Love Your Gut

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Love Your Gut

 

By Bren Boston, MD

The human body is a marvelous contraption, but it certainly is not a modern one.  It developed ages ago before there were twinkies and McDonalds.  The human gut is the passageway for us to give our cells the nutrients they require to survive, and if we are mindful, to thrive.  This passageway was not meant to endure a constant flow of carbonated, highly sweetened, artificially colored phosphoric acid, otherwise known as cola.

Our gut is more than ...

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DNA Analysis: A Great Tool to Optimize Your Health

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DNA Analysis: A Great Tool to Optimize Your Health

 

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND

From DNA to Genetic Report 

You inherit your DNA from your parents, your parents inherited their DNA from their parents, and so on. 99.5% of your DNA is identical to every other human on the planet. Only the .5% left is what makes us unique individuals when compared to one another. These variations are called “mutations” or “SNiP” (single nucleotide polymorphism). Mutations can be linked to certain health conditions; certain ethnicities encounter more issues with their mutations.

It ...

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This New Year, Allow Yourself to Be Human

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This New Year, Allow Yourself to Be Human

 

By Alicia Maher, MD

On any given day, there are crowds of seemingly happy people making their way around the city. And yet so many in that crowd feel that their life doesn’t measure up to the others. You may see happy couples and wonder why you’re single. Or see families seemingly easily filled with children, while you’re struggling to conceive. You may stand to the edge of the party, feeling unable to make conversation, as you watch the effervescent ...

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Our Family’s Favorite Apple Crisp Recipe

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Our Family’s Favorite Apple Crisp Recipe

 

By Maggie Ney, ND

My family has been making this apple crisp recipe for over 10 years. The natural sweetness of the apples – with a touch of maple syrup and paired with a simple oat and nut topping – makes a perfectly satisfying dessert that is not too sweet and does not feel too heavy. It is not the raw, vegan, sugar-free kind of recipe that I usually like to share, but it’s one my whole family loves and if ...

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How to avoid indigestion over the holidays – 5 easy tips

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How to avoid indigestion over the holidays – 5 easy tips

 

By Edison de Mello, MD PhD

It’s that time of year again – the holiday “eating season.” And while lots of people think the holidays are the most wonderful time of year, your gut may disagree. That’s because it’s this time of the year when people flood their system with rich, sugary foods – and that can lead to digestive issues, low immune function, and plenty of weight gain. In fact, the average American gains 5 pounds between Thanksgiving and ...

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Holiday Stress? Recognize and Rebalance!

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Holiday Stress? Recognize and Rebalance!

 

By Alicia Maher, MD

Along with the joys of the holidays, there may be quite a bit of stress. Though it may not seem like it, this could be an exciting opportunity for growth. Taking a few moments during this season to learn to relax from the higher level of stress will make it that much easier to relax when the holidays have passed and we’re back to normal everyday tension.

Most of the stressors that we experience throughout the day ...

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Is Sleep Deprivation the Next Tobacco?

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Is Sleep Deprivation the Next Tobacco?

 

By. David Laramie, PhD

For decades, medical science overlooked the considerable damage associated with smoking cigarettes, and it is hard to comprehend that physicians ever condoned smoking and overlooked its harm. Similarly, medical science is now rushing to highlight another long-overlooked risk factor – sleep deprivation. Poor sleep can worsen inflammation and increases the risk of high blood pressure, obesity, depression, and some cancers. In the short term, insufficient sleep can impair memory, attention, and executive function. There is even ...

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Diabetes, Weight Gain and Metabolic Imbalances in Menopause

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Diabetes, Weight Gain and Metabolic Imbalances in Menopause

 

Maggie Ney, ND

Is it just a coincidence that a woman is more likely to experience higher blood sugar levels, higher insulin levels, and weight gain during Menopause? No, there are real, and significant, metabolic changes that occur in a woman’s body after menopause that are often ignored in the medical community. When we talk about Menopause our conversation is often brought to the cessation of fertility and the annoying, and sometimes debilitating, symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats. ...

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Natural Strategies for Blood Sugar Control

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Natural Strategies for Blood Sugar Control

 

By Bren Boston, MD

No one was more surprised than me when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during my first pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is a temporary form of diabetes in which the hormones of pregnancy impair insulin’s ability to lower blood sugar. The diagnosis was a blessing in disguise because it led me to meet with a diabetic nutritionist to learn about how to keep a food log, introduced me to the glycemic index of foods, how to eat ...

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‘Tapping’ to Reduce Stress

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‘Tapping’ to Reduce Stress

 

By Kevin Kunkel

Being diagnosed with a serious disease or condition is life changing.  It makes you stop in your tracks and begin to look at life differently.  It can bring up a long list of fears and worries that are varied and strong enough to bring anyone to his/her knees. Breast cancer, for example, may afflict one with fears and worries such as:  fear of dying; fear of the implications to one’s life, to one’s family, one’s partner, the ...

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