Love Your Liver: 12 Tips for Detoxing

January 13, 2022 | Naturopathic Medicine

As we settle in to the New Year, now is the perfect time to reflect on the things that we can let go of in 2022. This may also be a good time to allow your body a chance to let go of what it has been holding on to through detoxification. Regular detoxification is important for your physical, mental and emotional health.The primary organ of detoxification is the liver which filters our blood.  In fact, 1/4 of total blood volume passes through the liver every minute.  It also stores glucose for energy, breaks down steroid hormones, produces/secretes bile (fat digestion), and plays a major role in Phase I and II detoxification.  Many medical practices around the world also believe that the liver is where anger is stored.  For all these reasons, taking good care of your liver is a must.Acupressure points that support the liver:Liver 3 – located at top … Continued

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Everything You Need to Know About: Vitamin E

November 24, 2021 | Naturopathic Medicine

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals and slow the oxidative process.   Free radicals can damage cells and genetic material and cause skin aging, cancer and chronic inflammation. What is Vitamin E?Unlike other micronutrients like B Vitamins or Vitamin D that are not easily accessible in foods,  Vitamin E is common in most American diets.  Good food sources for Vitamin E include:Wheat germEggsNuts & seedsDark leafy greensSweet potatoesAvocados & asparagusVitamin E is an antioxidant complex formed by two components: tocopherols and tocotrienols.  Both forms of Vitamin E have many health benefits.  Read more about tocopherols and tocotrienols below.  Tocopherols & Tocotrienols‘Mixed tocopherols’ are even used as a preservative in food because they slow the oxidative process and extends shelf life.  Vitamin E deficiency can only be addressed with tocopherols.  Deficiencies are rare and usually only occur in people with other health conditions that impair the absorption of … Continued

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HPV Free: Cynthia’s Story – Updated

November 9, 2021 | Naturopathic Medicine

At 38, for a third time I was once again diagnosed with abnormal cells on my cervix. My doctor’s first choice treatment was a repeat LEEP procedure. I was devastated at the idea of going through that procedure again with no confidence HPV would not come back soon after. I decided I wanted a second opinion.

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Balancing Stomach Acid Naturally and Dangers of Blocking It

April 3, 2020 | Acid Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux or heartburn, is a painful condition where stomach acid is backed up into the esophagus.  If you experience symptoms of acid reflux, you may experience a burning in the upper part of your chest.  Other symptoms may include gas, bloating, or bad breath.  Since the 1980s, medications known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) have been recommended by doctors for symptoms of GERD.  While PPIs are good at blocking excessive stomach acid and relieving discomfort, the medical community is beginning to pay more attention to the long term effects of PPIs.  Naturopathic medicine looks for ways to balance stomach acid levels naturally and address the cause with natural remedies, stress reduction, and diet changes.  Treating the whole person, and not just the heartburn symptom, gives people lasting relief, and also helps them with other nagging symptoms so they can feel like themselves again.Hydrochloric Acid’s … Continued

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Micronutrient Testing: It’s Not Just About the Values

September 19, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

I get comments frequently that switching from an engineering career to naturopathic medicine had to be a big change. While this may be true, the problem-solving aspect of my engineering degree i use everyday in my practice. The body is very complex and when dealing with chronic health issues it’s not always easy to find the underlying cause. Solving these complexities is one of my favorite parts in helping others. The Micronutrient TestOne of the tools I use to help me is the Micronutrient Test. This test looks at both serum values and cellular values for 48 vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fats. The serum values depict what is available for the body to use and the cellular values depict what the body is actually using. This helps me differentiate between a true deficiency or malabsorption issues which may be due to intestinal malabsorption, genetic variations, or oxidative stress.  Here is what the patterns … Continued

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Natural Treatment for Endometriosis: Dr. Melanie’s Story

August 21, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

Endometriosis is a painful condition that effects 1 in 10 women.  Natural treatments for endometriosis aim to treat the underlying cause.  Many women suffer from endometriosis on a physical and emotional level, and may feel that long-term relief is hopeless.  Natural treatments for endometriosis, including diet and supplementation, have worked for many women, including Dr. Melanie who suffered with endometriosis and other medical issues until she found a naturopathic doctor to give her a new life without chronic pain.Dr. Melanie’s StoryI had always dealt with painful periods.  I thought this was the norm. In my late 20’s the pelvic pain increased and became constant. At first, I was diagnosed with yeast infections even though cultures came back negative. Then I was told I had fibromyalgia and I was told it was “all in my head”. The numerous pelvic exams and pelvic ultrasounds left me on the couch in pain for days.  I then … Continued

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Watch: NAET for Natural Allergy Relief

April 26, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

One of my favorite treatments is NAET.  As a Naturopathic doctor, NAET is a gentle treatment that I use every day for children and adults alike.  I use it frequently in my practice because it works.What is NAET?Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique, also known as NAET®, is a natural allergy treatment to help alleviate allergies and sensitivities. Based on the ancient Chinese principals used for acupuncture and current theories of physics called interference, NAET uses acupressure to stimulate points on the body (called gatepoints).Dr. Nambudripad has conducted studies using NAET® for not only allergy treatment but also for autism. These studies, as well as testimonials, can be found at www.NAET.com. Naturopathic View of Allergies & Sensitivities In Naturopathic medicine, an allergy may be due to a physical imbalance such as digestive issues or a blockage or imbalance in the energetic body.  A food intolerance or sensitivity is an immune response to either immunoglobulin G (IgG) or … Continued

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6 Tips For Your Best Winter Skin

February 6, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

Winter in Indiana.  It’s cold and dry.  The gray days have a big impact on a lot of us.  It all wears on us, and can show up on our skin.  Besides being a protective shell, skin has many functions such as regulating our body temperature, making and storing Vitamin D, and eliminating toxins. In fact, it is responsible for releasing one third of the body’s toxins.Instead of hunching over and waiting for spring to come, keep your skin soft and fresh using these six tips.HydrateWinter is such a harsh season for our skin.  The lack of humidity in the air can cause the moisture on the top layer of skin to evaporate.  Dehydrated skin can look flakey, scaly and cracked.  Staying well hydrated helps our organs to work more efficiently.  When our organs work properly, it helps to relieve the skin from the duty of sweating out toxins.  Easy ways to … Continued

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Balancing Hormones for Every Woman

February 2, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

PMS and menopause are a challenge for every woman at some point.  While symptoms of PMS or menopause can be difficult to manage, understanding the many factors that are at play give you the tools to cope.  As a naturopathic doctor, I use natural methods to help balance hormones.Cholesterol and HormonesCholesterol is often high during peri-menopause and menopause to compensate for the decreasing levels of other hormones in the body, such as estrogen.  Cholesterol is needed to make both sex and adrenal hormones. Hormones are the messengers of the endocrine system, and cholesterol is key to transporting hormones to the correct receptor sites on the cells.  If you have low cholesterol, your body isn’t able to transport hormones efficiently, and if you have high cholesterol you may not have enough hormones getting into your cells.   Low hormonal levels caused by cholesterol imbalance can result in symptoms such as fatigue, … Continued

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Beat Sugar Cravings with NAET

January 17, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

Who doesn’t have food cravings?  We often think about cravings as a psychological phenomena.  An itch you can’t scratch.  But beating cravings isn’t as easy as practicing self-discipline, although that is an important aspect.  Food cravings can come from physiological issues as well as the mental/emotional pull. Desiring food as comfort can in itself be a symptom of food sensitivities or intolerance.  A food intolerance or sensitivity is an immune response to either immunoglobulin G (IgG) or immunoglobulin A (IgA).  Reactions to food could be delayed up to 48 hours after ingesting the food, which makes identifying the issue a challenge.  Regular stomach discomfort is caused by an inability to digest or metabolize a food completely.  Symptoms may include gas, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea. Oddly enough, having an intolerance to a food may make you crave that food. Having a mild immune reaction to foods may act like an endorphin (e.g., runner’s high) in … Continued

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