Whoo! I need a cold shower.

… no, really.  It’s called hydrotherapy, one of the oldest pillars of naturopathic medicine.  Hydrotherapy is simply any therapeutic use of water, and a simple practice you can adopt on a daily basis is called a contrast shower.  At the end of a normal warm shower, turn the water down to cool for about 30 seconds before turning it off.

Good night….

Sleep has long been considered by naturopathic doctors to be a foundation of health.  We all know that we can be grumpy without adequate sleep, but there’s been an explosion of science in recent years that have linked poor quality sleep to everything from high blood pressure to chronic pain to obesity.  A recent article in The Seattle Times focused on the importance of maintaining a cool sleeping environment —

Would you like that turkey with or without antibiotics?

The huge national recall on ground turkey in the past couple of weeks has turned the spotlight on important issues of food safety.  Not only was this turkey contaminated with the bacteria Salmonella, but many of these bacteria were resistant to common antibiotics.  How did this come about?

It is common practice in the poultry industry to administer low levels of antibiotics to birds,

Cranberry or Antibiotics for Urinary Tract Infection?

Bladder or urinary tract infection (UTI) is a problem that most women have experienced at some point in life.  For some women, UTIs recur on a regular basis.  Cranberry is an effective natural remedy at treating UTIs, and decreasing recurrence rates.  A recent Dutch study found that daily antibiotics for a year were more effective than cranberry at preventing UTIs —