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Is Dairy Different in Europe?

I wrote here on the difference in European bread versus bread produced in the United States. Many of my patients (myself included) also discovered a distinct difference between the dairy in Europe versus in the States, as well. Here’s why. Different Components of Dairy There are three main macronutrients in [...]

By | 2017-07-07T18:01:58+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Health|0 Comments

A Surprising Potential Cause of Bipolar Disorder

Some 6 million people in the United States suffer from Bipolar Disorder. Research indicates that genetic factors account for about 80% of it. It is widely believed to be incurable and lifelong, able to be managed only with antipsychotic medications. But it may have a surprising cause. Iodine and Bipolar [...]

By | 2017-07-01T07:32:29+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments, Health|0 Comments

How Insulin Affects Growth Hormone and Muscle Repair

Physiology 101 Insulin is the gatekeeper for glucose: it allows glucose to get inside the cells where it can be utilized for energy or for storage. When glucose gets used, your cells produce ATP (your body’s energy currency). When glucose gets stored, it gets stored as triglycerides (fat). Insulin is [...]

By | 2017-06-23T07:20:09+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments, Fitness & Weight Loss, Health|0 Comments

Th1/Th2 Balance in Autoimmunity and Allergies

Immunology 101 There are two parts to your immune system, called “non-specific” (this responds right away to toxic exposure, bee stings, trauma, etc) and “specific” (which takes some time, but is more targeted against specific invaders). Think of non-specific immunity like a sledge hammer, while specific immunity is more like [...]

Low Testosterone and Metabolic Syndrome

Low Testosterone in younger men is increasingly common. Meanwhile, some 35% of the U.S. population suffers from metabolic syndrome, defined as high blood sugar (but pre-diabetic), excess weight around the waistline, hypertension, high cholesterol and/or high triglycerides. It turns out that these two conditions are not only linked, but that [...]

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

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