• Stop Middle Age Weight Gain

    Stop Middle Age Weight Gain

    These are my 8 Tips to help you stop menopause weight gain. Estrogen deficiency, the state we find ourselves in once we are in menopause, is associated with insulin resistance and mid center weight gain. Even without changing our exercise routine or diet, women face an increased risk of weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease, just by going through the normal stages of aging. ...
  • Bringing light to LGBTQ health

    Bringing light to LGBTQ health

    Importance of practitioner-patient understanding and communication in LGBTQ health care   In celebration of LGBTQ pride awareness month of June this year, I would like to discuss the importance of LGBTQ health and how it can save lives!  According to health line, the LGBTQ community face discrimination, at home, at work and even by healthcare providers which has been linked to an increase in...
  • High Gay Teen Suicide Rate: How We’re Still Failing Our Vulnerable Youth

    High Gay Teen Suicide Rate: How We’re Still Failing Our Vulnerable Youth

    While recent headlines on NPR screamed, “Nearly half of LGBTQ youth seriously considered suicide,” in Austin, protesters rallied at the Texas State Capitol on May 4, 2021, to stop proposed medical care ban legislation that would criminalize gender-affirming care.  “The Trevor Project estimates that at least one LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13–24 attempts suicide every 45 seconds in the U.S.”  What's wrong...
  • Are Lesbians at higher risk of developing breast cancer?

    Are Lesbians at higher risk of developing breast cancer?

    LGBTQ-specific teachings are very limited in medical schools. This means any additional training is on the onus of the practitioner. One statistic that is often quoted, but not discussed in detail, is that Lesbian women have a higher chance of developing breast cancer. But why?  At this point in the research, the consensus suggests several environmental factors, often coined “cluster of risk factors”, as...
  • Self-care: from one mother to another

    Self-care: from one mother to another

    Increasingly, women in families are asked to wear many hats in addition to being a mother: primary caregiver, cook, housekeeper, breadwinner, nurse, and more. It is essential for anyone in a caregiver role to practice “self-care.” With the busyness of your every day in mind, we want to remind you of something very important: Don’t forget about yourself. Most everyone agrees that a happy mom makes a happy...
  • Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer

    Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer

    Developing breast cancer is the number one concern my patients have before starting hormone therapy. There is so much confusion and misinformation regarding hormone therapy and breast cancer. My goal is to educate about the actual risk hormones play in the development of breast cancer so women can approach menopause empowered rather than with fear. I have seen even the most well-intentioned physicians be...
  • What are good supplements to take as a woman?

    What are good supplements to take as a woman?

    Women often wear many hats including taking care of the health of everyone who lives under their roof.  In this feat of daily multitasking, sometimes women prioritize their loved ones’ health over their own.  I would like to impart some tips on how women can support their health.  One way to show yourself self-love and respect is to make the effort to prepare healthy...
  • Alcohol, Hormones, and Metabolic Health

    Alcohol, Hormones, and Metabolic Health

      Alcohol is probably the single most common variable contributing to difficulty losing weight and hormone imbalance. So many of my patients live a clean lifestyle with organic eating, low sugar intake, healthy amounts of exercise, and meditation BUT may also drink 2-3 drinks 3-5x/week. They do not feel as good as they want and many struggle with hormonal imbalances and difficulty losing weight....
  • Foods & Supplements for Estrogen Detoxification

    Foods & Supplements for Estrogen Detoxification

    Epigenetics and Estrogen – How our Lifestyle Choices Can Affect Our Hormones   Our lifestyle choices can influence how we experience our superpower hormone, estrogen. For us to be and feel hormonally balanced, estrogen cannot be too high or too low.    "Estrogen should be produced and then processed and cleared efficiently from our bodies."     Detoxification, the process of transforming estrogen into metabolites...
  • Is ginseng good for immune system?

    Is ginseng good for immune system?

    American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) grows mainly in North America (Wisconsin and Canada). Native American tribes used the root as a stimulant and to treat headaches, fever, indigestion, and infertility. American ginseng had becomeone of the most popular food/herb in China since middle of 17 century. Today, 70-80% harvested American ginseng is exported to China each year.   "Chinese people believe that regular consumption of...
  • Women's Health Supplements

    Women's Health Supplements

    By Bren Boston MD I would like to impart some tips on how women can support their health.  Women often wear many hats including taking care of the health of everyone who lives under their roof.  In this feat of daily multitasking, sometimes women prioritize their loved ones’ health over their own. Let us remind ourselves that we deserve to dedicate time and effort to our own...
  • SEX! Can Make or Break a Relationship.

    SEX! Can Make or Break a Relationship.

    by Rachael Ross, MD, PhD   Functional Care and Sexual Medicine Sex can make or break a relationship. The desire to be sexual with another person is a natural and healthy human impulse. But the skills to be open to enjoy it while also being knowledgeable and confident enough to become a great lover are not a given. These are learned skills. Does an award-winning...
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