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Michael Stanclift, N.D.
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Michael Stanclift, N.D., earned his bachelors of science degree in biology and psychology at San Diego State University, where he developed his curiosity for meditation, herbal medicine and nutrition. These interests during his premedical studies led him to pursue a career in naturopathic medicine.

Dr. Stanclift is a California licensed naturopathic doctor and a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, one of seven accredited naturopathic colleges in North America. His clinical work focuses on mind-body and nutritional interventions.

Dr. Stanclift takes the philosophy behind naturopathic medicine to heart in his life and practice. He addresses each patient as an individual, and treats them as an entire person. For more information about seeing him as a patient in Carlsbad, California (near San Diego) visit

In his free time he enjoys rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, photography and films.

Entries by Michael Stanclift, N.D.

How Genes Can Influence Our Mood

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 10:24 AM

When Susan* first came to see me, she was feeling pretty low. She had debilitating fatigue, and her body ached all over. Susan had been prescribed an antidepressant, and it helped with her depression a little, but she was still constantly anxious and had difficulty concentrating. Everything seemed "life or...

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Is Positive Thinking Undermining Our Health?

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 11:05 AM

When it comes to diseases and health, we're obsessed with the physical side of things. We have to admit, scapegoats are convenient. If we can blame a specific bacteria, virus, chemical, or food for causing our illness, we're happy to get on board with the treatments, even lifestyle changes.

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Our Symptoms Are There to Teach Us

(3) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 7:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

"Go after what gives you meaning in your life, and trust the stress that follows." How beautifully said.

In my practice, I see patients with many different conditions. While the physical components of their illnesses need...

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Quality Supplements Do Exist

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 3:09 PM

When I introduce myself as a naturopathic doctor to people, many get a look of confusion on their faces. I'm used to it. So then I say, "Well I'm a doctor, and I use natural medicines with my patients." Then they often ask, "So does that stuff actually...

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5 Reasons Why You Might Have Trouble Sleeping (And What You Can Do!)

(3) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 7:24 AM

We all love a restful sleep. Sleep is so important to our health, it's something I ask my patients about at nearly every visit. Though it may appear that we're not doing much, while we sleep our bodies are carrying out a lot of maintenance to keep us healthy. When...

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Caring for Our Internal Pharmacy

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 12:43 PM

Many of us don't realize it, but our bodies are constantly organizing and carrying out complex operations to maintain our health. Nearly all our internal functions occur outside our awareness. For instance, we don't put in much effort to digest our food, or filter our blood. And under most circumstances...

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How Does a Mindful Practice Do Anything?

(37) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 11:40 PM

It's not a question I get asked a lot, but I kind of wish it was. Maybe it's the thought of being answered with a lot of neuroscience jargon that keeps people from asking. Maybe most folks just aren't as interested in the brain, and all that it does, as...

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Food and Mood: Is What You're Eating, Eating You?

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 1:20 PM

Some of the simplest and healthiest habits in life are the most difficult for us to maintain. For years, medical professionals shrugged off this simple truth, but recently more and more of us are acknowledging our responsibility in this realm. It takes time to sit down with each patient and...

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Compassion Born From Tragedy

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 1:30 PM

In light of the recent tragedy in Connecticut, I'm compelled to share with you, dear reader, my experiences. I hope that you might use them as a stepping stone to your own mental freedom.

Death is always a tough thing for us to deal with. Even when it comes to...

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Our Changing Relationship With Our Health

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 11:51 AM

We view our health differently these days. We used to seek a doctor's advice on how to "fix" us, but in recent years many of us have been taking more responsibility for our own care. As more and more medical research is compiled and available to the public, we're starting...

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You're What Kind of Doctor?

(126) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 8:11 AM

"Wait, you're what kind of doctor? A nat-uro-pathic doctor? What's that?"

I get this question all the time. It's not so surprising when it comes from someone I meet in a coffee shop or on an airplane, but I still hear it from other doctors, too. In fact, it's more...

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Is It a Bad Idea to Take Supplements and Herbs Without Medical Guidance?

(5) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 11:45 AM

If you feel a little lost in the vitamin aisle, you're not alone. Many of us dabble with vitamins and supplements, and probably just as many are overwhelmed standing in front of a wall of seemingly-similar products. How do you tell which one of these products might help you? How...

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Can Eating Breakfast Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

(2) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 3:00 PM

I make it a habit to regularly ask about my patients' dietary habits, and it sometimes surprises me how few of us regularly eat breakfast. We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and recently medical researchers have uncovered a long term health benefit behind...

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Getting More From Every Day: Reigniting Your Creative Fire

(2) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 6:50 AM

Our creativity as humans is inspiring. When we creatively solve problems or express ourselves in creative ways we spark new life, and ignite ideas in others as well. In my experience with patients and in my personal life, creative outlets have played a pivotal role in mental well-being. Studies show...

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Getting More From Everyday: A Meditation for Discomfort and Stress

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 5:31 PM

I remember the first time I met eyes with the "Dutchman." His stare was steady but soft, tinged with strength and fragility. It was clear he had tasted financial success and fame, but something wasn't all right with him. The wrinkles on his forehead and under his eyes were high-water...

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Dark Chocolate's Heart Health Benefits Are Bittersweet

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 3:21 PM

It's Valentine's Day, and chocolate is bound to be around us. We love the stuff, and recent studies suggest it may be one of the foods that loves us back.

In the past few years science has observed that people with a moderate intake of dark chocolate may...

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Should Grief Be Treated the Same as Depression?

(6) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 12:17 PM

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) may soon redefine what we know as grief to depression, if symptoms last more than two weeks. The APA is the agency that literally writes the book on mental disorders, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM. Their words shape...

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Understanding Meditation: How Attention Changes Our Brains

(12) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 7:15 AM

Meditation has become increasingly popular, and at some point we may ask, "Why are we meditating? What does it actually do? What is happening that makes a difference?" This short article can only cover a small portion of the effects seen from meditation, but is meant to highlight an important...

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Holding Strong Through the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 4:34 PM

Things are hard all over these days, and the holiday season can magnify our difficulties. Traditionally this was our harvest time, a time to sit down with the community and feast on what we had collectively grown. While we may have enough to eat (hopefully), there might be other "crops"...

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Getting More From Every Day: 5 Mindful Air Travel Tips

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 8:26 AM

Our minds crave novelty, connection and meaning and our everyday life can feel dull when nothing "pops out" at us. Mindfulness is a habit of noticing, without being carried away by our internal dialogue. It can highlight the wonders that surround us everyday. Rather than sitting in meditation alone, try...

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