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Therapeutic Diets: Which One Should I Choose?

nutrition Sep 18, 2017

Are you confused about which therapeutic diet you should choose? You aren’t alone! With so many to choose from, it is no wonder that some people have a lot of trouble figuring out their diet and nutrition.

Kathryn  knew she wanted to change her diet to get healthier and maybe even lose a little weight, but she didn’t know how to go about it. She kept hearing about so many different diets and the more she read about it online, the more confused she became. While it is always best to work with a health practitioner such as a Naturopathic Doctor or a nutritionist when making a serious diet change so that you have all of the support you need, I wanted to break it down for you so that you have some idea which approach may be the best for your specific situation.

Many people seeking relief from chronic GI conditions will turn to diet modifications and a nutritional approach.   The bottom line is if you suffer from chronic health issues, you MUST address...

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Healing GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

Sally, 48, often felt a burning pain in her upper abdominal area after eating and received a diagnosis of GERD. After visiting  a gastroenterologist where she was told that it had nothing to do with her diet and she needed to be on a proton pump inhibitor indefinitely, (PPI), she scheduled an appointment with me. She felt there had to be a better way and she was correct!

GERD, or Gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the epigastrum, or the upper abdomen. It can occur during, or several hours after eating. GERD can cause severe pain and many GERD patients have mistakenly thought they were having a heart attack because the pain can radiate to the chest area. GERD can increase during pregnancy or from conditions such as a hiatal hernia. While GERD is not necessarly present with a peptic ulcer, many patients have symptoms of an ulcer so that is something that should be ruled out. In some people a bacteria called H. pylori has...

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Lack of Sleep Affects Gut Health (and Vice Versa!)

Maria , 29, went through a very painful breakup 2 years ago and began having insomnia (trouble sleeping). Along with processing the grief through the loss of her relationship, she began to experience stomach pain and abdominal bloating. She had read that an imbalance in her gut could be contributing to her sleep issues, but she intuitively knew that for her it was the other way around. The sudden unexpected breakdown and the end of her relationship was the contributory factor to her gut health issues. And she is correct! Sleep and gut health inform and influence each other.

I have written before about gut health and the neurotransmitters produced as a result of that affects sleep, but did you know that a lack of sleep also affects gut health? Lack of sleep can influence cortisol secretion (the fight or flight hormone) and also influence insulin metabolism. Chronic stress, as I have written before, contributes to weight gain and the obesity epidemic is in part due to the...

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Why Everything Containing Folic Acid Belongs in the Trash!

metabolism mthfr nutrition Jun 10, 2017

Back in the 1990’s the discovery that folates could prevent neural tube defects in babies became the impetus for folic acid, an inexpensive form of folate, to be added to grain and cereal products as well as becoming a universal ingredient in prenatal vitamins and other dietary supplements. While this change did lessen the occurrence of neural tube defects, it also coincided with an increase in many health other conditions.

According to Dr. Ben Lynch, Director of the Seeking Health Educational Institute (website http://mthfr.net/) , over 44% of the population carries the MTHFR gene polymorphism, which can lead to having adverse reactions to plain old cheap folic acid. According to Dr. Lynch nobody should take folic acid because it is difficult to metabolize for almost everyone causing toxic byproducts from a complex array of biochemical reactions. These reactions can cause an increase in cancer risk and growth, autoimmune issues, and mood instability as well as a possible...

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All About Cytokines!

gut health inflammation May 13, 2017

What are Cytokines and what’s that have to do with me?

Stephanie, 47, spent most of her free time lying on the couch and spacing out. She knew that she should get up and be productive, but her ind and body weren’t supporting that right now. She was feeling incredibly fatigued and her mind just could not focus. All she could feel was guilt and shame for not finding the wherewithal to rouse herself to do all of those things on her list. She continued to ruminate on what a terrible person she was and how she would never amount to anything.

2 years ago Stephanie felt better. It was only after a stomach virus laid her low that the fatigue and brain fog symptoms began. It seemed odd to her that these symptoms came together. After all, what causes lassitude, brain fog and depression when it was just her stomach that had bothered her initially?

The answer to her question is CytokinesCytokines are chemical compounds that are produced along with inflammation....

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Unicorn Free Zone!

nutrition Apr 29, 2017

Why is the Starbucks Unicorn Frappacino even considered FOOD? I’m talking about that gooey blue, pink and purple shake drink that was so popular last week.  A  “Fun food” from a famous coffee company  which was marketed to kids and adults alike and saw huge sales.  I get the energy of celebration and fun that food offers, though if you have been following my work for any length of time, you probably know that I was appalled  that this sugary  junk food saw such huge popularity.  This article from Food Babe outlines what is in the Unicorn and why you should never drink it!  

With obesity, diabetes and cancer rates increasing exponentially, I just have to scratch my head on this one. Sure, the drink looked pretty and fun.  And those of us who are parents know that “Fun Factor” foods are kid magnets!

The great news is that some like-minded people came up with some alternative all natural version of it! Here are...

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Sleep, Stress, and the Gut

gut health sleep stress Feb 13, 2017

Are you losing Sleep? We live a very stressful time in the world these days. Lots of people are coming in for sleep and gut issues related to stress. At the time of this writing, there is a lot of scary upheaval shaking many of us to our core . There is a lot of fear, anger, and anxiety floating around and it is hard to avoid. It has been a challenge for me personally to figure out how to balance my usual nature of tranquility and optimism with the disturbing stories I am exposed to lately. It is also a challenge to stay engaged while also taking healing space for myself. As a Healer, I know that before I can be of service to anyone else, I need to root into my spiritual and self care tools to keep myself clear and balanced. Meditation, yoga, getting out in nature and physical exercise has been a key part of my sanity. And allowing myself to have social time with my friends has also been crucial to my sense of wellbeing.

It is more difficult to heal when one is in survival...

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The Why and How of Autoimmune Diseases

Maryanne was diagnosed with 3 different autoimmune diseases.   When she came to my office she had been suffering for many years and was taking several prescription medications for her various symptoms.Her fingers ached as she typed her very first email to me.   Even a computer search was difficult because she had also had a bout with Iritis (inflammation of the Iris) along with fatigue because her thyroid was chronically sluggish from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

So where did I focus? So much going on! So much to do! So much to heal!

From Multiple Sclerosis to Lupus to Rheumatoid Arthritis, to Hashimoto’s, I have seen so many cases of various autoimmune disorders in my practice. What they all have in common is that they all improve when gut health improves.

So how does one improve gut health? By reducing inflammation, balancing the gut flora and healing leaky gut. Also by eating a therapeutic diet that reduces inflammation and antibodies in the body. This...

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How to Recover from 'Stomach Flu' or Enterovirus

gut health inflammation Jan 11, 2017

Carolyn’s entire family got hit very hard during winter break this year with the “stomach flu”, and just this week over 1/3 of a certain school district in Illinois were felled by this nasty bug. A friend reported on Facebook that her flight was delayed because a sick passenger needed to get off the plane.  The “Stomach Flu” is actually Enterovirus or norovirus, since it is after all, not really a flu per se. First her young toddler came home after a holiday party and began vomiting and having diarrhea, and the illness slowly but surely tore its way through her family of five.

While conventional medicine will tell you there is nothing you can do to speed recovery but “wait it out”, there are actually many things you can do to recover faster.

  1. The homeopathic remedies Veratrum album and Arsenicum album often help with this year’s version of the enterovirus, especially when vomiting is accompanied by diarrhea. I have found...
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Taking the Plunge!

Uncategorized Jan 03, 2017

Healing is Risky!

Yep, that’s me! 

I waded through the cool water to the edge of the waterfall, the strong current rushing around  my ankles and calves as I peered over the edge.  One of our guides held me by the strap of my life jacket and my red helmet was secured around my head.  I was about to slide down my first waterfall in the Dominican Republic. Well, actually, my first waterfall ever!

How did I get here? Why on earth did I let my family talk me into this? These were the thoughts rushing through my mind as I was getting ready to make the jump. But it was way  too late to turn back .  Behind me was a narrow slot canyon and ahead of me was that 30 foot waterfall!  Plus my sons were watching and I didn’t want them to think their mom was a wuss… so… I sat down, held my nose as the guide let go of my life jacket and I  took the plunge!

Often when we are about to make a big healing change, there is a fair...

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