How to build a better baby

Pregnancy is an important time to re-evaluate your diet and nutrient intake. When morning sickness strikes, we often fall back on comfort foods, which may not be so healthy. This presents some challenges to actually getting a balanced diet. Just think of the fact that all the elements in the molecules that make up of our bodies come from our food, orchestrated by the code that we call our DNA. So, it's an amazing dance between nature and nurture. At the ce...

They were going to induce my labor, even though I thought things were going fine!

In my second pregnancy, I was again diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I thought I had done a great job of controlling my blood sugar and my diet. So, at 38 weeks, after keeping all my visits, and trying hard to be a good patient, it was explained to me, that my labor had to be induced the following day. I was to going to be scheduled for an ultrasound, an amniocentesis to check lung maturity, and if all of that was fine, labor induction would begin. You

What scares you the most about pregnancy and becoming a new mom?

I was 29 years old, a senior in college, and a chemistry major, when I found out I was pregnant with my oldest son. I was also applying to medical school, hoping to move to Atlanta, Georgia, where my husband was already in medical school. So, I can tell you from my experience about all the things I worried about. As young newlywed and in college and medical school, I worried a lot. Upon arriving to Atlanta mid-pregnancy, I had to find a doctor, and ...

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is a fundamentally different approach to diagnosis and treatment which concerns itself with two basic questions, 1) what does that patient have too much of, that needs to be reduced, and 2) what does the patient have not enough of, which needs to be replenished, or rebalanced. Rather than diagnosing a disease by a collection of end organ problems and symptoms as is done in the conventional medicine model, functional medicine concerns it...