We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Mary James to Women’s Health Network. As a naturopathic physician, Mary follows a functional and preventative approach to medicine. Her areas of interest are menopause, nutritional endocrinology, anti-aging, hormonal imbalances and the impact of stress. She has recently published the article, Subclinical hypothyroidism: understanding causes and solutions on Women’s Health Network. Look for more of Mary’s articles in the future!
We asked Mary eight personal questions so that our readers could get to know her better. Here are her answers.
1. Book or movie that changed your life?
The book, Love and Awakening, by John Welwood, is still a gentle reminder after all these years to not clench my psyche “into a fist” in response to old emotional pain. For, by saying no to pain, we wind up saying no to ourselves instead. Welwood reminds us that the first step in freeing ourselves from old setups is to open to our experience, just as it is. A lifelong process!
2. Favorite healthy snack?
Nuts – all sorts! I love a good crunch.
3. What do you do for exercise?
Pilates. Also lots of hilly dog-walking with my dog.
4. Guilty pleasure?
5. Favorite hobbies and things to do when you have time off?
Dancing (especially west coast swing), stimulating conversation, movies, hiking, reading, hanging out at the dog park!
6. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Right now, it’s a toss-up between Costa Rica (for the monkeys and birds) and Ireland (for the green rolling hills and music).
7. What’s most exciting to you about working with Women’s Health Network?
I love getting to focus more on women’s health. I also feel honored to be a part of furthering women’s understanding of some important topics that have either received too little attention over the years, or which are surrounded by mixed messages. It’s no wonder that women are often confused!
8. How did you become interested in women’s health?
First and foremost, by being a woman! I have also always been fascinated by the body’s complexity and interaction between systems, most notably in the endocrine system, which plays a huge part in women’s health.