The latest from the Alternative Family Medicine team.

85% of Americans have hypoglycemia also known as low blood sugar. In a study of normal weight women between the ages of 15 and 49, 20% had some sort of dysglycemia meaning unregulated blood sugar.

Blood sugar is a key indicator of risk of cardiovascular disease and risk of stroke, and one of the most important indicators in health.

If you can’t regulate your blood sugar effectively, you are going to have a very hard time stabilizing your symptoms. Your weight, mood, energy levels, sleep, hormone balance, immune system, thyroid function, and many others issues will not resolve without stable blood sugar.

Do you ever experience “hanger”, shakiness between meals or if meals are delayed, difficulty losing weight, trouble falling asleep, waking up at 3 or 4 am for no reason, fatigue, sugar cravings, needing coffee to get through the day, fatigue after meals, headaches, constant hunger? All of these symptoms are signs of blood sugar dysregulation. Now contrary to what you may think, a lot of people with blood sugar dysregulation aren’t necessarily overweight. Many times these people are also fairly healthy eaters. Sometimes it’s a matter of high stress, skipping meals or waiting too long between meals, and/or skipping food for coffee. High sugar, high carbohydrate and highly processed diets are another cause. The good news is that you can fix this naturally. By changing the way eat and supplementing with herbs that help regulate your blood sugar.   read more


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