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03 Mar A Holistic Approach to Anxiety

Anxiety refers to a state of nervousness, worry, apprehension, or fear. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful circumstances, as it can improve focus and performance in a tense situation. When anxiety is excessive, however, it can induce physical symptoms such as high blood pressure, heart palpitations, chest pain, nausea or headache. If chronic, anxiety can be emotionally disabling, and compromise immune and digestive function. Correcting underlying imbalances may significantly lessen its severity.

  • Imbalances in certain nutrients can exacerbate anxiety.
  • Amino acids are crucial building blocks for important brain neurotransmitters that stabilize mood.
  • Women are more than twice as likely to have anxiety than men, especially when levels of estrogen and progesterone fluctuate.
  • Anxiety can also result from “adrenal fatigue”
  • Immune reactions to gluten contribute to anxiety and depression in some individuals.
  • Exposure to certain heavy metals such as lead can affect the nervous system, triggering anxiety.
  • Individuals suffering from anxiety may lack essential fatty acids such as omega-3 EPA and DHA.

The beauty of Naturopathic Care is that it can address each of these possible contributors to anxiety.   Through an individualized approach using nutrition, exercise, appropriate laboratory testing, botanical remedies, and supplementation to replete or correct imbalances, the severity of anxiety can often be greatly diminished.   Making lifestyle changes is of upmost importance.  In addition, learning coping skills and using relaxation techniques can also be helpful.  Thus, I also suggest my clients work closely with a qualified counselor/therapist when anxiety is significant and/or pervasive.

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28 Feb A Holistic Approach to Depression


Depression is a medical illness that involves the mind and body.  Feelings of hopelessness, chronic apathy, and reduced ability to experience pleasure in life are some of the debilitating symptoms of depression.   Chronic depression can interfere with a person’s work and social life, appetite, sleep, and energy level, and has also been noted to increase risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, especially among women.
  • Imbalances in certain hormones may underlie depression, particularly when stress and obesity are present.
  • Inadequate amounts of certain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fats can predispose to chronic depression.
  • Certain amino acids are crucial source material for the production of brain neurotransmitters and mood regulation.
  • Malabsorption in celiac disease may interfere with mood regulating neurotransmitters and nutrients such as vitamin B12.
  • Studies shower a higher incidence of depression in those with celiac’s disease compared to those without the disorder.
  • Many with depression also suffer from thyroid hormone imbalances
  • Overexposure to certain heavy metals have been shown to induce  depression.
  • Pre-menstrual and post-menopausal hormone imbalances contribute to mood swings in many women.
  • Deficient omega-3 fatty acids can contribute to depression, particularly in alcoholics and post-partum women.
  • Imbalances in melatonin can result in depression.
  • Depression in men seems to correlate with a drop in testosterone seen with aging.
  • Depression appears to predispose individuals to immune hypersensitivity to various food and environmental allergens.
  • Bacterial overgrowth in the small bowel can impair absorption of key nutrients involved in mood regulation.
The beauty of Naturopathic Care is that it can address each of these possible contributors to depression.   Working with Dr. Naumes to create an individualized approach using nutrition, exercise, appropriate laboratory testing (via your primary care physician), botanical remedies, and supplementation to replete or correct imbalances, the body can function at a more optimal level.   Making appropriate lifestyle changes is often of upmost importance.   Dr. Naumes encourages her clients to work closely with a qualified counselor/therapist.
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10 Feb Male Fertility – the lifestyle burden isn’t just on women

Male Fertility

Ok guys, this one’s for you!  I’ll keep it short and sweet. Here are factors that may affect male fertility that you might not have thought about.

The quality of sperm is a measure of both the sperm’s genetic integrity and its capacity for fertilizing an oocyte (egg). Poor sperm quality has been associated with abnormal sperm motility (movement) and the inability to complete the processes of fertilization. The following may negatively impact sperm and may have other negative effects on male fertility:

  • Oxidative stress – think alcohol consumption, the standard american diet, and lack of exercise

  • Being overweight – not only does this affect your sperm’s ability in the fertilization story, but it may affect your future child’s health!

  • Smoking cigarettes or marijuana

  • Steroids

  • Cocaine

  • PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – especially those used regularly

  • Certain antibiotics, especially when taken the 4 months before trying to conceive

  • Specific pesticides and chemical solvents

  • Sedentary jobs

Please remember that optimizing your fertility holistically isn’t just about the woman.  It’s about both people optimizing their fertility to increase your odds in any given attempt. GO TEAM!

If you need help, schedule an appointment today.

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10 Dec Happy Holidays!

Dr. Kate Naumes || Holistic Wellness

 We have moved down the hall! Turn right off the elevator to find our beautiful new space.

 Also, as a reminder, the office will be closed December 24th – January 2nd for Winter Break.

 Please visit our convenient online scheduling system to schedule an appointment. If you need to refill a supplement, please submit your request to order@naumesnd.com. All orders will be  drop shipped to your home address and will include shipping/personal order fees until our next group order on January 11th.

 Stay safe and warm!

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25 Nov The Hockaday School Career Mentoring Board

“When a girl comes of age in an environment in which she takes for granted the fact that her voice matters, she has a solid foundation for taking that assumption into the rest of her life”  Kim Wargo – Eugene McDermott Headmistress at Hockaday

In my practice we believe that healthy women are the hub of a healthy world, so of course I couldn’t agree more with Ms. Wargo’s quote above. As a graduate of an all women’s college, Mount Holyoke, I know first-hand the value that a supportive single sex education can provide in empowering young women. So I was delighted recently to be asked to speak at a Career Mentoring event for high school girls from Hockaday, a college preparatory day and boarding school located in Dallas.

When ladies have the ability to support and learn from each other, the effect is powerful. For my part, I used to my time with these students to answer their questions about the difficulties and rewards of medical school, midwifery training and a typical day in a doctor’s working life. It was refreshing to see these inquisitive young ladies leaning in to their futures and I’m happy to have had the opportunity to support them.  Thank you Hockaday for letting me be a part of your Career Mentoring Event.

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12 Sep Naturopathic Medicine Week

The U.S. Senate last night unanimously passed a resolution designating October 7 – October 13 as Naturopathic Medicine Week.

The resolution recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in providing “safe, effective, and affordable health care…” and encourages Americans to learn about the role of naturopathic physicians in preventing chronic and debilitating conditions.

Passage of this resolution is an historic achievement for naturopathic medicine. The Congress has now officially recognized the important role naturopathic medicine plays in effectively addressing the nation’s health care needs as well as in addressing the increasingly severe shortage of primary care physicians.

For the latest information about Naturopathic Medicine Week (NMW), visit the NMW page on AANP’s website.

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