I was recently approached by one my patients about using Kratom. There is a documentary from 2018 that has given Kratom more attention recently. If you live in the St. Louis area you may have also noticed some new CBD Kratom stores opening up. In addition to CBD, I didn’t learn about this plant in […]

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The Green Period.

Last fall, we stumbled upon the The Kirkwood Historical Society at Mudd’s Grove, a 150 year-old house located in the heart of Kirkwood. They have an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization that preserves and promotes Kirkwood’s long and storied history. It is one of the many historical homes in and around St. Louis. We were just in […]

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Dietary Advancement for Those with Cow’s Milk Allergy

You may have seen the “baked milk challenge” being recommended for people who have a cow milk allergy. So it turns out that many patients with cow’s milk allergy can tolerate extensively heated or baked forms of milk that can progress to tolerance of less extensively heated forms of milk over time. There was recently […]

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Ayurveda for Health

Ayurveda in Sanskrit comes from ayur, or life and veda, or knowledge. It is a 5,000 year tradition of living. The rishis, or sages, knew that our mind, body, and ātman, our internal essence, we all connected. In medical school, we called this the biopsychosocial aspected of a patient. There is real science to the knowledge of […]

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Put A (Vaginal) Ring On It! Reusable Contraceptive Vaginal Rings

There is a new development with vaginal ring contraceptives that may be a good option for some patients. The contraceptive vaginal ring that is already on the market provides the convenience of three-week dosing. The ring needs to be replaced monthly. There is now a new reusable contraceptive ring that contains segesterone acetate and ethinyl […]

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Plant-Based People

A number of my patients have chosen to live a whole-food plant-based lifestyle. This consists of consuming natural unrefined or minimally refined ingredients and foods that come from plants and do not come from animal ingredients such as meat, milk, eggs or honey. Hence, whole food plant-based. I am fully supportive of their lifestyle choices. […]

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Is your Over-the-Counter Dietary Supplements Guilty of Adultery?

Although it is not new information that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate over-the-counter (OTC) dietary supplements there is recent evidence that consumers should be cautious when purchasing these products. So it turns out that there are many over-the-counter dietary supplements have been found to contain active pharmaceuticals not identified on the label. […]

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Sunshine, Daydreams, and Your ABC’s

The St. Louis cold weather is making me dream of warmer days and the summer! I came across even more evidence to wear sunscreen on sunny days that I wanted to share. Unfortunately, skin cancer in the most common cancer in the United States and it’s important that people are doing what they can to […]

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Immaturity and ADHD

There have been previous studies that have suggested that immaturity may contribute to some behaviors that were attributed to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There was a recent study that supports that claim. Specifically, there was an insurance database study of >407,000 children that highlight the need for a practitioner considering the patients maturity level […]

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