What to do to reduce overwhelm

What to do to reduce overwhelm

Do you ever feel that there is “just too much to do and not enough time?” I felt that way last week, leading up to the 7th Annual Naturopathic Conference in NYC (continuing education for NDs held on October 9th, 2011) that I plan and direct as President and Executive Director of the New York Association…

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How are Neurotransmitters, Mood and Food Intolerances related?

How are Neurotransmitters, Mood and Food Intolerances related?

As if it is not enough to find out that we can measure and adjust the level of neurotransmitters in your nervous system using nutrients and herbs (see my prior blog here)…who knew that balancing neurotransmitters could also benefit other areas of your body that are out of balance (hormones and immunity).  On the other…

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Could imbalanced neurotransmitters be disrupting your life?

Could imbalanced neurotransmitters be disrupting your life?

In this article, Dr. Doni demystifies neurotransmitters and explains how neurotransmitters can be balanced using nutrients and herbs. Most people think of the nervous system as a mysterious, far-off, known only to few, part of the body. We are not all neurosurgeons after all! Meanwhile, whenever there is a symptom in the body that medicine can not…

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It All Starts With Stress! We all have it, so what can we do about it?

It All Starts With Stress! We all have it, so what can we do about it?

While there are stresses in life that we have little opportunity to decrease, there are a few stresses that we can choose to avoid. Stresses we can avoid: 1. FOOD INTOLERANCES: Stress in the form of foods that trigger an immune response and cause inflammation.  Dairy and gluten are the two most common food intolerances.  A…

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Could a little gluten really be all that bad?

Could a little gluten really be all that bad?

Gluten sensitivity can lead to mysterious, frustrating, or even painful symptoms. A simple change to your diet can change the entire internal body environment, including immune function and hormone balance, and allow the body to heal itself.

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Is your food clean? Is your home green?

Is your food clean? Is your home green?

One of my favorite presentations at the Integrative Health Symposium 2011 was by Dr. Walter Crinnion, a naturopathic physician who specializes in environmental toxicity.   As when I’ve heard Dr. Crinnion speak in the past (he was my professor at Bastyr 14 years ago!), I was incredibly inspired to consider environmental toxicity as a cause…

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Not feeling yourself? Could it be Adrenal Exhaustion?

Are you tired all the time, awake late at night, or waking throughout the night? Do you have cold hands and feet, lightheadedness, fainting, brain fog, headaches, allergies, frequent infections, low thyroid function, menstrual irregularities, blurry vision or cravings for sugar? Are you overwhelmed, worrying-all-the-time, or feeling shaky and irritable between meals, to name a…

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What does sleep have to do with your heart?

What does sleep have to do with your heart?

Sure it makes sense that not getting enough sleep can lead to fatigue, irritability, and even lower immune function, but what does sleep have to do with your heart? A recent study published in the European Heart Journal showed that getting less then 6 hours of sleep per night (or disrupted sleep) can increase your…

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How are you investing in your body?

How are you investing in your body?

Your body is, after all, key to all other productivity and creation in your life, financially and otherwise. It is easy to get distracted with lists of things to do, errands to run, paperwork to complete, bills to pay…and lose track of what your body needs to keep you up and running. In fact, most…

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What does stress have to do with it?

What does stress have to do with it?

Our brains respond to stress of any severity and form (click here to read about examples of stress), from skipping a meal to a death in the family. A healthy stress response involves a message from the brain to the adrenal glands (located above your kidneys), followed by a release of cortisol and adrenaline throughout…

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Food Intolerances and Food Allergies?

Ask Dr. Doni: What’s the Difference between Food Intolerances and Food Allergies?

In practice over the past 10 years, the most common question related to food intolerances is “what is the difference between food allergies and food intolerances?” For me the answer brings me back to a research project and presentation on food intolerances that I completed during my residency at Bastyr University. Food allergies (as classically…

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Health Challenges

Could Food Be the Culprit of Your Health Challenges?

My allergy symptoms started at a young age with the spring time pollen in Oregon. I remember sneezing non-stop and sleeping with a roll of toilet paper when I was a Sophomore in college thinking “there has got to be some way out of this!” Soon after, living on coffee and scones to get me…

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Feeling Stressed

6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Feeling Stressed

Ever feel anxious and overwhelmed while racing to appointments or rushing to finish one more thing? Of course you do, you’re human! Even I sometimes find myself stressed out, thinking negative thoughts or not feeling so good (overwhelmed, headache, nausea, or tired). The trick is to be aware enough to catch myself! I find that…

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