Thoughts on mothers, nurturing, and family medicine

I can’t believe it’s May and that summer is just around the corner! As Mother’s Day approaches, I wanted to pause and express deep gratitude for mothers everywhere, and those women in our lives who are nurturing, loving, inspiring and supportive. When I think of mothers I think of families and I am so grateful [...]

The effects of stress on your health

So many of my patients, friends, and family members are just so overwhelmed these days.  I wonder, are we actually experiencing more stress? Or are we simply becoming more aware of it? Stress, and its repercussions, play a major role in our day to day health.  Learning how to become mindful of our actions, and [...]

Advocating for a better standard of care for pain management

Integrative and Functional Medicine advocacy and peer organizations recently put out a call for practitioners in the field to comment on a new Federal program to examine gaps in Pain Management in this country. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 led to the creation of the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task [...]

Why is gut health so important?

It’s been estimated that approximately 70% of Americans have some sort of digestive related symptom or disease. The digestive tract also affects health throughout the body. Our gastrointestinal tract is a highly sensitive system of organs. Even though most of us would only recognize typical IBS symptoms, many people don't realize an imbalance in the [...]

Sacred Witness

I’ve been reflecting this week on all the ‘stuff’ - the cultural and self expectations that come with my roles of physician, mother, wife, friend, and daughter; never mind the uncharted and less defined territory of Integrative Medicine physician. As a doctor practicing Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine the definitions and expectations are not as [...]

Three healthy steps for offsetting holiday sugar consumption

Even the most sugar averse health nut considers indulging when the holidays roll around. In true LIVE IT fashion, this is even true for my staff and me this time of year. In other words, our philosophy is that a little bit of anything won’t kill your healthy lifestyle. That said, every year I see [...]

INCORPORATE: Five healthy lifestyle changes for good health

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try - John F. Kennedy One of the key principles in Dr. Julie Reardon's LIVE IT Philosophy, and the first "I" word in that acronym is the idea, INCORPORATE. The LIVE IT Philosophy is something Dr. Reardon coined years ago to help her remember the Integrative Medicine model [...]