These days, the news is full of information about “good” fats and “bad” fats and how important it is to eat the “right” kind of fat. Since fat was the primary dietary villain not that long ago, it’s understandable that people are confused. There are good fats that contribute to good health, including the Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
I’ll never forget the first time I walked into the infusion center with my dear friend who had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. The many chairs were occupied with women receiving chemotherapy, hooked up to IV bags full of red-colored liquid. Only later would I learn that Adriamycin (Doxorubicin) truly lived up to its […]
Two weeks into the pandemic lock down, I could feel myself slipping. The stress of so many big changes happening at once was overwhelming! I needed to figure out immediately how I could continue to work with the many women in my practice who needed my support through their breast cancer treatment…. Our house had […]
It can seem like you’re always hearing about hormones — in the news, social media and especially when talking with your friends. “I have such bad PMS; half the month I’m depressed and the other half I’m so irritable, I can’t be around anyone!” “I’m having horrible hot flashes and am soaking the sheets!” “I […]
As we enjoy the summer solstice, most of us are spending more time outside absorbing the sunlight, and enjoying the longer days. The sun provides us with soothing warmth, energy, and can make us feel more optimistic about life in general. Another wonderful thing that the sun offers, which we are probably less likely to […]
There’s so much to do: shopping for presents, shopping for food, cooking the food, arranging to see lots of friends and family, spending time with friends and family, attending office parties, and more! And through there is the additional message that you “should” smile and be happy.
That is the message I want you to understand. You can be healthier after cancer than you were before you got diagnosed when you learn more about nutrition and implement lifestyle changes.
The word “solstice” comes from the Latin words “sol”, meaning sun, and “stitium”, meaning still or stopped. On this day, the Northern Hemisphere receives more daylight than any other day of the year.
I miss my mom every day but even more so on Mother’s Day. My mom was a gifted artist and painter. She painted her first painting when she was just 15 and luckily it somehow managed to survive 71 years of life.
Fortunately, most of us aren’t forced to walk around thinking about inflammation as part of our daily lives. While we may experience some level of inflammation occasionally, it’s usually mild enough that it passes under our radar.
One of the things I love most about my work is that I, too, am constantly learning. Of course, it goes without saying that I’m always actively learning about the scientific aspects of homeopathic and functional medicine.
I’m writing this as the chicken soup is simmering on top of the stove; Friday evening is the beginning of the first day of the Jewish holiday of Passover, or Pesah.
Early this morning, I walked the labyrinth at the retreat center where I’ve been participating in a course of the PATH method of healing.
This time of year, passion and love seem to be on everyone’s mind. If it isn’t, chocolate, roses and Valentine’s Day cards are sure to remind you of it.
Have you noticed as winter approaches and the daylight lessens, your feelings change? Your motivation to see people and do the things you enjoy really diminishes, and all you want to do is stay home?
With the passing of the Winter Solstice on December 21st, the length of daylight slowly starts to increase with each day until we reach the height of the Summer Solstice on June 21st.
Do you wake every morning feeling confident and ready to take on the day? During the day, do you feel well in body and spirit – calm, supported, and centered? Or are your days a bit more chaotic, full of hasty decisions, negativity, unhealthy choices, and stress?
Most of us are aware that good health requires eating nutritious food. But did you know that allowing your body the time and conditions to eliminate yesterday’s waste is also part of the foundation for your good health?
The news about the flu is saying this year’s version is going to be rough. In addition, the vaccine, which I’m not a proponate of, is only 10% effective, but they are encouraging people to get it anyway.
It’s officially arrived – the Holiday Season of 2017! And with it, we are bombarded by advertisements everywhere we look: on our TV, in newspapers, via social media.
No surprise, but the messages we’re getting from advertisers are pretty far from the reality most of us are living. And sometimes that gap between their fantasy and our reality can make us feel like we’re failing. But that’s just not true! Let me tell you why.
Screenings look for specific genetic defects called BRCA genes (BR for breast; CA for cancer). Discovered as recently as 1994-95, they’ve become a standard of diagnosis in the last 20+ years. The medical community has long suspected that cancer occurs in families or communities that share genetic traits – for example, Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews carrying the BRCA gene have a 2 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer. The discovery of BRCA genes provided solid evidence of shared genetic risk. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are “tumor-suppressor genes.” Their role in the body is to provide instructions to the immune system to repair damage and prevent cancer. […]
There is no better time to see this than with the colors of Fall. The trees are turning beautiful shades of orange, dark red, auburn, hazel or cocoa-colored and the food […]
Time to welcome back the humble blueberry! Learn of its health-giving properties and sample some delicious uses from this beautiful shrub. I know it’s blueberry season when I walk into the Monterey Market in Berkeley and see this: very large containers filled with nothing but fresh, organic and healthy blueberries! Blueberries are an important part […]
This blog was initially going to be about “self care during the holidays”, however this week the office was filled with people in a state of shock and disbelief over the path many people in our country have chosen. I think one of the more distressing things I’ve heard is that in two separate school […]
Earlier this week, I was having lunch with an integrative psychiatrist, and we were talking about how gut health influences both your emotional and mental health. Although I’ve talked about this before, I wanted to put a new insight into how a leaky gut influences your ability to keep boundaries in your personal and professional […]
Guest Blog by Beth T. If you’ve ever been to Carol’s office and been in Treatment Room #1, you have probably noticed that there’s a half dead plant in there. It’s not a small limp thing hiding out in the corner, but an extra large floor plant in an even more enormous oriental pot. For […]
When we think about healthy eating, seeds are an often overlooked. That’s something I’d like to change, for seeds provide an easy and delicious way of getting both protein and good fats as part of an optimal diet. Sunflower Seeds The high oil content in sunflowers seeds provides a main source of polyunsaturated oil and […]
Persimmons are the edible fruit of a number of trees in the species Diospyros. Native to China, the tree was brought to California in the 1800s. The tree is deciduous and grows best in areas with moderate winters and relatively mild summers; perfectly matched for the Bay Area. The Bay Area is home to two […]