Health & Beauty

Health and beauty tips often go overlooked as to how they can impact your actual health. Your body’s largest organ is your skin and taking care of it is vitally important. Not to be overlooked, as well, is how looking better can actually make you feel better.

Melanoma prevention via sun protection and skin inspection

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Nothing says summer like endless hours of fun in the sun. But as you know, that bright orb in the sky has a dark side. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays over time is the single greatest cause of skin cancer, including deadly melanoma. There are several types of skin cancer, and most are […]

Truthful and complete: how to talk to your doctor

Doctor trying to get truthful and complete information from their patient
The doctor-patient relationship is a sacred trust, literally a life-and-death bond. But recent research found that half of the 3,000 subjects studied admitted that they deliberately lied to their doctors, or withheld information about their conditions. Let me remind you why this should never happen—and what should always happen. It’s all about you It goes […]

Q&A on Recovering from Surgery

I’m all for healing slow and steady, using what nature has so generously given us. But sometimes, surgery is the only answer. Here are some questions I’m frequently asked about the best ways to heal and protect the body after a surgical procedure. I’m about to have surgery. Any tips to help me recover? First, […]

Eating late can affect your circadian rhythm for the worst, leading to skin damage

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Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center recently made an interesting discovery—one that could give you pause next time you crave a midnight snack. They found that eating late at night could possibly make you more vulnerable to sunburn and sun damage, along with all the long-term effects of exposure to ultraviolet rays, […]

Q&A: Finding an Integrative Medicine Doctor

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I’ve been practicing integrative medicine for decades. It’s a dream job for me because I feel like I’m truly making a difference in my patients’ lives. But people who are new to integrative medicine often ask what integrative medicine is and how they can find a practitioner near them. What is an Integrative Medicine Doctor […]

Effective supplements: how do you know if they’re working?

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Whenever I recommend a supplement, I make sure my patient knows what to expect from it. But no matter what its purpose, I tell them either “Give it time, and you’ll feel it working,” or “Give it time, and you won’t feel it working.” To which many patients say, not unreasonably, “Huh?” So I explain […]

3 steps to slow aging and feel younger

Some people embrace aging and the wisdom, freedom, and even the wrinkles that come along with it. Others do everything in their power to try and stop the hands of time. Whichever side of the spectrum you fall on, one thing’s for sure: Everyone wants to feel vibrant, energetic, and younger than their years. In […]

New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work: Make a Health Plan

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I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. The season’s air is thick with them, well intended, but far more likely to fail than succeed. So let’s re-frame those good intentions and agree that any time of year is a great time to make changes that succeed, improving your health and life. But if you […]

10 Pill Reminders So You Never Forget Your Vitamins Again

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Studies show that about 50 percent of people prescribed medications don’t take them as recommended by their doctors. About half of that non-compliance is intentional, meaning the patients don’t want to take them, the drugs are too expensive to buy, etc. The other half of the “non-compliers” need a pill reminder because they just forget. […]

Medical Overtreatment Costs Money and Side Effects

I think we’ve all been in situations where we go to the doctor feeling a little under the weather, and five minutes later leave with an antibiotic prescription—all the while wondering if we really need that medication. Scenarios like this happen all the time, actually. And it’s just the tip of the iceberg when it […]
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