Natural Birth & Breastfeeding Now that we know the microbiome exists and is largely responsible for our digestion, immunity, and assimilation and production of nutrients, we are charged with learning about its optimal manifestation. How is it created? What are the ingredients to a healthy microbiome? Are there some more critical and some less critical steps? As I […]
I had the pleasure of being interviewed for Jennifer Fugo’s Gluten Free School podcast where we discussed the relationship between gluten and mental health, with a focus on women. Check it out!
Lamaze is an incredible organization dedicated to supporting women’s birth and postpartum experience. Their clinical and scientific influence has reflected the conventional concerns around the role of medication in the treatment of antepartum and postpartum depression. I had the honor of bringing my perspective on inflammatory models of mental illness to Science & Sensibility. Read […]
I recently discussed, on The Healthy Home Economist, an important new paper, and the first of its kind to explore the relationship between breastfeeding and postpartum depression. Here was the take-home message: This seems to suggest that intensive lactation support in the first three months postpartum may help women to establish breastfeeding, and that once […]
Oxytocin is a pituitary hormone that plays a critical role in the natural physiology of childbirth, lactation, and mother-infant bonding. In a recent study, researchers followed 46 families of mothers with chronic depression and 103 without finding that the families with depressed mothers had lower levels of salivary oxytocin and gene variants that, when expressed, might […]
Here is my latest medical publication for the nerds out there! I discuss a new perspective on postpartum depression and the importance of bringing treatment of out of the one-size-fits-all antidepressant closet and into the bright light of inflammatory models of illness. Here is the abstract: Understanding of underlying risk, predisposing factors and effective treatments […]
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, […]
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 inflammatory foods can affect your brain and lead to depression and anxiety.