I Am Training for a Marathon. So Why Am I Getting Fat?‏

I was interested in 10-12-15 NY Magazine article I Am Training for a Marathon. So Why Am I Getting Fat? I thought they might at least allude to what I see in athletes sometimes, where a common cluster of imbalances: gut dysbiosis, thyroid & adrenal hypofunction, sex hormone imbalances, vitamin/mineral depletions, subclinical mitochondropathy can show…

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Chinese Medicine and the Limits of the Western Biomedical Model

Interesting article in the NY Times about the Nobel Prize going to Dr. Tu Youyou, the woman who “discovered” that Artemisinin, an active ingredient from the plant Artemisia annua was effective against malaria. Turns out she leaned heavily on the ancient Chinese medicine concepts and texts in her work on the extraction process, but the…

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Nurture Your Oral Microbiome with…Wild Blueberries!

An extract of wild blueberries (super rich in polyphenols) was recently shown to have antimicrobial and biofilm (plaque) busting activity-specifically with regard to Fusobacterium nucleatum, the bad bacterial actor in periodontitis. Potent anti-inflammatory activity was demonstrated by the WB extract’s inhibition of NFkB induced by F. nucleatum. Read more here!

The Sugar Scourge

When I was a youngin’ in my early 20’s, the low fat craze was gaining some serious traction. I imprinted hard on the concept. In fact, I specifically remember going to the grocery store with “low fat” in mind and discovering the cornucopia of foods I could consume. I was SO excited! Twizzlers? Fat free!…

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Food Literacy: Raising Kids Who Get It

This week, I was asked “What benefits do I see for my kids from all the home cooking I do with them?” “Well,” I said, being in somewhat of a mood to be difficult, “on one hand it’s hard to say definitively since my kids are not growing up in a ‘controlled’ science experiment!” But…

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Cell Phones: Use them, but from a distance.

In 2011, WHO categorized cell phone radiation as a possible carcinogen—with good reason. If you’re not using a head set or speaker setting with your phone, it’s time to switch. Seriously. And don’t carry your phone in your pocket- or ladies, as I’ve seen done- in your bra! It’s been demonstrated that radio frequency (RF)…

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The Variable Calcium Content in Leafy Greens

Just today I was reviewing a nutrient intake evaluation with a patient of our clinic, let’s call her Trish, who is on (among other things) a dairy-free Food Plan. Since we are sometimes implementing relatively complex elimination diets in our patient population with severe allergic disease, nutritional balance requires careful attention. We regularly request diet…

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Safe Soil for Your Home-Grown Veggies

When we moved from our tiny New York City apartment out to the ‘burbs’ some nine years ago now, I rubbed my hands with glee. No longer was I constrained for veggie-growing locations (growing food was something I’d longed to do more of). Space was abundant! I began planning my first ‘real’ garden, eyeing up…

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Comparing the Oral and Colon Microbiomes-Abstract

Commentary From Cass Nelson-Dooley (Podcast on Oral Microbiome): This a great study about the Human Microbiome Project comparing microbes through ALL points of the GI tract. It revealed some interesting things about normal, healthy subjects. For instance, they have oral bacterial pathogens, but no disease! This finding disputes the one bug-one disease paradigm (Koch’s Postulates). …

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Potassium-The REAL Special K+

Did you know that LESS THAN 8% of the US population actually achieve adequate potassium intake? So outrageous. And on average, ALL ADULTS ingest a full 200% of our daily sodium requirement. We SHOULD be ingesting way more potassium than sodium, about three times as much. And we don’t. Not even close. We are the…

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Are You a Hospitable Host to Your Microbial Partners?

Are you enriching their lives with good, healthy food choices and lifestyle habits or are you angering your trillions of guests, pushing them towards causing disease? I wrote my thesis in medical school on stealth infections, where I concluded that health had much to do with how well we tended our microbial garden… I was…

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3 Essential Nutrients Gut Bugs Create for Us

Those gut microbes are one busy “organ!” Aside from honing our immune system, balancing our metabolism, protecting our gut lining, neutralizing pathogens, and helping our brain function, did you know that these little critters are also making nutrients for us to use… One such nutrient is folate, which is a critical nutrient for methylation pathways…

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