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How to Test for Genetic Health Conditions

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Part 2 of Dr. Doni’s Series on How Genetic Mutations Affect Your Health Dr. Doni explains why she recommends genetic testing, the different kinds of tests available, and what they can tell you about your overall health and well-being. In this blog series, I will be talking all about genetic mutations, how you can easily test for them, how they can affect your health, and what you can do to address them. Testing for and addressing genetic mutations is one of the newest approaches in healthcare and one that many… Read the rest

Genetic Health Conditions: An Introduction

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Part 1 of Dr. Doni’s Series on How Genetic Mutations Affect Your Health Dr Doni explains how genetic mutations are often at the root of poor health and explains how the effects can be minimized, often with very simple treatment. Many people suffer with chronic health conditions such as fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and pain. In some cases a diagnosis is determined—such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, generalized anxiety, endometriosis, IBS, or autoimmunity—and medications are prescribed. In other cases, test results appear “normal,” and a person may be left feeling… Read the rest

Top 10 Sleep Tips for Sleep Awareness Week 2015

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Dr. Doni, author of The Stress Remedy, offers 10 simple tips for you to get a good night’s sleep. Did you know that this week was Sleep Awareness Week? Organizations like the National Sleep Foundation and others participate in a public education and awareness campaign to promote the importance of sleep. Each year, Sleep Awareness Week ends with the “spring ahead” clock change to Daylight Saving Time (don’t forget—it’s this Sunday!). Since 2002, the National Sleep Foundation has been conducting a series of polls on a range of sleep-related topics,… Read the rest

Stress and Sleep Problems

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Part 12 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia Dr. Doni, author of The Stress Remedy, explains how stress wreaks havoc on sleep. She suggests things you can do to get a good night’s sleep even while stressed. Here we are—at the end of this blog series on the things that disrupt your sleep and the steps you can take to get yourself back to sleeping well again. Since research shows that 8 out of 10 people don’t get good sleep, it is quite likely that each of… Read the rest

How Low Melatonin Can Affect Your Sleep

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Part 11 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia Dr. Doni, author of The Stress Remedy, explains how melatonin works to control our sleep/wake cycle and gives advice on what to do if things go wrong. Sleep. One of the most important things we can do for our health and yet research indicates that a huge number of people get less than seven hours of sleep each night.1,2 At the same time, lack of sleep increases risk of cancer, heart disease, depression, diabetes, and simply not feeling well… Read the rest

Hormones and Sleep Disruption in Menopause and Peri-menopause

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Part 10 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia Dr. Doni, author of The Stress Remedy, explains how changes in estrogen and progesterone levels can affect your sleep, and what you can do about it. We spend, on average, one third of our lives sleeping and during that time, hormones in our bodies direct healing, growth, and restoration. Without those critical hours of sleep, we are left vulnerable to infections, metabolic disturbances, weight gain, inflammation, and oxidative stress. This is why it’s so important that we do what… Read the rest

How Imbalanced Neurotransmitters Affect Your Sleep

Insomnia and Imbalanced Neurotransmitters

Part 9 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia Dr. Doni, author of The Stress Remedy, explains how, when your nervous system is imbalanced, you won’t sleep well. She explains how to return to balance and sleep. We started off this series by discussing 12 possible causes of insomnia: Timing Environment Waking to use the bathroom Blood sugar imbalance Elevated cortisol Weight gain Inflammation and pain Food sensitivities Imbalanced neurotransmitters (this post) Hormonal changes Low melatonin Stress So far, over the course of this sleep series, we’ve looked… Read the rest

How Food Sensitivities Can Interfere with a Good Night’s Sleep

How food can affect your sleep

Part 8 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia Dr. Doni, author of The Stress Remedy explains how food sensitivities can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. She offers advice for breaking the cycle. We started off this blog series by discussing 12 potential causes of insomnia: Timing Environment Waking to use the bathroom Blood sugar imbalance Elevated cortisol Weight gain Inflammation and pain Food sensitivities (this post) Imbalanced neurotransmitters Hormonal changes Low melatonin Stress Today I’ll be covering the eighth possible cause for disrupted sleep—food… Read the rest

How Stress and Weight Gain are Related

How Stress and Weight Gain are Related

Dr. Doni was quoted in an article this week in the Health News section of NorthJersey.com. The piece, “How stress can affect your waistline” was written by Danielle Rose, a friend and patient of Dr. Doni’s. As I often say, stress is a natural condition of life. While we can’t eliminate stress, we can seek to manage it better so that we smooth out the peaks and valleys of your body’s stress response. The “fight or flight” syndrome, directly linked to adrenaline responses to stress, has been a biological factor… Read the rest

How Inflammation and Pain Affect Your Sleep

How are insomnia and inflammation related?

Part 7 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia Dr. Doni, author of The Stress Remedy, explains how inflammation and pain are common reasons for waking during the night and offers solutions to break the cycle. We are mid-way through this 12-part series discussing causes of disrupted sleep. Research indicates that lack of sleep can take years off your life and lead to major health concerns. Understanding and addressing what is preventing you from getting good sleep is one of the best things you can do for your… Read the rest

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