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PEA (Palmitoylethanolamide) for Neuropathic Pain

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the medical use of marijuana, particularly for controlling intractable pain. THC and CBD, two marijuana extracts, both stimulate receptors belonging to our body’s endocannabinoid system. But there’s another compound called PEA (palmitoylethanolamide), unrelated to marijuana, which has similar effects. It has also [...]

By | 2018-07-06T15:18:52+00:00 July 6th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

Health Benefits of Curcumin

Turmeric is the spice responsible for the yellow color in curry, and in American mustard. It is in the same botanical family as ginger (which you might be able to tell visually, if you’ve ever purchased both at the grocery store), and its most biologically active component is curcumin. Health [...]

By | 2018-06-29T06:31:03+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Supplements|Tags: |0 Comments

Adiponectin and Weight Loss

Your metabolism is maintained via a careful hormonal dance, with each hormone sending feedback messages to influence the release of the others. The hormones we most often think of with respect to weight and metabolism are thyroid and insulin, and for good reason: these are probably the biggest players that [...]

By | 2018-06-21T15:54:36+00:00 June 21st, 2018|Categories: Articles, Fitness & Weight Loss|0 Comments

GERD and SIBO: The One Leads to The Other

SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) is when good bacteria are in the wrong place: specifically, bacteria that should be in the large intestine are instead in the small intestine, or when there are more bacteria in the small intestine than there should be. GERD, heartburn, or reflux involves hydrochloric acid in [...]

By | 2018-06-15T08:01:47+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

Bile, SIBO, and Your Gallbladder

Bile is produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Its composition is mostly water, but it also involves bile salts (acids), bilirubin (a breakdown product of red blood cells), and fats (cholesterol, fatty acids, and phosphatidylcholine.) The primary purpose of bile is to help us absorb fat from [...]

By | 2018-06-01T16:11:32+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

What Causes Gray Hair?

In our youth-obsessed culture, gray hair is no longer considered the crown of wisdom it once was (in fact, the global hair dye industry makes about $7 billion annually). I often have patients ask me if there is a natural way to turn gray hair back to its original color. [...]

By | 2018-05-18T15:37:42+00:00 May 18th, 2018|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

What Causes High Blood Pressure?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, means that the heart has to push harder than it should to get the blood to the entire body. There are two blood pressure numbers: systolic (the top number) and diastolic (the bottom number). Systolic indicates the pressure at the heart’s maximum contraction, while diastolic [...]

By | 2018-05-03T21:08:14+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

Do Male Hormones Enhance Female Fertility?

Androgens are male sex hormones: primarily testosterone, DHEA, and androstenedione. They are much higher in men than in women,  of course, and elevated androgens are a common symptom of PCOS, a common cause of female infertility. But it turns out that women need some testosterone for optimal fertility. Too much [...]

By | 2018-04-27T16:42:26+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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