By Kari Gulin, MSW, RSW Have you ever driven your car and when you arrive at your destination, you have no memory of the drive there? Our thoughts are elsewhere and it can be challenging to focus on what is right in front of us. Studies confirm that most of us are mentally checked out at least half of the time. As humans, we live
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND A new term of postnatal depletion was coined by an Australian Doctor, Oscar Serralach, MD a few years back. It describes constellation of symptoms that can occur after pregnancies (usually multiple pregnancies), where the body takes a long time to fully recover energetically, hormonally and emotionally. The science behind the diagnosis is that during pregnancy, a mother’s body becomes depleted
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND One thing that I’m very passionate about is preventative healthcare. There is so much we can do with nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, targeted supplements and understanding your personal risk factors. On a very basic level, something as simple as how you fill your grocery cart is part of preventative medicine. For example, one clear area where preventive care is often
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND and Nicole McMurray, B.Sc, RMT For the average person, our bone mass peaks when we are in our 30’s, and then starts to decline from that point on. So, we wanted to share some things everyone can do to improve their bone health. When most of us think about improving bone density, we think of calcium and calcium rich foods.
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND Do you still have thyroid symptoms while on medication? Were you diagnosed with hypothyroidism, put on medication and expected to feel so much better and still don’t? This is something I hear all the time – my thyroid is underactive, that’s why I’m tired, overweight and my hair is falling out. Really, if your thyroid is optimally treated there should
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND Women commonly come to the clinic with chronic, annoying yeast infections that just won’t clear up with conventional treatment. This is in contrast to the occasional yeast infection coming from too much time in a wet swimsuit, sweaty workout clothes, a new sexual partner or a single round of antibiotics. Common causes of recurring yeast infections include: prolonged or frequent
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND The 40’s for women tend to be a decade with the most significant hormone changes. Menstrual cycles, fertility and even the impact of stress can cause shifts in your hormones. It is extremely helpful to understand the mechanisms of what is happening, and also to test for hormone levels so we can treat the body accordingly. There are so many routes available
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND Let’s take a look together at the health impacts for women of moderate alcohol consumption. I’ve been wanting to write this article for a long time, but have hesitated in starting because it is such a complicated subject! The bottom line is that the impact of moderate alcohol on women’s health is quite different from men, and I really don’t feel that
By Dr Shawna Darou, ND Is a morning routine the secret to health, reduced stress and vitality? I’ve been listening to lots of podcasts lately, and have found it so interesting that many inspirational people have a dedicated morning routine. As a busy doctor and mom, I know it sounds crazy to add one more thing to your list of things to do each day.
By Nicole McMurray, RMT In this article, I’ll share four important ways that massage can help get your body ready for physical activity. Massage therapy can be an excellent tool for preparing your body for the increase in exercise that comes along with spring. The changing of the seasons is sure to bring changes in body, mood and energy levels. It’s important to make sure