Dr. Norris

Causes, Signs, and Symptoms of Endometriosis

Causes and Symptoms of Endometriosis

The unfortunate storyline of endometriosis is that although it affects nearly 1 in 10 of us, most women who have endometriosis don’t even know it. For a majority of women it takes 10-12 years of talking to their health care providers before they find someone who knows what the heck they are talking about and actually listens to their symptoms and suggests finding a way to get the diagnosis. And if those numbers aren’t staggering enough for you, endometriosis (most likely undiagnosed) accounts for 40-50% of the infertility issues.1,23 To make a diagnosis of endometriosis this often...

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4 Natural Cures for Adult Female Acne through Hormone Regulation

4 Natural Cures for Adult Female Acne through Hormone Regulation

There are 4 main causes for adult female acne. Let’s review these and talk about the ways that natural medicine can help. #1 Inflammation Inflammation is such a buzzword these days. If you’re following the health trends you know it’s something you don’t want, but how do you get rid of it? Take turmeric daily? Well maybe, but how about instead you go to the source and see what is causing it. Inflammation that causes acne is coming from one source. Your diet. Either there is something you’re eating that is triggering an immune (IgG) type reaction or you are eating too many saturated fats....

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Should You Give the Hepatitis B Vaccine to Your Child at Birth?

Should You Give the Hepatitis B Vaccine to Your Child at Birth?

Here is a common scenario. I’m on the phone with an expecting parent and they are interviewing me to be their pediatrician or part of the healthcare team for their baby. Inevitably one of us will bring up vaccines, and 90% of the time I can hear the stress rise in their voices as they grapple with yet another difficult decision as a new parent. Vaccines. What is the best choice for your child? My personal philosophy on vaccines is simple. Vaccines work, there is no question that if you are looking to reduce or eliminate the risk of the disease most vaccines have been studied to show that...

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Seed Cycling for Fertility & PCOS: What is it and How Does it Work?

Seed Cycling for Fertility & PCOS

Seed cycling is a great way to regulate hormones and get rid of irritating systems related to your period. It’s especially important for women with irregular periods (like someone with PCOS), women who are interested in conceiving, and women looking to reduce symptoms like PMS prior to their period. If you are interested in learning more about PCOS or Fertility please visit my pages: Fertility Support and PCOS Treatment Start taking the seeds on day 1 of your cycle and after 1 month on this protocol you should see the maximum benefit the seed cycling will provide. If you’re mid-month and...

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6 Natural Ways to Boost Your Mood & Feel Happy in Your Own Skin

6 Natural Ways to Boost Your Mood

We can all get days where we feel down, depressed, anxious, overwhelmed or stress. But when bad days start outnumbering good (and it’s not related to the 2 weeks before your period!) then here are some quick pointers to finding natural ways to boost your mood. #1. Identify the pattern. We all have bad behaviors that lead to the blues. A classic example is watching tv when we feel depressed. Does this ever help? If your answer is no, or rarely, then find something else to do when you’re feeling down. Try calling a friend, take a walk around the block, or go buy some fresh organic berries,...

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How to Buy a Quality (and Safe) Supplement

How to Buy a Quality (and Safe) Supplement

After finding out last week that Nestle purchased 3 previously reputable supplement companies (Seroyal, Pure Encapsulations, and Douglas Labs), I thought it would be great to publish this older article from a colleague discussing the factors she (and I) consider when recommending a particular company or supplement. Remember that supplements are not regulated by the FDA, which means the claims on the bottle have not been verified by any authorities or regulators. Also, most manufacturing companies don't produce the raw material they include in their product. So, if they aren't testing to...

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6 Ways Naturopathic Medicine Can Help You Boost Fertility Naturally

6 Ways Naturopathic Medicine Can Help You Boost Fertility Naturally

For individuals and heterosexual couples who have had the misfortune of being labeled as “infertile,” or for those struggling with getting pregnant, naturopathic medicine has a lot to offer. Let’s discuss natural ways to boost fertility and 6 key points on how naturopathic medicine helps with infertility. Conventional medicine offers the gold standard in diagnostics, but the only treatment offered by conventional docs is typically uses expensive drugs and surgical procedures to aide in conception. In Los Angeles one round of IVF (in-vitro fertilization) is likely to cost a couple $24,000,...

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Your Guide to Homeopathy and How it Can Support Your Women’s Health Goals

Homeopathy and How it Can Support Your Women’s Health Goals

I hear a lot of people these days using the term homeopathy incorrectly. Often, with the best intentions, many folks I talk with have grouped naturopathic medicine to be synonymous with homeopathy. In some cases, such as with myself, a naturopathic doctor does practice homeopathic medicine but this is not always the case. Homeopathy is one specific type of treatment that I use for patients, when it feels well indicated for the person. What is the meaning of homeopathy? Homeopathy is a form of medicine that assists the body in healing itself. It does not reject the great discoveries of...

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8 Steps to Prevent Cancer

8 Steps to Prevent Cancer

One recent study concluded that 90-95% of all cancers are attributed to lifestyle. Yes, 90-95%! Pretty shocking number, huh? That means that only 5-10% of cancers are due to what we’ll call “faulty genes,” or something that is beyond your control. This means that each of us has an incredible opportunity to prevent our cancer risk.Below are 8 simple steps you can take to reduce your risk for cancer….   #1. Eat 3-5 servings of vegetables a day. Vegetables, more than any other type of food, contain high levels of the nutrients that inhibit cell damage and mutations that can lead to...

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Weighing in on Multi-Vitamins

Weighing in on Multi-Vitamins

For decades, health care professionals have been recommending to their patients that they take a multi-vitamin to support their health. My clinical experience suggests that this recommendation is not true for everyone. This is for two reasons, (1) not all multi-vitamins are created equal, and therefore some are not worth the money spent, and (2) most vitamins and minerals are better absorbed as part of your diet rather then in a pill. This article will give you the guidelines to determine what, if any, multi-vitamin products are worth your time and money and how to assess if you need to...

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