With Spring finally really here many of us feel an increase in
energy and aliveness, both physically and mentally. We often
increase our exercise ( in preparation for events such as the
Bolder Boulder), we deep clean our house, we put in the garden,
and we have extra energy for all of the other projects that we
put on hold during the winter. One of the unexpected side
effects of the increase in daylight hours and warmer
temperatures can be for some people an increased difficulty
with sleep. People can have problems falling asleep, staying
asleep, or both. Naturopathic medicine has been very
successful with stabilizing sleep patterns. Stress, anxiety, diet
and hormones can all play roles in creating your sleep
patterns. By balancing these factors with expert naturopathic
medical support , we can tailor a program that as one of its
side benefits, can improve the quality and quantity of your
|Treating Early-Morning Awakening with Bright Light Therapy
This study evaluated the effects of bright light therapy in 24
healthy adult men with early-morning awakening insomnia.
Participants received either the bright light condition (2500-lux
white light) or the control (dim red light) condition. The
investigators measured rectal temperature and urinary
melatonin rhythms before and after the 2 evenings of light
therapy. Subjects receiving the light intervention were
presented with light while they watched television from 8:00
pm to midnight on the first day, and from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am
on the second night of the study. The investigators monitored
sleep and daytime functioning with sleep diaries, activity
monitors, and mood scales before light therapy and for 4
weeks during the follow-up period. From Medscape
|Progesterone and Sleep
A woman's hormonal balance can also affect her sleep, among
other things. In past newsletters I've written about estrogen
dominance. Estrogen dominance, which increases in frequency
as women approach menopause and ovulation slows down and
eventually ceases, means by definition, a decrease in
progesterone since ovulation stimulates progesterone
secretion. Among some of the many things a proper balance of
progesterone does for a woman's body, is to increase the ease
and depth of her sleep. Many women around the age of 35-40
notice their PMS , acne, anxiety, and menstrual flow increasing
while the quality of their sleep decreases. Progesterone, as
well as being a byproduct of ovulation, acts as a natural
sedative for those who are deficient. Naturopathic physicians
are the only healthcare practitioners who are fully and properly
trained in the use of natural botanical sources of progesterone.
For more information, please call our office at (303)443-2206.
|Taking (and Cracking) the Homeopathic Case
My patients often wonder how I choose the proper homeopathic
remedy for them. Homeopathy, as many of you know is a
main area of expertise of mine. I enjoyed learning about the
mind/body connection and I became intrigued when I
saw how deeply patients healed when they were prescribed
the proper remedy. Often what leads me to the remedy in
addition to the patient's story is how they present to me. One
my mentors used to say that the whole case can be seen in the
first 5 minutes that they walk in the door. Even in very
complicated cases when I finally crack the
case, I look back and see that often it was all there from the
beginning but I just wasn't able to see it yet.
does the patient arrive early or late? How are they dressed?
Are they organized? What kind of simple language do they
use? Do they speak in a flood of random words or am I
coaxing monosyllables? Later, do they need to constantly
appointments? Do their checks bounce? And in children
especially are they exploring everything in my office or are
they clinging to their mother? All of this gives me information
that I may use in my decisions when choosing a remedy. A
good homeopath is a bit like Sherlock Holmes.
sometimes the case is hard to see initially. We all have our
compensations that we unconsciously use in the outside world
to fit in and be socialized. But eventually we all decompensate
at some point, sometimes not until the 3rd visit or so and that
is where a keen observer or homeopath can finally crack the
|Free A Child Fundraiser Up and Running!
Just a reminder! Purchase Vita Kids (chewable) vitamins or
Vita Big Kids (small capsules) from my website and 100% of
net proceeds goes to Free A Child (www.freeachild.org)!
Cortisol Levels and Sleep
Cortisol is a major hormone among many that is released by
the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands secrete our "fight or
hormones that we as a species evolved with so that we could
outrun that sabre toothed tiger. When cortisol is released, we
are on high alert. Blood rushes to the muscles, muscle tone is
increased, and more glucose is released into the bloodstream.
The only problem is, currently in the modern world most of our
stresses have more to do with work deadlines, paying bills on
time, commuting through traffic, relationship issues and picking
our kids up from school on time.
We have a chronic low
level of stress constantly barraging our body. Over time this
chronic release of cortisol into our bloodstream can lower our
immune system, increase our fatigue, disrupt sleep patterns,
disrupt sugar metabolism, and increase anxiety, irritability, and
depression, not to mention an increase in weight gain!
Regulating cortisol levels is something we as naturopaths are
expertly trained to do using various botanicals and vitamins. A
nourished adrenal gland will support you in navigating life's day
to day stresses, as well as supporting your immune system and
promoting proper sugar metabolism and weight control.
find out more....