LIVER = Health

New research is coming in about your liver and your health.  It is nothing extremely new that your ability to detox (with your liver) is going to help you have better health.  What is new in the research is that there are over 350+ functions of the liver and they are all important.

As our population ages, so does the research on the contributors to health in that population.  Like Alzeimer’s Disease (AD) and dementia.  I bet you don’t know the difference?!

The liver has been studied lately with it’s correlations to how we utilize or breakdown our prescription drugs.  This link is important.  If you age and your liver functions less optimal and you start taking more drugs.  What is your risk of other health concerns?  When our liver is sluggish and it’s functions quit we get symptoms that can range from physical like pain between the shoulder blades or simple like having to take more of your pain med or other drugs because they are suddenly less effective.

If you have thought about my question about the difference between AD and Dementia I will give you a brief and general overview below. Continue reading “LIVER = Health”


Doctor search

It is very important to pick a doctor, stick with them and have your kids stick with them.  The reality…this doesn’t happen.  There are many reasons why!  How can I convince you to try?

I will lay out a good argument. Here it is:

You will be happier, healthier, have lower health costs, be able to make goals and achieve them, get answers to your questions at a reasonable time and have it be applicable to your health.

So where to start?

Do you have goals for your health? Short term, long term? If so, write them down.  If not, make some and write them down.

Once your goals are in front of you ask yourself this question: Can my doctor help me with these goals or are they something I need to work on alone? Secondly, if a doctor could help but not the doctor you see now…it’s time to start investigation and asking around for a primary care doctor to be your doctor.

Things to look for in your doctor: Do they practice prevention or treatment styles that match your beliefs? Do they have the hours you are looking for?  Is the location good? Do you like the ambiance of clinic? Are the staff friendly? Will your doctor be around for a long time to take care of you?  Will you afford care there?

With all the health care changes in America we are all on this crumbly rock of uncertainty.

My health care model in my clinic is patient centered.  Because I am not contracted with any third party insurance company I am able to have lower costs and great patient doctor relationships.  When patients come into our office they know how much it will be for their visit and it is paid before they leave.  This means no surprise bill in the mail later on and no fighting about cost and services etc. This is how health care should be.

Know your goals, write them down, interview and find the right primary care doctor and stick to them for a long time.  You will be healthier because of it.


Looking for a doctor in MN? Please contact us for care or referral to another clinic in your area (651) 633-4291 or

Blood sugar regulation: a key component to our health.

Building blocks to health.  Strong foundation = strong and healthy body.

Our cells in our body need:

  1. Fuel: glucose + oxygen
  2. Activation

Our cells need fuel and activation at just the right amount to stay healthy.  If you have too little glucose (hypoglycemia) or too little oxygen (anemia) or too little activation (physical or mental activity) you will have apoptosis (cell death).  It can be the same with too much: glucose (diabetes), oxygen (hyperventilation) or activation (neuro-degeneration).

“This is important for you to know because when your body is busy regulating the foundation or building blocks to your health, it cannot take care of anything else.”

One of our building blocks:

Blood sugar has an optimal range in our blood (70-100mg/dl fasting).  If this is under 70 you will be low (hypoglycemic), if this is higher than 126 you will be high (diabetes) and if it is in between 100-126 you will be pre-diabetic.

Blood sugar needs to be regulated like this to allow our body to function the best way it knows how.  If your body is not able to do this with ease then your body will only focus on this and never move to fixing anything else that needs attention.  Why is that important?

This is important because each cell and organ needs repair through out our lives.  It’s more than just once a year like some car maintenance.  It is daily and hourly and sometimes each minute.  Our bodies are made to work 24 hours a day.  Day time we break things, use things and consume things. Night time we build things, store things and clean up for the next day.  For those of you with kids you get this system very well.

“Kids go to sleep and we reorganize the house to start all over again in the morning.”  -Parent

The circadian rhythm of the body goes something like this:

  1. Wake up (high cortisol, low growth hormone/melatonin)
  2. Enjoy the day (moderate cortisol, moderate growth hormone/melatonin)
  3. Go to bed (low cortisol, high growth hormone/melatonin)
  4. Repeat cycle


If you have dis-regulated blood sugars all day for many days, you can count on your cortisol levels to be affected. When you are healthy, this will correct itself and you will have no symptoms.  When our blood sugar drops (from no food for periods of 2+hours during the day/night) our cortisol levels increase to raise the sugar levels in our blood.

Common side affects of dis-regulated blood sugar:

  • Head Aches
  • Mood changes
  • Visual Disturbances
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Pitter Patter of the heart
  • Food Cravings
  • Clammy Skin
  • Seizures
  • Weight Gain/unable to loose
  • Fatigue

“Every cell in your body needs sugar (glucose) to function. When your blood sugar levels drop too low, your cells become starved for energy. Initially, that can cause minor symptoms, but if you don’t get your blood sugar levels up soon, you’re at risk of serious complications like adrenal fatigue, diabetes, loss of consciousness, hormonal response, etc.”

There are ways to help with this that are simple.  Please reach out to learn more at our clinic: (651) 633-4291

Continue reading “Blood sugar regulation: a key component to our health.”


Young & Healthy…Are you?

How to keep your youth, realistically.


When your friends and family are getting fat, breaking legs, feeling fatigued and maybe even getting diagnosed with cancer.  It’s TIME to GET SERIOUS!

Get a general practitioner that will be there for you long term, maybe even helping your kids.  This is step number 1 to becoming healthy and preventing your ill health.  Now that you have established a GP (general practitioner), it’s TIME to GET EQUIPPED!

That’s right.  Read everything you can on things you enjoy and leave the rest to the experts.  Find a professional that will help you exercise properly, eat well, and educate you with the long term part of the healthy lifestyle.  You need to have time to think about what you want out of life and how to relay this to your doctor and also the health providers you surround yourself with.  You are all different and have different needs to achieve those goals.  Finally, it’s TIME to GET FRIENDS!

Things are always better when you can share them!

Health is serious, but only when we are not in good health.  It seems that most people wait to help themselves.  I urge you to take the time now to help your self in the future.  Did you know that many people with acid re-flux have a Hiatal Hernia that can be manually adjusted with out surgery!!  I have had numerous patients in office that have eliminated acid re-flux and now averted having surgery.  This is AWESOME for patients in two ways: cost savings (no surgery and not missing work) and less invasive. Talk to your health care professional about 1-2 times every year to set goals and make sure you are preventing bad habits for your health.




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I am here as a doctor, educator, friend, sister, wife, mom and business owner to spill my guts about health in all forms.  This blog will be here to help those seeking how to reach their goals by first thinking about, then setting them.  (leading by example of course!)

I hope this finds you well and you can learn from my long and intense journey into health and well-being.


Dr. Nicole