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I’m uniquely trained in the Functional Medicine model to identify and treat the root causes of chronic disease. My approach to patient care is individualized and personalized, with an emphasis on the ways our environment, food and lifestyle choices interact with our genes. I utilize advanced lab testing to search for a root cause, and seek the most gentle way to treat the underlying causes of disease.
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Acute gastroenteritis is commonly known as the “stomach flu,” but it’s not actually the flu at all. The most common cause of gastroenteritis in the U.S. is norovirus. Sometimes we prescribe medications to help with the nausea, but there is no magic bullet for viral gastroenteritis. My natural approach offers comfort and speeds recovery. Here are 12 simple tips to recover from the stomach flu.Read More
Many of us have been hit hard with the flu. This season my daughter became very ill overnight with influenza A. I attribute her quick recovery to the many natural remedies we used at home. The rest of us stayed healthy, as well, likely in part to natural medicine. Want to know my secret weapons? Read on.Read More
Many of us practicing functional medicine have a personal health story that brought us here. My story became most apparent after pregnancy complications and recurrent miscarriage helped me to uncover underlying health issues associated with gut infections, food sensitivities, hypothyroidism and environmental toxins. I share my very personal experience because I want people who are struggling to know that there is hope. I want my patients to know that I can relate to what they are going through much of the time. I’ve been through a lot with my health – truly this story is just the beginning – and while it was a challenge, I’m thankful for the experience because it has made me a better physician.Read More
Detoxification refers to your body’s ability to get rid of waste. If that is impaired, or if we are bombarded with too many toxins, we get sick. The liver is central to metabolic detoxification and dependent on adequate nutrients, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and protein. You can improve your body’s ability to detoxify by using key foods that help balance metabolic detoxification in the liver, and provide good fiber. As an added benefit, this can help with weight loss, since resistant weight loss is often related to toxicity.Read More
I recently gave a talk on childhood nutrition, specifically addressing milk intake. We know that calcium and vitamin D are critical nutrients for bone health, but is cow’s milk is the best way to get adequate amounts? It may shock you, but I don’t think that cow’s milk is a necessary (or even healthy) part of a child’s diet. My own children have never been offered milk on a regular basis, as we transitioned straight from breastfeeding to filtered water between ages 1 and 2. My holistic approach is sometimes a bit unconventional, but it’s grounded in science. While much of the research presented here is directed toward children, these principles apply to adults as well.Read More
Probiotic supplements have become very popular – and with a good reason. They modulate the immune system through a variety of mechanisms and help restore balance to the gut microflora, referred to as the microbiome. But the market is flooded with choices, and choosing the best supplement is confusing. I’ve spent years researching this as both a clinician and as a patient with gastrointestinal issues, and I’ll share below what I’ve learned about probiotics.Read More
Through my own health journey, I came to an important conclusion: beauty is an inside job. When my health was at its worst, I had acne, rashes, bloating, weight gain, and inflammation. The glow was gone. Getting my health back was a long process that involved healing my gut with dietary changes, sleep, exercise, stress […]Read More
We have en epidemic of food allergies and sensitivities in the country. When I was in second grade, my teachers doled out salted peanuts as a reward. Can you imagine? It’s now the norm that classrooms are strictly nut-free because there’s at least one child who has a dangerous, even life-threatening reaction. That’s a food allergy. But food sensitivities like gluten intolerance are also a growing concern. They are a cause of chronic disease, a sign that something in our environment has gone awry, and a problem that should be taken seriously.Read More
If you’re headed into the New Year with a plan to live healthier, start by cooking more meals at home. Home cooked meals are more nutrient dense and have fewer calories. I think that’s obvious, but a study from Johns Hopkins University published in 2015 backs it up. The study showed that home cooks consume fewer calories and less sugar. Interestingly, cooking at home was also associated with lower calorie intake when eating out.
But I get it – feeding your family home cooked meals is no easy task. Even harder when you have a J-O-B. Here’s how I do it.Read More
The massive intake of sugar in this country is one of the main drivers of chronic disease. Just like drug addiction, sugar causes real “food addiction” in some people, making it hard to stop. And how much is too much? In this article, I’ll explain the evidence and help you set a reasonable goal for daily sugar intake. You’ll also get access to a guide to help you make smart decisions about how much added sugar you consume on a daily basis.Read More
As many of you know, I’m the mother of two. These blessings didn’t come without struggles. I’ve lived through pregnancy loss and other complications, which gave me the opportunity to learn more about my own health and vitality. Because of these experiences, I’m passionate about helping other women in this phase of life. If you’re thinking about conceiving, there’s a lot you can do to help with fertility, successful pregnancy outcomes, and the health of your precious babe.Read More
What is functional medicine, and why do I love it so much? Many of you have heard me talk fervently about functional medicine. If you get me started, it’s quite obvious that I’ve found my calling in life. But a lot of you are still asking, what is functional medicine? Let me first explain my path.Read More
Detox is on my mind. I’m an expectant mama and have a toddler in the house. I also recently returned home from the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Detox Advance Practice Module. So I am all fired up. I wrote last week about preconception detoxification. One of the most important times to think about toxic exposures is before you try to conceive. However, this is a far reaching issue. We are all exposed to hundreds of environmental toxins every day, so this is applicable to everyone in the household.Read More
This is a 4 part series on holistic childhood nutrition. This week my focus is on the evidence behind a pesticide and GMO-free diet. A lot of people question the value of this, and challenge the idea that buying organic food is worth the extra money. I think there is enough evidence to support buying and eating organic foods.Read More