Mood Management

Last weekend I spent four days in Wisconsin learning a more accelerated from of psychotherapy called Brainspotting which was developed by Dr. David Grand largely as an outgrowth from EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprogramming). The idea behind any of these types of therapy is the understanding that the part of our brains that make our […]

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Anxiety: The Worry Syndrome

Anxiety can arise from a number of factors. Anxiety is the body’s way of preparing itself to deal with a threat or a future stressful event. The problem with anxiety is the body revs up to match the impending threat, whether it is mental, emotional or physical. If anxiety is a long held pattern of […]

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What Are Mitochondria and What’s all the Buzz about?

Mitochondria are tiny organelles found in almost every cell in the body. They are actually ancient bacteria that were drawn into the human cell and now live in harmony with the ancient bacterial centers within plants called chlorophyll. We exhale the carbon dioxide they need to live and they exhale the oxygen our mitochondria need […]

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The Truth About Fibromyalgia

I spent last weekend at a conference given by one of the top experts on fibromyalgia. What I learned flew in the face of what every medical student learns in medical school about the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of fibromyalgia. So here’s what is “new” in the research that your doctor probably doesn’t know and […]

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Oil Pulling for Optimal Health

Oil pulling or oil swishing is a traditional folk remedy that involves swishing oil in the mouth. It is mentioned in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita, where it is called Kavala Gandoosha or Kavala Graha. Ayurvedic literature describes oil pulling as capable of both improving oral health and treating systemic diseases such as diabetes mellitus […]

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The American Parasite that Affects over 70% of US

I ran across this amazing video outlining the history of gut issues in America and the role of our food industry in how this came about. I have been saying these things individually to my patients for a long time, but this cartoonist has put it together in a must see video that is very […]

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The Perfect Bowel Movement

I recently had a request on facebook for a blog about normal bowel movements. What is normal? What Size? Color? What Shape? Most people watch Oprah and Dr Oz, and have heard of the S shaped poop. Yes it is true your bowel movement should eliminate fast & quickly, without straining, pushing or discomfort. A […]

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To Statin or Not to Statin?

This is an article from Dr. Brownstein that I feel is very important to share. I have more and more patients coming into Fern Life Center who have had their, “regular doctors” wanting to prescribe statin drugs for very mildly elevated levels of LDL cholesterol. It is becoming “standard of care” to prescribe statins for […]

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Do I Need the Shingles Vaccine?

Dr. Brownstein wrote a letter and sent it to the American Family Physician Journal, only to have it rejected. He based his letter on an article titled: Prevention of Herpes Zoster in Older Adults by Jared Kocher published on November 1, 2013 The author wanted to answer the question, “In older adults, is vaccination against […]

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Leaky Gut is Not Just Responsible for Autoimmunity, but Depression Too…

Scientific American just published an article linking gut bacteria to depression! The word is finally getting out there and this is exciting. I have been saying for several years now that the digestive tract and the brain are connected, hence the term “second brain” when referring to the gut. Evidence has been piling up showing […]

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