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Vitamin D – Its’ Role in the Immune System and Minority Populations

When the leaves start turning colors in the Midwest, I naturally start re-educating my patients on the importance of vitamin D, especially this year. This essential vitamin does wonders by helping our bodies fight off viruses, colds and upper respiratory tract infections which become more prevalent as the weather dips, and the immune system naturally Read More

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Lyme Lessons – Prevention – Part 3

Lyme disease is prominent in the Midwest. In part 1 of the series, we discussed routes of transmission (conventional and some not-so-conventional). Part 2 we discussed signs, symptoms and treatment for Lyme disease. In the final part of this series, it’s time to talk about prevention. The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to Read More

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Treating viruses without fear

The coronavirus has created quite an uproar in the media. Deaths. Infections. Masks … Lots of masks. Hysteria. Quarantine. Travel bans. I bought a bubble and decided I’ll live in it for the next few months. Just kidding. What I’ve learned in health is that fear rarely solves problems. It usually makes people act hysterical Read More

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Heavy Metal Testing

Heavy metals are around us everywhere in our water and our environment. Homes built prior to 1978 have increased incidence for lead paint and pipes. Many beauty products are not regulated by the FDA and have a variety of chemical and heavy metal toxicants present. If you have a silver filling in your mouth, it Read More

Thyroid Health

Thyroid Disease: A Feminist Issue

I have had SO many women dismissed from their western medicine providers when coming into my office with symptoms of fatigue, inability to manage weight, body temperature dysregulation, poor sleep, change in mood, hair loss/brittle nails/skin changes, bowel changes and more. These ladies have two tests done if lucky (TSH and T4) which usually come Read More

ADHD ANXIETY

Back to School – Supporting Anxiety & ADHD

School supply sales are in full swing which means it’s time for the kids to go back to school! This can be an exciting time for children and their parents. But for some families, this time of year can be flooded with stress and anxiety.  The 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) found a 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

Allergies

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