In this multi-series blog I will do my best to simplify the complexities of the immune system and educate the reader on what can be done to optimize immune function through lifestyleinterventions. In this article we are going to dive deeper into how diet and nutrition play a role in immune function. Most diet related studies on immune related outcomes focus on specific macronutrients, micronutrients, phytonutrients, herbs and probiotics. [...]
In this multi-series blog I will do my best to simplify the complexities of the immune system and educate the reader on what can be done to optimize immune function through lifestyleinterventions. [...]
I have many clients on some type of carbohydrate restricted diet for one reason or another to improve health. Some clients want to loose weight others need to improve health conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome or fatty liver disease. [...]
If you haven’t heard of it yet, you will. Most of all my clients have not only heard of it, they are on it. I have come across a few articles on K2 in some conventional medical journals lately. Evan though K2 seems to be making a name for itself in mainstream medicine [...]
Avrum Bluming, M.D. and Carol Tavris, Ph.D discussthe controversial topic of hormone replacement therapy in women. Bluming and Tavris discuss fact vs. myths and debunk the common myth that hormone replacement therapy in women causes breast cancer. [...]
In this blog I will discuss in more detail about the nutrients involved in the cellular energy production. In today’s fast-paced world, more and more individuals are struggling with fatigue. Fatigue can be defined as a feeling of tiredness, exhaustion. [...]
One of the most common symptoms I see on the patient questionnaires I have all my clients complete is lack of energy or fatigue. One of the most common goals my clients share is wanting to increase energy. That’s not surprising considering 1 in 5 doctors visits report symptoms of fatigue. [...]
We are going to change gears a bit on this blog. A lot of my clients hear me say eat the color to the rainbow. I send out handouts on the phytonutrient food plan specifically for that purpose. The reason is eating plants with color is the first basic step to make when developing a healthy way of eating for everyone. Plants are good medicine for chronic disease prevention and treatment. [...]
What exactly is Melatonin? If you do a google search you will find endless articles describing it as hormone use for sleep. That is what most people associate melatonin with as well. By the time you finish this article you will see that is much much [...]
There is overwhelming data to recommend a wide range of therapeutic uses for marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids primarily EPA and DHA. Likewise, there are also an overwhelming number of different forms, sources and ways to deliver these omega-3 fatty acids. [...]
That is an interesting question and comes up at almost every hormone seminar I attend. The audience at these conferences is very diverse with healthcare providers from many different specialties. [...]
Hormones are your body's chemical messengers. They travel throughout your bloodstream to aid in optimal organ functionality. If your hormones are not functioning properly or are at abnormal levels, there can be imbalance in your body can cause weight gain, hair loss, infertility, and so much more. [...]
Hormones are chemical messengers that regulate processes in our body and are onefactor in causing obesity. The hormones leptin, ghrelin, insulin, sex hormones and growth hormones all influence our appetite, metabolism, and body fat distribution. People who are obese have certain hormone levels [...]
In the previous article I mentioned labs I order that other physicians and some insurance companies don’t consider necessary and won’t order. Some insurance companies refuse to pay for. HS-CRP was covered in the last article. In this article I hope to explain the importance of testing for homocysteine and I why order it for my clients. Homocysteine is a routine lab in the functional medicine world and soon you will see why. [...]
Several of my clients have to have their PCP order their labs in order to be covered by insurance. Some physicians will be gracious enough to honor my request and others refuse. The reason most refuse is they state some of the labs I order are not necessary. [...]
Thyroid hormone is responsible for many bodily functions so it is imperative to have optimal circulating levels. Yet, an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Up to 60 percent of these people are unaware of their condition. One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime. Levothyroxine, a synthetic form of thyroid hormone, is the 4th highest selling drug in the U.S. Thirteen of the top 50 selling drugs are either directly or indirectly related to hypothyroidism. [...]
In this newsletter I will try to answer three of the most common questions I receive regarding food supplements.
1. Do I need to take supplements?
2. Why should I take supplements?
3. How long will I have to take supplements?
Food is information that influences your genes. Nutrigenomics is the scientific study of the interaction of nutrition and genes, especially with regard to the prevention or treatment of disease. Science is discovering the multidimensional role of food in health. Food is information that instructs body functions that control all aspects of your health and disease risk. We have coevolved with the food in our environment and use it to regulate every single bodily process including our gene expression, inflammation, oxidation, hormonal function, immune function, and gut flora balance.