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Beating Negative Thinking During the Holidays Part 2

Posted On Dec 23, 2013

Here’s part 2 of my tips to beat negative thinking during the holidays (and anytime, really). You can read part 1 here. 6. Magnification and Minimization Anne is a 1st grade teacher and she overslept the day of the big holiday program. She rushes to get ready and makes it to school just in time…

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The 10 Stresses of Christmas: Beating Negative Thinking During the Holidays

Posted On Dec 18, 2013

The holiday season can bring a lot of joy and happiness, but it’s also a time when expectations or consequences can bring negative thoughts and high stress. Financial worries, canceled flights, sick loved ones, and pressure to have a perfect holiday are just a few things that increase stress during the holidays. I’ve outlined 10…

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How Vulnerable are You to Stress?

Posted On Dec 04, 2013

  “It is not stress that kills us; it is our reaction to it.”  That quote is credited to Hans Selye, a pioneer in researching the effect of stress on the body. Stress is not inherently bad; in fact, some stress can even be good for you. How much a stressful situation or event affects…

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Good Gluten Gone Bad: Dr. Bakker’s Guide to Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease

Posted On Nov 26, 2013

To gluten, or not to gluten Have you been thinking about going gluten free, but fear the thought of complex recipes using obscure, tasteless ingredients? Many of my patients who want to go gluten free think they are heading for a world of joyless, bland food. But this couldn’t be further from the truth—with accurate…

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You Make Me Sick! 6 Things That Can Weaken Your Immune Response

Posted On Nov 19, 2013

You awake to a stuffy nose, achy body, 5 alarm headache, and feeling like you slept all of 20 minutes. Sick? But how? You stocked up on vitamins, wash your hands more than you’d like to admit, and keep your distance from anyone with the faintest cough. But you’ve also been extra stressed, not sleeping…

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The Link Between Stress and Autoimmune Disorders

Posted On Nov 07, 2013

  To understand the connection between stress and autoimmune disorders, we’ll need to start with the adrenal glands–those two tiny, triangular glands atop your kidneys that defend your body from stress using the hormone cortisol. Cortisol performs many vital functions in the body, from responding to small cuts to helping the body rebound from a…

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Recipes: Marinated Vegetable Kebabs, Lentil Curry with Cauliflower, Green Bean Salad

Posted On Oct 22, 2013

The bright colored vegetables in this entree are packed with essential vitamins and antioxidants. Serve with brown rice and mixed green salad. If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for several hours before using. Marinated Vegetable Kebabs 1 small red onion 1 yellow or red bell pepper 1 small zucchini 6-9 small mushrooms 1…

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Gourmet Healthy Smoothies featuring Adrenal POWER Powder–Pumpkin Pie, The Red Gringo, and The Cocolotta

Posted On Oct 10, 2013

Do you take Adrenal POWER Powder? If not, here’s what you’re missing: a quick-acting, natural energy boost doubled with vitamins, minerals, herbs, and glandular extracts to support your stress response system. Adrenal POWER Powder can be mixed into milks and certain juices for a quick fix, but our resident chef Scott Brynaert developed some healthy…

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The Not-So-Good Effects of Caffeine

Posted On Oct 03, 2013

I’m shocked by the amount of practitioners making diet and lifestyle recommendations to their patients without discussing the effects of coffee and caffeine. For one, coffee tends to exacerbate high blood pressure symptoms. Over the years I’ve seen the coffee/high blood pressure link in many of my patients, particularly coffee drinkers on blood pressure medication(s)….

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8 Things You Can Do to Make Daily Life Better (and Healthier)

Posted On Sep 19, 2013

When it comes to good health, much of it relies on the little day-to-day things we do to take care of ourselves. With busy jobs, kids, and increased stress, it can be easy to skimp on these things, but we always pay the price with low energy and higher stress. Here’s a guide to 8…

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