When a Man becomes a Father: The Surge of Oxytocin – The Bonding Hormone in New Dads

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When a Man becomes a Father: The Surge of Oxytocin – The Bonding Hormone in New Dads

 

By Dr. Sari Eitches and Dr. Bren Boston

When a baby is born, so is a father. As physicians and as parents, we have gotten to witness the transformation that happens when a man becomes a father. We have noticed these incredible shifts in our husbands- a softening and deepening, and shifts in our patients- a sense of responsibility for their own, and their family’s, well-being.

We now know that new dads experience peripartum hormonal ...

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Rewriting The Definition of Strength For Men

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Rewriting The Definition of Strength For Men

 

By Kevin Kunkel

Awareness is key to making a change, especially with our health.  For optimal  health, we must be able to listen and learn from our body’s signals  in order to adapt and make the needed changes before these signals become debilitating symptoms or wreak havoc in our relationships.  Unfortunately many men are encouraged to learn skills of denial and toughening up rather then awareness and acceptance of how they feel and what they sense on the inside.

Men have an interesting ...

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What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

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What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

 

By. Dr. Sari Eitches

One in ten Americans will have a thyroid disorder in their lifetime. The most common cause is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis- an autoimmune condition in which the body’s own antibodies attack its thyroid. This causes destruction of thyroid tissue which  impairs the thyroid’s ability to function properly and can result in hypothyroidism.

Hashimoto’s is more common in women than men, and incidence increases as we get older. Some of the susceptibility for Hashimoto’s can ...

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Intermittent Fasting: What Are the Benefits?

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Intermittent Fasting:  What Are the Benefits?

 

By. Dr. Bren Boston

Intermittent fasting (IF) has been associated with weight loss, improved brain health, improved energy, enhanced tissue healing, and longevity. Intermittent fasting can mean fasting for 16 hours overnight while eating during the remaining 8 hours during the day, or it can mean reducing your caloric intake to 500 cals/day for two non-consecutive days of the week while eating a normal healthy diet the other five days.

Research out of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has shown ...

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Balanced Hormones = Better Sex, Increased Well-Being and Longer Life

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Balanced Hormones = Better Sex, Increased Well-Being and Longer Life

 

By Dr. Sari Eitches & Dr. Edison de Mello

Hormones are secreted by endocrine glands and have a very complex and important role in our health and well-being. The optimal function of our physiology depends on the interaction and balance of many different hormones. Testosterone, progesterone, estrogen and DHEA, known as the sex hormones, interact with other hormones from the pituitary, thyroid, adrenal glands, pancreas, and other endocrine glands to ...

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When the Luv Bug Catches You!

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When the Luv Bug Catches You!

 

By Edison De Mello, MD, PhD

Blame it on chemistry: Testosterone, Dopamine, Oxycotin, … and your nose, get you Ready for Luv.

Testosterone is not just the “macho hormone” that most people think of it as. It actually drives sexual desire in both men and women. The salivary transfer of this powerful hormone is believed to be what increases sexual desire in partners during kissing.
Dopamine levels, the brain’s pleasure hormone that plays a role in gambling and drug use, are also ...

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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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Break Unwanted Habits With Mindfulness!

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Break Unwanted Habits With Mindfulness!

 

By Dr. Swati Desai

I remember getting really angry when I was doing my Akasha Cleanse and it required me not to have my morning cup of coffee. It is hard to let go of habits even when they are unwanted. It could be habits around food, alcohol, smoking, or some patterns of strong reactions which we regret later. We know we want to change them and yet we fall into the same hole again and again. How do we ...

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Courage is Good For Your Health

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Courage is Good For Your Health

 

Dr. Bren Boston

Courage makes us feel good. It allows us to have some control over how we react to our fears. Courage gives us the bravery to stand up to our fears, again and again, whether we conquer those fears or not. Perhaps then, we should appreciate that courage can also have a beneficial effect on our mental and physical health. Staying healthy can allow us to be more courageous.

Courage is one of those intangible powers inside all of ...

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Clear Up Brain Fog!

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Clear Up Brain Fog!

 

By Dr. Alicia Maher

Have you gone through times when you have struggled to think clearly? You know the information but can’t access it? Your brain just isn’t as sharp as before? Though there is no one medical term that’s used to describe this state, it’s a common condition that many refer to as brain fog. With this condition, you notice your brain just isn’t functioning at the level you are used to.

What causes brain fog? There are many different ...

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