Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer – What are The Actual Risks?

Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer – What are The Actual Risks?

Maggie Ney, ND

Developing breast cancer is the number one concern my patients have before starting hormone therapy. There is so much confusion and misinformation regarding hormone therapy and breast cancer. My goal is to educate about the actual risk hormones play in the development of breast cancer so women can approach menopause empowered rather than with fear. I have seen even the most well-intentioned physicians be misinformed about the research on hormone therapy and the actual risk it may ...

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Unbalanced Hormones and Gallstone Prevention

Unbalanced Hormones and Gallstone Prevention

Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

It’s estimated that millions of Americans have gallstones. Studies have shown that women are twice as likely as men to form cholesterol gallstones. This gender difference begins in puberty and continues through the childbearing years, highlighting the importance of female sex hormones. Pregnancy, birth control pills, and the natural fluctuations of the menstrual cycle can cause a slowing down of the contractions of the gallbladder, causing bile to sit longer than usual. 

A significant number of ...

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Do Not Settle for an IBS Diagnosis

Do Not Settle for an IBS Diagnosis

By Maggie Ney, ND

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a diagnosis many people have received. But it is not a diagnosis that should leave you satisfied as to why you are experiencing bloating, gas, constipation, and/or diarrhea. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a label that describes these uncomfortable symptoms, but it does not tell you the cause of your symptoms. There are many causes of IBS and being told you have IBS, without a discussion as to the possible causes, is practicing ...

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Here’s a Secret: Your Gut is Happier with Beans

Here’s a Secret: Your Gut is Happier with Beans

By Bren Boston, MD

We are all learning how important our gut microbiome is for our physical and mental health.  We have more beneficial bacterial cells in our gut than we have human cells in our body.  These beneficial bacteria perform cell signaling, play a role in our immunity, and are crucial for preventing cancer and chronic disease.

Ok, now that we can all agree that our healthy microbiome bacteria are precious to our longevity, how do we make sure they thrive?  Microbiome bacteria ...

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What Successful COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Look Like

What Successful COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Look Like

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

Testing for the safety and efficacy of vaccines can be a daunting, expensive, and time-consuming task. That is why we usually only hear about a particular vaccine in the news when the trials have been completed and safety and scientific evidence are presented for final approval. 

However, the relentless interest in a COVID-19 effective vaccine has consumed the airwaves and our psyches for the last nine months. No matter which way we turn, we find ...

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Covid 19 Anxiety

Covid 19 Anxiety

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

Your heart races, you feel the panic, sometimes it impacts your sleep, you are easily irritated, and it may even hit harder when it’s time to leave the house. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s yet to come.

The current COVID-19 epidemic has been terrifying in multiple ways. Feelings of fear, anxiety, sadness, and uncertainty have consumed most of us, throwing into question what we knew as “our normal ways of living”. ...

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COVID-19 Treatment Progress

COVID-19 Treatment Progress

Bren Boston, MD

The scientific world is feverishly working to understand and treat the disease COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019.  The virus that causes this disease is called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).  The SARS-CoV-2 virus uses ACE2 receptors on the surface of cells as an entry route in many of our organs, not just lungs.  The major morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 is due to an acute viral inflammatory pneumonia that evolves to acute respiratory distress syndrome.  The most ...

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15+ ways to prevent dementia

15+ ways to prevent dementia

By Maggie Ney, ND

In our society, we are quick to blame common symptoms like forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, and brain fog on the aging process. While these symptoms are certainly common, they are not an inevitable part of the aging process.  Dementia is the term used to describe individuals who experience memory loss and impairment in judgment. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia.  When we understand the different causes of dementia, we can be proactive about making the changes to ensure that ...

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Help, I can’t get my school-aged kid to go to sleep!

Help, I can’t get my school-aged kid to go to sleep!

By Bren Boston, MD

Help, I can’t get my school-age kid to go to sleep!  If this sounds familiar, then you must be a parent because this is a universal parent experience.  What parents need to remember is that kids are not born knowing how to sleep and they don’t care that sleep is important.  If left to their own devices, kids will not choose to get the amount of sleep that is optimal for their health and brain development.  That is where the ...

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What the Doctor Packs Her Kids’ for Lunch

What the Doctor Packs Her Kids’ for Lunch

By Dr. Maggie Ney

*This is an updated article Dr. Ney wrote in 2019 on healthy school lunches.

It’s time to pack up school lunches again!  School mornings can be hectic so pack or plan your kids lunch the night before.  With some planning, packing lunches can be a rewarding process because you can take control of ensuring your kids eat a wholesome, nutrient-dense lunch. The best lunches should always include a protein, a vegetable, a fruit (seasonal is best), and something ...

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