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Healing the Brain after Injury

I had a wonderful opportunity to attend an integrative neurobiology conference a few weeks ago in Scottsdale, Arizona! I’m always looking for ways to find  healing solutions to health concerns without long term reliance on medications, if able. This conference was a great opportunity to do just that! With any new patient, I always assess Read More

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An Itchy Situation… Treating Chronic Skin Irritation

Have you ever had skin that itched so bad and the itch wouldn’t go away? Have you ever had hives from an unknown trigger? Chronic hives, also called chronic urticaria, causes an itchy, red rash on the skin. Many times people will go to their providers to be placed on oral or topical steroids and antihistamine medications. Read More

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Everyday is Earth Day

Simple steps to creating a healthier planet Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year. 1. Read More

Stress

Fatigued? Your Adrenal Glands Might Need Support

You might have read or have heard about a seemingly new “buzzword” in the Western culture over the past few years- the adrenal glands. The adrenals are two thumb sized glands that sit on top of the kidneys and are a part of the endocrine system. They help modulate many actions in our bodies, including release Read More

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Alzheimer’s – Brain Inflamed

If I can choose a term to describe myself, I would say I am a self-proclaimed ‘old soul’. From childhood to my first job as a nurse practitioner, I volunteered and worked with the aging adult population. This aging population has always attracted me with their vast & countless experiences in life, like living history Read More

Super Soul Sunday

Finding the Spirit Within

When I write my spiritual posts, I often wonder “what do others think of me for writing this”? I am supposed to be a nurse practitioner, not a Gandhi wanna-be, right? What I started finding out with my personal journey to health and healing, I found out how powerful the brain actually is. It can Read More

Winter Blues

Wintertime Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Winters can be brutal no matter where we live. In Iowa, we get the opportunity to witness unseasonably warm temps one day, and then  -30 degrees the next. We just never know! Literally, this week the temperature went from 40 to 14 degrees in 1 day, with freezing rain to add! These varying temps can Read More

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Women’s Cardiovascular Health: Not all in the Heart

When I look at the females on both my parents side, I should feel doomed for cardiovascular disease and death. My great grandmother had congestive heart failure, my grandmother has heart disease and had a heart attack in her 60’s. At least five of my aunts have had cardiovascular disease or symptoms prior to the Read More