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  • The Body’s Brilliant Recycling Project

    We hear a lot about “detox” but many of us don’t really stop to think about what that means in our body. Most often we hear about detox cleanses where people follow a restrictive diet that may include shakes or juices for a set time to support the body’s detoxification. It makes it seem that detox is a short-term event and that without that focused cleanse the body isn’t really detoxing. The beautiful thing is that detoxification is happening every moment in our bodies with a brilliantly designed system. However, there are ways to help the body detox more...

  • Lowering Your Cholesterol May Not Prevent Heart Disease

    In the “old” days LDL was considered “bad” cholesterol . . . . HDL, on the other hand, was traditionally believed to be “good” cholesterol . . . The problem is, we now know that there are at least five different types of LDL and several different types of HDL, and not all of them behave the same way. ~ Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS – Good Health Lifestyles (Winter 2017) Co-Author With Stephen Sinatra, MD, FACC, The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease – And the Statin-Free Plan That Will Are you concerned about...

  • Keeping Your Bones Healthy for Life

    The current approach to osteoporosis illustrates two of the biggest problems in medicine today. Drug Therapy First is the myth that only drug therapy works, especially when faced with a serious condition. This is the Big Pharma model of medicine which often frightens people by misusing statistics and overestimating the risks of developing a serious condition. This distracts us from and trivializes the very real side effects the drug treatments may have. The combination of for-profit medicine, constant drug advertisements on TV, fear of litigation, shorter office visits and little reimbursement for lifestyle medicine all contribute to the overuse...

  • Should I Take Nutritional Supplements?

    There is no absolute answer to whether or not supplementation is necessary, as it depends on the relative case. To err on the side of caution…no it is not always necessary to supplement. However, there are instances of when it is beneficial and people can benefit from therapeutic supplementation. Simply put, food is the foundation of wellness. Supplementation can be avoided for the most part with a healthy, well-balanced, non-inflammatory diet. Nonetheless, genetic tendencies, injuries, and other illnesses can benefit from therapeutic supplementation. Another word for these dietary supplements is nutraceutical, and these terms are used interchangeably. A nutraceutical...

  • Why Am I So Sensitive to Chemicals?

    As a young child, I remember being allowed by my parents to run ahead through the department store’s perfume section as long as I waited on the other side. If I didn’t get through quickly enough I would get a headache and have an asthma attack. When my parents repainted my bedroom when I was 11 years old, the smell of the paint made me so sick that I could not sleep in the room for more than a week. You may ask yourself why such a young child could not tolerate perfumes and paint. The simple answer is...

  • Choose Love, Not Fear

    When things get stressful in relationships, it is not uncommon for there to be an outburst of anger. Someone gets angry and exhibits behavior that can border on violent or manifest in other ways, such as coldness, raising the voice, ignoring, and arguing. It is so easy to get entangled and take part in the situation. All it takes is one person to express it and then things can easily escalate out of control resulting in a situation lasting longer than it should and both people feeling miserable. In order to prevent an unpleasant and stressful situation, it is...

  • A Peek at Parsnips

    It may look similar to a carrot and comes from the carrot family, but parsnips are quite a different vegetable. Because they have no beta-carotene, parsnips are white. However, they are still quite healthful, boasting impressive levels of dietary fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamin C and calcium. It is argued that they are actually sweeter than carrots, but they are definitely more fibrous and can sometimes be bitter. Before the popularization of potatoes they were a staple starch, and during the Middle Ages they were more favored than carrots. Parsnips were introduced in America by the early European settlers,...

  • It’s More Than Just a Knock on the Head

    Concussions and head injuries are all over the news lately, especially now that football season is in full swing. They’ve even made their way to the silver screen, with Will Smith’s latest sports drama, Concussion. It’s really no surprise concussions have been a hot topic lately. The more scientists learn about concussions or traumatic brain injury (TBI), the more adverse long-term effects they discover. Just last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued new recommendations to improve player safety in youth football, including zero tolerance for illegal headfirst hits and expanding non-tackling leagues. And according to the CDC,...