Trauma Relief

In terms of societal goals, reducing childhood trauma is something we could probably all agree upon. One of the ways that researchers have measured childhood trauma is by looking at the number of different types of traumatic events that a child experiences.  These are termed adverse childhood events and given the acronym ACEs. One of the […]

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Essential Oils

3 Tips to Invite Clarity & Tranquility with Essential Oils Aroma acupoint therapy is the art of skillfully applying essential oils onto specific meridians of the body. Utilizing the energetics that plants provide makes for a truly creative and revitalizing experience.  Next time you find yourself in a quiet space, give these a try. Bergamot: […]

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Immune Assessment

From the desk of Dr. Rak – One of my interests in medicine is the study of inappropriate immune responses.  These responses can manifest as seasonal allergies, food sensitivities, or autoimmunity.  When the immune system is devoting effort to non-infectious causes, this often allows infectious pathogens to exist in the body unaccounted for.  Lately, I […]

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#MoveinMay

What better time to focus on dusting off those running shoes, tuning up your bike, or finding that old tennis racket than National Physical Fitness and Sports Month?  Remember: you don’t have to be an elite athlete to get out and move.  All you need is to carve out 30 minutes daily to start incorporating […]

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Stress and Gut Bacteria

Understanding the relationship between your gut and brain is key to optimizing digestion and improving stress levels. These two seemingly separate organs are strongly connected via the vagus nerve. This nerve delivers messages between the enteric and central nervous system. Eating while in a state of stress causes decreased absorption of nutrients by reduction of […]

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Keep Those Peels

We are all accustomed to peeling fruits and vegetables, tossing away the rinds.  But what if these seemingly inedible plant parts are actually beneficial to us?  As it turns out, the rinds of many fruits are loaded with powerful phytochemicals that nourish, detoxify, and scavenge free radicals found within our bodies. Here’s a list of […]

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Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup: A Household Staple Are you wondering why everyone around you seems to be talking about elderberries these days? With this years’ flu outbreaks and recurrent upper respiratory infections, we cannot get enough of these dark blue berries. They’re rich in Vitamin C and are powerful allies in combating colds and flu and can […]

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Breathe

Breathe Freely and  Naturally With These Tips: Magnesium A key component in relieving muscle spasms, magnesium is essential in relaxing muscles around the lungs, which has been shown to ease breathing. Anti-Inflammatories The allergic/inflammatory pathway in the body is heavily linked to breathing difficulties, especially asthma. Ingest more foods rich in omega fatty-acids, green tea, […]

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Cancer Care

Did you know that besides being an amazing Primary Care Physician, Dr. Suzanne also specializes in Naturopathic Oncology? If you or anyone you know is currently in or recovering from cancer treatment, Dr. Suzanne is an expert in weaving natural medicine therapies into conventional treatments. She also loves to educate patients on preventative measures to ensure that […]

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Survival of the Fittest

Keeping the Upper Hand During Cold and Flu Season Bacteria have increasingly gained leverage in the tug-of-war that occurs when they invade our body. They have continued to learn from these battles and modify their strategies accordingly, all for one evolutionary reason — survival. One key mechanism is resistance. This process may be learned from […]

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