So, what got me so into Functional Medicine? About 9 months after the birth of my first daughter, I was 7.5 months back to work at the hospital and in my private practice. I was long back to my prepregnancy weight and loving motherhood, but I locked myself out of my office on several occasions, and had to, […]
Every Monday, I make a Bolognese. I learned the recipe-less technique from my Tuscan mom whose simple dishes have consistently outdone some of the 5 star chef creations I’ve had at Manhattan restaurants. With two kids at home, this traditional Italian sauce becomes a stealth transport vehicle for kale, beets, cilantro, and all manner of […]
The best part of my departure from conventional models of psychiatric care is that I no longer have to engage women in the Sophie’s Choice between treatments that may be good for mom and not for baby or vice versa. Healthy medicine relies on interventions that benefit both mom and baby at once. The […]
How hormonal imbalances, including estrogen dominance, can impact mood in women.
I felt this sensation in the pit of my stomach – it was a combination of sympathy and anger – listening to Annie tell me, through tears, about her postpartum journey into the world of psychiatry. Three separate psychiatrists dismissed me when I expressed concerns about taking an addictive medication like Klonopin. It’s been two […]
Those who know me would say I’ve always had “issues with authority.” Fiercely motivated by my insistence on being a know-it-all, I have an incredible hunger for information. This brought me to the most real-life application of information there is: health and medicine. I spent the better part of a decade working to master the […]
There are few things more demoralizing than failing to feed your newborn despite your best efforts to breastfeed. In my practice and among friends, I have found myself asking repeatedly, “What is going on here? What’s with the supply drama?” Statistically, a full 50% of women are not able to meet their breastfeeding goals. There […]
How eating the wrong fats can promote brain and body dysfunction and what fats are best for mental health.
When I was in medical school, I had my first abnormal Pap, and it was quite abnormal, a precancerous lesion described as CIN2 (now revealed to be one of the most inaccurately diagnosed pathologies). I had two very unpleasant “therapeutic biopsies” called colposcopies, and two years later, it was normal. That was that. But I remember hearing about the […]
How sugar imbalance can look like anxiety and what to do about it.