Third Stone Health has a new doctor! Dr. Aylah Clark has joined Third Stone Health, and will be bringing her expertise in treating hormone conditions, lipedema, lymphedema, and more. (Check back next week to learn more about all the different conditions Dr. Clark finds solutions for, as well as more info on her specialities!) Her work is rooted in deeply understanding the science supporting her treatments, and applying it holistically and effectively to each unique individual she treats.
“I would like to bring the science into natural health and infuse the nature back into medicine.”
-Dr. Aylah Clark
Just a few weeks [...]
It is easy to use weather as a reason for letting physical activity fall by the wayside. I find that the same people who say they can not exercise because it is too cold, often find themselves saying that they cannot exercise because it’s too hot only one month later. So unless we want to limit our physical activity to one month out of the year, we need to find ways to bring physical activity indoors or find activities that we enjoy during each season.
Here are some of my favorite resources for exercise routines that you can do [...]
I taught an endocrinology class for herbalists at Farmacy Herbs over the weekend and I found myself referring to the importance of sleep in relation to the appropriate function of multiple hormones that regulate mood, metabolism, and food intake. It made me realize that I often ask patients about their sleep but rarely explain why I am asking about it in relation to their anxiety, muscle development, food cravings, or diabetes.
The Importance of Sleep
We often need more sleep in fall and winter because our circadian rhythms (sleep-wake cycles) are influenced by light exposure. I find that many people fight [...]
Elderberry is one of my favorite herbs for cold and flu prevention because it is easy to make a delicious syrup to take every day or for first symptoms of congestion and body aches. Elderberry has multiple mechanisms of action that are not fully understood including stimulation of the production of immune signaling molecules and prevention of connection between flu viruses and human cells. In studies where people were given elderberry or placebo at first signs of flu, the symptom severity was reduced and the duration of illness decreased from an average of six days to two days.
When your joints hurt, you may feel like you want to avoid physical activity. Pain is exhausting and it is also often a signal that we should stop doing what we are doing to avoid injury. With arthritis, physical activity is one of the most effective pain relievers (with only positive side effects) but it takes a significant amount of willpower to get moving when your body hurts.
Arthritis-Friendly Physical Activity
The Center for Disease Control says: “ Participating in arthritis-friendly physical activity improves pain, function, mood, and quality of life without making symptoms worse.” In the clinic, I have [...]