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

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Cut the Crap : Getting off Miralax

  If you’ve ever been to my clinic, you know there’s one thing I talk to all my patients about at each visit…. Their poop! Bowel habits are so important to help cleanse the toxic waste products out of our system. If bowels are hanging around in the colon longer than 24 hours, their likelihood Read More

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The Greatest Gift – Being Truly Present During the Holidays

I’m pretty sure I woke up today thinking it was summer and realized that it’s almost December, where did this year go?! I’m not going to stress though, because today I want to talk about getting through the holidays with minimal stress. Most of us love our spouses, children, in-laws, extended family and friends, but Read More

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Winter is coming: Prepare your Immune System now

Hello Winter and Hellooooo Immune System!  As winter approaches, the beautiful bluffs will be glittered with snow and fireplaces will be glowing an amber hue. Oh the beauties of the seasons! What might not be so beautiful, are those illnesses that can accompany the changing of the seasons. In the winter we are typically indoors Read More

GERD

Oh GERD! Relieving Heartburn Naturally

When it comes to enjoying meals with family and friends, it can be a memorable time. For some, the memories are from the time spent with loves ones, for others it’s the miserable feeling of heartburn that radiates through their mind. Today we tackle the diagnosis of “GERD”. Before we get started, I am giving Read More

ADD

Back to School & Addressing Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Article written by: Stephanie Grutz, ARNP, FNP-C What is ADD/ADHD Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are two disorders defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as, “a developmental disorder that is marked especially by persistent symptoms of inattention (such as distractibility, forgetfulness, or disorganization) or by symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity (such Read More

Blue Light

Circadian Rhythm – Warning, this is Not a Dance Move

As I wear my nerd goggles (blue-light blocking glasses), I figured it was better to bust out the keyboard and type down some thoughts on the circadian rhythm and the blue light effect on life. What is a Circadian Rhythm The circadian rhythm is known as the body’s natural clock. Important processes take place during Read More