7 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

When the holidays have arrive many of my patients begin asking for ways to avoid holiday weight gain. For many of us the holidays mean being surrounded by family, friends and extra calories. This is also the time of year when Americans tend to gain the most weight. What’s the problem with adding just a few extra pounds over the …

Butternut Squash Soup

This creamy soup is simple to make and is a delicious meal on its own or as a side dish. The roasting of the squash creates a rich flavor. Ingredients: 8 cups peeled & cubed (1 inch) butternut squash. About 2 1/2 pounds. 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2-3/4 teaspoon salt 14 ounce chicken or vegetable broth, …

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Seven Ways to Decrease Your Breast Cancer Risk

We all share one common trait that puts us at risk for breast cancer- we are women. While that is one risk factor we can not change, there are many places in our lives where we can take steps to prevent breast cancer. 7 Ways to Decrease Breast Cancer Risk Add More Fruits & Vegetables To Your Diet: Vegetables found …

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Autism Prevention with Prenatal Vitamins

A recent study in the July issue of Journal of Epidemiology suggests that taking prenatal vitamins may decrease the risk of autism by approximately 40%. Yes, research is suggesting autism prevention with prenatal vitamins is worth a conversation with your doctor. Autism Prevention with Prenatal Vitamins Mothers of children with autism and autism spectrum disorder were less likely to report taking prenatal …

IUDs Offer Protection Against Cervical Cancer

New research has shown that IUDs offer protection against cervical cancer. IUDs Offer Protection Against Cervical Cancer Intrauterine devices or IUDs are a form of birth control that may be beneficial in reducing cervical cancer by 45 percent when compared to women who have never used one, a large literature review has found. The review, published in the Lancet Oncology, explains …

Recipe: Roasted Beet & Dandelion Salad

Beets are an excellent source of many vitamin and minerals, including folic acid, potassium and vitamin C.  When shopping for beets, choose small to medium sized roots that are a deep and rich color. The quality of the greens do not necessarily reflect the quality of the root, but if you are going to eat the very nutritious greens be …

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability to ward off and combat disease. NDs view the patient as a complex, interrelated system (a whole person), not as a clogged …

Yoga Pose: Warrior II (Virabhadrsana II)

Virabhadrsana II or Warrior II is strength building pose for both the mind and the body. It stretches the hips & joints while also helping to improve posture. You can incorporate this pose easily into your yoga practice or take 1 minute out of your day to step away from life’s demands and come into this pose. Coming into the …

Grocery Store Tip: Shopping for Meat

Meat is one area where you want to pay close attention to how and where the animal was raised. Always look for organic fed animals. Genetically modified plants are often used in animal feed, which means that even if you avoid it in the produce isle you may be eating it in the end through your meat. Local meat is …