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  • Saying Goodbye to Gluten: The Emotional Journey

    I’ve just had a difficult discussion with a patient about a diagnosis of Celiac disease. For those unfamiliar with Celiac, it’s an autoimmune disorder damaging the small intestines, prompted by an inability to digest gluten, a protein found in many grains. I have just informed her that the treatment is a gluten free diet. We arrived at this place after testing, an important step to confirm the diagnosis prior to undertaking the structure of a gluten free food program. Her response was familiar, “Oh, no, if I can’t eat gluten, what can I eat?” As a naturopathic physician and...

  • Spring Into New Uses For the Humble Egg

    With the advent of spring it seemed fitting to highlight the humble egg. For thousands of years, the egg has been a symbol of new life, rebirth, fertility and resurrection. As such, eggs are the perfect food to usher in the spring season. For years, I have celebrated the winter thaw on a warm spring day by making a batch of egg salad dotted with bits of fresh tarragon. It is a little ritual that makes me feel a sense of hope and excitement for new beginnings. Another reason to write about eggs is that they have long been...

  • Detox Every Day with Real Food

    We don’t have to wait for a special day or season to do this, with the right lifestyle and food, it just happens. It can be simple, affordable and delicious. First, we need to stop adding to the body burden as much as possible. Every year an estimated 2,000 new chemicals are introduced to the market; many never being tested as to how they impact human health! These chemicals are introduced to us in a myriad of ways: through our body care products, household cleaners, plastics, fast food, food additives, pesticides, herbicides, GMOs, household furnishings, chemicals on clothing, laundry...

  • 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,...

  • Hypnosis: Discover the Secret to Effortless Weight Loss

    It’s that most wonderful time of year again. The leaves have fallen from the trees and the temperature of the air is cool and crisp. The dark evening sky is sprinkled with bright sparkling stars and little white snowflakes waft gently through the air. Invitations galore have filled our calendars with parties and dinners and special celebratory events as we merrily ate and drank our way into the New Year. And, if you are like many people, enjoying all those wonderful homemade desserts, rich holiday food, delicious wines and bubbly drinks has caused a very dramatic, unwanted, unhealthy and...

  • Struggling with Infertility: Try a Natural Approach

    It is estimated that over 12% of reproductive age women struggle with infertility. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after 1 year of trying, or after 6 months if over the age of 35. While the emphasis is often placed on causes pertaining to the women, male causes of infertility contribute equally. Reasons why couples struggle with conception vary greatly and are due to unknown causes in up to 20% of situations. Hormones, body composition, structural abnormalities, metabolic conditions and lifestyles factors all play a part for both men and women. Because each situation is unique, a...

  • Weight Loss – Is There A Magic Bullet?

    Some Disturbing Facts: More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese. More than 1 in 3 adults are considered to be obese. More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity. The BMI (Body Mass Index, based on height & weight) is most commonly used to estimate overweight and obesity. BMI of Adults Age 20+: Normal Weight BMI : 18.5 to 24.9 – Overweight BMI: 25 to 29.9 Obese BMI: 30 + – Extremely Obese BMI: 40 +    ~ U.S. National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey (2009–2010)       U.S. National Institute of...