All posts by Dr. Pamela Colby

Is Fat Bad?

Have you ever seen a lion stalk a herd of wildebeest searching for the skinniest one with the least amount of fat? In the natural world, fat is a prized commodity. It is calorie dense, allows longer satiety because it burns slowly and provides needed nutrients not found in other food types. Humans have been […]

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Chicken soup

CHICKEN SOUP My mom always made chicken soup when I was sick as a kid, saying it was “good for colds”. A few decades later, the Mayo Clinic lists chicken soup as a cold remedy, writing that it is anti-inflammatory and relieves congestion. PubMed (an online database of medical journals) even has a study showing […]

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Castor Oil Packs

Castor Oil Packs One of my favorite and most often prescribed naturopathic treatments is use of castor oil. The term “castor oil” often elicits a distasteful response as people recall various stories, commercials, or even the infamous Tom and Jerry episode where castor oil was used as a punishment for bad behavior. I do not […]

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Green Smoothie

Green smoothies can be a life-changing way to get loads of nutrients quickly and deliciously. Once you get the hang of making them and stocking the right ingredients, you’ll have a delicious glass of energy in your hand in about 5 minutes. Ingredients: -1 cup washed greens (Spinach, spring mix, lettuce, kale, chard, cabbage, etc.) […]

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The Gut-Brain Connection

It is a common saying among naturopathic doctors that the gut is the “second brain.”
This is because the enteric nervous system of the gut can function independent of the central nervous system (the brain). At the same time, these two systems are connected.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter associated with our level of happiness, low levels showing a correlation with clinical depression. Interestingly, the majority of serotonin in the body comes from our gut.

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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Vitamin D has become a popular topic in the last few years, with more studies and articles about it appearing in the media every week. The available information consistently shows us there are even more benefits from Vitamin D than previously known.

We use the term “vitamin” in reference to Vitamin D, which in reality acts more like a hormone than a vitamin in the body. It is essential in the regulation of calcium metabolism, helping our bones to become and stay strong. Since Americans have one of the globe’s highest rates of osteoporosis, it is in our best interest to prevent the disease by taking adequate amounts of Vitamin D.

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Warming Socks

Starting to feel low or like you are on the cusp of a cold or another acute illness? Warming socks may be the perfect antidote. Warming socks increase circulation, stimulate the immune system and decrease congestion. Some people even find that they sleep more peacefully and handle stress better when using them on a regular […]

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