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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.

Our extended winter delights many sports-minded folks who anticipate a longer ski season and abundant waterways in the coming summer. My good friend Juli (who hates the summer heat) is always happy to have more winter weather. On the other end of the mood spectrum, there are many who succumb

Low libido, or low sex drive, is a common complaint I hear from many of my patients. A low libido is defined as a diminished motivation for sexual activity. This is a difficult topic to cover! Low “motivation” can be the caused by a multitude of factors that range from

A year and a half ago I wrote in this space about getting vitamin D safely from the sun and now we need to talk about getting vitamin D safely without the sun! I’m writing this column on the shortest and darkest day of the year. When there is mid-day

“Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the window except that the birds might eat them.” -Martin Fischer, MD If you notice that the holiday meals have left you with searing pain in your midsection, you may not care a great deal whether it is called heartburn, acid

In 2011, NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” introduced us to Treat Yo Self Day. It’s not a birthday or Christmas, but a day of the year when you splurge on yourself. In the words of Tom and Donna, “Clothes? Treat yoself. Fragrances? Treat yoself. Massages? Treat yoself. Mimosas? Treat yoself.” There’s

Winter is upon us and again my office is bustling with folks struggling with viral and bacterial respiratory tract infections. The silver lining to dealing with these illnesses is that they are remarkably responsive to naturopathic cures. Here are three reliable treatments I recommend for the common chest cold. Usnea

In last month’s column I suggested that people obtain their genetic information by sending in their saliva (and $199) to, and thereby gain access to a wealth of genetic information. I said I would share the story of one particular woman this month. Her name is Julie and she

Thanksgiving can be a difficult holiday. The days are short on sunlight, the weather is damp and cold and the trees are bare. It is a time to be with family.  Hopefully this is an enjoyable experience!  (Jonny Carson once quipped “People travel thousands of miles on Thanksgiving to be

Genetic testing was once done only for medical research or personal disease risk where there is a strong family history. No more! Anyone can now obtain detailed information on tens of thousands of genes (amid a total of 3 billion different human genes) by visiting and sending in a