All of us on the journey of health and wholeness must reckon with the grave influence of environmental toxins on our efforts. Ubiquitous in our foods, our water, our air, our household products–the number of chemicals in use is growing daily. Exposure to many of these is known to adversely affect the healthy development and function of body systems. Sadly, the wise regulation of these in the public’s interest is diminishing. If we are to be proactive about creating and maintaining good health, we must add awareness of this challenge to our […]
Yep, our super smart and well-informed nutritionist Nate tells us that’s how many servings of vegetables to eat in a day to get the vitamins, minerals, fiber etc necessary for good health. How do we eat that much vegetable matter in 3 squares a day, especially given that one of those squares normally does not even contain vegetables?
Hint: Let smoothies turn breakfast into a vegetable meal! With the right equipment and mindset, smoothies are as easy, fast and yummy as any other other you might be used to, AND you can get […]
Lots of research supports the benefits of exercise to make us less vulnerable to anxiety and depression. In fact, we know that exercise is as effective in the treatment of depression as the SSRI drugs. Why does this matter to our health and wellness? Mental illness is a state of ongoing stress reactivity. We experience it in our depressed or anxious mood, but the stress hormones continuously released are corrosive to the healthy function of our physiological systems in ways we don’t directly experience — until they show up in […]
It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.
We have no shortage of triggers for our fears these days. It’s too easy for our amygdalas – those almond-shaped structures in the primitive part of our brains that prime us to react way before our conscious logical mind can think about it – to remain in a state of fearful vigilance that is highly corrosive to our health and well-being.
How do we interrupt the reactive fear response? We’ve all experienced that the more we try to suppress […]
Since I’ve been studying the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment technique called Somatic Experiencing I’ve learned to listen really intently to people’s symptoms. It is not uncommon for people to come complaining of, for example, heart burn. That term carries a lot of weight – some of it earned and some of what we might call baggage.
The weight comes from the association of the sensation that stomach acid produces when it refluxes back up and out of the stomach and into the esophagus. This sensation often is burning in quality and appears […]
The studies on Adverse Childhood Events (ACES studies) have uncovered the deeply damaging effects of early life trauma on our health decades later. The strength of the epidemiological evidence is staggering. We know things now that should drive public policy, public health, education, law enforcement, social service and legal initiatives to the front of the line if we care about our future.
And it should drive the medical community to begin to grasp its responsibilities in early identification, intervention, prevention and treatment of childhood trauma.
One of the more frustrating aspect of working in […]
Is there an epidemic of anxiety? In our practice we see people with many body symptoms. They come to us primarily for help with their fatigue, mind fog, bloating, muscle or joint pains or perhaps their thyroid – often when the blood tests indicate that their Synthroid is at a good dosage but their symptoms are not improved. In the health history form that all new patients complete before they are seen for the first time we ask many questions about many aspects of their health. This not only gives us a […]
I find myself exploring people’s minds for what’s going on in their body. And this is what I’ve found: The mind, particularly the part of the mind that holds our secrets, can torture us, body and soul.
I see a lot of people who have chronic back pain, fatigue, diarrhea, migraines, arthritis, and insomnia. They’ve been to their primary care physician, a specialist, a chiropractor, a psychiatrist and a physical therapist. They’ve had x-rays, scans, blood and urine tests. They’ve been on medication or supplements and may have been in therapy. They’ve changed their diets and taken meditation classes. And still […]
40 years ago last month, I started my internship in Pediatrics. Since then I’ve had a convoluted professional (and personal) path, but I observe a theme in that path – my attraction to families dealing with chronic illness and disabilities. My father was a physician who taught me that medicine is more art than science and the core of the art is respectful, caring talk. An observer of my career trajectory might see it as a search for the meaning and effective manifestations of his belief. I’d like to think they wouldn’t be mistaken.
One of my best childhood friends had […]