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Iron Deficiency – 8 Common Symptoms

Definition of Iron Deficiency: Iron deficiency anemia is a common type of anemia defined by Mayo Clinic as  “a condition in which blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells”.  If you can remember back to biology classes, red blood cells carry oxygen to the body’s tissues and as the name implies, “iron deficiency anemia is Read More

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4 Characteristics of Thriving Survivors

Dealing with a diagnosis of a disease or cancer can be filled with a wide range of emotions. Denial, fear, guilt, sadness, grief, anger, confusion are some common emotions felt throughout a health diagnosis. I have worked with hundreds of clients from the very young to the very old that have dealt with cancer and Read More

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Cannabis 101 – CBD Information

CBD – What’s the “buzz” all about?  Marijuana, weed, pot, hemp, cannabis… There are a lot of slang terms for cannabinoid plants swarming around the nation as more and more states start to legalize this plant for medicinal and recreational use. I grew up with a dramatic story in my brain, this story was given Read More

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Taking the “Ahh-ChoooO” out of Allergies

An allergy is a misguided immune response triggered by eating, touching, or inhaling an irritant. Examples of allergies include pollens, dust mites, molds, animal dander, and certain foods. The environmental allergies usually affect the respiratory system can be the most difficult to control at the peak of their seasons. From my experience, seasonal allergies can Read More

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) an Integrative Approach

Stephanie Grutz, ARNP, FNP-C What is ALS? According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or classical motor neuron disease, is a progressive disorder that disrupts signals to all voluntary muscles.  Many providers use the terms motor neuron disease and ALS interchangeably. Symptoms Read More

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Sinus Infections: Beating the Acute & Chronic Upper Respiratory Bugs

It’s that time of year, when the sniffles, coughs and bugs come home from school and work. We have busy lives and these respiratory viruses can linger. We all know that using antibiotics for viruses are not helpful and can actually harm the gut microbiome, so today we are going to dive deep into these Read More

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Saying goodbye to the past 7 months – Welcoming the next stage

I would say this is a vulnerable post, but not as much now as it would have been a year ago. 7 months ago I was having a drain placed for an abscess (right lower pic). The abscess formed because the area near it was damaged from years of misguided nutrition, immunosuppressant medication and an Read More

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Live Longer with Integrative Cancer Therapies – Part. 1

The Beginning of a Passion: Cancer was never my true passion when I started working in the healthcare field. But it didn’t take long to realize that sometimes you don’t have a choice. My first oncology patient called soon after I opened up my clinic. They reported stage 4 cancer that had metastasized to their 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

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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