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10 Ways to Curb Sensory Deprivation During the Pandemic

It’s been a while.  For a lot of things. Over the past two months, our culture has gone from doing pretty much whatever we wanted at whatever time we wanted to isolating ourselves and our families from life as it once was. It’s been a long while since we’ve lingered at dinner with friends, enjoyed a massage, or simply hugged an aging parent and now we are starting to feel the effects. “Pandemic Fatigue” is a current concept being coined by researchers which refers to many things that we are getting tired of.  One of those elements is the lack of eye contact and physical touch which can lead to a loss of empathy during a time when it may be needed most. Sure, online meetings and Facetime calls are wonderful, but they don’t fulfill our need for actual in-person interaction - what many of us need in order to fully flourish and continue to be compassionate and sensitive to [...]

3 Changes for Better Health

This new normal is inviting many of us to reconsider the meaning of discomfort and pain in our lives...

Preparing for the Coronavirus

March 12, 2020 Update: For up-to-date local, national, and international information regarding the COVID19 pandemic, see the respective websites below. Boulder County: https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/Colorado Public Health: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirusCenters for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlWorld Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It is all over the news and social media. There is talk of preparing for major disruption to regular life, school and work. Some grocery store aisles were shockingly bare over this past weekend. As expected, the coronavirus is now in the United States, and it is possibly just a matter of days before it is identified in Colorado. Is it overblown? Time will tell, but I can tell you that the hype does not serve anyone’s nervous system well, and managing your stress will be key if the virus heads our way. One way I manage my stress is by being informed. While the virus thankfully does not seem to be so challenging for healthy individuals and children, it can be more severe in those [...]

March 3rd, 2020|Categories: Cold, Flu, Virus, Immune system, Preventative, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bone Health for Kids and Adults

DID YOU KNOW…? The statistics are staggering: 21-30% of those who suffer a hip fracture die within one year. Known as the “kiss of death,” it typically happens in older adults and can be a terrifying experience. This is why understanding bone health from our adolescence to adulthood can result in establishing a strong foundation for warding off dangerous outcomes from fractures, breaks, and diseases such as osteopenia and osteoporosis. Healthy bone development begins when we are young; up to 80% of our bone mass is established before the age of 18!  This means that our childhood plays just as important of a role in bone health as do our older years. Following, we take a look at healthy strategies for strong bones in both kids and adults. DID YOU KNOW…strong bone health starts when we are young so we should help our kids now! Did you grow up with marketing ads insisting the only way to strong bones was [...]

February 29th, 2020|Categories: Bone Health, Longevity, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Love, Relationships, and Heart Health

Have you ever signed a letter or card by drawing a heart for your salutation?  Do you draw a heart when leaving a note in your child’s lunch box?  Do you “heart” cities around the world? When we draw a heart it is not representing our physical heart, but rather is a symbol of our love. What if I were to tell you that the physical heart and the metaphysical heart (the emotional heart) were actually linked? According to Dr. Dean Ornish, humans are “creatures of community” and need communication, love, and connection with ourselves, others, and the world at large. Establishing positive relationships that support us and feed our souls are not only good for our emotional health but can affect our physical well-being as well.  Research shows that negative emotions such as anger, anxiety, and fear can cause inflammation in the body and one of the areas affected can be the heart. (www.health.harvard.edu/heart-disease-overview/uncovering-the-link-between-emotional-stress-and-heart-disease) So how can you nurture self-love [...]

Thyroid Health

Have your thyroid levels been tested at your primary care physician’s office and were returned normal, yet you are still experiencing unusual symptoms that are typically linked to this hormone’s imbalance? If so, you’re not the only one. Many of my clients come to me with results showing normal TSH, a thyroid-stimulating hormone that encourages the thyroid gland to release the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) as well as Free T3 and Free T4 (the active hormones) and are frustrated or confused because they continue to suffer from signs of disfunction. Commonly, these symptoms (most frequently for the state of hypothyroid) are: - fatigue - hair loss - cold intolerance - weight gain and difficulty losing weight - hormone disruption/infertility - constipation - dry skin as well as other unusual signs. But if your tests results are within range and you are still experiencing unusual symptoms, can you still have thyroid disfunction? Yes. Following are three things to know [...]

Genetics and Mental Health

“What would you say if I told you your son’s mood and behavior problems were due to his genetics?”  - therapist of one of my patients “Mental health can be affected by diet and stressful life events, but the dominant factor is often genetic or epigenetic differences in brain chemistry.” – William J. Walsh, PhD What does it mean to have a mood, behavior, or learning problem due to genetics? I have talked and written before about how the building blocks for our neurotransmitters are amino acids and other nutrients. Possibly more important though is the number and activity of transporter proteins that allow (or don’t) optimal neurotransmitter activity at synapses. Genetic expression, or production, of transporter proteins affects the activity of neurotransmitters. The most commonly talked about example of this has to do with methylation (commonly tested for with genetic testing companies such as 23&Me). Methylation of genetic material called chromatin inhibits production of some neurotransmitter transporters. Undermethylators tend [...]

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