Naturopathic Medicine

Dealing with road bumps on the way to better health

Fact. You can’t fail at self-care. How many times have you decided that you’re going to make a change? Lose weight? Stop eating so much sugar? Read more? Avoid social media? Take your vitamins? Stretch regularly? Meditate? If you’re like me and most of my patients and clients, it’s a number you couldn’t possibly begin to count. I remember when I was struggling with my…

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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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Staying Productive When All You Want to Do is Curl Up on the Couch

Readers had questions. I have answers. After my last post on the winter blues, I heard from many people that said they don’t exactly have winter blues, but they do notice that at this time of year it is more difficult to stay motivated and get things done. And for more than a few, with everything going on in the US, it feels just that much harder.…

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What’s the Deal with Winter Blues?

Portland, Oregon is a city that has many things going for it. Amazing community. A thriving farm to table food scene. Easy access to both the mountains and the ocean. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars that I stumbled into living here. But nothing’s perfect in paradise! True to its reputation, we get rain in Portland. Lots of it.…

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Survey Says You’re Stressed. Now What?

As a first step in writing my book Overcoming Overwhelm—Dismantle your Stress from the Inside Out I ran an online stress survey. I had nearly 1400 responses, I wasn’t happy at all to see that so many of you are feeling stressed out, overwhelmed and tired, but I’m also holding onto the silver lining. 94% of you know that your stress levels impact your health. This is an epidemic.…

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Do I HAVE to eat breakfast?

I used to spend a great deal of time trying to convince my patients how important it is to eat breakfast. The studies point to many reasons why this is the case. I even have a litany of those reasons listed in my breakfast recipe eBook. The not-breakfast people would fight me tooth and nail. I fought myself tooth and nail. The truth? I abhor breakfast. Not…

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My Top 6 Tips for Staying Healthy this Fall

Fall is here, are you ready?! In Portland fall is officially here but our summer weather hasn’t gotten the memo yet. That hasn’t stopped the fall colds and respiratory infections from hitting in earnest. I’m leaving for Turkey for a real vacation in a week (I know, a real vacation!) so I’m doing everything I can to keep my immune system in tip top shape…

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The Answer is There is No Answer

Self-help is now estimated to be a $10 billion dollar industry. Everyone is looking for answers to how to find better health, greater resilience, and peace of mind. We lose and gain the same 20 pounds over and over on the newest fad diets, buy online programs, quit our day jobs, do detoxes, watch Oprah and Dr Oz, and put on a pedestal anyone who claims to…

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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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Some thoughts about doing it all over the holidays

This time of year can be a bear for self-care. There are so many things to derail us. Gatherings. Sugar everywhere. Winter weather. Family. Tight finances. Parties. Commitments. Expectations. Oh, those expectations. But we know what to do, right? It’s simple. Just follow all the advice on Facebook and Instagram. You know, those images with the words on them? Exercise. Breathe. Do yoga. Meditate. Organize…

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