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We’re into the delicious season of mid-summer: ripe fruit, golden corn and lazy summer evenings. Looking around this issue of the Messenger will remind us that we’re also delighting in summer cocktails—so delicious when paired gracefully with fresh fruit or a balmy outdoor meal or concert. Ambrosia of the season!

Recently two young women, both of whom I like and admire tremendously, have approached me on the subject of anxiety. Now coincidentally, my book group just read an encyclopedic, amusing but ultimately disheartening book (My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel) about anxiety. If one of my friends read that

Methylation is one of the hottest topics in alternative medicine circles. If you decide to delve into this topic, you’ll quickly find yourself in a sea of complexity. Despite the intricacies, it is worth knowing something about this process, as methylation influences countless metabolic pathways in the body. Methylation occurs

There are many reasons that any given person with depression might be depressed. Like all illness, depression can have many contributing causes, including past traumas and grief, chronic illness, an inability to perceive where one is “stuck” in life, toxic exposures, and many others. Unfortunately, in the conventional medical world,

Ketogenic refers to a way of eating that shifts the body’s fuel source from mostly sugar (in its various forms: grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy) to mostly fat. When the body burns fat for fuel, the liver takes some of those fats and turns them into water-soluble molecules known as ketones.

According to the National Institute of Health, insomnia is a disorder that affects nearly 60 million Americans. Almost everyone experiences insomnia at one point or another, but often the condition becomes a chronic problem. Some people have trouble falling asleep while others have difficulty maintaining quality sleep. These people do

How many articles or interviews catch the public’s eye by offering a revolutionary, breakthrough, foolproof and easy way to lose weight? You may learn this new information and be intrigued, so you ask your doctor who sadly shakes her head and says, “There’s nothing new under the sun. Just eat

Quality.  This is the most important but most difficult attribute to ascertain. In a profit driven society where industry can more or less monitor itself, there is much room for inferior product. Last year the New York State attorney general office accused Walmart, Target, GNC and Walgreens of selling dietary

I love the growers’ markets. My most frequent pick is the Tuesday market at the Ashland Armory (East Main and Wightman), open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It’s a special insider-y feeling to visit the market when it opens in March or before it closes in the fall: the

As I write this, the sun is shining and the temperature reads 70 degrees. Although inside, I probably should be outside in short sleeves getting my daily dose of vitamin D. Vitamin D has been the subject of a tremendous amount of research in the past decade. Molecularly, vitamin D