Dr. Daniel Smith
February is American Heart Month, which provides a great opportunity to discuss the most clinically effective ways to prevent cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in the U.S. Heart disease and cancer combined account for almost 50 percent of all deaths each year and affect nearly
Coming into the holidays, we’re often doing a lot of things that can negatively impact our immune system—eating more sugar, drinking more alcohol, and potentially feeling stressed because of schedule or company, or because it’s a hard time of year for other reasons. Also, with the chillier days and loss
2017 has been one of the worst fire seasons in terms of air quality due to smoke precipitate. Wildfire smoke is a combination of particles and gases, both of which can cause damage to sensitive mucosa. For those who suffer from respiratory illnesses, the irritation due to the smoke may
According to the statistics of the American Thyroid Association, over 20 million Americans have been diagnosed with and treated for hypothyroidism. It is likely that an additional 20 million people are suffering with poorly functioning thyroid glands but have received no treatment. The vast majority of patients who seek out
I discuss with my patients the benefits of changing their eating habits. However, patients often become overwhelmed by the process of reviewing and selecting specific recipes. I have found that offering recipes is the best way to help them through this process. Here are three recipes I have found to
Gout is an extremely painful condition characterized by recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis. Usually one joint becomes swollen, red, tender and warm. About 50% of the time, it is the big toe, but other joints may be involved. Gout occurs when uric acid (a natural waste product of protein
I am increasingly concerned by the degree to which the medical establishment endorses the use of sunscreen. I am also disturbed by the extent to which people who are otherwise concerned about what goes into their body (e.g. they eat organic food) seem quite willing to slather a chemically laden
Although chronic disease leads to a great deal of suffering, my experience is that these conditions are extremely responsive to inexpensive lifestyle changes. Chronic disease is defined as any ongoing, degenerative condition that does not resolve within three months. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, obesity and arthritis are examples.
As I naturopathic practitioner, I treat my patients holistically. This implies that my cures not only involve treating the whole body but also helping patients reconnect with the natural world. To that effect, I will devote this article to persuading my audience to spend time outdoors. I would like to
Asthma is chronic inflammatory condition of the airways of the lungs caused both by environmental and genetic factors. This inflammation leads to swollen, sensitive airways which tend to react strongly to certain inhaled substances. When the airways react, the muscles around them tighten, resulting in a condition known as bronchospasm.