Patients don’t often ask me this question, probably because they don’t want to know the answer. The answer to this question isn’t always a “no,” however. There are certain foods/drinks on my “do not eat/drink list,” but coffee (and caffeinated tea) isn’t on it. Caffeine consumption is definitely individualized as it pertains to being a health benefit or detriment. So how can you filter through the glut of media attention and scientific studies regarding these substances? It’s really quite simple. Continue Reading »
Most things in life require that you begin with the basics. For instance, you crawl before you walk and learn simple math before algebra. The same applies to your health. The media is constantly flooding us with the latest and greatest superfoods, fat burners, diets, and cure-alls; however, these over-hyped, supposed panaceas are practically useless without having certain basic nutritional needs covered. It’s almost impossible to address any health concerns without addressing the basics, and when patients have just three nutritional needs covered, they do great! No matter what health condition a person suffers from, these three nutritional foundations are paramount in healing, and keeping the body healthy. Continue Reading »
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I’m sure you’ve heard this from your doctor regarding your blood tests. And hopefully he or she is correct. What does “good” actually mean, though? What do most doctors look for on a blood test? If your doctor is like most, he/she is looking for pathology or disease on your blood tests. Fortunately, most of you don’t have a diagnosable disease or condition, so your lab results will likely fall into the lab’s ranges of normal, and your doctor might say, “Everything looks good!”
Here’s why I look at blood tests beyond the ranges of “normal.” Continue Reading »
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The adrenal glands get a lot of attention these days. The terms “adrenal stress syndrome” and “adrenal fatigue” are common “diagnoses” given to patients by their alternative practitioners. Perhaps you’re even taking adrenal support supplements like ginseng, vitamin c, magnesium, b-complex, glandulars, etc. to help with adrenal dysfunction. Although the symptoms are wide-ranging and indeed troubling (including chronic fatigue, body aches and pain, mild depression, weight gain or loss, high or low blood pressure, light-headedness, hair thinning, sleep disturbances, and more), it is not necessarily “adrenal gland stress syndrome” that needs your attention, but the stresses that are causing the adrenals to wear out and dysfunction in the first place. If you find yourself reliant on “adrenal support” supplements for more than about 3 months, you may want to dig a little deeper. Continue Reading »
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Since the New Year recently began, you might be thinking about whether or not you should “detox” if you haven’t already started one.
Is detoxing really worth it? Many doctors claim that it’s not necessary because your body is naturally designed to detox via built-in detox pathways. That is in fact true; we do have built-in detox mechanisms. If we didn’t, small amounts of alcohol or other poisons would leave us dead or severely sick rather quickly. However, who is to say our detox pathways are functioning optimally? And who is to say our detox pathways are meant to easily withstand the onslaught of chemicals in today’s industrialized environment without a little rest and cleansing? In my opinion, detoxing is a good thing. However, whether or not it winds up being good for YOU depends on the type of detox you choose. In this article, I’ll explore a few different types of detox regimens and give the pros, cons, and my opinion as to their use and whether or not it’s worth embarking on this challenge. Continue Reading »
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There are several types of anemia, some of which I have written about in the past. This post will focus on the importance of correcting anemia as it relates to pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction, in addition to health in general.
As you can probably guess, oxygen is the most important “nutrient” for your body. The way I point this out to patients is by saying: “you can probably live about a month without food, you can probably live only three or so days without water, but you can’t live much longer than three minutes without oxygen (unless you’re David Blaine)”. That said, it’s critically important to correct anemia if that is a health issue of yours. Continue Reading »
THE PREGNENOLONE STEAL
In this article I’m going to discuss a common mechanism that explains how stress can lead to hormonal imbalances and the signs and symptoms that accompany them. First I’ll go through the physiological steps that take place and then explain how this leads to common signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Stick with me. Continue Reading »
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