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The Flu: Questions and Answers

by Dr. Maura Henninger

Many of you have asked me about the current season of the flu. I always encourage you to get educated so you can make smart, informed decisions about your health. But confusion and misinformation about the flu abounds.

What exactly is the flu, how long does it last and how is it spread?

What is the flu vaccine and does it work? Should I get vaccinated and should I vaccinate my kids?

What can I do to help myself stay healthy right now?

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Heal Your Thyroid with Herbal Medicine

I continue to blog about herbal medicine over at The Huffington Post because I’m passionate about healing people with gentle, non-toxic and natural plants, given to us by the earth. Herbs really do have incredibly healing properties, no more so than when it comes to thyroid, and specifically autoimmune thyroid disease. Read on for my top picks for herbal medicine to treat autoimmune disease of the thyroid, otherwise known as Hashimoto’s disease.

Male thyroid anatomy

Male thyroid anatomy

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Herbal Medicine for the Top Three Pregnancy Woes

PregnancyIllustrationI love treating pregnant moms: it’s a time of great amazement, when we watch what the human body is capable of. Moms-to-be sometimes feel great and sometimes don’t. Some support for uncomfortable aspects of pregnancy need support, to be sure. In this article, I talk about herbal remedies for some of the top pregnancy complaints: morning sickness, insomnia and prolonged labor.

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Treating the Root Cause of IBS: Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

This month in the Huffington Post, I write about an issue I see quite frequently in practice: IBS. Did you know that 84% of IBS patients suffer from overgrowth of bacterial in their small intestine?

images-1Rosie is a 30-year-old banker with very long work hours who came to see me with symptoms of gas, bloating and constipation. She had stomach cramps after eating, stubborn acne and a weight gain of 10 pounds in the last couple years despite a good diet and exercising regularly.

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Three Steps to Eradicating Eczema For Good, No Drugs Required

My office is often the last stop on the block for people with chronic skin conditions who’ve been to dermatologists who’ve prescribed regimens of creams and pills that mask the condition temporarily, only to have the problem flare up again with the same, or worse, intensity. One of the most common of these conditions is eczema, or atopic dermatitis. One suffering patient of mine, a woman in her mid-thirties, came in with her fingers completely bandaged and throughout our first meeting, incessantly scratched her arms.

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