Herbs and Supplements

Where can I buy good quality supplements? | Ask Dr. Samantha Video

After working in the supplement industry I can tell you one thing for sure. Finding good quality products is more difficult than you would ever imagine. More here! Find more about this topic using the search sidebar or topic menu!

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Can depression be treated holistically? | Ask Dr. Samantha Video

There is hope and holistic ways to manage depression. Depression is real and serious. Let’s start by pointing out that depression can be a downward spiral and we all too often wait to ask for help until we’re too far down in the depths of depression. While some people will always need anti-depressants, there are other factors to consider and that is different from a…

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Why Supplement Quality is Important for YOU!

We had a big oops with the link in our newsletter… IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR MY POST ON RETHINKING STRESS CLICK HERE! If you’re looking for this post on supplements keep reading! 💕 How do you know if you can trust that the supplements will have in them what they say they have in them? Short answer…it’s not easy. Having a trustworthy source of…

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B Vitamins: What You Need to Know

You have probably heard at one point or another that you should take vitamins. But you have probably also heard that it’s unnecessary, and that we shouldn’t. What’s the truth? The answer is probably somewhere in the middle. In an ideal world we would get everything we need from our food as it would come from the earth without refining or processing. In an ideal…

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Vitamin D: What You Need to Know

If you want to stay healthy through the winter and beyond, don’t forget your vitamin D! Where I live in Portland, OR, we’ve had an abundance of sunshine-filled days this winter- a rare treat! But no matter the season we need to be attentive to how much vitamin D we get. I’ve talked about winter blues in a past blog post but the blues aren’t…

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Hip hip, it’s allergy season again!

Runny nose? Itchy eyes? Itchy skin? Fatigue? Sneezing? Cough? Asthma? Check, check, check! I always forget allergy season is coming until it hits, then GAH!! I know I’m not alone, which is why I’m hosting another Facebook Live this coming Tuesday at 8am PT/11am ET to talk about allergies. I’ll be explaining what happens in your body when you get allergy symptoms, what supplements help with allergies,…

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What are Bitters? Guest Post by Karen Carleton, ND.

Bitter is the forgotten taste. For most of us, bitter is something we’d prefer to avoid. We use it to describe inclement weather (the “bitter cold”) or an unpleasant person (“That guy sure is bitter.”). So why is the flavor of bitter so important for us? There are 5 flavors that we mainly talk about – sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami. Many traditional cultures…

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Your Healthy Immune System- the Last Throes of Winter

By Karen Carleton (Our fabulous new ND!!) As we head into the last part of winter we are reminded of the possibility of coughs, runny noses and influenza. For many of us the question is not if we will get sick, but when, how often and how severe it will be. This brings up an important point about health. Getting sick is not necessarily a…

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Seasonal Allergies? Already?

Every year around this time I get an influx of patients who are sick. Runny nose, cough, irritated eyes, full ears. And often enough it’s the same patients year after year. I get out my thermometer, stethoscope, peek in their ears and ask “are you sure it’s not your allergies acting up?” “Oh, right! But isn’t it too early?”

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How Do You Trust Your Supplement Brand? Here is what to ask them…

Every time a new patient comes into the clinic I have ‘the supplement talk.’ Here’s the thing; no one is regulating the supplement industry. And it is indeed an industry, a big one at that. Does that mean that you can’t trust anything out there? No. It means that you need to be very careful about which supplements you buy. Just because something is expensive,…

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