A Natural and Inexpensive Cough Suppressant for Children

A very simple household substance was used in a recent study to decrease coughs in children with upper respiratory infections over the age of one. Eucalyptus, citrus and mint honey were are used in this study and were equally effective.  Just two teaspoons of honey were used at bedtime for each child.  Sleep was improved for both the…

Unravel the Mystery of Unexplained Weight Gain

I am always pleased to see articles like the one in WebMD, that summarize what I talk about every day to my patients.  At least once daily I have someone who says, “I am not doing anything different with my exercise or diet, but I keep gaining weight”.  50% of the time while obtaining a thorough…

Benefits of Green Tea Intake – New and Old

A recent study found that utilizing green tea in high amounts daily or in a supplement form significantly reduced bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and help stabilize blood sugars.  Interestingly, the study was originally set up to see if green tea supplementation would have any effect on circulating hormone levels in post-menopausal women, which it did…

The Best Sunscreen to use for Children and Adults

Sunscreen has become an important part of our daily summer routines.  We slather it on our faces and bodies at least once daily, and cover our children from head to toe.  It is important to know that not all sunscreens are created equal. Sometimes when looking at a tube, can or bottle of sunscreen, many…

Rosacea – A Holistic Approach to Symptom Management

Rosacea is a vascular issue that affects primarily the central face.  The cause is unknown, but it is more common in menopausal women.  Conventional treatment usually involves topical and systemic antibiotics, accutane, and or sulphur containing creams depending on the extent of symptoms. Due to its vascular nature, it is important to avoid vasodilating substances…

Top 5 reasons to take probiotics

Probiotics are live organisms, specifically bacteria and yeast that allow for appropriate digestion, immune function and gut protection.  When antibiotics are prescribed and taken all of the useful organisms are wiped out along with the ones we are trying to get rid of.  It can take up to 18 months to fully repopulate the gut…

Bioidentical Hormones – Who should take them?

Due to the popularity of bioidentical hormones, I have men and women from late teens to late seventies asking if the use of these substances is right for them.  As with any treatment, we need to focus on what kind of outcome we are looking for. Bioidentical hormones are useful for helping with symptoms of…

Lowering Cholesterol To Healthy Levels Naturally

Cholesterol is an important component of our body.  It is found in every single cell membrane in the body.   It also surrounds every nerve and is used to make vital hormones.  A very high percentage of people that are seeing me for the first time have elevated cholesterol.  Cholesterol levels get a main-stage focus of…

Bioidentical hormones – What are they?

This is part one of a multi-part blog covering the who, what, where, when and how questions that I receive daily about bioidentical hormone therapy.  Today we will start with the what and where. Bioidentical hormones are medicines that are chemically identical to what your body makes naturally.  The names of these hormones are estradiol,…

Thirteen Best Foods For Mood Support

Following a diet that consists of clean protein, vegetables, fruit and ample water is usually sufficient for maintaining general health.  If you want to fine tune that diet to be more specific for mood support, there are various nutrients that should be included more frequently. These nutrients include omega-3 fats, amino acids, B vitamins, iron…