Entries by Tara Gignac, ND

Whooping Cough Prevention and Treatment

In the last week, we have seen a couple of little ones show up with confirmed cases of whooping cough. Whooping cough, or pertussis, is an infection of the respiratory tract caused by the bordetella pertussis bacteria. It starts out looking like the common cold–runny nose, fever, mild cough. This is then followed by severe coughing […]

Vitamin C and Sepsis (& Other Infections!)

Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by your body’s response to an infection that has gotten out of control. Sepsis develops when the chemicals of the immune system that are released into the bloodstream to fight an infection instead cause wide spread inflammation throughout the entire body. When sepsis turns into septic shock things get […]

How to Decide What to Eat

North Americans are obsessed with figuring out what is or isn’t the BEST food or diet. Reports in the media like this one report on a single food that is magic for a specific health complaint–in this case nuts and colon cancer. No doubt some media outlet will post an article the soon that nuts are bad for you because […]

My Experience with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement

I wrote about my experience with peri-menopausal symptoms in this tongue-in-cheek article that focused on the lifestyle changes that can very much help with peri- and post-menopausal symptoms. But what about when the important lifestyle changes aren’t helping, and the symptoms are really getting in the way of your life? I’m not much of a complainer and I […]

365 Days of Meditation

Over the years, many of you have read posts about my “New Years Resolutions”. It’s not uncommon for me to pick a habit that I want to solidify in my life, and then commit to a year of daily practice to incorporate it into my day to day activity. I’ve done it with exercise, eating fruits and […]

This Year, Eat Together

I am blessed with many friends both old and new, who love food. We have sat around countless tables together cooking, eating, drinking and laughing. Every Monday night the lot of us get together for dinner. It can be as few as two families and as many as six. We take turns cooking for each […]

It’s Official: Complaining is Bad For You

Sometimes there is nothing better then sitting down with a bunch of girlfriends and having a good vent. Your husband keeps leaving the toilet seat up. Your kids are driving you crazy. Your boss makes your life a misery. Endless housework and shopping and driving the kids everywhere. You feel tired, look haggard and you haven’t […]

Maximizing Your Extended Benefits

Most of our patients have chronic health problems that they’ve been suffering with for years–a long and slow process of symptoms showing up, then getting more frequent or becoming more intense. At some point, their MD has done all the tests and the story usually arrives at one of these endings: “There is nothing that […]

Tonight’s Be The Change Film: Minimalism

Minimalism: A Documentary about Important Things – Tickets here. Some of the happiest times in my life have been while living out of a backpack, carrying my house, my kitchen, my bedroom and few good books from place to place. Those were times of travel as a young woman, before the responsibilities that I have […]