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Challenges of Stress Management

// Anne Thiel, ND

Stress management is frequently a focus of patient intervention which can be improved upon by digging into the nuances of how, when, and what to use in support of this crucial conversation.


HPA Axis Supplements Which Support Optimization

Reports suggest that 60–80% of visits to primary care are stress-related. It should come as no surprise that supporting HPA axis homeostasis is a significant clinical goal and one which requires differing HPA axis supplement recommendations for different stages and to meet individual need.


The History and Benefits of Eleuthero

// Maxine Fidler, MS, ND

Eleutherococcus senticosus, or Eleuthero, is an adaptogenic herb native to Russia, China, Korea, and Japan.*1 This article highlights some of the benefits associated with eleuthero, as well as its colorful history and adaptogenic qualities.*


Effects of Stress on Digestion

// Chris Oswald, DC, CNS, CFMP

Stress is something that most people have to deal with on a daily basis. Appropriate levels of stress promote powerful benefits throughout the body, yet when the systems associated with stress are routinely activated, the body may not respond as we would like. The effects of stress throughout the body are quite pervasive and the effects of stress on digestion can be widely occurring.


Personal Insights: Q&A with Dr. Alan Gaby, Nutritional Medicine

After dedicating more than thirty years of his life’s work to the study of nutritional medicine, Dr. Alan Gaby is more firm in his belief than ever: nutritional therapy is a vital treatment approach that needs to be practiced as one of the main components in modern medicine.


Give the Gut a Rest with an Elemental Diet

// Christopher Oswald, DC, CNS, CFMP

Each and every bit of food ingested by an individual must go through the rigorous and well-defined process of the body breaking the food down into usable nutrients, absorbing these nutrients, and ultimately excreting out the waste products for which the body has little to no use. Challenges arise when any of the steps in the digestive process begin to lose efficiency and the body is forced to deal with the sequela of the disturbance.


Berberine Benefits and Dosing Recommendations

// Sarah Cook, ND

In a broad sense, berberine benefits four areas of human physiology: glucose metabolism, lipid metabolism, gastrointestinal health, and cellular health.* The following is a brief discussion of berberine benefits and the associated dosing recommendations.


Probiotic Supplementation for Men and Women

// Anne Thiel, ND

Probiotics are an increasingly important aspect of supporting overall health and wellness as we learn more about the role of the microbiome's influence in health. While there are obvious physiological differences between men and women, there are many similarities and only a few key differences when it comes to considering probiotics.


Personal Insights: Q&A with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald

Within the rapidly expanding field of integrative medicine, Dr. Kara Fitzgerald makes the case that opportunities for physicians are more fruitful than ever. Through her career as an author, blogger, podcaster, and director of her own practice, Dr. Fitzgerald has had invaluable experience in seizing the many opportunities that have come her way.


Exploring the Alarm Stage of General Adaption Syndrome

// Lauren Martin, MS, CNS

The alarm stage of the General Adaption Syndrome is described as the sum of all non-specific systemic phenomena elicited by sudden exposure to stimuli to which the organism is quantitatively or qualitatively not adapted.1 Let’s explore the effects of the alarm stage on the body, defensive mechanisms, and what this means to overall wellbeing.

 

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†† For homeopathic products: these indications are based solely on traditional homeopathic use. They have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.
* For dietary supplements: this statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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