Do Not Settle for an IBS Diagnosis

Do Not Settle for an IBS Diagnosis

By Maggie Ney, ND

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a diagnosis many people have received. But it is not a diagnosis that should leave you satisfied as to why you are experiencing bloating, gas, constipation, and/or diarrhea. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a label that describes these uncomfortable symptoms, but it does not tell you the cause of your symptoms. There are many causes of IBS and being told you have IBS, without a discussion as to the possible causes, is practicing ...

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Here’s a Secret: Your Gut is Happier with Beans

Here’s a Secret: Your Gut is Happier with Beans

By Bren Boston, MD

We are all learning how important our gut microbiome is for our physical and mental health.  We have more beneficial bacterial cells in our gut than we have human cells in our body.  These beneficial bacteria perform cell signaling, play a role in our immunity, and are crucial for preventing cancer and chronic disease.

Ok, now that we can all agree that our healthy microbiome bacteria are precious to our longevity, how do we make sure they thrive?  Microbiome bacteria ...

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Better Sex Starts in your Gut!

Better Sex Starts in your Gut!

There’s a Connection Between Your Gut Health and Your Sex Life

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

1. What are the causes for lack of libido?          

Libido and sexual arousal in both genders, but more specifically in women  is for the most part, grounded on intimacy involving the interaction of several components, including physical trust, belief system emotional well-being, previous experiences, self-steam, physical attraction, lifestyle – and the current relationship. 

In addition, a wide range of illnesses, such as thyroid disease, arthritis, diabetes, neurological disorders, ...

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Dr. Ney’s Interview With GOOP on Safe Lubricants

Dr. Ney’s Interview With GOOP on Safe Lubricants

See Dr. Ney’s interview with GOOP on safe lubricants and how vaginal dryness can affect libido

Here it is…

After watching an episode of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie—starring (respectively) Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin—in which Frankie develops her own homemade lube (the primary ingredient being yams), we got to thinking. Seriously, though. We’d never considered what went into lube, and that it’s actually super toxic (the most popular options contain parabens, for one), and that we are ...

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Not all Fats are Bad For You!

Not all Fats are Bad For You!

By Gina Galvez M.S., PA-C

Are you trying to trim fat? Do you have high cholesterol? It seems logical that cutting fatty, high cholesterol foods is the direct path to trimming body fat and and lowering cholesterol. But not all fat is bad, and not all cholesterol is bad. Indeed, good fats and good cholesterol are essential for good health.

First, let’s start with the bad. Cholesterol has a reputation of being associated with heart and blood vessel disease. These ...

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Coronavirus Has a Crush… on Sugar

Coronavirus Has a Crush… on Sugar

By Bren Boston, MD

Coronavirus has a crush on sugar.  It gets really amped and energized on sugar and makes a bunch of virus babies.  Coronavirus loves that sugar is the most inflammatory food you can eat.  So, if you are exposed to Coronavirus, don’t feed it sugar or processed foods that turn into sugar once you eat them.

What should you eat to help your body beat the Coronavirus?  Foods that decrease inflammation can help your immune system squelch the Coronavirus.  

Anti-inflammatory foods include:

• green leafy ...

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Total Cholesterol Levels Misses the Mark for Assessing Heart Disease

Total Cholesterol Levels Misses the Mark for Assessing Heart Disease

Maggie Ney, ND

Heart disease is the number one killer in the world. However, our assessment of heart disease risks is based upon a standard cholesterol panel which really only tells a very small part of the story. There are so many misconceptions about cholesterol and heart disease and how to determine if you are at risk for heart attacks and strokes. In the 1980s, it was widely advised to limit cholesterol in the diet. Fat in food was replaced ...

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What Being Without a Father as a Black Man Taught Me

What Being Without a Father as a Black Man Taught Me

by Jonny Parker, MBA 

Breaking barriers and assumptions of what America says the black man “should” be without a father

As a 27-year-old black man, I, unfortunately, became a statistic when I was under the age of 18.

I was not thrown in jail, or even put in handcuffs or put in the back of a police vehicle. But I was another black teen living in a single-parent home.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 38.7 percent of African-American minors live with both ...

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How to RESET your System after the Holidays Food Indigence indigestion

How to RESET your System after the Holidays Food Indigence indigestion

By Edison de Mello, MD PhD

It’s that time of year again – the after the holidays time when some of us ask ourselves: “What was I thinking? Why did it eat that much, drink that much, party that much?

The holidays are one of these times when we flood our system with fatty, sugary foods 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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The Power of Kindness in an Unkind World

The Power of Kindness in an Unkind World

By Maggie Ney, ND

Acts of kindness are often relatively simple things we can do that can have the effect of increasing our own happiness while also letting others know they’re not alone. For many of us, there has never been a more important time in our lives to approach the world and all our interactions through kindness. A fundamental principle of acting through kindness is to give people the benefit of the doubt. We have no idea what challenges ...

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