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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. (more…)

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The current standard of care and most widely used measure of bone density is known as dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, or DXA. This is the best technique available for measuring bone density. However, DXA has one important drawback. It only gives a static measurement of bone density at one moment in time. It does not assess whether bone is actively being broken down. So it’s very possible that a person can have a DXA scan that shows healthy bone density while bone is actively being broken down, leading to eventual osteoporosis and/or fracture. And because these scans are generally done every two years, a person can be lead to believe that their lifestyle is supporting bone health, only to find out two years later that they are worse off than before.

As you may know, bone is living tissue that is constantly being remodeled. Cells that break down bone and cells that rebuild bone are constantly at work. For healthy bone remodeling we need more cells rebuilding bone rather than breaking it down. Unfortunately, a DXA will not reveal this information. However, there is a simple urine test that I recommend all peri- and post- menopausal women have done that can help measure the rate of bone quality and turnover. Men and those at increased risk of bone loss should also consider it. (more…)

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According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation: “Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to fractures, especially of the hip, spine and wrist, although any bone can be affected. In simpler terms, osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become weak and can break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, from a simple action such as a sneeze or bumping into furniture.”

In this article I’m going to discuss osteoporosis prevention and nutritional management as it relates to peri- and post-menopausal women. You may be shocked to find out that calcium intake in this population might be the least important measure one can address when dealing with osteoporosis naturally. (more…)

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Women seeking relief from symptoms associated with peri-menopause and menopause often reach for the progesterone cream. If you’re going through it, no pun intended, you know the symptoms. In case you’re unfamiliar, here are some of them: hot flashes, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, night sweats, mood swings, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, increased pain, digestive disturbances, depression, memory lapses and more. Although bio-identical hormone replacement therapy might be appropriate for some people, the use of transdermal (through the skin) creams should be avoided. (more…)

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If you’ve been reading my website even modestly, you know that I speak about blood sugar regulation as one of the most important aspects of health and wellness. The reason for this is because the deleterious, systemic effects that ensue from unbalanced blood sugar, both directly and indirectly, are enormous. If you’re interested in reading my articles on the topic, click here. This article will focus on the basics of blood sugar imbalances and “male” and “female” hormones. (more…)

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So far in this series I’ve covered the basics of weight loss and detox. Obviously a whole book, or even several books can be written about weight loss and detox which is beyond the scope of this series. That said, in this last part I’ll mention some other issues that may be impeding your efforts to lose weight and detoxify. (more…)

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Now that you’ve cut out sugar and starches, you’ve started to eat breakfast and stopped skipping meals, and you’ve embarked on an elimination diet – let’s continue with the necessary steps to lose weight and detox. If you’re not following me right now, please read parts 1, 2, and 3 of this series by clicking on the numbers above. In this part, I’ll continue on the benefits of eating healthy and normalizing blood sugar.

If you’ve just completed the elimination diet and immediately realize that you lost 5-10lbs already, inflammation is one of your biggest problems. Inflammation is probably the most destructive process that occurs in the body, and is essentially everyone’s problem regarding any health challenge. And even though inflammation serves a very important purpose, when it’s constant, it can (and will) wreak havoc on every system in the body. When there’s inflammation in the digestive tract from constant consumption of food sensitivities, it will usually cause systemic inflammation. So what’s the problem with inflammation you ask? (more…)

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