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The Thyroid Epidemic

Almost daily a patient comes into our office and asks if their thyroid could be causing them to feel sick. With symptoms ranging from depression, fatigue, dry skin, brain fog, muscle aches, stomach pains, constipation, weight gain, and cold intolerances – it can be difficult to pin down the root of these common complaints. The

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MTHFR Decoded

The success of the Human Genome Project has opened the possibility to test for disease on a whole new level. Our body has over 50 trillion cells. Each cell contains DNA, i.e the instruction manual, to decode what that cell should do. Short segments of DNA are called genes which code for specific proteins that

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Muscle as Medicine

During initial intakes when we review our patients’ exercise regimens, we often hear this: “I walk/run [some number] of days per week” or “I love yoga,” or “I go to the gym and enjoy [Zumba, or swimming, or spinning, etc.].” One thing we don’t often hear about is our patient’s anaerobic, or muscle-building activities. When

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Utilizing Diet to Manage Your PMS

It is estimated that nearly 85% of menstruating women between the ages of 20-40 years old experience one or more premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms that can last for almost two weeks – beginning around ovulation (mid-cycle) and lasting until the first or second day of menses1. Symptoms may include both mental/emotional and physical responses to

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Prostate Cancer Prevention

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer in American men, affecting one in seven males1. After the age of 50, most men have their prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a protein produced by the cells of the prostate gland, checked by their primary care physician annually. But here at AIM, we recognize that this valuable

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Broccoli: Try, Try and Try it Again

I remember being a very little girl and looking up at my dad as he explained to my sisters and me about how we were all giants and it was our job to eat the small forest on our plate in order to help save to woodland creatures. I definitely preferred his story about me

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Vitamin D: The Happy Hormone

Vitamin D is often referred to as “the happy hormone”. Actually it is a prohormone — it gets converted to an active hormone with multiple tissue targets such as the brain, bone and liver. Deficiencies have been linked to diabetes, autism and many cancers. Experts like Michael Holick Ph.D.,M.D. at Boston University have proven that

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How House Plants Can Reduce Your Stress

Want a quick hack that can improve your stress and help your health in a number of other ways? Then just get some plants and put them around your home! Plants in your home have been shown in countless studies to be highly effective for improving mood and general health and there are a number

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