Naturopathic Medicine

How many hours of sleep is enough? | Ask Dr. Samantha Video

You really want to get enough sleep, as sleep is the single most important thing for keeping your energy up and your body in balance! What other questions do you have about sleep? Ask me your questions for future videos here! Find more about this topic using the search sidebar or topic menu.

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Healthy Cookware: It’s Important for You (and Your Pets!)

I often have patients and clients asking me about the best options for healthy cookware. This post will review both the good and the bad regarding the detriments and benefits of different types of pots and pans. Non-Stick Did you know that people with pet birds are told to avoid cooking with nonstick teflon cookware because the gasses they release can kill them (the birds not…

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Moving beyond “good enough”

How do you feel on a regular basis? Do you have all the energy you want? Do you feel great? Just ‘good enough’?  I promise you that you can feel not only better than you feel now, but you can feel great. It’s so common for us to get pulled along in our daily life, from task to task, or fire to fire, forgetting to…

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The Water You Drink: What to Watch Out For!

My husband is the water keeper. If anyone is wasting a drop in this house there’s hell to pay. As someone who can take (I know, don’t judge) four showers a day to warm my tiny little body up, I can get an earful on the regular. I can hear him unloading and reloading the dishwasher so we can squeeze in every last item. I…

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Dr. Samantha’s Top Tips for Kicking Sugar to the Curb

Most people eat more sugar than they think that they do. It’s everywhere. Go grab a few things from your pantry or your fridge. Spaghetti sauce. Crackers. Cereal. Yogurt. Even milk. Now, look at the label. Check out the serving size. Now, look at how much sugar is in that serving. 4.2 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon. Now think about how this adds up.…

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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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My Favorite Dairy Alternatives

Are you looking for vegan dairy alternatives that actually taste good? My last blog post was about why you might want to avoid dairy. If you haven’t considered this, go take a peek at that post before you dive in here! I originally wrote a post in 2011 titled Is it Real or is it Memorex about how to find decent vegan dairy alternatives. At…

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Exciting News—my book found a home!

Any of you who have been around for a bit have been hearing and reading about my book proposal for a while. And when I say a while, it’s been over 2 years…for this book. There was another proposal before that which I decided to bail on at the last minute—but that’s another story. The way that non-fiction books work, most often, is that you…

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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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