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Keeping the Family Healthy this Winter

When kids go back to school, the germs come out to play. It doesn’t help that there is an increased risk for illness as the months progress: school, colder weather, holidays and diets can all play a role in decreased immune function during the Fall and Winter seasons.  One of the most frequent questions I’m Read More

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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

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

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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Hormonal Birth Control : A Confusing Situation

Hormonal Birth Control, a confusing situation I have a lot of women come into my office asking advice about treating hormonal related symptoms while they are on hormonal birth control. There are a lot of factors to take into account and it is a heavy subject. This blog post will discuss hormonal contraceptives as a Read More

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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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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

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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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