Stress & Mood

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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Boredom Affects Mental Health

I live and work in a part of the world blessed by a large population of “older” people. They are magnificent—worldly, experienced, fascinating…and sometimes, bored. I understand. As we age, the range of things we can do often gradually contracts. | Read More…

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Calm Your Anxiety Naturally

Most people view anxiety in a negative light. After all, who really likes to experience a pounding heart, sweatiness, butterflies in the stomach, and muscle tension? However, acute (short-term) anxiety actually serves a purpose. Think of it as your body’s | Read More…

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Hearing Aids for Emotional Wellbeing

Too many people deal with hearing loss by turning up the TV or accusing others of mumbling. This is classic denial behavior. I see it in my patients all the time, and it creates real problems for the person with | Read More…

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Inflammation Causes Depression

Nearly everyone experiences occasional sadness that fades away after a couple hours or days. This is perfectly normal. But clinical depression is much more complicated and serious. You feel hopeless, helpless, exhausted. These feelings last for weeks, months, even years. | Read More…

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Meditation: A Prescription to Fight Stress

How were your holidays?  Celebratory?  Stressful?  A little (or a lot) of both? Today, I want to give you something you can really celebrate—for your whole life.  Something so important to your health that I don’t just recommend it, I | Read More…

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Natural Migraine Management

Grace’s husband, Hal, brought her to see me. He had been a patient of mine for years, but Grace was seeing a different doctor. Grace had debilitating migraines, and Hal couldn’t watch her suffer any longer. Based on her history, | Read More…

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Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatment

“Antidepressants are making Mom worse.” That’s why Tracy brought her mother, Elinor, in to see me. “She doesn’t want to read or play board games with her friends in the assisted living center or go for rides, and she says | Read More…

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Oxygen Fights Cancer

If there’s one thing I think we can all agree on, it’s the importance of oxygen. Unfortunately, air pollution is affecting the quality of the oxygen you breathe. And that means that you’re in danger of not getting enough of | Read More…

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Natural Depression Remedies

Depression begins with feelings of sadness or worthlessness that just won’t go away. Then, as the individual withdraws from family and friends, the process spins silently out of control. Isolation increases, as does hopelessness and depression. Untreated depression can devastate | Read More…

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Pillars of Health: Exercise, Relaxation, Detox, Sleep

If you’ve been following my advice for a while, you’ve likely heard about my Pillars of Health. But if you’re new to my health letter, the Pillars of Health are eight lifestyle choices providing the foundations for good health. You | Read More…