Metabolic Syndrome: The case of weight gain, hypertension, cholesterol imbalance and high blood sugar

What is Metabolic Syndrome? Metabolic Syndrome is a group of risk factors that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. About 34% of American adults are estimated to have this condition.  It is also known as Insulin Resistance Syndrome or Syndrome X.  The risk factors that make up metabolic syndrome tend to occur together, but you must have…

Comparing Herbal Medicines, Homeopathy, Natural Supplements and Pharmaceuticals

There are several different ways one can go about supporting certain health issues, including the use of herbal medicine, homeopathy, natural supplements and pharmaceuticals. How do you know which may be the best option for you? Dr. Taylor Pagano, ND and our nutritionist and herbalist, Lindsay Kluge, guide you through the differences and benefits of your options. Using Herbal Medicines: Herbs…

Reconnecting to Mother Nature by Getting Grounded

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” – Albert Einstein What on earth is Earthing? Earthing (aka grounding) is the timeless and simple practice of having direct contact with the Earth's surface by walking barefoot, sitting, or lying on the ground outside. Note: You must have direct skin contact with the earth. Our ancestors throughout human history…

Healing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Naturally

What is PCOS? PCOS is one of the most common women’s health concerns affecting hormonal balance. The syndrome involves an excess of androgens (what we know as male hormones: testosterone, DHEA), menstrual irregularity, and cystic ovaries. Approximately 5-10% of women ages 18-44 years old are affected by PCOS.  Because the criteria that are used to diagnose PCOS are still changing,…

Tips to stay healthy through the cold and flu season

The winter season is upon us, bringing cooler temperatures as well as an increase in cold and flu viruses.  Colds and flu often present with quick onset symptoms including fever, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose, and cough.  Below are a few tips to prevent as well as decrease severity and duration of the cold and flu this year! Lifestyle…

Functional Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine: What’s the difference?

What’s all the hype about functional medicine? What is it exactly? And how does it differ from Naturopathic medicine? Below is a review of the similarities and differences between Functional Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine from Richmond Natural Medicine. What is Functional Medicine? Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner…