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Swine Flu Scare

I will emphasize two main ideas. First: Beware of media hype and scare tactics. Second: Your best defense against the Swine flu (and any flu) is to BE HEALTHY and live a healthy life! Practice preventative medicine with yourself and your family NOW! This will either prevent you from getting sick with colds and flus or speed up your recovery.

Vaccines are only part of the disease prevention scenario. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Eat Organic?

As a Naturopathic Physician, I specialize in nutrition. I advise my patients about healthy food choices and using food as medicine. One reason I am interested in nutrition is because I like to eat and feel good afterwards – morally, ethically and physically. Many people ask me if it is worth the extra money to eat organic. My answer is YES!!! “FOOD IS YOUR BEST MEDICINE” to quote a title of a book from 1965 by Dr. Henry Bieler, a wonderful turned-holistic Medical Doctor. But we must be aware of the QUALITY of our food.  Healthy, nutrition-rich, organic fruits and vegetables, free-range poultry and eggs, and grass-fed animals are our best medicine. Read the rest of this entry »

Friendly Fevers

Even healthy people get sick sometimes, have accidents and make mistakes.  Starting off healthy helps them recover and heal faster.  Healthy people are often strengthened by the episode.  Healthy habits help prevent illnesses, accidents and mistakes but don’t eliminate them.  A strong, healthy person will have strong symptoms.  “Symptoms” are our body’s way of reacting to a problem.  The reaction is usually an effort to heal.  A strong person will be able to mount a strong effort to heal.  This is good!  An example of this is a fever. Read the rest of this entry »

A Cure for A Grudge

Grudges are a mixture of emotional hurt, unfulfilled expectation, anger and fear from the past. They are present as festering emotional wounds. They continue to hurt and often swell to include other hurts. Grudges are mainly painful to their owner. They can and often are used as reasons to hurt the other person in return. So the viscous cycle of emotional wounding continues. Grudges tend to become very heavy over time and get in the way of the owner experiencing joy and happiness. (I think this topic would be a great children’s story! Maybe it already is…)

A cure for a grudge starts with the owner’s desire to change. Read the rest of this entry »

Antibiotics and Probiotics

When we get sick with an infection, we have an overgrowth of an opportunistic organism (microscopic critters we live with that wait for an opportunity to have a population explosion thus making us sick) or we have been invaded by an external source of a pathogenic (disease-causing) microbe. We somehow come in contact with an infectious microbe, like breathing in tiny amounts of spit from a cough or touching our fingers to our mouth after wiping off a runny nose from a sick kid or older folk. When we recognize (admit!) that we are sick, we use home anti-microbial remedies and treatments and/or get a prescription for a pharmaceutical drug from our doctor. These treatments help our immune system kill off the pathogenic microbes. Then our immune system and elimination system (lymph, kidneys, spleen and liver mainly) go to work to clean up the mess and get all body systems back in good working order. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Homeopathy?

When I tell people I practice naturopathic medicine, the most common response I hear is “Oh! You use homeopathy!”  Well, yes, I use homeopathic remedies along with botanical and nutritional medicines, lifestyle and nutritional counseling, and home physiotherapy treatments.  I am delighted that so many people have heard of homeopathy.  I’ll explain here a bit about these wonderful, safe, non-toxic medicines. Read the rest of this entry »

Staying Healthy in Stressful Times

When we are in the midst of stressful times, there are some simple, common sense things we can do to help ourselves and loved ones stay healthy.  Moderate stresses push us to learn, grow and adapt.  When stresses are extreme, unusual and/or long-lasting, they deplete and exhaust us.  This level of stress puts a tremendous load on our bodies, especially our heart, blood vessels, adrenal glands, brain, nerves and immune system.  We are then more vulnerable to “catching” colds and flues, having bouts of anger or anxiety, sinking into depressions, and suffering from accidental injuries.  We all have strengths and weaknesses in our bodies and minds.  I think of our weaknesses as our early warning system.  These parts are most vulnerable to being depleted and show us this by creating noticeable symptoms.  The sooner we notice and do things to help, the easier the condition will be to reverse and heal. Read the rest of this entry »

The Body-Mouth Connection: Holistic Medicine and Dentistry

Did you know that your mouth, teeth and gums are part of your body? Of course, you say, that’s obvious! Well, sometime in the history of modern medicine, dentistry became separate form the rest of medicine. Fortunately there are some health-minded, holistic dentists and doctors that understand the connection. But the majority of dentists and doctors are sadly uninformed about some very important issues that greatly affect our health. This is mainly because their professional organizations are keeping with the status quo. We don’t have to wait for the guys on top to inform us, we can inform ourselves. There are very big health issues at stake.  The better informed we are, the better decisions we can make.  We are lucky here in New Mexico.  We have some safe dentists and holistic doctors to help us be healthier and happier. This includes “us” as kids, teens, adults and elders.
I am medically-trained as a holistic, primary care physician. I practice naturopathic medicine in Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Pojoaque. I am available for private consultation, classes and public talks about holistic health and healing. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call me at (505) 986-1370.

Holiday Depression and Suicide

To someone in a depression, the “joy” and “cheer” of the holiday and New Year’s season can be devastating. Watching families celebrating can remind others of the lack or loss of “family” in their lives. Being surrounded by the commercial pressures to buy gifts can be suffocating and overwhelming for someone living on government assistance or a very limited income. The religiousness of the season can invoke deep feelings of guilt and hopelessness in someone already drowning in feeling worthless.
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