SEX! Can Make or Break a Relationship

SEX! Can Make or Break a Relationship

Rachael Ross, MD, PhD

Functional Care and Sexual Medicine

Sex can make or break a relationship. The desire to be sexual with another person is a natural and healthy human impulse. But the skills to be open to enjoy it while also being knowledgeable and confident enough to become a great lover are not a given. These are learned skills. Does an award-winning tennis player wake up one day and just watch a how-to video, and instantly transform her/himself into ...

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7 Steps to Hack Your Sleep

7 Steps to Hack Your Sleep

 

by Maggie Ney, ND

Sleep is one of the most valuable tools we have to be able to experience the highest level of energy, productivity, and creativity so that we can make the greatest contributions to the world around us.  We need to protect our sleep and treat this time of the day as sacred.  In my practice I see many patients who sacrifice sleep to get things done. These are ambitious, successful women who feel sleep ...

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Vagus Nerve Yoga for Sleep

Vagus Nerve Yoga for Sleep

 

By Alicia Maher, MD

One issue that can make sleep so difficult is that of sympathetic nervous system activation. The sympathetic nervous system tells us to fight, flight or freeze. Obviously helpful when you need it, but we rarely do. And being in this sympathetic state makes it harder for us to engage in the parasympathetic side of the nervous system that controls the activities of resting and digesting. This explains why you might have trouble sleeping and relaxing, and ...

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Forget about Setting New Year’s Intentions

Forget about Setting New Year’s Intentions

 

By: Bren Boston, MD

Talk about setting yourself up for failure. Trying to make a decision about a behavioral change that you will stick with for 12 straight months is nonsense. What research shows is that it takes 3 weeks to form a new habit. So, this year, I encourage you to make separate monthly intentions starting with January 2019. Try it on, feel it out, see if it works for you or if it is even possible to ...

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The Magic of Boswellia, Chamomile and Blueberries for Muscular Skeletal Pain

The Magic of Boswellia, Chamomile and Blueberries for Muscular Skeletal Pain

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

Warm weather means more motion and a 50% higher risk of achy muscles and joints. Luckily, you can keep moving with ease, naturally.
Boswellia

Question:

  • What is the ancient herb boswellia, and why might it lessen knee pain and arthritis in other areas, i.e., what’s happening within the body when we take it? What’s an appropriate dosage?

Answer: Frankincense oil, the common name for the resinous extracts derived Boswellia is part of the Burseraceae plant family. Derived from a ...

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Holiday Stress? Recognize and Rebalance!

Holiday Stress? Recognize and Rebalance!

 

By Alicia Maher, MD

Along with the joys of the holidays, there may be quite a bit of stress. Though it may not seem like it, this could be an exciting opportunity for growth. Taking a few moments during this season to learn to relax from the higher level of stress will make it that much easier to relax when the holidays have passed and we’re back to normal everyday tension.

Most of the stressors that we experience throughout the day ...

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Courage is Good For Your Health

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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3 Ways to Practice Patience

3 Ways to Practice Patience

As our world becomes faster our attention span decreases and so does our ability to practice patience. And yes, it requires a great deal of practice.

Why is this important?

I came across this great article posted by the Huffington post on the reasons why one should practice patience as well as some great tips to help you get there:

As virtues go, patience is a quiet one.

It’s often exhibited behind closed doors, not on a public stage: A father ...

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3 Ways to De-Stress This Holiday Season

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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The Psychological Cost of Academic Success

The Psychological Cost of Academic Success

Work hard and go to school. For some, this motto is taken to heart, so much so that they fulfill the highest academic degree available, a doctorate degree.

Earning a PhD is hard work and includes the expected stress associated with a demanding workload, but studies are showing that the stress, lack of sleep, and high expectations are leading to concerning levels mental health challenges.

In a recent article titled “There’s an awful cost to getting a PhD that no ...

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