Grief + Grace for Our Younger Selves A Lesson in Integrating Past Experiences + Healing

Grief + Grace for Our Younger Selves A Lesson in Integrating Past Experiences + Healing

In early March before COVID-19 hit the Pacific Northwest hard, my husband and I took a trip to Breitenbush Hot Springs in rural Oregon for some much needed rest and recovery.

The springs were as gloriously relaxing and rejuvenating as you’d imagine.

The land was pristine and so, so quiet.

But I was stressed out about the trip for a full month before we left.

The last time I had visited Breitenbush was 12 years ago at one of the lowest points of my life.

Have You Been Told That You’re a Difficult Patient? The Disservice Modern Medicine Does to Those They Serve

Have You Been Told That You’re a Difficult Patient? The Disservice Modern Medicine Does to Those They Serve

Last week a patient broke down in tears during her appointment.

She was in the middle of a massive pain flare in her back, but she wasn’t crying about the level of discomfort she was experiencing.

It was her third visit with me and we’d made some progress with her pain but she’d overdone it and her symptoms had escalated again.

She was understandably frustrated, but there was more to it -- she was afraid.

How to Manage Guilt During Quarantine Learn to Care for Your Mental + Emotional Health

How to Manage Guilt During Quarantine Learn to Care for Your Mental + Emotional Health

A few weeks ago I wrote a little blurb for an article about how to best handle these quarantine times, or as I like to say now, quarantimes.

While other practitioners talk about diet and exercise, I chose to focus on mental health because that’s by far the most prominent issue I’ve been witnessing in my practice. 

People are scared and anxious, but the most common emotion I've observed is guilt.

Many of my patients feel terrible for being annoyed by the restrictions placed on their lives while others are facing a potentially life threatening illness, the death or sickness of loved ones, job loss, business collapse, and much more.

Be Excellent to Each Other Connection + Compassion in a Time of Uncertainty

Be Excellent to Each Other Connection + Compassion in a Time of Uncertainty

I saw this as I was walking around my neighborhood on Saturday and it reinforced my belief that I have some pretty cool neighbors.

In times like these we’ve got to look to the classics for guidance.

The uncertainty we’re living in is uncomfortable, but I’m also grateful for how connected we can all still remain through the magic of the interwebs.

COVID-19 FAQ: Don’t Panic, Be Informed Get Answers to Common Questions + Stay Safe

COVID-19 FAQ: Don’t Panic, Be Informed Get Answers to Common Questions + Stay Safe

Your burning COVID-19 questions, answered.

Living in the epicenter of the outbreak in the US has understandably raised a lot of concerns from my patients. 

I’ve compiled the common questions I’ve heard and answered them to the best of my ability. 

I’ve linked sources wherever I can.

Please note: these answers are for informational purposes only. They are not medical advice. Please speak with your doctor or healthcare professional about what’s best for you.

Coronavirus and the Importance of Terrain Discover a Critical Variable for Understanding Your Risk

Coronavirus and the Importance of Terrain Discover a Critical Variable for Understanding Your Risk

With headlines popping up daily announcing new statistics from COVID-19, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what’s going on and what we can do.

Information is both abundant and lacking and it’s confusing to sort through.

In the meantime, I’d like to discuss one massively important variable that naturopathic doctors are very familiar with but that isn’t discussed at all in the mainstream.

And it’s a crucial component to determining your risk for catching the virus and how it progresses through your system.

Getting Sick is Not a Moral Failing The Myth of Perfect Health Needs to Die

Getting Sick is Not a Moral Failing The Myth of Perfect Health Needs to Die

This week a patient came to me in tears because she got a cold.

She’d been through a lot in the past year, including surgery and a cancer scare. 

Since then, she’d been doing great. She made major diet changes, started exercising, learned to manage her stress better, had emotional reckonings with her family, and more.

Then she came down with a sore throat and fever.

Exhausted and crying, she sat across from me and told me she felt like an utter failure.

Debunking Dairy Myths: The Real Risk Around Hormones + Cancer Find Out the Truth about Your Health + Food

Debunking Dairy Myths: The Real Risk Around Hormones + Cancer Find Out the Truth about Your Health + Food

Doctors are now petitioning the FDA to put a breast cancer warning label on cheese.

As a result of the paleo and keto diets, patients come to me thinking that dairy is an inherently inflammatory food that should be totally removed from their diet.

The fear-mongering that we’re constantly exposed to around our nutrition and health needs to stop.

How are we supposed to tell what’s true and what’s not?

What we've learned from 3 years of intermittent fasting What Worked, What Didn’t Work, and Our Plan Moving Forward

What we've learned from 3 years of intermittent fasting What Worked, What Didn’t Work, and Our Plan Moving Forward

Do you eat breakfast every day, first thing in the morning?

Do you “fuel up” before a workout?

Do you grab a snack in the late evening after dinner?

I used to do all of these things and so did my husband, Chris.

A few years ago, we decided to shake it up and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

Well, I shook it up first and Chris decided to see how I fared, haha. Then he joined in with my crazy experiment.

So what did we do?

We started intermittent fasting.

How Your Emotions Affect Your Physical Health The Mind-Body Connection and Why It Matters

How Your Emotions Affect Your Physical Health The Mind-Body Connection and Why It Matters

Your mental and emotional state affect your physical health in a big way.

The reverse, or how your physical health affects your emotions, is clearer to see.

If we have an injury and it takes awhile to recover, and we can get frustrated. Or if we have a nagging, chronic, health complaint, we can get depressed.

BUT, the other side of the coin is much, much more powerful for your overall success in remaining healthy, happy, and balanced throughout your life.

Easy & Natural DIY Magnesium Balm Soothe Your Sore Muscles And Release Tension

Easy & Natural DIY Magnesium Balm Soothe Your Sore Muscles And Release Tension

It’s summer and that means more outdoor activities, more yard work, and generally more exercise.

It’s fabulous that we all get moving a bit more this time of year, but it also means we’re probably a little more likely to injure ourselves, or at least give ourselves some nice, achy muscles.

Or maybe we’ve just got chronic stress and tension built up in our neck and shoulders from lots of computer work.

Whatever the reason for your sore muscles, I’ve got a little something that can help get you relief now.

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