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Toxins in women over 50

March 17, 2013

What is a Toxin?  Who Is Toxic? We all are toxic….We all live in a toxic world. Even with ongoing care, your body accumulates more toxins than it eliminates. A “toxin” can be anything from pesticides, xenoestrogens, food dyes, synthetic drugs and hormones, plastics, air pollution, water pollution, parasites, and chemicals from foods, medicines, surgery, more »

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Spring allergies–the battle is on

April 1, 2011

If you live in Austin and other allergen-laden locales, you are certainly familiar with the outward symptoms of airborne allergies. And if you’ve ever rushed to the bathroom after lunch, you may also be familiar with some food allergies and what they do to you. But did you know that depression can actually be a more »

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Can stress make you stupid?

March 23, 2011

As I’ve said before, the Adrenal Glands release Cortisol during stress. High Cortisol levels cause decreased cognitive function, meaning you can’t concentrate. You have brain “fog”, and you are unable to stay on task. It is important for busy, stressed people to realize that if your stress continues and your adrenal glands continue to produce more »

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The skinny on yogurt

January 26, 2011

Here’s the “skinny”on Yogurt. I often recommend yogurt as a healthy snack to my patients because it has countless health benefits. But not all yogurts are healthy, and not all yogurts are created equal. I often recommend yogurt to patients suffering form Candida. Candida Albicans, also known as a thrush, yeast or fungal infection, can overgrow more »

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23 Holiday Stress Busters

November 16, 2010

Can Stress make you old? Can it make you gain and hold weight? Under stress can you experience brain fog and lose focus?  Can it make you crave carbs and sugars?  Can stress make you moody, anxious and angry? The Answer to all of these questions is YES!  There are many causes that may speed more »

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Health over 50–should you have a flu shot?

October 11, 2010

I’ve had numerous patients call the office and ask my opinion on the Flu and the Flu vaccine, so here are some of my thoughts and recommendations.. The influenza virus is constantly mutating, but every once in a while, the virus shifts its genetic structure so much that our immune systems are challenged. This usually more »

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House plants reduce stress!

May 24, 2010

House plants look pretty, fill empty spaces on the floor, and reduce stress. That’s right, reduce stress. Being close to house plants makes us feel good.  House plants reduce heart rate, blood pressure, and help with skin conductivity. Research has shown that people in planted offices recover from stress more quickly than those in un-planted more »

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Thyroid health in women over 50

April 6, 2010

Where is my Thyroid Gland?  What does it do for me? Most people know more about their computers or their phones than how their bodies operate….Do you know where your thyroid gland is located?? Do you know what it does?? Your thyroid gland is the largest of the 7 glands that make up the endocrine more »

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Prozac, Zoloft or Vitamin D3 deficient?

March 31, 2010

Sick all the time? Sad?  Depressed? Low energy? Just don’t feel well? Hurt all over?  Low motivation? Lack of Focus? Your body may be deficient in anti-depressants, highly unlikely, or you may be deficient in vitamin D3. “Inadequate vitamin D status is an important public health problem, which could be readily addressed by adequate vitamin more »

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Women over 50 and cortisol

March 15, 2010

What is cortisol anyway? Cortisol is a catabolic hormone, a glucocorticoid, a steroidal hormone that is produced in the adrenal cortex of the adrenal glands. The adrenal cortex releases cortisol during stress. This is a good thing in a flight or fight situation, when we are running from a lion or a tiger or hunting more »

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Stress: A primary cause of aging

March 9, 2010

Many things can speed up aging including a diet high in fats and white sugar/carbohydrates, not getting enough exercise, lack of sleep and too much exposure to the sun, but stress is number one! A little bit of stress is not always bad, it wakes us up and makes us alert. We learn better sometimes more »

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The miracle cure

March 2, 2010

It is not fish oil, not calcium or magnesium, not even vitamin D…but Water. Water is the single most important nutrient for women over 50. So simple, yet so many of us are dehydrated. Your body loses about two quarts of water a day through perspiration, urination and exhalation. It is important for our bodies more »

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There really is a chemistry behind falling in love

March 1, 2010

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances:  If there is any reaction, both are transformed       -C.G. Jung Ever wonder why you are attracted to a certain person and not another? What provokes gut feelings about certain people in your life? Why do you fall in love with one person more »

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