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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Happy New Year! Cheers to Your Health!

Happy New Year! Cheers to Your Health!

The past month has no doubt been a clear reminder to many of us that “we are what we eat.” For me it was. While enjoying time with family in beautiful central Oregon, I drifted off my gluten-free, dairy-free diet a couple times and was quickly reminded of the impact of gluten and dairy on…

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Being The Authentic You ... a book to support you

Being The Authentic You … a book to support you

Healing, and living a healthy life, involve more then addressing symptoms on a physical level. Mental, emotional and spiritual well-being are paramount to achieving your wellness goals. As many of you know, my passion is in understanding how each of our bodies respond to stress, the health conditions that result, and how to provide the…

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Gratefulness Under Stress

Gratefulness Under Stress

Isn’t it interesting how we find ourselves in situations that are often more challenging that we ever believed we could endure?  And in that moment of tension, as we experience what it is that we never thought we could do, we find that we are stronger then we ever thought. I hear this from patients…

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