Practical Actions for a Healthier Pregnancy

Recent articles have raised concerns about whether taking antidepressants may increase the risk of having a baby with autism. While frightening, these reports help raise awareness of the value of a careful self-assessment before you become pregnant. I recommend that you ask yourself these 10 questions before attempting to conceive:

1. Do you take prescribed medications? Find out if your medicine is safe during pregnancy by talking to your physician or pharmacist or look it up on this NIH website

2. Are you taking a prenatal multivitamin multi-mineral with folic acid, iron, and iodine? These multis are associated with easier conception, fewer miscarriages, fewer birth defects in your baby, and a reduced risk of autism in your child...

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An Online Program Shapes Doctors’ Minds—and Hearts

An Online Program Shapes Doctors’ Minds—and Hearts**

By Victoria Maizes MD

Nearly 14 years ago, the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine embarked on an experiment in online education that would have a major impact on the medical profession.

To meet the growing demand for training in integrative medicine—a healing-oriented practice that takes account of the whole person and makes use of all appropriate therapies—the center began offering the content of its residential fellowship online...

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Skin Deep App Makes Safer Product Search Easy

I am not really an app person.
Friends laugh when they see how few I have downloaded onto my smart phone. Still, I have to sing the virtues of the new, free Skin Deep app by the environmental working group. For many years I have instructed my patients to go to and look up their products on the Skin Deep website. Truth be told, it was slow going and cumbersome; but I promised patients and friends alike that once the effort had been made, they could shop with confidence for safer products.
More challenging was when a favorite product rated poorly; to find a better product required scanning through dozens of pages attempting to find a recognizable brand and a locally-sold product.Well, the new Skin Deep app has changed all of that...
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Going to the Chapel

Congratulations! You are about to get married. This is one of the happiest events of your life and if you are like most couples you have spent many months in wedding planning and preparation. Every detail has been carefully thought through to create your perfect day.

For many couples this is also the moment when you are ready to begin a family. While it may be easy to just stop using contraception and conceive, I recommend that you put as much effort into planning for your pregnancy as you did for your wedding.

On the one hand, the desire to have a child is a completely natural and straightforward part of being alive. Every day, women become pregnant, and in the United States, about 50% of the time it is unintentional...

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Dietary Supplements Demystified

What do you think about dietary supplements?  Do you use them? Do you find them helpful? Are you confused about choosing a high quality product?

On Friday, November 8th I was interviewed by Science Friday on the topic Navigating Dietary Supplements.  There were many excellent questions raised about the quality of products, the need for further regulation by the FDA, the evidence for herbs and the need for further research.    (If you would like to learn more about the challenges of bar coding as a method for assessing dietary supplements you can read this excellent article.)  I answered many of these questions on the segment; here I’d like to make available some of the resources that I find most useful.

One of the resources that people can use to find safer, better products is cons...

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