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Author: Erica Zelfand

Seven Ways to Kick Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is caused by a fungus. Because fungi like to grow in warm, damp, dark climates, the infection often strikes in athletes, who tend to have sweaty feet stuck in tight-fitting shoes for long periods of time. The rash can affect non-athletes as well,...

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream (Just 2 Ingredients!)

We have a policy in our house: if a banana turns spotty or brown, it gets peeled and put in a glass container in the freezer. These frozen bananas come in handy for smoothies and peanut butter banana ice cream, an all time favorite among kids and adults alike. Ingredients: 4 ripe bananas 2...

What are man-boobs? Why is my teenager getting gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia (Man Boobs) in Teenage Boys

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); “Um, why does my son have boobs?” Parents sometimes ask this question about their newborn babies. After floating around in mom’s estrogen-rich womb for nine months, it’s normal for newborn babies to have little breast buds. This is both normal and temporary, and resolves with time. What is...

Gluten-free, dairy-free snack ideas. Naturopathic elimination diet ideas!

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Snack Ideas

From Cheerios to goldfish, it seems the default snack in America today is the refined carbohydrate. Refined carbs quickly turn into sugar in the body, making them a poor choice for satiating hunger, creating balanced energy, or delivering much nutritional value. Furthermore, most refined crackers and breads contain gluten, which is...

Thyroid health for moms-to-be, moms, and babies. (Including a list of thyroid symptoms!)

Thyroid Health for Moms-to-Be, Moms, and Babies

I’ve helped many women become pregnant after they’ve “failed” several rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF). It didn’t take any fancy equipment, painful procedures, or expensive medications. It just took looking at these women like they were more than ovaries and uteruses. Many of these women had undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Once we...

Healthy Kids Get Sick Sometimes (Really!) What is the Hygiene Hypothesis?

Healthy Kids Get Sick Sometimes (Really!)

In my family medicine practice, I make it a point to tell new parents at their baby’s 9-month well visit, “If she hasn’t had a fever yet, there’s a good chance she’ll have one before I see you back for the 12 month checkup.” Although it sounds alarming, getting sick with...