuvenating Sleep Without Popping a Sleeping Pill

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You know the breakfast cereal commercials that show a bowl full of bran flakes, a glass of milk, orange juice, a banana, and some eggs? Usually accompanied by the phrase, “Part of a balanced breakfast!” I wish that instead they showed an image of someone deeply, contentedly asleep. Because unlike a … [Read more...]

Cortisol & Cancer: How Lowering Stress Can Help Prevent Cancer

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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 … [Read more...]

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

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  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 … [Read more...]

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

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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, … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]