Avoid Illness This Winter ~ Tip #5
It is that time of year again, when everyone you know is sick. Wouldn’t it be great if there were simple ways to avoid catching that nasty bug? Well, I'm going to share a few tricks - one trick a day - that I use to stay healthy during cold and flu season.
Sleep: Most of us don’t get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep every night, but during cold and flu season sleep is incredibly important to fend off pathogens, improve immunity and restore balance. When you are over-tired and sleep deprived, your stress hormones can increase, leaving you unable to fight off even the most mundane of pathogens.
Speak to a naturopathic physician about appropriate dosages and before beginning any new interventions. Stay tuned for the next blog entry on how to naturally treat colds and flues if you do get sick!
Catherine O'Halloran, ND Naturopathic Doctor
Catherine O'Halloran completed her Bachelors of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology, with a minor in Psychology at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. Following that, she attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto and obtained her degree as a Naturopathic Doctor. CCNM is one of seven naturopathic colleges accredited by the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education.
Catherine chose this profession because she saw the need for a type of health care that treats the entire person, and not just the symptoms of disease. She strives to follow the guiding principles of the profession, especially treating the root cause of disease and utilizing the innate healing power of nature. Through her training at CCNM, Catherine learned each therapeutic modality, including nutrition, botanical medicine, lifestyle counseling, homeopathy and physical medicine. In addition, she has taken courses through the Benson Henry Institute of Mind Body Medicine at Harvard and has started training in craniosacral therapy.
Although Catherine treats a wide variety of patients, with varying diseases, she has a special interest in women's health and pediatrics. In her clinical year at CCNM, Catherine was fortunate to be on a specialty shift in pediatrics, treating conditions such as autism, Asperger's syndrome, ADHD and childhood epilepsy.
Catherine is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors, the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors and the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She currently holds a physicians license through Vermont.