Lauren Weber
Dr. Lauren Weber is a family practice physician at the Center for Women's Health in Fairfield. She writes a blog on women’s health issues, and shares organic recipes.
Dr. Weber

Joint Pain May Signal Arthritis

Are you having aches and pains in your joints? Osteoarthritis (OA), also called degenerative arthritis, is the most common form of arthritis. While it occurs in almost everyone with advancing age, even younger individuals can develop it, depending on diseases or injury.


Try Chia Seeds with this Smoothie Recipe

Chia seeds are rich in nutrients and antioxidants. They are also an excellent source of fiber with 10 grams per ounce (about two tablespoons), and contain protein and minerals including as iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc.


Does Menopause Cause Depression?

If you're entering menopause, you're all too familiar with the physical symptoms. Can it cause psychological symptoms too? Yes.

When women enter perimenopause, the transition period to menopause, they're almost two times as likely to develop symptoms of depression. If you have hot flashes, or if you had post-partum depression after a delivery, you're at a higher risk.

I asked my colleague, Dr. Amber Stirlen, a NorthBay Healthcare psychologist, to share her insights on the mental implications of depression brought on by perimenopause and offer suggestions for helping you cope.


Staying Healthy This Flu Season

As we approach the cold and flu season it's important to get your flu vaccination. The vaccine is made to protect you against the predicted strains of the flu for any given year. Even if you received a flu shot last year, you should get this year's vaccination as it will protect you from a different strain of the virus.


Make Your Own Pita Chips

Enjoy my recipe for healthy, home-made pita chips with friends or treat yourself. This is a recipe I started making when I was a fellow at the Cleveland Clinic. With only four ingredients and a few easy steps, you can whip these up in no time!



Anxiety is one of the most common disorders seen in a clinical setting.

Do you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, constantly worrying about your kids or family members? Do you feel overwhelmed with what you have to do at home or at work? Are you constantly worried that something bad is going to happen?

Perhaps you worry about things you can't control, such as struggling to get on an airplane or drive on a highway. 


Try a Fresh and Tasty Salad for Lunch

You don't have to be from the Mediterranean to enjoy this special and wholesome Mediterranean salad. It just takes a little prep time (and ensuring the right ingredients are on hand), but it's worth it to enjoy the fresh taste and know that you're doing something healthy for your body.


There is Help for Hot Flashes

I often walk into my office and find a patient fanning herself with a magazine. As I introduce myself, she seems stressed and her face is flushed with perspiration. When I ask if she's OK, I'm told she's " just having a hot flash."


Quinoa with Fresh Veggies and Black Beans

Interested in a cool but healthy meal? Have I got a recipe for you!

As my family, friends and patients know, I love to share healthy, organic recipes. This is one of my favorites on a hot summer evening. You can fix the meal in advance and then enjoy it chilled.


Sexually Active Seniors Vulnerable to STDs

Sexually Transmitted Diseases don't discriminate by gender, age or race. In fact, STDs are on the rise among those age 50 and older.

Some of the more common sexually transmitted diseases include syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomonias, herpes, HIV, hepatitis, and HPV (human papillomavirus - linked with certain cancers).