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Understanding the Fight, Flight, Freeze, Fawn Response: How Trauma Shapes Our Stress Response

Have you ever wondered why you react to stress in a particular way? Well, it turns out that our responses to stress are deeply rooted in the wiring of our autonomic nervous system and can be categorized into four distinct patterns: Fight, Flight, Freeze, and Fawn. These “4 F’s” are our body’s natural defense mechanisms, […]

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If Your Eyes Have This One Sign, It May Indicate a Neurological Imbalance

Do you or your kids have large pupils? As a functional medicine doctor, I often observe this firsthand or ask my patients this question. If people have already noticed this and have brought it up to their doctor, they often get told that it is normal or that they’ll grow out of it, but in

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If Your Eyes Have This One Sign, It May Indicate a Neurological Imbalance

Do you or your kids have large pupils? As a functional medicine doctor, I often observe this firsthand or ask my patients this question. If people have already noticed this and have brought it up to their doctor, they often get told that it is normal or that they’ll grow out of it, but in

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The Nutrition-Inflammation Connection: How Your Food May be Contributing to Chronic Illness.

What is at the core of 85% of our chronic health conditions and modern diagnoses? Inflammation.  While “inflammation” may sound like a scary word, the inflammatory process is a normal and necessary response to trauma and a vital component of the immune system – but only when the inflammation is localized and temporary. On the

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The Vagus Nerve: How Balancing This Nerve Can Lower Your Stress

If you’re trying to overcome overwhelm, look no further!  Have you heard of the vagus nerve? The vagus nerve is the longest cranial nerve in the human body that goes from the base of the brain down to the digestive system, attaching itself to organs along the way, such as the heart and lungs. It

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Balancing Hormones without Birth Control: A New Approach to an Old Way of Thinking

Women and young girls are generally given one solution for any hormone-related issues: Birth control. PCOS? Birth control. Irregular cycles? Birth control. Long periods? Birth control. Headaches? Birth control. Hormones are a multifaceted network and they must be treated as such. Girls are being put on birth control younger and younger, trying to fix hormone-related

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Favorite Things: Dr. Wibbenmeyer’s Refreshing Summer Favorites

We have this dreamy vision of summer sunshine with days spent by the lake. But what that idyllic vision doesn’t consider: how HOT these summer days can be!  There’s nothing quite like a refreshing summer treat to help us beat the heat. But some of your favorite summer treats have some not-so-healthy ingredients… Think hidden

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