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Caffeine

Don’t Worry If You’re a Coffee Addict


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Jill, a patient of mine, felt a true physiological need for caffeine, similar to how a diabetic needs insulin. She couldn’t imagine life without coffee. The thought of removing it from her daily routine almost caused her to miss out on one of the most important decisions of her life, which was doing The Hormone…

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Anxiety: 5 Ways to Reset from Anxious to Zen


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When most people think of anxiety, they envision someone having a full-blown panic attack, but the truth is that anxiety may show up in subtle and sneaky ways. In fact, from a more Eastern perspective, any time you move away from a feeling of peace, you are experiencing a form of anxiety. Consider the following questions. Are…

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How to Conquer Cravings + 5 Substitutions That Will Satisfy

Woman Crave for Sugar and Sweets

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Few of us are immune to cravings. Research shows that cravings are unrelated to body mass index. Yet for women who are overweight or obese, cravings usually are for foods high in fat and processed foods. I’ve found that I can crave almost anything, but usually it involves carbs (even the healthy type) – sweet potatoes with ghee, chips…

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12 Signs You Need to Detox

Stressed Woman Having Mood Swings and Headache

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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 overtaxed, and finally realizing a good detox…

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Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Dr. Sara’s Book Club #16

Hormonal Balance, Balance Your Life: Dr. Sara’s Book Club #16

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It’s not every day I meet another female doctor who loves talking about hormones as much as I do.  But when I chatted recently with Dr. Claudia Welch, author of “Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Western Science,” I knew I had met a soul…

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Fun & Healthy Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List (Not for Women Only!)

Gift Ideas During Holiday Season

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Holiday shopping can be a major source of stress during a time of year that’s supposed to be about slowing down and spending time with loved ones. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of some of my favorite things – gifts that are guaranteed to please the women and men on your list. From books…

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On Cleansing, D#0


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A Hindu Scholar named Swami Adiswarananda once said that we must renounce what we’ve been doing for something that feels better. None of us renounces what feels good for something that feels worse.   His words frame my entry into the start of my Gottfried Cleanse, which is designed to balance your hormones and reduce…

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Detox, Gottfried-Style – Join Us!


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  We started our webinar cleanse last Thursday, but you can join us at any time up to March 30, 2011 right here. It’s never too late to detox. We are tasked with clearing out gluten, dairy, caffeine, sugar and alcohol over the first seven days as part of the “Pre-Cleanse” as well as starting…

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Cravings 101: Fight the Saboteur


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  Your saboteur (or as Annie Lamott aptly calls it: KFKD radio) is the one telling you that dumping the junk is a waste of time. Why bother? Who cares? Who does that quack doctor think she is? The key to counter your saboteur is to get empowered both to recognize and to talk back.…

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Coffee Hijacks Thyroid Levels


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Do you take thyroid medication? Judging from my integrative medicine practice, I believe we have an epidemic of underfunctioning thyroid on our hands. Most national organizations of endocrinologists have issued guidelines for thyroid levels that if you have symptoms of low thyroid function, a TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) < 2.5 makes the diagnosis, yet most…

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