What Being Without a Father as a Black Man Taught Me

What Being Without a Father as a Black Man Taught Me

by Jonny Parker, MBA 

Breaking barriers and assumptions of what America says the black man “should” be without a father

As a 27-year-old black man, I, unfortunately, became a statistic when I was under the age of 18.

I was not thrown in jail, or even put in handcuffs or put in the back of a police vehicle. But I was another black teen living in a single-parent home.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 38.7 percent of African-American minors live with both ...

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How to RESET your System after the Holidays Food Indigence indigestion

How to RESET your System after the Holidays Food Indigence indigestion

By Edison de Mello, MD PhD

It’s that time of year again – the after the holidays time when some of us ask ourselves: “What was I thinking? Why did it eat that much, drink that much, party that much?

The holidays are one of these times when we flood our system with fatty, sugary foods that can lead to digestive issues, low immune function, and plenty of weight gain. In fact, the average American gains 5 pounds between Thanksgiving and ...

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The Power of Kindness in an Unkind World

The Power of Kindness in an Unkind World

By Maggie Ney, ND

Acts of kindness are often relatively simple things we can do that can have the effect of increasing our own happiness while also letting others know they’re not alone. For many of us, there has never been a more important time in our lives to approach the world and all our interactions through kindness. A fundamental principle of acting through kindness is to give people the benefit of the doubt. We have no idea what challenges ...

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Sex Drive Hacks: Have More Sex in 2021

Sex Drive Hacks: Have More Sex in 2021

Dr. Rachael Ross

The biggest sexual complaint that I get from my patients is “I just don’t feel like doing it. What’s wrong with me?” If you have suffered in silence, just know that you are not alone. The stereotype exists that this dialogue comes most often from women, but honestly, I get this complaint from both sexes.   

Things have gotten even tougher, now you have had to sprinkle your sex drive with COVID restrictions, quarantine, no real away time ...

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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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Celebrate Holidays with Superfood Cocktails

Celebrate Holidays with Superfood Cocktails

By Bren Boston, MD

If you’re planning to have a holiday cocktail anyway, you might as well have one that contains superfoods.  Superfoods have lots of nutrients that improve our health at the cellular level.  Superfoods can contain antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, or minerals.  

The important thing to remember is to limit your alcohol intake to a maximum of 1 drink per day for women, or up to 2 drinks per day for men.  The size of the drink should not be determined by the size of ...

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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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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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