Check out IFM’s Educational Opportunities

Here are some intriguing presentations from The Institute for Functional Medicine’s 16th International Symposium, titled “Illuminating the Path Forward: Integrating New Approaches for the Evaluation and Treatment of Mood Disorders”.

Did You Know??? Maternal Nutrition and Bonding

Here is a super short series.  It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll write a very compelling tidbit and then include a picture to explain why this post is not longer. Did you know that a ‘smooth, effective birth’ is dependent on the hormone oxytocin?  Ocytocin is responsible for … Continue reading

Alternative Treatments for Postpartum Mood Disorders

Here is an excellent article from Mothering.com that includes great advice from many sources, including Kathleen Kendall-Tackett and PSI president Birdie Meyer. The Pfeiffer Treatment Center in Warrenville, Illinois is especially remarkable for reporting the link between high copper and severe postpartum anxiety issues like postpartum psychosis and postpartum obsessive/compulsive disorder.  Look for an in-depth post … Continue reading

Adrenal Fatigue and How to Beat It

Think of how these symptoms may impact new mothers: Irritability, Fear / Worry /Anxiety, Depression, Guilt, Overwork/ physical or mental strain, Sleep deprivation, Light-cycle disruption, Going to sleep late, Surgery, Trauma/injury, Chronic inflammation, Chronic pain, Nutritional deficiencies… Many women can be set up for adrenal fatigue just by virtue of being a new mom. Unfortunatley, … Continue reading