General Natural Health

Iodine: The Critical But Forgotten Mineral

  You’ve You’ve probably noticed the small disclaimer on every salt package, “This salt supplies iodide, a necessary nutrient,” or “This salt does not contain iodide, a necessary nutrient.” But have you ever wondered why? Iodine is a trace element essential for a number of critical functions in the body, including fetal brain development, immune support, and thyroid and breast health. Yet…

3 Ways to Amp Up Happiness

The happiness movement is in full gear with piles of positive psychology research and even a happy magazine (“Like” Live Happy magazine on Facebook for daily tips to amp up your smile). Most of us already sense how we can get happy but now research backs what our gut’s been telling us. Live Happy tips: Vitamin D. Before the skin…

How much vitamin D should you take? Depends on who want to listen to.

The now world famous sunshine vitamin is more than merely a nice have, ultimately D converts to a hormone and hormones have the power to unlock a long list of processes in your body — I mean long.  Made primarily from your skin’s exposure to sun or through supplementation, if you’re low in D you put yourself at risk for…

Why I added mammogram back last year (but won’t this year)

Updated: April 6th, 2015  Adding mammogram or not? Now, I’m not sure. Why I changed my mind and had a 3D mammogram last year: Last year I spoke to a nurse at my imaging center and told her I stopped doing mammograms because I didn’t want repeated radiation (beyond what we all get day to day (See this link to…

Are you afraid to fire your doctor? I say don’t let the door hit her in the a……

Healers heal with more than their medicine. Bedside manner sinks into our reactive minds and cells and makes a difference – Laura This summer at the beach I found out I had the dreaded shingles (Here’s my shingles story and how I got rid of this nasty crud). I’m 47ish, healthy and not under extreme stress. My case was fortunately mild, likely caused…

No more mammogram. Breast cancer prevention tips. Safer breast screening methods.

I recently did my breast screening. Three-prong approach. No mammogram. Doctor exam, breast thermography and an ultrasound in two weeks. NO mammogram unless my thermography comes back suspicious and even then, I might opt for an MRI. I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I don’t think big business is trying to screw us at every turn.  I do think many lack a corporate conscience,…

cure anxiety, cure depression, kavinace, holistic healing, natural cures for mood disorders

Letter to the anxious, the panicked, the depressed: Healing starts here.

(Picture courtesy of: FreeDigitalPhotos.net) It astounds me how many people today are desperate for help to manage their long-time anxiety and depression.   Many people have been caught, some for decades, in a medication loop with their doctors. Numerous physicians with the best intentions, simply practice what they know — conventional symptom-based medicine, rather than applying a functional, holistic and integrative…

Are your kids getting enough vitamin D? Likely not.

You might think your kids are getting enough vitamin D but a 2009 study published in Pediatrics found that 9 percent of kids ages 1 to 25 were deficient in vitamin D and 61 percent were low. The researchers linked their findings to increased cardiovascular risk. Kids with levels less than 30 ng/mL of vitamin D were more likely to have low serum calcium…

Vitamin D Deficiency May Contribue to Crohn’s Disease

Research findings suggest that low levels of vitamin D may contribute to Crohn’s and other inflammatory bowel diseases. This inexpensive vitamin, actually a hormone, may alleviate Crohns symptoms in some patients. And because Crohns often has a genetic components, taken prophylactically, vitamin D may prevent Crohn’s’ siblings and offspring from manifesting the disease. Crohn’s is a chronic condition characterized by inflammation…

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