“Educating Sanesco’s clients is the culmination of a life’s work.” Beginning when she left the hospital environment to manage a functional laboratory, Genova Diagnostics (formerly Great Smokies Laboratories) in 1987, Dr. Connie Shoemaker has continued to increase her knowledge of herbs and biochemistry as a journey of love. With her bachelor’s in science from Western Carolina University, she had worked in hospital laboratories for the first twelve years of her career. Then, personal health challenges led her to discover a new approach to her health and a determination to share it with others. In 1991, she began teaching and educating innovative practitioners in the U.S. and internationally as a manager of marketing, sales, and customer service. The addition of her Doctor of Naturopathy degree to her existing knowledge base expanded her knowledge and her respect for a more natural approach to healing through balance. At Sanesco, she initially served to oversee technical development of products and services. Now, she educates Sanesco’s clients on application of the CSM™ model for their specific patients and how to integrate the CSM™ model with other modalities they offer in their practice. In her personal life, Connie educates private clients on various health topics.

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Burnout and the HPA Axis

Posted Connie Shoemaker, ND Blog

What is Burnout? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), burnout is “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” The WHO further describes burnout via these three aspects:1 Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion Increased mental distance from one’s job or feelings of negativism or cynicism related […]

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Your “Desert Island” Go-To Stress Solution

Posted Connie Shoemaker, ND Blog

Imagine yourself stranded on an island. You are likely experiencing lots of stress, leaving you feeling “wired and tired.” Where are you? How will you find food and water? How will you find shelter? Will you need to build it? “What was that noise in the bushes?” Is a predator lingering around the corner, looking […]

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Male Libido, Testosterone, & Neurotransmitters

Posted Connie Shoemaker, ND Blog

While testosterone is often thought of as the source of male libido, the nervous system plays a crucial role as well. In fact, three nervous system messengers (that is, neurotransmitters)—dopamine, glutamate, and serotonin—impact male sexual health. Players in Male Libido What is Dopamine? Dopamine plays an important role in emotion, motor control, focus, working memory, […]

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A Natural Sleep Aid for “Sleep-Life” Balance

Posted Connie Shoemaker, ND Blog

Sleep-life balance is key to work-life balance, and a natural sleep aid may be necessary to get it. What is sleep-life balance? While technically a made-up term, it refers to the importance of a good night’s sleep for all aspects of life.  More than 65% of American adults think sleep plays an important role in […]

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5 New Ways to Get Better Sleep

Posted Connie Shoemaker, ND Blog

We’ve all heard of different ways to get better sleep, ranging from room darkening curtains to various remedies. We try one thing after another, hoping to catch a few more Zzzzs. Despite all our efforts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports over 35% of the population continues to get less than the […]

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Five Benefits of Ashwagandha for Women

Posted Connie Shoemaker, ND Blog

What is Ashwagandha? Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng, is a plant that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for a very long time. Ayurvedic medicine is a form of traditional medicine that originates in India. Ashwagandha is a shrub and its roots, leaves, and berries have all been used medicinally. It has been used […]

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How Exercise Lowers Stress

Posted Connie Shoemaker, ND Blog

Regular exercise is thought to be beneficial for a variety of mental and physical health outcomes. Stress is considered anything that negatively influences the body’s homeostasis.[1] While exercise is a healthy and often stress-relieving activity, vigorous physical activity causes the body to mount a stress response. Cortisol is glucocorticoid hormone which plays a major role […]

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Progesterone, GABA, and Women’s Health

Posted Connie Shoemaker, ND Blog

Assessing hormones and neurotransmitters, such as progesterone and GABA, is crucial to women’s neuroendocrine health. Testing and addressing imbalances can help promote women’s sense of well-being and overall quality of life. Progesterone and Women’s Health Throughout life, women experience fluctuating hormone levels. Progesterone and estrogen rise and fall during the menstrual cycle, potentially contributing to […]

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Chronic Stress and Hypothyroidism

Posted Connie Shoemaker, ND Blog

Chronic stress may induce changes in thyroid hormone activity that contribute to hypothyroid symptoms. Stress may contribute through altering important thyroid hormone transporters and enzymes. Weight gain or inability to lose weight, cold extremities, depression, poor memory and focus, and hair loss are common signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism. Serum TSH and T4 levels are […]

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Bacillus coagulans | Probiotics Bacteria Spotlight

Posted Connie Shoemaker, ND Blog

What is Bacillus coagulans? Bacillus coagulans is a spore-forming, lactic acid producing, Gram-positive, facultative anaerobe.[1] It was formerly known as Lactobacillus sporogenes until it was reclassified due to its plurality as a spore-former and a lactic acid producing bacteria. Spore forming bacteria are unique, because of their vegetative life stage as a spore.[2] These spores […]

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