New Video: Calming the Brain and Body During Holiday Happenings & How Essential Oils Can Help

By | November 9th, 2018|Articles, Essential Oils, Holistic, Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Naturopathic Medicine|

    Holidays are depicted as a time of gratitude and good cheer. The media portrayal of the seamless moments and advertisements aimed at finding the “perfect” gifts can make anyone feel inadequate in comparison. The reality is that many people do enjoy this time of year, but for most, it provides challenges. [...]

How Social Connections & Rejection Effect Health & How to Nourish Your Genes with Better Relationships

By | October 30th, 2018|Essential Oils, Holistic, Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Naturopathic Medicine, Newsletter Postings|

            Sociogenomics is the study of how biology and social behavior interact for the evolution of species. Genes are programmed and enforced through social regulation which influences how our brains function. (source) This fascinating research is validating how and why similar habits and behaviors exist and are perpetuated within members [...]

Video: How Relationships & Connections May Be the Most Powerful Medicine…

By | October 26th, 2018|Essential Oils, Holistic, Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Naturopathic, Naturopathic Medicine|

... and the Harms of  Choosing Healthism at Their Expense     With the latest technological advances, scientists have been able to verify that nutrients, lifestyle, mind-body practices, plant metabolites, and synthetic chemicals can all directly influence the “expression” of our DNA, the blueprint of our biology. These findings have led to the emergence [...]

Honoring Our Kinships and Relationships – The Danger of Placing the Quest for Health Above Connections

By | October 23rd, 2018|Holistic, Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Naturopathic, Naturopathic Medicine|

                  The Impact of Our Environment, Relationships, and Thoughts on Our Health Many following natural health are familiar with the term, “food as medicine.” Recent advances in scientific methods have proven this to be true at the cellular level. This is through the study of how food [...]

The Chronic, Unhealthy Effects of Dieting and Caloric Restriction- The Famous Starvation Diet

By | December 5th, 2017|Holistic, Latest Articles, Naturopathic, Newsletter Postings|

    Listen to the full blog in 14 minutes below: I propose that many of our disordered eating patterns and food obsessions are a battle between a perfectionist and utilitarian viewpoint of food and one’s genetics, environment, and unique biochemical needs. These patterns result from healthism and a quest for thinness versus [...]

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Contemplating Gratitude and Thanksgiving & Truly Holistic Living and Healing

By | November 23rd, 2017|Essential Oils, Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Saratoga Blog at Living Well|

    Listen to this blog in 3 minutes below.   The most popular topics I see on blog posts and online articles this time of year are gratitude and prevention of weight gain during the holidays. I advocate for a type of holistic health that incorporates body acceptance at every size, whole, [...]

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Healthism vs. Health- Living to Avoid Death, or Striving for a Well-Lived Life Part II & September 2017 Health and Integrative Medicine Top Reads

By | October 10th, 2017|Essential Oils, Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Naturopathic, Top Reads of the Month|

            In Part I, I recapped this month’s blogs on healthism and the dangers of preoccupation with health perfectionism. I also reviewed a recent study that assessed dietary quality measurements relating to an outcome, rather than focusing on weight loss or laboratory measurements. The authors found that those with higher [...]

Diet Crazed, Weight Obsessed, Health Fixated, and Food Wars? Part III

By | September 19th, 2017|Integrative Medicine Hints, Latest Articles, Naturopathic, Naturopathic Medicine|

Dietary Rules and Regulations: Is There Really One “Right Diet” for Everyone?               Is the “Right Diet” Really the Wrong Diet for You?  My series on healthism and finding freedom from the “diet and fitness police” has gotten some feedback. I know for some it has been helpful, and, [...]

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Diet Crazed, Weight Obsessed, Health Fixated, and Food Wars? & August 2017 Top Holistic and Integrative Health Reads

By | September 12th, 2017|Essential Oils, Latest Articles, Naturopathic, Newsletter Postings, Saratoga Blog at Living Well, Top Reads of the Month|

Has the “Health and Wellness Industry” Contributed to the Obesity Epidemic? Part II               Why Diets and Weight Loss Don’t Cause Better Health In Part I, I explored how the societal pressure for the perfect diet, health, and body may be causing more harm than good. Furthermore, the very [...]

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