7 Things You Can Do To Make Your Home A Sanctuary

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Your Home Should Be Your Refuge A house in its most general sense is a human-built dwelling with enclosing walls, a floor, and a roof. It provides shelter against cold, heat, precipitation, wind, and intruding humans and animals. A house is called a home when it is occupied as a routine dwelling for humans, and also perhaps domestic animals. It does not matter whether the structure is large, small, elaborate, or is just a simple room with a packed dirt floor. To be a nurturing home, it needs to be a place where a man or woman feels peaceful, safe, comforted, loved, and accepted. “A house is… [Read More]

Could What You Eat Be Causing Your Spring Sniffles?

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It seems lately that everyone I talk to – No I don’t usually text – including patients I see in person or doing telephone consults, are plagued by sniffles. “Yes this happens to me every spring,” they all said. I do suffer from allergies due to second hand smoke and exhaust – the worse places are at the mall trying to get my mail or see a movie, I have to hold my breath while running from the car to the entrance – a big dash trying to avoid these stubborn smokers who ignore the signs required by law –… [Read More]

Do You Have a Grateful List?

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Being grateful exercises your soul. When I was dealing with anxiety at age 49, my therapist taught me how to create a “Grateful List.” You simply write down what you are grateful for.  When you find yourself in times of doubt or sadness, pick up and read your “Grateful List.” You are less prone to be unhappy when you focus on things you are grateful for. You are more likely to be optimistic and feel good about yourself, and share your blessings. So, please sit down and make a list of the things you are grateful for, and add to… [Read More]

Who We Are Truly – The Soul Connection

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Have you considered how your spiritual health can play a part in your overall well-being? Spirituality is different for everyone. For some it may take the form of religious observance, a belief in a higher power, prayer, or meditation. For others it can be found in art, music or nature. Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, eloquently stated:  “Whether we are in a mosque, church or synagogue, we are talking to God in every language that he understands. We are using hymns and liturgy, and I know we are getting through to the same God.” In The Open… [Read More]

Are You Living the Life You Were Meant to Live?

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I recently had a consult with Joan, a 49 year old woman who was plagued with anxiety. She had been told that it was caused by a hormonal imbalance and perimenopause. She had many many blood and saliva tests to check her hormones, placed on bioidentical hormones but was still suffering. Joan was also concerned about the fact that she went to see her dentist and felt panicky when she sat on the dental chair and eventually had to leave without having the work done. Joan did not want to be placed on anti-anxiety medications and decided to have a consult with me trusting that I… [Read More]

Is Your Job or Career Killing You?

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Estimates show that 25 percent of workers show symptoms of burnout. Job burnout does not occur overnight. Over the years I have seen patients suffer from anxiety and even panic attacks, with persistent infections such as yeast, herpes, and the flu; irregular bleeding, sleeping difficulties, lack of concentration, lack of energy, crying for no reason, isolation, and all because they felt stressed at work. Unfortunately these symptoms are associated with a hormone imbalance, estrogen dominance, PMS, perimenopause or menopause. Occasional stress in your job is not uncommon, but if abnormal situations persist without remedy, burnout will eventually occur. Burnout Questionnaire… [Read More]

Who We Truly Are: The Mind Connection

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As women, we are emotional, physical and spiritual beings. When we are in balance, especially as menstruating women, we cycle with the moon. If we have friends, daughters, or any other women living in close proximity, we menstruate at the same time. But “balance” is not automatic and a “balanced life” does not come easy for any of us. We are not just our bodies – we are a holistic package of mind, body, emotions, and spirit. The “whole human being” that we are, and our quality of life, is enormously affected by the kinds and levels of stress we… [Read More]

Taking Your Life Inventory to Find the Root Cause of Your Symptoms

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Taking a life inventory will reveal the real source of your emotional and physical symptoms,which in most cases are closely related to your stress levels and unresolved issues. The sense ofhopelessness and helplessness with little control over events occurring in your life is the culprit – NOT YOUR HORMONES! It may involve your work or career; finances; your relationship with yourself, your intimate partner, children, in-laws, siblings, parents – dead or alive, other relatives, colleagues, co-workers, your boss; an important personal or health decision; certain medical conditions, as well as any side effects of a prescribed or over-the-counter medication, etc… No need to suffer,… [Read More]

Why Black Women Die of Cancer

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In the New York Times opinion pages, Harold P. Freeman, MD, a cancer surgeon and past president of the American Cancer Society wrote about the dire statistics of black women and cancer, especially breast cancer on March 13, 2014 in an article for the New York Times entitled Why Black Women Die of Cancer . A survey of 41 of America’s largest cities published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology found that,  black women with breast cancer are on average 40 percent more likely to die than their white counterparts. I wanted to write a comment but could not do so because the… [Read More]

Living Your Life in Balance

As a physician who has worked with patients from the poorest women of Haiti to the wealthiest of Southern California, I’ve found that there are four key components of health, which together determine the overall well-being and quality of your life: mental, physical, spiritual, and financial aspects. But each aspect can contribute to stress and physical problems. Just like a four-legged table, if just one is off kilter, the table will wobble, or topple over.  Mental Health Especially for women, mental health is directly related to relationships between themselves and their intimate partners, children, other relatives, friends, career, and community. It’s a given that relationships… [Read More]