Why I Became an NMD by Dr. Tina Marcantel In this video Dr. Marcantel talks about the path that brought her from a conventional medical career into a more integrative type of practice.
The Patient/Doctor Relationshipby Dr. Tina Marcantel A good patient/doctor relationship is essential when you are trying to identify root causes of your health issues.
Treat the Person, Not Just the Symptoms by Dr. Tina Marcantel It’s important to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms that a patient may be having. Dr. Marcantel explains why it’s important for patients to avoid being put into a “diagnosis bucket” so they don’t start to identify with their symptoms.
Getting to the Root Causesby Dr. Tina Marcantel Getting to the root causes of health challenges is important if you want to achieve long-term relief. In this video Dr. Marcantel shares an example of how the naturopathic approach seeks to do just that.
Learn About the Signs and Symptoms of Stress by Dr. Tina Marcantel Chronic stress affects different people in different ways. It can be the root cause of gastrointestinal problems, sleep disorders, hormonal imbalances, and a host of other health challenges. Learn more in this video by Dr. Marcantel.
Real Health Care Reform: An Awakening Publicby Dr. Tina Marcantel Real health care reform is not going to happen through legislation; it’s already taking place as an awakening public educates itself. In this video Dr. Marcantel talks about the “paradigm shift” she has seen in the way patients view health care and interact with their doctors.
Perimenopause: Understanding Your Changing Body In this two-part video Dr. Marcantel explains the hormonal changes associated with perimenopause and menopause. She also explains what estrogen dominance is, and how to test for and treat these hormonal imbalances.
Balancing Hormones for a Healthier Lifeby Dr. Tina MarcantelHormones play a huge role in everyone’s health. Female or male, young or old, it is hormones that keep our bodies functioning properly and keep us feeling healthy and happy. Learn more about why maintaining a healthy hormonal balance is so important.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement TherapybyDr. Tina Marcantel Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be very helpful in relieving many of the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep difficulties, irritability, low libido, vaginal dryness, weight gain, and other issues.
Estrogen Dominance: Losing the Healthy Hormonal Balanceby Dr. Tina Marcantel Estrogen dominance is a little-understood factor in understanding and treating hormone imbalances that can result in many common physical problems that women face. Most women are aware that as they enter perimenopause their bodies begin to produce less estrogen. So how is it possible that along with that decrease the body may actually have too much estrogen? Find out here!
What is Estrogen Dominance?by Dr. Tina Marcantel Estrogen dominance is a term used to describe an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone hormone levels in the body.
PMS and Estrogen Dominanceby Dr. Tina Marcantel PMS symptoms can often be related to estrogen dominance and may be easily treatable when properly diagnosed.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)by Dr. Tina Marcantel Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is caused by an imbalance of hormones brought on by a woman’s monthly period. There are things women (and the doctors who treat them) can do to help alleviate the symptoms.
PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)by Dr. Tina Marcantel PCOS is a hormonal disorder that involves multiple organ systems within the body. This condition can affect females of all ages and encompasses a group of signs and symptoms that can and should be properly treated and managed.
Hormone Imbalances in Young Womenby Dr. Tina Marcantel The phytoestrogens in the foods we eat, the use of birth control pills, and genetic predisposition can all be contributing factors to hormonal imbalances in younger women and those imbalances can manifest in many ways.
Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Really Necessary?by Dr. Tina MarcantelEven after menopause our bodies need a certain amount of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone to continue to function properly. Nature has provided us with a “back up” plan, but sometimes there’s a problem…
Menopause: Understanding Your Changing Bodyby Dr. Tina Marcantel Every woman who goes through middle age will experience menopause. For a fortunate few, this transitional time is relatively easy; for many others, “the change” is marked by a number of physical and psychological challenges that may leave them frustrated and physically drained. The good news is that there are natural, effective methods that can help to alleviate many of the problem symptoms it presents.
Why Is Menopause More Difficult for Some Women than Others? by Dr. Tina MarcantelWhy is it that some women have only mild symptoms as they enter and go through menopause and others experience hot flashes, insomnia, irritability, and other menopause related symptoms and thus may need hormone replacement therapy?
Oprah Talks About Bioidentical Hormonesby Dr. Tina Marcantel When Opra Winfrey talks, women tend to listen. In early 2009 Oprah devoted an entire program to hormone replacement therapy and bioidentical hormones. Read Dr. Marcantel’s comments on the key points of the program.
Hormones and How They Interact by Dr. Tina Marcantel We often talk about specific hormone problems as though they can be treated individually, but it’s important to understand that all the hormones interact with and affect each other.
The Epstein-Barr Virus-Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Connectionby Dr. Tina Marcantel Research suggests that some chronic diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis may be caused by the presence of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), also known as a cause of mononucleosis (or “the kissing disease”).
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Part 1–Identification and Treatment by Dr. Tina Marcantel Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can lead to an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism). In this video from a series on her book, Imagine: A Whole Different Kind of Medical Care, Dr. Tina Marcantel discusses the identification and treatment of the disease.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Part 2–Looking Beyond Test Results by Dr. Tina Marcantel Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can lead to an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism). In this video from a series on her book, Imagine: A Whole Different Kind of Medical Care, Dr. Tina Marcantel discusses the importance of considering both laboratory test results AND symptoms in the treatment of this condition.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Part 3–Your Thoughts Affect Your Health by Dr. Tina Marcantel Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can lead to an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism). In this video from a series on her book, Imagine: A Whole Different Kind of Medical Care, Dr. Tina Marcantel discusses the importance of recognizing and controlling stressful thoughts to help manage symptoms.
Children of the Chakras Parts 1, 2, 3by Dr. Tina Marcantel In this basic introduction to the chakras, Dr. Marcantel talks about the seven energy centers in the body and how they can affect our physical health, as well as discussing tools for working with energy medicine to help achieve and retain physical healing.
The Seven Chakras: An Introductionby Dr. Tina Marcantel The seven chakras are the energy centers in your body. Each of these energy centers has a related spiritual truth—that is, the truth about who you are. In Ayurvedic medicine (traditional holistic Indian medicine), each of the chakras also corresponds to physical areas and organ systems in your body.
Is Acupuncture Right for You?by Dr. Tina Marcantel Acupuncture can be a very effective complementary treatment for many different kinds of complaints, including pain management and insomnia.
Own Your Feelingsby Dr. Tina Marcantel When we place blame on others for the way we feel, we actually give away our power to heal ourselves by becoming dependent on others for our emotional well-being.
Make Room for Spiritual Downloads by Dr. Tina Marcantel By taking time to quiet my mind on a regular basis I not only experience the mental and physical rest I need, I also allow for the knowledge and guidance from the divine—my spiritual downloads—that I require, as well.
Let the Winds of Change Reveal Your Treasures!by Dr. Tina Marcantel When the wind of change blows in, fear of the unknown and a loss of control in our lives can stir up emotions because we feel inadequately prepared to deal with the new circumstances that will follow.
Rising Above the Emotional Floodby Brianna Martinez I used to think that strength meant containing emotions for the sake of helping everyone else. My intention now is to honor myself by creating space to recognize, feel, and release emotions without suppressing them.
Practicing Presence with Presentsby Dr. Tina Marcantel Will I be present to the “presents” that today will bring or will I spend my time regretting past losses and worrying about future ones?
Nutrition, Weight Loss, Dietary Supplements, and Herbal Remedies
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Conditions That Affect Weight Lossby Dr. Tina Marcantel Doing everything “right” but still having trouble losing weight? Here’s a quick overview of some conditions that can interfere with weight loss.
Balancing Blood Sugars with Protein Snacksby Dr. Tina Marcantel Dr. Marcantel explains why stress can cause blood sugar levels to spike and drop and gives suggestions for protein snacks that can help prevent blood sugar fluctuations.
Coconut Crunch Trail Mixby Dr. Tina Marcantel Is hiking or biking part of your regular exercise regimen? Bring along this trail mix with a coconut twist that you can make yourself! It’s also great just to keep in the fridge as a between-meals snack. Enjoy!
How to Cut a Pineappleby Dr. Tina Marcantel Fresh pineapples are delicious and packed with vitamin C. Are you a little intimidated by that prickly, tough-looking rind? Not to worry–here’s a video from Dr. Marcantel to show you how to quickly and easily slice a fresh pineapple!
Pomegranate Seeds: Easy Extraction Techniqueby Dr. Tina Marcantel Pomegranate seeds are rich in healthy benefits. They contain powerful anti-oxidants, support the immune system, help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure–plus they are delicious! Getting at the seeds can seem a bit challenging, but here’s a quick video to show you it’s easy to extract the seeds from a pomegranate.
Balance Hormones Before Dieting by Dr. Tina Marcantel In this video Dr. Marcantel explains why it’s important to check hormone levels, including thyroid function, before starting a diet.
Are You Overdosing on Food Supplements?by Dr. Tina Marcantel If some nutritional supplements or vitamins are good for you, then a lot must be really good for you, right? Not necessarily. Read this article to find out why you may be wasting your money on too many supplements, and how you may be jeopardizing your health, too.
Fad Diets: Are They Nutritionally Sound?by Dr. Tina Marcantel Dr. Marcantel takes a look at The New Beverly Hills Diet, The New Cabbage Soup Diet, The One-Day Super Diet, and the Three-Hour Diet and gives you the “skinny” on how good for you they really are.
Food Fact and Fiction (Part I)by Reisha Zang Is fish really “brain food”? Can wine help your heart? Will late-night snacks make you gain weight? Dr. Tina Marcantel, ADA spokesperson Melinda Johnson, and dietician Amy Pendergraft serve up some answers in this informative article.
Food Fact and Fiction (Part II)by Reisha Zang Is skipping meals a good idea? Are carbohydrates bad for you? Should I avoid all fats? Dr. Tina Marcantel, ADA spokesperson Melinda Johnson, and dietician Amy Pendergraft deliver more answers to your table in Part II of this informative article.
Good Nutrition: Your Food Is Your Medicineby Dr. Tina Marcantel Good nutrition is not just about weight management; certain foods we eat can actually be “medicine” to our bodies. Based on what we put into our bodies, we determine what our body will be made of and how well it will function.
Health Benefits of Flaxseedby Dr. Tina Marcantel One food that I highly recommend to all my patients is flaxseed. The health benefits of this little seed make it sound like nature’s wonder drug: it can help protect against heart disease, cancer, and diabetes; it can reduce cholesterol and has anti-inflammatory benefits; it’s even been shown to reduce hot flashes in postmenopausal women!
Herbal Remedies: 3 Things Every Consumer Should Knowby Dr. Tina Marcantel A very important article for anyone who is currently taking or considering taking herbal remedies or dietary supplements. Just because a plant or herb is natural doesn’t make it safe for you to take, even if it is sold as an alternative medicine.
Herbal Tea: A Drink to Your Healthby Dr. Tina Marcantel Herbal teas have been used for their medicinal effects for thousands of years. For those seeking natural help for many common health issues, herbal teas are regaining popularity today—and there’s something so soothing about taking your “medicine” as a nice, warm brew!
Lowering Cholesterol Naturallyby Peter Marcantel Lowering cholesterol naturally is possible with the right combination of diet, exercise, nutritional supplements, and attitude.
Vitamins and You by Reisha Zang Vitamins can be an important complement to a good overall diet plan, but it is important to understand that there is no one “magic potion in a bottle” that can fit every person’s dietary needs. Dr. Marcantel tells how vitamins can help–and, potentially, harm–you.
Stevia: The Natural Sweetenerby Dr. Tina Marcantel Dr. Marcantel recommends stevia to her patients. Stevia is an herb with very potent sweetening power that is natural in its biochemical structure and contains no artificial ingredients. It won’t cause a rise in blood sugars and is calorie-free. Learn more here.
Diabetes, Adrenal Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, IBS, and Other Health Challenges
Understanding Type 2 Diabetesby Dr. Tina Marcantel Dr. Marcantel explains how and why the body can become insulin resistant, leading to type 2 diabetes.
Is Your Type 2 Diabetes Really Under Control? by Dr. Tina Marcantel Many diabetic patients think their symptoms are “under control” because they are taking insulin and other oral medications that help keep their blood sugars within acceptable levels. Unfortunately, they are often caught in the trap of merely trying to control the symptoms of the disease (high blood sugars) and don’t really address the things that are causing those symptoms. This can lead to an ever- increasing insulin dependence, unwanted weight gains, and numerous other problems. Learn more here.
Diabetes and Your Feet: Tips for Proper Careby Reisha Zang Dr. Kimberly Leach, a podiatrist with the Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians, offers some tips for keeping your feet healthy in the hot summer weather here in the East Valley.
Food Sensitivity Testingby Dr. Tina Marcantel A food sensitivity (intolerance) test can identify foods that can trigger a wide range of problem symptoms, including skin rash, joint aches and pains, sinusitis, asthma, insomnia, headaches, and digestive disorders producing bloating, gas, and poor food absorption. Learn how testing is done and how a food rotation diet works.
Irritable Bowel Syndromeby Dr. Tina Marcantel Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can often be attributed to an improper diet and too much stress. Here are some tips that can help bring relief to colon disease sufferers.
Why Are the Adrenal Glands So Important?by Dr. Tina Marcantel You think your adrenals are just for “fight or flight” situations? Nope. Learn more about why you need to take good care of those little glands!
What Is Adrenal Fatigue?by Dr. Tina Marcantel In this video Dr. Marcantel discusses some of the causes and symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
Testing for Adrenal Fatigueby Dr. Tina Marcantel Why salivary hormone testing is an effective way to screen for adrenal fatigue or adrenal insufficiency.
How Stress Causes Adrenal Fatigueby Dr. Tina Marcantel Chronic stress can cause many physical problems, including the overproduction of hormones by the adrenal glands. This can eventually lead to adrenal insufficiency or adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal Fatigue: Treating the Root Causesby Dr. Tina Marcantel Treating the symptoms of adrenal fatigue is important, but it’s also necessary to identify and address the causes of chronic stress in your life that are putting a strain on your endocrine system.
Adrenal Fatigue: How Stress May Be Affecting Your Healthby Dr. Tina Marcantel Adrenal fatigue can be a serious illness that leads to health problems including weight gain, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, and numerous other conditions. One of the biggest contributing factors in adrenal fatigue is stress—something we all tend to have in abundance in our lives.
Peptic Ulcer Disease: Causes and Curesby Dr. Tina MarcantelPeptic ulcer disease is a painful and potentially debilitating condition, but there are measures you can take to accelerate healing and avoid recurrences of peptic ulcers.
Managing Joint and Muscle Painby Dr. Tina Marcantel Here is a case study to illustrate how we can combine several types of alternative therapies to reduce or eliminate certain types of chronic pain.
Maca–A Clinically Proven Aid for Hormonal Imbalancesby Dr. Tina Marcantel Maca is an herbal supplement that’s been clinically shown to help alleviate many of the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause. One reason I like maca is that it’s different from hormone replacement therapy because it doesn’t introduce hormones into your body from an outside source. Instead, it supports the adrenals so they can produce the hormones you need naturally by bringing the glands back into balance, which is a more natural and long-term approach to treatment.
Lingering Cough or Cold? Do you have a lingering cough or cold that you just can’t seem to shake off? IV therapy might help!
How IV Therapy Can Benefit YOU by Dr. Tina Marcantel IV (intravenous) therapy can be a good treatment option for many condition. Vitamins, medications, and homeopathic solutions administered in this way can be quickly and efficiently absorbed into the body. Learn more in this article.
Lavender: Beautiful and Calmingby Dr. Tina Marcantel Essential oils from lavender are used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation and natural sleep and can be helpful in treating headaches and nausea.
Homeopathy: A Little Dose Goes a Long Wayby Dr. Tina Marcantel Homeopathy is one of many naturopathic treatments Dr. Marcantel uses in her integrative medical practice. Based on the philosophy of “like cures like” and “less is more,” it addresses the origin of illness by assisting the body’s immune system in eliminating the problem.
Systemic Enzyme Therapy for Painby Dr. Tina Marcantel An in-depth article explaining the use of systemic enzyme therapy for treating pain, including clinical trials, a case study from Dr. Marcantel, and potential interactions and contraindications.
Enzymes for Lifeby Dr. Tina Marcantel Systemic enzymes can be a good natural alternative to some pharmaceutical drugs for controlling chronic pain, promoting healing, and
boosting the immune system.
Where Are the “Commas” In Your Day?by Dr. Tina Marcantel Chronic stress in your life can cause hormonal and chemical imbalances, which in turn lead to a reduced ability to handle the stress, which leads to more chemical imbalances. So how can you break the cycle and start the healing process?
Six Healthy Habits You Can Start TODAYby Dr. Tina Marcantel There’s no time like the present to start on the road to better health. Here are six things you can make part of your daily routine to promote good health.
Skin Care: Ten Tips for Naturally Healthy Skinby Dr. Tina Marcantel It’s a fact of life that as we grow older our bodies require more maintenance work. The good news is that there are positive steps we can take to naturally protect and repair our skin to keep it healthy and vibrant.
Exercise: The Many Benefits of a Regular Regimen by Dr. Tina Marcantel Join Dr. Marcantel in beautiful Sedona, Arizona, for a virtual hike. As you enjoy the scenery, she’ll share with you some of the many health benefits you can gain from regular exercise.
Breast Health and Exerciseby Dr. Tina Marcantel We know that regular exercise is extremely important for many reasons concerning our overall health: weight loss, cardiovascular strengthening, balancing blood sugars, and much more, but did you know that exercise might also help you avoid breast cancer?
Who Should Get a Flu Shot?by Dr. Tina Marcantel Getting a flu shot can be helpful for some, but there are alternatives that may prove more effective at preventing sickness during the flu season.
The Feng Shui of Letting Goby Dr. Tina Marcantel As we clear our physical space and allow energy to flow, we also are making space in our minds for new, life-affirming thoughts.
On Mountain Streams and Vulnerabilityby Dr. Tina Marcantel By allowing others to see that we are vulnerable but that we are still willing to try, we often can be a great encouragement to those who are watching us.
Abundance Abounds Now! by Dr. Tina Marcantel Life presents us with both visible and hidden delights when we are awake to our surroundings. It’s the ordinary, everyday things that are the sacred gifts. Abundance abounds, waiting to be discovered.
The Breath of Godby Dr. Tina Marcantel Consider the healthy advantages of taking a few minutes each day to be conscious of a few cycles of inhalation and exhalation of the breath.
Present Moment Gratitudeby Dr. Tina Marcantel Learning to live in the present moment frees the mind of compulsive thoughts, and when we still the mind we gain both emotional and physical benefits.
The Most Important Thing My Father Taught Meby Peter Marcantel My father has accomplished a lot in his 90 years of life so far, but above all he is recognized by his family and his community as a good man. And that, I believe, is his most important legacy.
Join the Dance by Peter Marcantel When I say my mother was a dancer, I don’t mean she was trained in the art of ballet or tap. I mean it’s the kind of person she was. Dancing, you see, is about attitude.
Missing Someone? A Christmas Storyby Peter Marcantel Christmas means family gatherings and good times, but it can also be a melancholy time as we remember loved ones who are no longer there to share the holiday with us.