7 Steps to Optimizing Joy Amid Fear and Stress – Mental Health Tips During a Time of a Global Pandemic and Political Tensions

7 Steps to Optimizing Joy Amid Fear and Stress –  Mental Health Tips During a Time of a Global Pandemic and Political Tensions

By Maggie Ney, ND

Stress is normal, and – in the right amount – can actually be good for our health. But, the stress many of us are feeling right now can have detrimental effects on our health and contribute to irritability, higher anxiety, less resilience, and feelings of depression.  Many of my patients these days say something like, “I don’t know if it is my hormones or everything going on in the world right now”. In the beginning of the ...

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The Connection Between Food and Mood

The Connection Between Food and Mood

By Allie Alves, INHC

COVID has changed many aspects of our lives. From how we live, to how we work, to even how and what we choose to eat. From panic-shopping at grocery stores to stress-eating at home, to a surge in take-out, and an increase in alcohol consumption and snacking, quarantine has changed our household dietary patterns and admittedly not for the best. And while we always have a reason to strive to do better, these wide varying effects ...

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3 Somatic Tools to Combat Stress During These Times

3 Somatic Tools to Combat Stress During These Times

by Kevin Kunkel, LMFT, SEP, CMT

I’ll be the first to admit, the prolonged social isolation and day to day changes on me and my loved ones due to coronavirus, and the insane political polarization and bickering regularly loads me down with stress.  I know so many of my clients, family, and friends feel this same overwhelm creeping in.   You may also be feeling inside a feeling of  anxiety, frustration, overwhelm, or just feeling the unknown of the world ...

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Get Your Flu Shot!

Get Your Flu Shot!

Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

I have always steered away from the debate on vaccines, but not this year. As an integrative physician and the head of a well-respected integrative clinic,  I never thought I would make a recommendation so strongly in my many years of practice. 

It seems so long ago, but when the first wave of the coronavirus hit in March, frontline healthcare workers, and the healthcare system were immensely overwhelmed. PPE was understocked and unavailable, vacant beds were ...

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Understanding Breast Cancer Risk and Prevention

Understanding Breast Cancer Risk and Prevention

By Maggie Ney, ND

The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 280,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year. This is an alarming statistic but important to highlight.   Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and is the second leading cancer killer in women.  We have succeeded about getting the word out about the importance of screening tests, like mammograms, ultrasounds, and SonoCine, a newer breast cancer screening tool. But these screening tests help with detection of ...

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Breast Imaging for Cancer Screening in Women of Average Risk

Breast Imaging for Cancer Screening in Women of Average Risk

By Bren Boston, MD

The purpose of breast cancer screening is to detect cancer prior to any physical symptoms.  Earlier detection of cancer means a better chance for successful treatment.

The decision on when to begin breast cancer screening is based on your personal breast cancer risk profile. For women of average risk, there are several professional recommendations that may be followed:

The Mayo Clinic supports screening with mammograms every 1-2 years from age 40-50, with annual mammograms for women age >50.

The American Cancer Society recommends women ...

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School Lunches During COVID

School Lunches During COVID

By Maggie Ney, ND

The first week of school is over and it seems that almost every minute of my day has been spent in the kitchen.  With two of my kids operating on completely different schedules, and my youngest spending most of her time grazing rather than eating formal meals (sigh), I am finding I have very little time to do anything except prepare meals and snacks and clean up the mess. Does anyone else feel like lunch just comes ...

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Mandatory Masks : What Happens When Nobody Smiles at My kid?

Mandatory Masks : What Happens When Nobody Smiles at My kid?

By Rachael Ross, MD, PhD

What will life be like for our kids without them being able to see anyone smile? COVID-19 has introduced us to mandatory face coverings and mandatory masks. These face coverings strip from us the experience of the magic of the smile. My four year old’s preschool teacher retired a few months back. They had a social distancing zoom event for her, and when I asked her what was her favorite part of the Zoom ‘retirement ...

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Tips for Setting Up Your Homeschool Seating

Tips for Setting Up Your Homeschool Seating

By Bren Boston, MD

With the Covid-19 pandemic preventing return to school in many cities, parents are trying to figure out how to optimize their children’s home school experience.  How do you provide an environment within your home in which your child can pay attention to a screen for multiple hours a day?  If only we all had a room in our house called the “classroom” which mirrored the real in-school setting.  But we don’t.

            The first step is to dedicate an area in ...

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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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