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Oil Pulling for Oral Health

How Teeth Stay Healthy There are four layers to your tooth, listed from outer to inner: enamel (hardest and most mineralized), dentin (a protective, also mineralized layer), pulp (containing blood vessels and nerves), and cementum (covering the roots—also mineralized). Just like any other part of your body, teeth are living [...]

By | 2017-05-30T07:32:23+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Detox|Comments Off on Oil Pulling for Oral Health

What Is Inflammation?

Underlying almost every chronic disease known to man is one common process: inflammation. But it’s not all bad—inflammation serves a critical function, in its proper place. Without it, we would be unable to heal from even the most minor injury. Our bodies are incredibly smart, and are designed to heal [...]

By | 2017-05-30T07:32:23+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Health|Comments Off on What Is Inflammation?

Herbal Treatment Equivalent to Rifaximin for SIBO

I wrote here about SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth): what it is, how to diagnose and treat it. The Antibiotic Approach (Rifaximin) I’m not against antibiotics—they are wonderful when you really need them. I do I try to limit antibiotic prescriptions to cases when they are absolutely necessary, though, since most [...]

By | 2017-05-30T07:32:23+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments, Health|Comments Off on Herbal Treatment Equivalent to Rifaximin for SIBO

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)

Immunology 101 Mast cells are a type of white blood cell that resides in connective tissue, containing small granules (small little packets) of compounds that play a role in immunity. The most well known is histamine, but others include leukotrienes (which also play a role in allergies), serotonin, ATP (your [...]

By | 2017-05-30T07:32:23+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Categories: Allergies, Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Detox, Health|Comments Off on Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)

Psychoneuroimmunology: The Mind-Body Connection

There are two basic schools of thought in medicine: mechanism, and vitalism. The mechanistic school of thought argues that the body can be reduced into individual systems, and each system is complete within itself. The vitalistic idea argues that each system interacts with every other. The field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) [...]

By | 2017-05-30T07:32:24+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Health|Comments Off on Psychoneuroimmunology: The Mind-Body Connection

Weather-Related Migraines

I wrote here on the general naturopathic approach to treating migraines. As a rule, migraine predisposition tends to boil down to one of four things, or a combination of the following: food allergies, estrogen dominance, a backed-up liver, and/or cervical vertebral rotation or structural problems. But what of those migraines [...]

By | 2017-05-30T07:32:24+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Categories: Allergies, Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments, Detox, Health, Women's Health|Comments Off on Weather-Related Migraines

Common Supplement Additives to Avoid

Many of my patients come in with a shopping bag full of supplements at the first visit. “Why are you on this?” I ask about each one in turn. “Oh, I read it was good for my heart I think,” they tell me, or, “Doesn’t that help my thyroid?” or, [...]

By | 2017-05-30T07:32:24+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Articles, Supplements|Comments Off on Common Supplement Additives to Avoid

Metabolic Syndrome and Vitamin D Deficiency

Chances are high that either metabolic syndrome or Vitamin D deficiency applies to you. A few quick stats: Some 75% of the people in the U.S. are vitamin D deficient. (Here’s a little more on why this might be.) About 35% of the U.S. population suffers from metabolic syndrome, defined as [...]

By | 2017-05-30T07:32:24+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Categories: Articles|2 Comments

Collagen for Sagging Skin and Cellulite

You’ve probably heard about collagen, bone broth, and/or gelatin as the latest superfood(s) if you’ve been hanging around the natural health world lately—and for good reason. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. There are sixteen different types, but the vast majority in our bodies are Types 1, [...]

By | 2017-05-30T07:32:24+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Categories: Articles|Comments Off on Collagen for Sagging Skin and Cellulite

Proton Pump Inhibitors associated with Heart Attacks

One out of every 14 Americans uses a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to treat GERD. PPIs include the over-the-counter omeprazole (aka Prilosec), pantoprazole or Protonix, lansoprazole or Prevacid, esomeprazole or Nexium, etc. Aside from the fact that these medications treat the symptom of GERD without addressing the root cause, I’ve [...]

By | 2017-05-30T07:33:10+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses|Comments Off on Proton Pump Inhibitors associated with Heart Attacks

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