Hormonal Acne – Just When you Thought You Were in the Clear

Hormonal Acne – Just When you Thought You Were in the Clear

By Dr. Maggie Ney

If you experience acne before your period, around ovulation, or you are in your 30s and 40s and experiencing acne for the first time (Ugg – so frustrating), it is likely you are experiencing hormonal acne.  You may feel like you are in the clear of acne breakouts once passing adolescence, but acne can actually appear at any point in adulthood. The traditional treatments for acne include different topicals (such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, Retin-A), birth ...

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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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Exercise for a Happy Heart

Exercise for a Happy Heart

By Bren Boston, MD

Human bodies hate being sedentary.  We weren’t designed to be that way.  Even your brain is happier if you exercise.  Exercise lowers your risk of the most common cause of death in the U.S. – heart disease.

Exercise can come in many forms, and they are virtually all good for your heart.   The best regimens will include 3 types of exercise:  

  1.  Aerobic exercise
  2. Resistance exercise
  3. Stretching and balance exercises

Aerobic exercise can be walking to work, dancing in your kitchen, or jumping rope.  

Resistance exercise can be lifting ...

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Food Freedom

Food Freedom

By Maggie Ney, ND

The ultimate goal when it comes to eating and your relationship with food is freedom. Having food freedom means knowing you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want, but nevertheless choosing to eat nutrient dense, wholesome foods that nourish your body and mind.  It means making informed choices based on direct information from your body about how food makes you feel physically, not just emotionally.  I know that some people have been denying themselves foods for years ...

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Fight Traffic Stress through Music and Relaxation

Fight Traffic Stress through Music and Relaxation

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

Here is how:

I came to Rio this past December to present my work, visit family and to enjoy the  “Cidade Maravilhosa”, or Marvelous City as Rio is known to most Brazilians.

There’s a lot to love about Rio and its beautiful landscape.

The weather, the beaches, great places to eat…

But there’s one thing that can be a real drag…

O Transito… The traffic.

Crawling along, bumper-to-bumper, watching the minutes on the clock tick… tick… tick away. It can get pretty frustrating — ...

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Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention

By Danél Lombard,MPT, MA, E-RYT

When it comes to injuries, we often think of the unfortunate accident. Whether it’s a car accident, or trip-and-fall accident, it seems to be something out of our control and a case of bad luck. But what if I tell you that injuries often occur slowly over time because of lifestyle choices and habits? When it comes to physical injuries, a lot can actually be done preventatively. Anything from knee injuries to back injuries can ...

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Two Healthy Holiday Songs

Two Healthy Holiday Songs

By Bren Boston, MD

This month Dr. Boston wrote two Holiday songs to celebrate the season!

Song 1

The Twelve Exercises of Christmas 

(to the tune of Partridge in a Pear Tree)
On the 12th day of Christmas
Exercise is key:
Twelve Biceps curling
Eleven Calves a-Raising
Ten Legs a-Leaping
Nine Tummies Crunching
Eight Hamstrings Stretching
Seven Triceps Dipping
Six Arms a-Lifting
Five Second Plank
Four Jumping Jacks
Three Side Lunges
Two Mountain Climbers
And a Deep Squat Bending My Knees

Song 2

Holiday Belly

(to the ...

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How to Avoid Holiday indigestion – 5 Easy Tips

How to Avoid Holiday indigestion  –  5 Easy Tips

Edison de Mello, MD PhD

It’s that time of year again – the holiday “eating season.” And, while lots of people think the holidays are the most wonderful time of year, your gut may disagree. That’s because it’s this time of the year when people flood their system with rich, sugary foods – and that can lead to digestive issues, low immune function, and plenty of weight gain. In fact, Americans gain an average of 5 pounds between Thanksgiving and ...

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Food and the Gut-Brain Connection

Food and the Gut-Brain Connection

By Kelsey Wood, RN

The Gut-Brain connection has been recognized in medical literature by leading innovators of integrative and functional health such as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the Cleveland Clinic. Our gut is literally our “second brain.” Many of us have experienced “gut feelings” or “butterflies in our stomachs.” The mind and body are interconnected, and each can affect the other in both positive and negative ways.

Previously, it was thought that the brain controlled the body and gut, but new research ...

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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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