What is MTHFR?

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What is MTHFR?

 

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND

Contrary to how it looks, “MTHFR” is not an abbreviation for a curse word, but a shortened form of MethyleneTetraHydroFolate Reductase

The MTHFR gene provides instructions for making an enzyme called MethyleneTetraHydroFolate Reductase. This enzyme plays a role in processing amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase is important for a chemical reaction involving forms of the vitamin folate (also called vitamin B9). Natural sources of folates are uncooked green leafy vegetables. Synthetic forms ...

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Using Facebook to Improve Your Mood and Decrease Anxiety

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Using Facebook to Improve Your Mood and Decrease Anxiety

 

By Alicia Maher, MD

Is it possible you read that title thinking it must be miswritten? Facebook seems to do the opposite for a lot of people. With over a billion accounts, Facebook seems to be a part of most everyone’s lives these days. Unfortunately, many find themselves feeling depressed or anxious about how others’ lives look better and they are missing out. Or, there is so much that is negative in the world. Or, one ends up arguing in ...

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WE ARE ALL TOXIC!

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WE ARE ALL TOXIC!

 

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND

More than 80,000 chemicals are currently used in the United States. Surpringsingly, most of them have not been tested for their effects on human’s health. In a study done in 2009, the Environmental Working Group analyzed the cord blood of 10 newborns, finding that all of them had a high numbers of chemicals. Close to 300 different chemical compounds were identified, including more than 180 potentially harmful to our health.

Our exposure to those harmful chemicals starts ...

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Stress of Remembering

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Stress of Remembering

 

Alicia Maher, MD

Stress. It’s something we’ve all heard plenty about. But today I want to talk about a particular type of stress, the stress of remembering. This is particularly a struggle for those with ADHD, but can be an issue for others as well.

This can be remembering what to pack for a trip or bring to work or to surf. Without a system for remembering, those who struggle to remember can live life constantly feeling like they are forgetting ...

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Packing Healthy Lunches for our Kids

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Packing Healthy Lunches for our Kids

 

Maggie Ney, ND

It’s time to pack up school lunches again.  I do not hear many parents talking about the joy of packing lunches in the morning – the mornings are crazy and lunch packing is one of the first tasks that need to get checked off of our morning to do list. And I get it – I was thrilled when I did not have to pack lunches during summer. But with some planning, packing lunches can actually be ...

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Why Men Have Trouble Showing Love

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Why Men Have Trouble Showing Love

 

By Dr. David Laramie

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and with it comes countless customs for displaying love. Lets take up the popular trope that men do not show love as much as women. In the conventional discourse active listening and intimate, expressive, emotional, talk are the standard for what love is supposed to look like. Contemporary pop psychology and many psychotherapies often hold them up as the ideal method of communicating affect. In turn, men are often deemed ...

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Placebo Effect: How the mind (and body) responds to what we think

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Placebo Effect: How the mind (and body) responds to what we think

 

By. Dr. Alicia Maher

Have you ever flinched at the sight of blood? Or yawned when you see someone else do so? Our brains are reacting to things even when we aren’t conscious of it. Sometimes, this reaction is as powerful as medication, such as what occurs with the placebo response. In every study of medication versus placebo, there will be some people who respond to the inert substance of the placebo, the same as the group getting the active ...

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The Joy of Routine

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The Joy of Routine

 

By Dr. Maggie Ney

I love the unstructured days of Summer – lazy mornings with my girls, no lunches to pack, no rushing to afternoon activities, and long warm nights. These days can be full of impromptu fun activities as well as chaos. But as Fall approaches, I actually look forward to the routine and predictability that inevitably settles in after kids go back to school.

We often hear how routine is so important for children. A child’s nervous system needs ...

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3 Ways to De-Stress This Holiday Season

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3 Ways to De-Stress This Holiday Season

 

The holiday season is upon us and, chances are, you are more stressed than usual. Be it difficult family dynamics, arduous travel plans, or simply changing your iron clad routine, the holiday season has a unique way in winding us up.

Alicia R. Maher MD, board certified diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, states that scientifically, when we disrupt our normal lives, we rely more on the “reactive” parts of the brain, and it’s a very overwhelming state ...

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Will you be a Master or a Disaster During the Holidays?

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Will you be a Master or a Disaster During the Holidays?

by Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

The holiday season can be fun, loving, restful. It can also be very challenging as we gather with family members with whom we may have some unresolved issues.

A study by Psychologist John Gottman and Robert levenson found that most long lasting relationships come down to 2 basic traits: Masters and Disasters. Although the study focused on married couples, I believe that the research can be applied to any relationship.

The couples were hooked up to electrodes and asked questions about ...

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