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 ...

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Aging Gracefully Includes A Plan to Keep Lean Muscle

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Aging Gracefully Includes A Plan to Keep Lean Muscle

 

By: Bren Boston, M.D.

The slippery slope of lean muscle loss begins at a younger age than you would guess. The medical term for age-related loss of lean muscle is sarcopenia, and it starts in our 30’s. Sarcopenia occurs at a rate of 3-5% per decade. Less muscle means less strength, less stability, and less dense bones, which all increase the risk for falls and fractures.

It doesn’t have to be this way. You can fight against the loss of lean muscle ...

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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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Supporting Women’s Wellness

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Supporting Women’s Wellness

 

 By Bren Boston MD

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8,

I would like to impart some tips on how women can support their health.  Women often wear many hats including taking care of the health of everyone who lives under their roof.  In this feat of daily multitasking, sometimes women prioritize their loved ones’ health over their own.  On this day, let us remind women that they deserve to dedicate time and effort to their own health.

One way ...

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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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The Magic of Boswellia, Chamomile and Blueberries for Muscular Skeletal Pain

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The Magic of Boswellia, Chamomile and Blueberries for Muscular Skeletal Pain

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

Warm weather means more motion and a 50% higher risk of achy muscles and joints. Luckily, you can keep moving with ease, naturally.
Boswellia

Question:

  • What is the ancient herb boswellia, and why might it lessen knee pain and arthritis in other areas, i.e., what’s happening within the body when we take it? What’s an appropriate dosage?

Answer: Frankincense oil, the common name for the resinous extracts derived Boswellia is part of the Burseraceae plant family. Derived from a ...

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If You Are Not Practicing Self-Love, What Are You Practicing?

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If You Are Not Practicing Self-Love, What Are You Practicing?

For some, this may be a confusing question to ask, for many of us have never been taught to respond with self-love or even reflected much on it as adults.  Without the awareness of what self-love is, one unconsciously responds in ways one picked up as growing up – perhaps healthy, or perhaps sabotaging in ways that have significant consequences on one’s ability to receive love from others, on the quality of one’s relationship ...

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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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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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Staying Healthy While Traveling

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Staying Healthy While Traveling

 

By Dr. Maggie Ney

One question I am often asked is how to stay healthy while on vacation.  This often leads to a discussion about the challenges of figuring out how much “vacation food” to allow while traveling. There may be a part of you that wants to let loose and indulge but how do you balance that with also wanting to feel amazing – without feeling bloated, hungover or constipated?  Below are some useful tips that can help you ...

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