Hormone Health - Are You Balanced?

The current wave of research and study of hormonal health is fascinating.  It is a massive jigsaw puzzle slowly being put together.  Hormones make each of us completely unique - the issues of obesity, unexplained fatigue, low grade depression and anxiety, insomnia, and the vague feeling that you could feel better, are wrapped up in the mystery of hormonal balance. For me solving this mystery is the most challenging and rewarding part of clinical practice. 

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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement and Women’s Health

As women we know how important hormonal balance is.  We have felt the effects of hormonal change since adolescence and are acutely aware how life events, diet, and sleep all seem to impact our menstrual cycles.  Many women have used the birth control pill to create stability in what can be a far too unpredictable monthly cycle.  Pregnancies can sometimes help and sometimes disrupt our delicate hormonal cascade. Perimenopause can start as early as our thirties, dramatically altering our mood and energy, followed by a long transition of up to 10 years to menopause.  It can seem as if we are slaves to our hormones with very little control. 

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Thoughts On Vaccination

I have been moved by the outpouring of emotion over the vaccine controversy. I want to start by saying that I vaccinated my children. The assumption seems to be made that Naturopathic Physicians are the crusaders for the anti-vaccine movement. This is not the case. I've been warned that Naturopathic Physicians can't win in trying to communicate about this subject. Maybe this is true and I will rue the day I wrote this post but my compassion for parents on both sides of this debate overwhelmed me.

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