Adrenal Fatigue?

People are tired.  This is a fact of our times.  Adrenal fatigue is the label given to an endocrine problem that involves more than the adrenals.  The accurate medical term is HPA dysregulation meaning the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal axis.  The control tower for the endocrine system is in the brain.   Cortisol is the stress hormone produced by the adrenals and is high in 85% ‘adrenal fatigue” cases.  Find out why and how other hormones are involved.

The Real Goods on Meditation

The Real Goods on Meditation

Self-care and stress management can feel like just one more item to add to our to-do list.  How can we talk about meditation without making it one more thing that stresses us out? Anyone can meditate. There are many approaches and none are wrong.  All of them have...

15 Sleep Solutions You Can Do

15 Sleep Solutions You Can Do

Sleep is a big deal   Especially when two-thirds of adults don't get the minimum required to meet basic physiological requirements.  In fact, less than 7 hours per night can shorten lifespan significantly.  Inflammation increases when we miss a night of good sleep....

Epigenetics are Awesome

Epigenetics are Awesome

Science no longer sees genetics a blueprint that is set in stone. In the last two decades we’ve learned that biological inheritance is much more complex and strongly influenced by environmental factors. How we live can actually create molecular changes that...

Taking the Good Out of Food

Taking the Good Out of Food

A couple snapshots on food from clinic: My patient, “I was thinking about fasting on bone broth. Do you think that would help right now.” Me, “No. I do not.” My patient “You mean its best if I keep eating?” Me, “Yes. I’d...

Rewire the Brain to Break the Trauma Cycle

Rewire the Brain to Break the Trauma Cycle

Stress and trauma change our brains. Any human, when squeezed hard enough, experiences overwhelm. What’s interesting is how we respond to trauma. Any moment that is too overwhelming at the time lives within us until the are the resources to integrate it. Every...

Insomnia and Sleep Deprivation

Insomnia and Sleep Deprivation

Lack or sleep is associated with several health concerns. Depression, memory problems and metabolic issues are just a few.  Recent in-depth studies show that adults require between 7-9 hours of sleep per night.  Younger people including college age people need more...

The Danger of Hyperglycemia

The Danger of Hyperglycemia

Hyperglycemia leads to pre diabetes which now affects over 1/4 of people in North America.  Diabetes is a serious condition but not the only one that hyperglycemia leads to. Cardiovascular disease, kidney damage, neuropathy, eye disease, tooth infections and skin...

What Actually Works for Stress

What Actually Works for Stress

Recently a friend reminded me that lowering expectations can increase happiness. “Let good by enough. Striving for perfect destroys the good.” Lying down with my son at night I’ve had concerning sensations in my chest I’ve never experienced before.  Studying medicine...

Understanding Cortisol

Understanding Cortisol

Many people have high total cortisol when experiencing what has commonly been called adrenal fatigue. The term HPA axis (hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal) dysfunction or maladaptation is a more accurate description due to the complex interdependence of glands, cells...

Is intermittent fasting good for you?

Is intermittent fasting good for you?

How are blood sugar, cholesterol & the HPA axis involved? Here's the good news: Intermittent fasting is normal part of our genetic and evolutionary history. Times of feast and famine are a part of many if not all cultures. It's a hormetic stressor, meaning it...

How are hormones affecting you?

How are hormones affecting you?

What causes estrogen dominance, infertility and andropause or male menopause? Our endocrine system has several glands, enzymes, hormones that work together in a complex system of negative feedback loops. Pregnenolone is the precursor to many of our hormone pathways. ...

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