Nutrient Highlight of the Month – Vitamin K2

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Nutrient Highlight of the Month – Vitamin K2

 

By Amanda Miller MS, RN

If there is a single vitamin you need to know more about, it is Vitamin K2. Why?

  1. You likely aren’t getting enough of this essential nutrient
  2. It doesn’t get the recognition it deserves for promoting health and longevity

Vitamin K2 plays multiple vital roles in various physiological processes in the body including:

  • Directing calcium to bones and teeth, preventing osteoporosis and cavities. ...
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Food & Community – Why Eating Together Leads to Better Health

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Food & Community – Why Eating Together Leads to Better Health

 

By Amanda Miller MS, RN

Throughout the history of human evolution, eating has always been a social event – or at least it used to be. The majority of Americans spend their meals apart from others, in front of their computer, TVs, in their cars, or grabbing something to-go. Not taking the time to sit down to eat with family and friends is costing us our health.  Conviviality pours from the social benefits of social eating ...

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Are You Sabotaging Your Vaginal Microbiome?

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Are You Sabotaging Your Vaginal Microbiome?

 

By Bren Boston, MD

Ladies, did you know that there are good bacteria that live in your vagina and help to keep it healthy? Talking about bacteria living in your vagina might make you wary, but you should know that these friendly organisms are necessary for a healthy vagina. There has been a lot of press lately about the far-reaching importance of our gut microbiome and its impact on health. Research has been showing that the DNA of the microbiome ...

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Masculinity: Developing Warrior-like Emotional Intelligence

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Masculinity:  Developing Warrior-like Emotional Intelligence

 

By Kevin Kunkel, MA, CMT, CYT, LMFT

A part of me can cringe at the phrase “get in touch with your feelings.”   The words can be associated with an image of someone who is too soft, docile, or a pushover.  A part believes the traditional image of the Marlboro Man will always be the real masculine:  sturdy, tough, nonreactive, and non-emotional.  Childhood images, or the ways of our own fathers, can be hard to die.  This can make the hype ...

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June is Men’s Health Month: Spotlight on Heart Disease

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June is Men’s Health Month: Spotlight on Heart Disease

 

By Bren Boston, MD

Per the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the US, causing 1 in every 4 male deaths. The American Heart Association states that 1 in 9 men, compared to 1 in 30 women, will experience sudden cardiac death. Half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.

Half of Americans have at least 1 of the top 3 risk factors for cardiovascular disease: high blood pressure, ...

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Genetic Testing To Optimize Fitness

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Genetic Testing To Optimize Fitness

 

Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND

THE BASICS

WHAT ARE GENES?

Our genes are in our chromosomes. They contain instructions on how to build every cell in our body. There are thousands of proteins coded by these genes. Each gene has a code (made of bases/ letters). The millions of possible variations that can occur makes your genetic code unique when compared to another individual. Our genetic code gives the instructions to make the proteins required for proper development and function.

WHAT ARE GENE VARIANTS/MUTATIONS?

All ...

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Healthy Pregnancy

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Healthy Pregnancy

 

By Maggie Ney, ND

Pregnancy is a magical time when women get to experience their day-to-day life while amazing changes are constantly happening within their body. I have three beautiful and healthy girls and loved being pregnant. I feel honored to help support women in my practice have healthy and joyful pregnancies. Being pregnant presents an exciting opportunity where women (and their partners) can feel extra motivated to take the very best care of their bodies. This is not a ...

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What is MTHFR?

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What is MTHFR?

 

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND

Contrary to how it looks, “MTHFR” is not an abbreviation for a curse word, but a shortened form of MethyleneTetraHydroFolate Reductase

The MTHFR gene provides instructions for making an enzyme called MethyleneTetraHydroFolate Reductase. This enzyme plays a role in processing amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase is important for a chemical reaction involving forms of the vitamin folate (also called vitamin B9). Natural sources of folates are uncooked green leafy vegetables. Synthetic forms ...

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Using Facebook to Improve Your Mood and Decrease Anxiety

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Using Facebook to Improve Your Mood and Decrease Anxiety

 

By Alicia Maher, MD

Is it possible you read that title thinking it must be miswritten? Facebook seems to do the opposite for a lot of people. With over a billion accounts, Facebook seems to be a part of most everyone’s lives these days. Unfortunately, many find themselves feeling depressed or anxious about how others’ lives look better and they are missing out. Or, there is so much that is negative in the world. Or, one ends up arguing in ...

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WE ARE ALL TOXIC!

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WE ARE ALL TOXIC!

 

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND

More than 80,000 chemicals are currently used in the United States. Surpringsingly, most of them have not been tested for their effects on human’s health. In a study done in 2009, the Environmental Working Group analyzed the cord blood of 10 newborns, finding that all of them had a high numbers of chemicals. Close to 300 different chemical compounds were identified, including more than 180 potentially harmful to our health.

Our exposure to those harmful chemicals starts ...

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