The Gift of Being a Present Dad

The Gift of Being a Present Dad

“When a baby is born, so is a father.”

By Edison de Mello, MD, PHD

Being a dad is so much more than passing on genes to our offspring. It’s about compassion, patience, and careful listening. It is about being present.  And so, for this Father’s Day, I want to honor the people who taught me those invaluable skills: my kids. 

As we continue to evolve past the stereotype of the traditional meaning of fatherhood – breadwinner, strong, hardworking, man-of-the-house – we have come to understand ...

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Healthy Aging Men: Would You Like a Spot of T?

Healthy Aging Men: Would You Like a Spot of T?

By Bren Boston, MD

Aging in men does not carry the same taboo as it does for women.  There is not the same pressure to dye your gray hair and botox your wrinkles if you are a guy. But men have the same desire for longevityand prolonging the feeling of vitalityas women.  

Healthy aging requires a whole lifestyle approach:

  • Anti-inflammatory foods that promote cellular health 
  • Exercise to increase lean muscle mass
  • Stretching to maintain elasticity 
  • Stress reduction
  • Detoxification with healthy liver & kidneys
  • Avoiding environmental toxins
  • Mood boosting with meditation, mindfulness, and altruism

As ...

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Where’d My Brain Go?

Where’d My Brain Go?

By Bren Boston, MD

Many women who enter the transition into menopause will say, “I’m so frustrated!  I can’t remember the word that’s on the tip of my tongue, or where I left my keys!”

While some of this can be chalked up to the fact that women in mid-life are typically juggling their whole family’s schedules, to-do lists, and endless multitasking, a decline in estrogen also plays a role.

Our brains have estrogen (estradiol) receptors that mediate protection of our brain cells (neurons). The ...

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Can Your Hormones Be Preventing You From Losing Weight?

Can Your Hormones Be Preventing You From Losing Weight?

Maggie Ney, ND

How frustrating is it to be eating well and exercising but not see a change in your body?  This is a very common experience among the women I see in my practice. Understanding weight loss and metabolism is so much more complex and interesting than calorie in and calorie out. When weight is stagnant, despite a healthy diet and exercise, it is essential to do a comprehensive review of your entire health so that all variables that affect metabolism ...

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Wonder Woman Health

Wonder Woman Health

By Danél Lombard, MPT, MA, E-RYT

As we honor Mothers this month, we shift our focus to women’s health. The term women’s health generally conjures up thoughts of annual pap smears and mammograms. And even though these are really important parts of women’s health, I’d like to talk about how we as women can stay healthy amidst an onslaught of TV ads and magazines telling you what your body should look like and feel like (and don’t we get ...

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Stress Eating: How to Break the Cycle

Stress Eating:  How to Break the Cycle

 

By Bren Boston, MD

You know the feeling of your internal pressure cooker building up, when work demands, deadlines, financial burdens, and interpersonal conflicts conspire to send your stress level through the roof.  At those times, you want something QUICK and EASY to soothe your frayed nerves.  And for lots of people, that soother is sugary foods.  It makes sense from a medical perspective.  Sugar has a drug-like effect in the reward center of the brain. Sugar causes a surge of ...

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The Autonomic Nervous System’s Role in Managing Stress Symptoms

The Autonomic Nervous System’s Role in Managing Stress Symptoms

 

Kevin Kunkel, MA, CMT, CYT, LMFT

Chronic stress can stay in your nervous system and affect your short- and long-term health.  It can impact every part of the body, leading to a weakened immune system, digestive disorders, heart and autoimmune diseases, chronic body tension or challenges healing from injuries, and more. We will always have stress, but we can learn to build internal resiliency to heal from past stressors and bounce back from current stress.

Normal path of stress

It is normal to ...

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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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Is Sleep Deprivation the Next Tobacco?

Is Sleep Deprivation the Next Tobacco?

by David Laramie, PhD

For decades, medical science overlooked the considerable damage associated with smoking cigarettes, and it is hard to comprehend that physicians ever condoned smoking and overlooked its harm.  Similarly, medical science is now rushing to highlight another long-overlooked risk factor – sleep deprivation.  Poor sleep can worsen inflammation and increases the risk of high blood pressure, obesity, depression, and some cancers.  In the short term, insufficient sleep can impair memory, attention, and executive ...

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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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