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Between 50 and 70 million American adults have a sleeping disorder.

Insufficient sleep creates short term problems like decreased job productivity, difficulty focusing at work, low libido, and dangerous driving. Long term ramifications of sleep disorders are related to chronic health conditions like pain, inflammation, weight gain, depression, anxiety, and autoimmune disease.

Sleep is incredibly important for your body to be able to recover and heal.

Sleep is a warning symptom that something has really gone wrong in one or multiple organ system.  It is important not to address the symptom of sleep but figure out what is causing the sleep issue.  Each issue relating to sleep dysfunction is different and needs a specialized treatment protocol.  The treatment for someone not being able to fall asleep verses someone who wakes up multiple times per night is a different mechanism.  The idea is not to just supplement to fall asleep with herbs or medications.  It is important to find the cause, then address the issues, and the sleep should be fixed as a result. read more


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Early physicians did not use drugs to work on depression, they actually used lifestyle changes and took a good long look at the diet. Much different than the paradigm our mental health community is using today.  It may seem strange that these mental health doctors used to look at the gut. You might be wondering why they would look at the gut for a brain issue.

One Piece of the Puzzle: Neurotransmitters

The truth is around 90% of neurotransmitters are made in the gut. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers for the brain. 

It has become common knowledge that antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs “cure” mental illness and today they are some of the most prescribed and sold drugs.  Lots of people believe it is their only treatment option. They are so commonly used that they have around 30 million users. Most of the users of antidepressants are women.  An astonishing 1 in 7 women are being medicated and 1 in every 4 women between the ages 40 and 50 are using antidepressants. This is an extraordinary number of women that don’t feel well and are struggling with major symptom of depression. read more


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Learn the right way to identify and avoid the common triggers for migraine headaches In 7 simple steps.

How exactly does one cure a chronic problem such as a migraine headache? When the dreaded migraine starts, it is all you can do to go lay in a silent, dark room. Unfortunately, our busy hectic lives do not allow us the luxury of laying in bed for a couple hours a couple times a month. The migraine headache has certainly been demonized but it is a warning symptom to tell you that something is not functioning properly in your body. I am going to go through an incomplete list of 7 simple steps to identify and avoid the common triggers for migraine headaches. read more