Families and Screen Time

Families and Screen Time

By David Laramie, PhD

While recently traveling on vacation, I was wholly unsurprised yet continually dismayed to see the incredible hold that cellular phones have on the modern mind.  My favorite example was seeing a father who had ordered fried eggs at a breakfast buffet.  During the scant one or two minutes that his eggs cooked, he frantically played a game on his phone.  This was despite the fact that if he had lifted his head, he could have taken in ...

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New Research Again Shows: The Answer to Effectively Treating Depression, Anxiety and other Mood Disorders is in Your Gut 

New Research Again Shows: The Answer to Effectively Treating Depression, Anxiety and other Mood Disorders is in Your Gut 

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

Depression is tricky for some people to cope with because there really is no general consensus on the origins of the illness — is it caused by an imbalance in chemicals in the brain? Or it is caused by the stress of emotional trauma? Is it a little bit of both? Debates rage on amongst scientists; however, a recent study could potentially explain what is going on in our bodies when we deal with ...

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Summer Mindfulness

Summer Mindfulness

By Alicia Maher, MD

Ahhhh, summer. So many wonderful things that we look forward to all year. The kids are out of school and there’s more time for the unstructured and fun.

But sometimes a house full of people with unstructured time can also mean more noise and stress. When we start feeling stressed, there’s a quick, simple mindfulness practice that may help. This is a mental exercise to decrease the reactivity we have throughout the day. This one can even ...

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Where’d My Brain Go?

Where’d My Brain Go?

By Bren Boston, MD

Many women who enter the transition into menopause will say, “I’m so frustrated!  I can’t remember the word that’s on the tip of my tongue, or where I left my keys!”

While some of this can be chalked up to the fact that women in mid-life are typically juggling their whole family’s schedules, to-do lists, and endless multitasking, a decline in estrogen also plays a role.

Our brains have estrogen (estradiol) receptors that mediate protection of our brain cells (neurons). The ...

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October Nutrient of the Month: Zinc

October Nutrient of the Month: Zinc

 

By Amanda Miller MS, RN
Clinical Integrative Nutrition Nurse Consultant

Stubborn acne? Thinning hair? Dandruff? Always feeling run down? You may blame these on stress or aging and may even consider them as minor annoyances. But these symptoms may actually be signs you are suffering from low levels of an essential mineral: Zinc.

Zinc is often treasured as a go-to-support for helping to battle the common cold, but zinc does so much more for the body than just bolstering your immune ...

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Health Risks of Excessive Screen Time: A Lost Sense of Community

Health Risks of Excessive Screen Time: A Lost Sense of Community

 

By Dr Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND

Since the 2000s, our lives have dramatically changed with the omnipresence of social media and smartphone use. We are now online 24/7 and bombarded with information, such as friend requests, Instagram posts, videos and more. Along the way, we seem to have somewhat forgotten how to interact face- to-face with our peers. And  although we are a part of this large and ever growing social media community, we appear to ...

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Social Connection, Friendship and Community Can Help You Live Longer

Social Connection, Friendship and Community Can Help You Live Longer

 

By Maggie Ney, ND

Feeling socially connected, especially in an increasingly socially isolated world, is essential to our health.  It is so important that all doctors should be asking their patients about their community and support system during every annual health visit. Social connection does not require being physically present with people. Social connection is someone’s subjective experience of feeling understood and feeling a connection to others. We know that friendship (and it’s quality, not quantity) and social connection lead ...

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Get on your Game Face to make Health Changes

Get on your Game Face to make Health Changes

 

By David Laramie, PhD

If you watched the recent Winter Olympics,  then perhaps you noticed the striking rituals of the world class athletes as they prepared to perform.  Whether they don headphones, stare in to space, shake and stretch, or check their gear – the athletes often have fierce and focused looks on their faces.  The last several years of strenuous work and have all built up to an incredibly pressure filled moment.  In the face of such high stakes, athletes ...

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Is Sleep Deprivation the Next Tobacco?

Is Sleep Deprivation the Next Tobacco?

 

By. David Laramie, PhD

For decades, medical science overlooked the considerable damage associated with smoking cigarettes, and it is hard to comprehend that physicians ever condoned smoking and overlooked its harm. Similarly, medical science is now rushing to highlight another long-overlooked risk factor – sleep deprivation. Poor sleep can worsen inflammation and increases the risk of high blood pressure, obesity, depression, and some cancers. In the short term, insufficient sleep can impair memory, attention, and executive function. There is even ...

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Stress of Remembering

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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