Thanksgiving: What Gratitude Does to Your Brain

Dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin walk into a bar . . . No, I’m not going to torture you with a bad joke. Instead, I want to discuss about what gratitude does to the brain. Recent research findings are a call to action for a sense of thanksgiving every day, not just the fourth Thursday in … [Read more...]

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

We're all aware of the common breakfast cereal commercials that show a bowlful of bran flakes with milk, topped with banana slices, with a side glass of orange juice, accompanied by the phrase, “Part of a balanced breakfast!" Instead of claiming such a breakfast starts your day energized, I wish to … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

10 Surprising Facts about How Hormones Disrupt Your Health and Weight

Do any of these feel familiar?  I’m so tired when I wake up, all I can think about is coffee. I crave sugar, and must eat chocolate every day. My hair is thinning, and my doctor says I’m just getting older. That doesn’t seem right to me. No matter what I try, I can’t lose weight. I’m hungrier … [Read more...]

12 Signs You Need to Detox

I didn’t learn about detox at medical school or residency; I learned about it first through yoga, particularly during my years at Kripalu in Western Massachusetts. My detox education began via the Ayurvedic principles of Panchakarma. I learned about detox from feeling sluggish and like my liver was … [Read more...]

7 Essential Steps in Resetting Your Body’s Natural Clock

Are you 35 years old but sometimes feel like you’re 95? While age is just a number, we do associate certain feelings, symptoms and diseases with different ages, and I felt like I was 90 when I was just 36. I was burned out and exhausted. I had adult acne and belly fat that just wouldn’t go away. … [Read more...]

Fitting into Your Skinny Jeans: Why This Second Set of Genes May Be Making It Difficult

“I’m nowhere near the finish line,” my patient said during our fifth consultation, sighing vacantly as she stared at the floor. With a waist circumference of 38 inches, triglycerides of 300, and fasting blood sugar of 110, I had diagnosed her with metabolic syndrome at her initial checkup. Over three … [Read more...]