Stress & Mood Articles

Stress, anxiety and mood are becoming bigger issues for Americans as we find ourselves working harder and longer hours. Stress plays a much bigger role in your overall health than you may realize. These articles detail that connection, and provide some healthy ways to manage those ever-increasing stress levels.

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Your Genes are Not Your Destiny: The Promise of Epigenetics

There is an exciting medical revolution underway. Many experts consider it the single greatest scientific discovery of the last century, one that could have a profound effect on your health in the near future. An emerging science known as epigenetics | Read More…

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Menopause: Signs, Symptoms, Solutions

What comes to mind when you hear the word “menopause”? If you immediately think of hot flashes, sleepless nights, emotional upheavals, and other miseries, it’s time to set the record straight. Once again, conventional medicine and Big Pharma have taken | Read More…

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Yoga Ended Menopause Misery for My Patient Yvonne

Yvonne had taken early retirement from a safe, secure job as a dental hygienist so she could start a jewelry-making business and work from home. “Being my own boss had been my dream for so many years,” she explained in | Read More…

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PQQ Solved Jennifer’s Memory and Energy Problems

“I’m really worried about getting older, doctor. Every year it seems like I have less energy and less ability to learn and remember things. I know it’s impossible to stop aging, but I’m just hoping there’s something you can give | Read More…

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Cold and Flu Prevention: Immune System Boosting 101

Are you doing everything you can to avoid colds and flu this winter? At my clinic, I’m seeing a steady stream of patients suffering from symptoms of both conditions, so I thought it would be a good time for a | Read More…

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Pillars of Health, Part I: The Basics of Living Well

Since it’s the beginning of a new year, I’d like to review the elements that make up something I call the Pillars of Health. These are eight lifestyle choices that provide the foundation of good health, which include: Being active | Read More…

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Parkinson’s Disease: Symptoms, Risks, and Prevention

If you know someone with Parkinson’s disease, you know how difficult it can be to live with this illness. Often, Parkinson’s begins with tiny, almost imperceptible changes – a bit of tremor in the hand, anxiety, constipation, stiff muscles, movements | Read More…

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Helpful Tips & Supplements for Natural Anxiety Relief

When was the last time you really and truly relaxed? If you’re struggling to remember and coming up empty, you have plenty of company. Nearly every day, I see patients whose symptoms are clearly linked to untreated emotional issues, particularly | Read More…

Overcoming Unemployment Anxiety, My Patient’s Story

Manny’s problems with anxiety began about five years ago, when he lost his job as a mortgage broker during the recession. His wife, Linda, had just taken early retirement, but Manny was hoping to put in a few more years | Read More…

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Does Acupuncture Work? A List of Treatable Conditions

I first discovered acupuncture more than 20 years ago, when I heard about it from an acquaintance. It sounded like an intriguing treatment that could benefit my patients. Though, before recommending it to them, I had to try it myself. | Read More…

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Insomnia Help: 4 Steps to a Good Night’s Sleep

Millions of Americans find themselves wide awake in the wee hours of the night. If you’re one of them, you might be suffering from low blood sugar, medication side effects, lack of physical activity, or low levels of an essential | Read More…

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Rice Pilaf with Cherries and Walnuts

Serves 4 Time: 20 minutes Here’s a tasty way to ease sleep problems. Cherries and walnuts both contain melatonin, a powerhouse antioxidant with proven sleep benefits. Pair a small serving (half a cup) with a thin slice of roast turkey | Read More…

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Joint Pain Remedies: 4 Tips that Really Work

If you are in need of joint pain relief — whether from an injury or some form of arthritis — you know what a miserable experience it can be. Hobbling everywhere gets old quickly, as does taking pain relievers every | Read More…

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What are Probiotics? Bacteria with Benefits

Probiotics are defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “Living microorganisms that provide a health benefit to the host when ingested in adequate amounts.” That fairly boring description hardly does justice to these tiny organisms, though. In fact, the | Read More…

Joan’s Struggle with Back Pain

There is good evidence that many health conditions are linked to unresolved emotional issues, and back pain is no exception. So after our best efforts, a patient sometimes discovers that, until he or she tackles a difficult emotional situation, remedies | Read More…

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12 Tips to Stop Holiday Stress

How are you feeling about the upcoming Christmas holidays? Are you looking forward to the next few weeks of festivities? Or are you secretly dreading what should be a cherished time? Maybe, like many of us, you’re somewhere in the | Read More…

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How to Fight Winter Depression

Diagnosing illness is a tricky business. Most doctors do their best to help patients, but certain conditions are very similar to others, and teasing them apart can be difficult. For many physicians, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is an ailment that | Read More…

Elinor’s S.A.D. Story

Many of my patients have been to multiple doctors without getting good results. So it’s not at all unusual for me to see a patient who has been diagnosed and treated for several different illnesses and still is miserable. That | Read More…

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Dr. Connealy Talks Omega-3s and Vitamin D

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When Your Headache Won’t Go Away

If someone knocked on your door, saying your house was on fire, would you tell that person to go away? Of course not! But every time you pop a painkiller for a headache, that’s what you’re doing — telling the | Read More…

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The Bright Side of Aging

Whoever said that growing old isn’t for sissies had a point. Every day, I see patients struggling with aches, pains, limited mobility, and far worse. When our health declines, we tend to blame aging. But I’ve come to the conclusion | Read More…

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Marty’s Weight Loss Success Story

“I hope you don’t expect me to join a gym and work out with a bunch of 20-year-olds,” Marty told me after I suggested he get more exercise. “Because I don’t think they make leotards in my size.” Marty had | Read More…

Ralph’s Stress Problem

A patient I’ll call Ralph was having a difficult time with Alex, a woman he had been seeing for several years. It’s a familiar story. She didn’t want to make plans for a future together, and he felt frustrated and | Read More…

Jake’s Food Addiction

Poor Jake! Some patients have such good intentions but have a hard time acting on them. That was Jake. Not only was he obese at 345 pounds, but it seemed that no matter what he did, he just kept gaining. | Read More…

How Ned Overcame Depression without Drugs

Often, patients assume that the doctor they see for one condition does not need to know about other health issues. I understand why an individual may think that, but whenever medication is involved, it’s best to be cautious. Ned, for | Read More…

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12 Solutions for How to Cool Off This Summer

It’s that time of year again — time to talk about weather-related health complications, like heat exhaustion and heatstroke. One look at the weather map shows that most of the country is baking, with heat records being shattered far and | Read More…

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The Emotional Health Effect

Today, I’d like to talk to you about a touchy subject — emotional health. Long ago, I lost track of how many patients I had treated whose physical health was affected by their emotions. In Western medicine, doctors are trained | Read More…

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My Guide to Losing Pounds

It’s that time of year again — when the mega-billion-dollar diet, fitness, and food industries tell us which miracle weight reduction products and “healthy” foods will make us slim and trim without any effort on our part. What a wonderful | Read More…

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Breathe for Better Health

Of course, you’re already aware of the importance of breathing. It’s a basic necessity of life. But did you know that a simple change can turn ordinary breathing into a boon for your health? Here’s a good example: A patient | Read More…

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De-Stressing Chamomile Tea and Raw Honey*

Too often, symptoms like weight gain, carbohydrate and sweet cravings, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, high blood pressure, repeated colds, and memory problems are viewed as isolated issues. However, if you connect the dots, you might find that stress is the real | Read More…

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Take a Deep Breath and Relax

The story I’m about to tell you may sound familiar. It involves a health issue I see every day, but one that is seldom addressed. That issue is stress. Bill and Sandy (whose names I’ve changed out of respect for | Read More…

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5 Simple Ways to Get More Energy

Everyone wants to know how to get more energy to get through the day and, in fact, fatigue is one of the most common reasons patients come to see me. The fact that exhaustion is widespread should not be surprising. | Read More…

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The Secrets Behind Getting a Great Night’s Sleep

Everyone needs sleep. Unfortunately, most of my patients say they have problems sleeping well. In other words, quantity is not the issue; quality is.