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Getting your mind ready to heal - don't let your diagnosis keep you stuck
Could your thoughts be keeping you from getting well? Being open to the possibility of healing and good health can sometimes seem daunting for people who have been living with chronic, long term pain, depression or other activity limiting conditions. If you feel you just don't know how to get un-stuck from what might be holding you back from being healthy again I'd like to suggest you begin with altering how you view your relationship to your body. Your ... Read More
The dangerous truth behind PPI's: GERD, Acid Reflux and Gastritis
By now you probably understand that the underlying reason for most of todays 21 st century health conditions is an imbalance somewhere in the body. I believe at least 90% of these imbalances start with wrong food choices that result in GUT problems which impacts other body systems. This is why I focus on fixing the GUT first. Unfortunately conventional medicine sees human health problems as a list of symptoms that are either suppressed with drugs or removed surgically. This is particularly true when it comes ... Read More
Digestive Enzymes & Immunity: Making the Connection
What do enzymes do? Enzymes are catalysts for thousands of biological processes that go on in our bodies on a constant basis. Enzymes make our digestive system work. No matter what we consume, whether its protein, fat or carbohydrate the body requires enzymes to convert these foods into nutrients our bodies need though the digestive process. Enzymes transport nutrients, carry away toxic wastes, purify the blood, deliver hormones, balance cholesterol and triglycerides, nourish the brain, build ... Read More
Going beyond conventional lab testing: 4 most useful specialty tests
Every medical doctor is taught to use and interpret lab values on the CBC blood panel for baseline health markers. This test is the one most of us get when we have our annual physical. It measures some very important health markers we all need to be aware of. The CBC panel was designed to measure individual lab values against statistically normal ranges of a particular item. That sounds good in theory, but how useful is this for catching and treating potential serious health issues early? ... Read More
Three steps to less pain, more energy and better health
What if I told you that the key to reducing pain and increasing energy AND to preventing disease could be attained in three steps? Step 1: Take a good look at the foods you eat. Im not just talking about how much processed and junk food vs. whole foods you eat. This is DEFIANTLY an important first step as most people still consume a large portion of foods that are convenience foods which are highly processed and low in micro-nutrients and high in sugar. ... Read More
Eating Local: A Guide to What's In Season
Shopping farm markets is a great way to support local farmers and cottage industry food purveyors. Many people enjoy the experience of these open air markets and truly believe they are purchasing only local produce. While I wish this were true, this is not always the case. In fact many products are actually shipped in from other states; especially early in the season. How do you know if what you're buying is locally grown? ... Read More
Is buying organic worth the cost? Tips to save $ on Organics
With the cost of just about everything increasing, you may be wondering if the benefits of buying organic out weigh the cost of buying conventionally grown/raised food. I think the value question needs to be re-framed. Lets consider the return you get on your investment when you eat organic foods in terms health care costs vs. what you actually pay for conventionally grown/raised food. Food called "conventional" is grown and processed with chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones, toxic pesticid... Read More
Your brain on carbs
Everybodys talking about low carb/no carb diets these days from Dr. David Perlmutter and his Grain Brain book to Dr. Hyman and his Blood Sugar work, to the advocates of the Paleo Diet! The message about the dangers of over carbohydrate consumption is finally beginning to hit the main stream public. Problem is, most people are left scratching their heads over a diet devoid of comfort providing grains. Still others, are so carb addicted they believe they cannot possibly live without them - this is particularly true of peopl... Read More
The mystery illness that destroys health
What if I told you that a small micro-organism living inside all of us has the potential to ruin your health? All humans have this microorganism living inside of them and when the body is in a healthy state of balance this presents no health problems. However, when this organism grows out of control it uses your body as a host, depriving you of nutrients and weakening your immune system leaving you more likely to acquire secondary infections and diseases. Its almost always present in... Read More
Foods your Liver will LOVE
The liver is the bodys most important detoxifying organ. If youve read previous blog posts you know the liver plays a dual role of both a detoxifying organ and a digestive organ. See: Be kind to your liver Maintaining proper liver function is essential for staying healthy; improving digestion; supporting natural immunity against pathogens and keeping your body strong. During detoxification (Phase I to Phase II) the livers job is to convert fat soluble nutrients to water soluble nutrie... Read More
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