Doctor's Notes - Collaborative Natural Health Partners

Forget Flu Season…It’s Elderberry Season!

It’s that time of year again. The shorter colder days of winter bring with them an increased incidence of cold & flu through the entire population. As any teacher or parent can tell you, school children and other individuals who spend their days in close contact with a significant number of other people have an

An update in Nutrigenomics

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians annual conference which focused on nutrigenomics: Nature Vs. Nurture What is Nutrigenomics? It is the effect of nutrients on genetic expression. Today we understand that genes are influenced based on their environment (‘nurture’). It was not long ago that the

5 Lifestyle Hacks to Wake Up Your Thyroid

Hypothyroidism is a significant problem, 12% of U.S. adults will develop this. This isn’t counting the many more patients who have the symptoms (fatigue, constipation, thinning hair, weak reflexes, cold hands and feet) but not the lab values necessary for diagnosis. This is the problem with treating lab values instead of people. Below are some

6 Natural Health Tips for Travel

1. Immune tincture Taking a botanical immune support formula is a great idea to combat in flight germs. This is a very common place for people to report getting sick from. A formula including botanical medicines with antimicrobial actions as well as having an affinity for the Ears Nose Throat and Upper respiratory tract are

Curious about Collagen?

From bone broth to protein bars, collagen is quickly becoming a popular supplemental nutrient for many consumers. Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins found in the body; there are at least 16 different types, helping to make up the structure of skin, bone, cartilage and muscle. While collagen is most renowned for preventing

On BMI

One of the main parameters to measure health in a person in the primary care office setting is a hundred-year-old calculation called the BMI, or Body Mass Index. This measure takes into account a person’s height and weight and categorizes them as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese. The calculation is a simple formula: (Weight

Easy Coconut Flour “Corn” Bread

One of my favorite things to make to bring to a summer BBQ, clam bake or party is coconut “corn” bread. It is very easy to make, and freezes well! I like this version of corn bread as it is actually corn free for those who have sensitivities. It is also tree nut free, peanut

On Anger

Imagine the following scenario: Someone cuts you off on the interstate without signaling. Or, some jerk cuts in front of you in line and you’re already running late. Or maybe your coworker left your favorite cup in the sink again. Your body tenses and your face flushes. You clench and grind your teeth. You literally

Low Stomach Acid and Autoimmunity

Parietal cells are found in the stomach and have 2 very important jobs. First, parietal cells make stomach acid that breaks up a cheeseburger, French fries or a beautiful salad.  This acid is extremely important at helping with digestive motility, breakdown of food to facilitate absorption of nutrients and even helps to prevent reflux of

Struggling with Weight Loss Resistance?

One of the most common patient concerns voiced in the office is, “I want to lose weight.” Most patients have already tried a combination of various medications, crash diets, surgeries and exercise regimens with limited, if any, success. Success rates are so low because there are many complex pathways and chemical messengers mediating the body’s

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