Cardiovascular Disease: Treating the Root Cause

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By Dr. Karen Bender What is Cardiovascular Disease? Cardiovascular disease is a class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels. CVD includes coronary artery disease (CAD) such as angina (chest pain)and myocardial infarction(commonly known as a heart attack) and stroke. There are many other conditions that fall into the category of CVD but this article will focus on … Read More

Resolving Inflammation: A Key to Restoring Health

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By Dr. Karen Bender What is inflammation? Inflammation is the body’s natural and protective healing response to injury and invasion.  It occurs in response to infectious agents like viruses and bacteria, tissue trauma, and foreign substances such as environmental toxins.  A healthy inflammatory response occurs in two phases. The first phase is the initiation phase that causes heat, pain, swelling, … Read More

Are Toxins Making You Sick? 10 Easy Steps to Detoxify Your Life

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By Dr. Karen Bender Endocrine Disruptors: How environmental toxins contribute to disease It has become increasingly clear that many chemicals found in pesticides, some plastics, lotions, soaps, shampoo, laundry detergents, home cleaning products, ect. have been found to act as toxins and have disruptive effects on the body and its hormone system. More specifically, they interact with the endocrine system.  … Read More

The Vagus Nerve: Learn to Reduce Inflammation and Improve your Stress Response

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By Dr. Karen Bender Meet Your Vagus Nerve Have you heard of the “wandering nerve”?  This important nerve is named the vagus nerve because it wanders throughout your body, connecting the brain to the rest of the body.  It’s the longest nerve in the body, and it stretches from the brain to the large intestines. Why You Should Care Since … Read More

Reduce Stress with Your Breath

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By Dr. Karen Bender What if I told you that there is a powerful way to improve your health that is free, always with you, requires no special equipment, and easy to do?  Well, you are in luck. There is such a thing–it is your breath. Breathing is something most of us do without thinking, approximately 23,000 times a day.  … Read More

What Your Gut is Telling You

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What Your Gut is Telling You How Poor Gut Health Contributes to Anxiety and Depression By Dr. Karen Bender How is your digestion? Do you experience pain and indigestion after eating foods you once enjoyed?  Have you started to accept gas and bloating as normal?  Do you often go days without having a bowel movement?  These are all signs that … Read More

Caregiver Fatigue Prevention

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By Dr. Karen Bender Are You Experiencing Caregiver Fatigue? It is not uncommon for people who care for others to become fatigued and overwhelmed by their role in caring for another.  It is not hard to see why. The role can be very demanding, and responsibility can seem endless. Parents, teachers, health care professionals, and caregivers to elderly family members … Read More

Dogs for Depression

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By Dr.  Karen Bender Feeling Blue? Has the isolation and uncertainty of the past year left you feeling sad, lonely and anxious?  If so you are not alone.  The circumstance of the past year have been challenging for most of us.  We have had to adapt to many changes outside of our control.  We are spending more time at home … Read More

Compassion for Success

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By Dr. Karen Bender Meet Your Harsh Inner Critic What happens inside your head when you do not reach your goals, or you fall short of the expectations set by yourself or others?  If you are like many people, you are met with a harsh voice that is often brutally unkind and almost impossible to satisfy rather than an encouraging … Read More