How I Fixed My Exercise, Got Lean, and Rocked My Growth Hormone (IGF-1)

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First the bold news: I hacked my growth hormone with exercise and raised it 53%. But allow me to back up so we can put this in context. What Is Growth Hormone? Growth hormone is a misunderstood stress hormone that raises the level of glucose in your blood, and stimulates the production of an … [Read more...]

Detox Genes: Personalize Your Liver Detoxification

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You've read my treatise on the liver, or not, and you're wondering how to make it more relevant to you and what you're known for. You know already that I'm a lover of the 4 "P's" in my medical practice: make it personal, make it predictive of your health, make it aggressively preventive, and make it … [Read more...]

The Real Truth About Sugar (The Good, The Bad, The Substitutes) – And How To Break Out Of The Cravings Cycle Once And For All

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 By JJ Virgin A Note from Dr. Sara… If you have a sticky relationship with sugar (no pun intended), now is the time to take action and take back control over your health, hormones and happiness. In today’s article, my good friend JJ Virgin reveals the real truth about sugar in all its forms, and how … [Read more...]

Dr. Sara’s Book Club #4: EatQ by Susan Albers, PhD

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Do you love diet books? Read them for fun? I understand that most people just want to find ONE weight loss program that works and call it a day. But when it comes to our relationship with food, I find the wide variety of approaches absolutely fascinating. I love to learn more about what’s involved in … [Read more...]

Thyroid Questionnaire

I love this questionnaire from Dr. Hotze, another integrative physician. It gets to the heart of whether you should be tested for thyroid dysregulation, even if your conventional doc has dismissed your concerns. I also like to use these questions to build a tracker for how you improve with different … [Read more...]

Dr. Sara’s Book Club #3: Hardwiring Happiness: The Hidden Power of Everyday Experiences

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I wanted to let you know about a new book that I think you’ll like.... Because I LOVE it. It’s called Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence. It’s written by my colleague -- neuropsychologist and bestselling author Rick Hanson, Ph.D. -- and it lays out a simple … [Read more...]

Mental Vitamin: Sewing | Knitting | Cooking

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Love this idea from neuroscientist Kelly Lambert, PhD's book on depression, about choosing alternatives to the conventional quick-fix of changing your neurotransmitter mix with a prescription for Lexapro, Prozac or Wellbutryn or some new pill.   “Lambert shows how when you knit a sweater or … [Read more...]