Gail M. Gagnon, D.O. Blogs

10 Hormones Responsible For Weight Gain In Women

10 Hormones Responsible For Weight Gain In Women

No one can say that weight gain can be put down to just diet or exercise plan. In fact, often weight gain can be partly blamed on your hormones. Did you know that stubborn fat can be harder to lose if your hormones aren’t in balance? So it’s a great idea to get all...

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What Stress Does To Your Immune System

What Stress Does To Your Immune System

Stress is a normal part of modern daily life, but most people are not aware of the negative consequences of stress on their health—until it is too late. Some people are able to cope with stress better than others, while others take practical steps to reduce their...

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What Is Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy?

What Is Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Summary: Our hormones maintain the chemical balance in the body. The menstrual cycle in women triggers the production of some important hormones like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. When the ovaries stop functioning, whether due to age (menopause) or due to...

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Menopause and Bioidentical Hormones

Menopause and Bioidentical Hormones

Summary: Ever since the World Health Organization (WHO) released it's findings regarding traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT), women have been looking for alternatives. Suzanne Somer's book, The Sexy Years, introduced many of us to the term "Bioidentical...

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The Role Hormones Play In Migraines

The Role Hormones Play In Migraines

Migraine affects more than 37 million men and women in the US. As a result of these patterns, researchers have speculated that migraines might be linked to hormonal activity in women. Periods Most migraine sufferers are women, and many female migraine sufferers report...

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Progesterone to help balance hormones

Progesterone to help balance hormones

Summary: Take Progesterone to help balance estrogen in the body and reduce hot flashes. Keywords: progesterone, progesterone cream, hot flashes, change of life Article Body: Progesterone is a hormone naturally produced in the female body from both the ovaries and...

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The Difference Between Dementia And Alzheimer’s

The Difference Between Dementia And Alzheimer’s

“What’s the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?” This is a common question, and doctors can be good at confusing us. Physicians seem to prefer the word “dementia,” possibly because Alzheimer’s has become such a loaded word. “Dementia” somehow sounds less...

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Understanding Anti-Anxiety Medications

Understanding Anti-Anxiety Medications

Anti-anxiety medications might offer one quick solution to your anxiety problems. These types of drugs include traditional anti-anxiety drugs (benzodiazepines), as well as newer options like antidepressants and beta-blockers. They can help reduce your anxiety while...

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What You Should Know About Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

What You Should Know About Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Mary lives in Seattle, where the fall and winters are not known for being full of sunshine and blue skies—they are dark, overcast and quite dreary. Mary dreaded fall; even the changing colors on the trees did little to lighten her mood. As fall would move into winter...

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Health Conditions That Can Benefit From A Gluten-Free Diet

Health Conditions That Can Benefit From A Gluten-Free Diet

While people who have celiac disease and gluten allergies most often eliminate gluten from their diet, there are other health conditions that can benefit from a gluten-free diet. In fact, you may find that eating gluten-free is the answer for what’s ailing you. One of...

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The Connection Between Gluten, Weight Loss And Weight Gain

The Connection Between Gluten, Weight Loss And Weight Gain

With all the news about gluten and gluten-free diets, you may be wondering if gluten intolerance might be behind your weight gain. The answer is that, yes, if your body can’t process gluten, you may have many problems with weight gain, among others. However, weight...

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Foods That Can Help Boost Your Immune System

Foods That Can Help Boost Your Immune System

A number of foods have been found to benefit the immune system. One group of foods is thought to reduce inflammation in the body, leading to less wear and tear on all your bodily systems, including your immune system: anti-inflammatory foods. Adding anti-inflammatory...

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Inflammation And Your Immune System

Inflammation And Your Immune System

The word inflammation comes from the Latin inflammare, to set on fire. In the context of our immune system, heat, redness, pain and swelling form as a reaction to either injury, or a perceived threat in the body. If you've ever hit your thumb with a hammer, you can...

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GMOs And Gut Health

GMOs And Gut Health

GMOs (genetically modified organisms) have genes from another species transplanted into their DNA. This is done to increase production or yield or add some other previously nonexistent quality to the organism. These experimental organisms have so far been mostly...

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One Amazing Way To Health Digestion Problems: Enzymes

One Amazing Way To Health Digestion Problems: Enzymes

Your body is designed to digest the food you eat.It creates hydrochloric acid along with various enzymes for just that purpose. So why might you consider taking them as a supplement?Well if you seem to get gas no matter you eat, you often suffer from heartburn or...

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