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Vitex: the fertility herb

Vitex is a great herb for both men and women, but it is most known for regulating menstrual cycles and improving fertility.  The common name for vitex is chaste berry or monk’s pepper.  Vitex is native to the Mediterranean and Central Asia. It prefers to grow in creek beds and river banks.  It has beautiful slender…

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Nettles: The plant that bites back

Stinging nettles are a personal favorite when it comes to herbs.  A plant that is loved by few, and feared by many. I noticed the other evening that I have a fairly sizable patch of nettles growing in a nice shady spot under a spigot in my backyard. Perhaps this is a testament to how…

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These are a few of my favorite things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.  Eggs go quite nicely with pesto, I’m smitten. Below is the recipe for a wonderful pesto scramble I made this morning that I want to share. I finally gave in and bought a bunch of basil plants from TJ’s.  I just can’t wait for the ones I’ve actually…

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So many diets to choose from!

This is always one of the more difficult questions for me to answer because there are so many variables to consider when choosing which dietary approach is right for an individual.  I don’t believe one diet is always better than all the others. I do believe a person needs to find a diet that is right for…

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Curried Cauliflower (GF/DF)

Cauliflower does not seem like a favorable kid snack, but believe me this is worth the try.  Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that is beneficial for supporting detoxification pathways, providing antioxidants, and is a great anti-inflammatory.  Cauliflower is also a good fiber source and is very low calorie.  See the nutrition facts here.

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Should I Be Taking A Multivitamin?

Dietary Supplement Recommendations Multivitamin preparations are the most common dietary supplement, taken by at least one-third of all US adults.  Should, or shouldn’t I take a multivitamin is a question I am asked frequently by patients.  The answer however, is not as simple as yes or no. Ideally, we would get all the nutrients our…

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Top 10 Reasons for Abdominal Discomfort and Bloating

Gas and bloating are some of the most common gastrointestinal complaints I hear in my office.  There are a number of reasons we experience this uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing symptom.  If you are experiencing gas and/or bloating on a regular basis, it is definitely worth some investigation. There are some underlying causes that need to be ruled out to prevent any…

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Cold and Flu Prevention

It’s here again.. Time to bundle up and take steps to support those busy little white blood cells so we can stay healthy for the up coming winter months.  Below are a few recommendations for preventing and treating infections of the respiratory tract this Fall and Winter.

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Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Coconut Bars

This is possibly the best dessert I have ever made and it’s healthy!  No oven needed and gluten-free if you get GF oats.   Recipe makes one 9×9 pan (about 16 squares)

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Chronic Sinusitis

Frequent headaches?  Tooth pain?  Pressure and pain around your eyes?  You are probably familiar with the symptoms of sinusitis. This time of year often brings an increase in upper respiratory infections, allergies, and prolonged exposure to environmental irritants, such as dust from uncleaned heating ducts.  These factors all play a key role in the development…

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