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  • Cholesterol, Just the Fats!

    By design, everything our body does has a purpose. So, why would it produce so much cholesterol if it were bad? What is Cholesterol? While many believe cholesterol to be a bad thing, or the result of too many eggs and bacon, it is actually a pervasive substance busy at work in many systems of our bodies. Cholesterol is a waxy substance largely produced by the liver. The body produces roughly 1000 mg of cholesterol per day, far more than it consumes through food. Cholesterol is ubiquitous. It is found in every cell of our body. But there is...

  • Vitamin Deficiency is More Common Than You Think

    When I talk about micronutrients in my practice, not everyone knows what I’m referring to without a proper explanation. Micronutrients are nutritional factors that are essential for cell growth, division, key enzymatic functions and biochemical reactions in our body. Without them, pathways break down and a deficiency state and/or sickness can develop. These key micronutrients are, but are not limited to all of our vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and key metabolites. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey (NHANES), the CDC’s ongoing survey that addresses the health and nutritional status of the US population, the most common...

  • Create Your Best Year Ever with Feng Shui

    For centuries, the principles of Feng Shui have been practiced in the East. Feng Shui means “wind and water”. It is an understanding of how the movement of energies can affect our environment, health, and our lives. The basic principles of Feng Shui include: space clearing, color, elements, precision placement, and design. Simple shifts and adjustments in your surroundings can create beneficial energy by correcting the flow of “chi” or “life force”. They may also bring forth new opportunities in health, relationships, travel, business and education, as well as an abundance of prosperity. By applying the ancient Feng Shui...

  • What Really Works to Lose Weight?

    You’ve probably tried to get rid of those extra pounds a couple of times. It turns out that shedding that extra weight is now more complicated than ever. Scientists have come up with some answers to your most pressing questions to help you reach your weight loss goals. Let’s start by taking a look at some of the medical considerations that may have been standing in the way of your weight loss goal. 1. Your Genes There are 100 different genetic markers that influence how you break down calories and store fat. These genes have been examined to find...

  • 3 Myths Busted About Type 2 Diabetes

    Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for diabetics? The biggest commonality with every diabetic or heart disease patient that I see is that they have been told, “You need to take this medication (Metformin, Lipitor) for the rest of your life, and this condition is likely to get worse.” Unfortunately, if you follow those directions, and do nothing else, it is true. You are likely going to get worse. However, there are steps you can take that completely change the game. It doesn’t have to get worse. Let’s examine one case example from...

  • Simple Meal Planning for the New Year

    It’s that time again… January… the New Year… the holidays are over… Thank God because I couldn’t possibly eat another thing for the rest of the year! Is this how you are feeling? This is the perfect time to clean your slate! You fell off the wagon? No problem, everyone does at holiday time. We all gain some weight during the holidays because the reality is, it’s hard to say no to yummy foods. But now is the time to pick yourself up and get motivated to feel better. Here are some helpful strategies to clean your diet and...

  • Reduce Your Risk of Infertility

    There are a number of reasons that may be contributing to the difficulties experienced by a couple who cannot become pregnant. Whatever the cause, infertility is a lonely, frustrating, and heart-wrenching journey for any couple going through it. Over 6 million people in the United States alone struggle with conceiving a child. An additional 4 million couples have sought infertility services when trying to conceive. Simply put, one in six American couples is facing impaired fertility. Everyone deserves the chance to experience having their own child. What is Infertility? To begin, we need to define exactly what constitutes a...

  • New Year’s Resolutions That Bring Lasting Change

    There’s no better time to improve your life than at the birth of the new year. The new calendar is a fresh, clean slate and most of us feel energized and inspired to make changes for the better. Most of us pick a small slice of life to focus on like losing weight or perhaps finding a new job, but I prefer a “whole life” approach. Specifically, I suggest you make 2018 the year you adopt a resolution that has the potential to bring lasting change to every area of your life. The key ingredient? Higher vibrations. Here’s what...

  • Can you Lose Weight with Keto?

    “Keto” or the Ketogenic Diet is #trending. More than half of the bestsellers in the diet book category are pro-Keto for its benefits with weight loss, brain health and even cancer prevention. Keto has become mainstream. So, you may be wondering…will it work for you? First, let’s start with some background: Keto isn’t new. The high fat, moderate protein, low carb approach to eating has been around for well over a century. It was used in Diabetes management and for the treatment of epilepsy, but it was left behind in favor of more profitable medications. The fear of dietary...

  • Is 2018 Your Year to Finally Find Love?

    Do you dream of finding love? Someone to hug, kiss and snuggle with? How would life be different if you had a partner who has your back and makes you laugh? One thing I know as a dating coach for 15 years is that it’s never too late to find love! However, to find love you’ll have to DO something about it. Just like getting a new job or redecorating your home, there are steps to make your goal a reality. Here are 10 steps to find love this year: 1.Clear the Past: If you are ready for love,...

  • Practical Divine Wisdom From Robin Clare

    Dear Robin: I have a wonderful job, a family that needs me, I contribute my time and resources to community and global concerns and YET, I feel like there must be something more to this life – like some grand purpose that I am not fulfilling. Why do I still feel so unproductive even though my life is very full? I even feel guilty writing to you. Randy from CT. Dear Randy: When you feel guilty, you typically are unhappy because you think that you have done something wrong – or have failed to do something which you should...

  • Chronic Inflammation, Pain & Disease: Combating Them Naturally (Part 2)

    Whole-body inflammation refers to chronic, imperceptible, low-level inflammation. . . .ver time this kind of inflammation sets the foundation for many serious, age-related diseases including heart disease, cancer and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Recent evidence indicates that whole-body inflammation may also contribute to psychological disorders, especially depression . . . . The extent of this chronic inflammation is influenced by genetics, a sedentary lifestyle, too much stress, and exposure to environmental toxins . . . . Diet has a huge impact so much so that I believe that most people in our part of the...

  • Grand Gesture for Health

    Do you have a metabolic disorder? Do you have sugar handling problems? For many of us, we get stuck in the system—a traditional allopathic system, that is primarily about fixing acute problems, and very likely about the short-term result. But what about long term health, and actually healing from the metabolic disorder? Is there a way to improve our blood sugar on a constant and consistent basis? Absolutely! But this involves, what I like to call, a ‘Grand Gesture’. For us to make grand changes in our body, it requires big changes in our life. There are many ways...

  • Low Carb Diet For Weight Loss?

    “I just can’t lose weight!” This is the statement I hear from so many patients, but there is a solution. The low carbohydrate diet may be just the thing to help people who say they have tried everything and still can’t seem to lose weight. Low Carbohydrate Diets Low carb diets typically range from 20-100 grams of carbohydrates per day. There are several categories of low carb diets. Net carbs less than 20 grams per day is considered a very low carb diet. A moderate, low carb diet” would be 20-50 grams per day, and 50-100 grams of carbs...

  • Mind-Body Medicines: An Essential Component For Health And Healing

    Did you know the mind is among the most powerful tools you could utilize for healing and health? Mind-body Medicines (or MBMs) are among some of the most effective treatments for improving psychological, emotional and social health, work or school productivity, addictions, criminal rehabilitation, and many – perhaps all – physical ailments. MBMs address the root cause of illness, involving the mind’s subconscious beliefs, perceptions, and decision surrounding separation rather than oneness. MBMs help people release separation and its results (such as illness) while revealing greater union with the heart of life. What are Mind-Body Medicines? Mind-body Medicines are...

  • Eco-Travel: Can We Really ‘Green’ Travel?

    It seems everywhere you look these days the terms ‘Green’ and ‘Eco-Friendly’ are thrown around so loosely it’s hard to determine what, if any, positive environmental impact we can make on the things we do every day. Take for example Green household cleaning products. Does ‘green’ mean they were produced in a facility that uses renewable energy or that the ingredients or packaging are more natural? Now don’t get me wrong, I’m THRILLED to see more and more companies taking the idea of sustainability more seriously but it’s becoming increasingly more difficult as a consumer to navigate how we...

  • End the Nightmare of Insomnia

    Are your eyes bleary as you read this? Did you just stifle a yawn? If so, you’re not alone because over 30 million adults and over two million children suffer from insomnia every year. Having worked with hundreds of clients who struggle to get some shut-eye, I know the toll it takes on their lives. And having helped corporations who are working to decrease the expense of an unhealthy work-force, I know the toll it takes on companies too. Did you know that employers spend around $3,200 more in health care costs on employees with sleep problems? Insomnia is...

  • A Leaner, Happier and Healthier Holiday Season

    No matter how much our culture changes, year after year, one of the top New Year’s resolutions never seems to change. If you guessed losing weight and eating healthier, you’re right! People seem to be more inclined to make healthier eating choices and incorporate some sort of exercise regimen prior to the holiday season. However, as soon as Thanksgiving shows up on the calendar, we throw our health-conscious values and ideals out the window. By the time January 1 rolls around,t we find ourselves cringing at the choices we’ve made in the past 30 plus days! We remember all...

  • Breaking the Stress-Sleepy Cycle

    Stress and sleep, or lack thereof, can have significant pathological and clinical implications. Stress and sleep are cyclically related to one another. Meaning, with stress comes sleep problems, and with a lack of sleep comes an improper stress response. What is Stress? Let’s define stress as a state of physical, mental or emotional tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. The nervous system has two speeds, one being the sympathetic nervous system which acts as an accelerator and referred to as the fight-or-flight response, and the other being the parasympathetic nervous system which acts as the brakes and...

  • The Secret for Living Disease and Stress Free

    In today’s society, it is normal for older citizens to shows signs of multiple chronic diseases and a lower standard of living due to health problems as their life progresses. In America, statistics say that most of us will develop diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, cancer, depression, anxiety and chronic pain by mid-life age. Despite the expected denigration of health that comes with getting older, I am 84 years old and I am constantly amazing my peers and doctors that I am not looking or feeling my age yet. That is correct – I have been fortunate enough to...

  • Finding the Courage to Grow

    “Wholeness for humans depends on their ability to own their own shadow.”      ~ Carl Jung I have always been serious minded and practical. People who know me might say I’m conservative, conventional or downright square. Growing up in Catholic school, studying science in college, and working a corporate job prepared me for a stable course, and I didn’t stray far from it. That’s why it shocked my family a few months ago when I announced I was going to a festival in the Nevada desert called “Burning Man”. “You are a 54-year-old suburban mom for God’s sake!” “There will...

  • How to Prevent Colds and Flu Naturally!

    Cold and Flu season is now commercially defined as the period from October until May, with the peak in cold and flu activity between December and February. Here are some of the most important things to consider to keep yourself healthy through the fall and winter months. Virus vs. Host Viruses and bacteria are in our environment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 12 months a year. So why do we have a “season” when we get sick? Some research does show that viruses are slightly more robust at colder temperatures. However, if the weather were the...