Love and a Different Bend on Meditation

Love is the purest of all emotions and the most healing of all emotions. There is absolutely no more powerful medicine than love. Our entire lives are based on the love we receive as children, our happiness in life comes down to the love we receive and give, and if you are on death’s doorstep …

The End of the Mayan Calendar and Facebook

I’ve been patiently waiting for this day for something like 20 years. Honestly! Back in the day I got all caught up in the end of the world and the apocalypse and how it was all going to be destroyed, and a few people still alive with the roaches were going to be part of …

Calcium: Re-evaluating the Guidelines and Doing it Correctly

So how much calcium do you really need for building bone density? Most women come into my office having been told to take 1200mg by their MDs. Well, it is time to re-evaluate this, particularly in lieu of the current wave to take high doses of vitamin D. The recommendations for 1200 mg of calcium …

Cancer Prevention: Starting in the Womb

Cancer Risk Staring In Utero What’s new in the world of cancer prevention? I started writing this over a month ago…one research study led to another, then another, then another…endless. Rather than throwing in the towel, I will do my best to sum things up for you. We will never have a cure for cancer, …

Skin Health and Sun Exposure

Have Healthy Skin This Summer (or During That Vacation)! I am a huge proponent of real sun, but in moderation. And we must take into account sunscreen when talking about sun exposure, but this can be laden with hormone altering chemicals, while still putting you at risk for cancer. So what kind of sunscreen and …

Energy Assessment: Improving the Afternoon Lull

Do You Have a 3pm Caffeine Deficiency? If only that was the case, how easy and guilt-free would that post-lunch coffee be! Are you someone who is dependent on that afternoon caffeine, or someone who fights that urge as you find yourself in need of an extra push? But what if it really is super …

Salmon With Your Salad? Well…

So, you’re sitting at a restaurant… and looking for the healthiest choice from the menu or maybe something sans meat as you don’t eat much meat, and order the salmon. We have all done it. And on that menu is nothing about the salmon being wild, and the waiter, when asked, tells you he needs …

Allergies: Challenging and Reintroducing Foods

The purpose of eliminating/challenging foods is to find out if you have an allergy or intolerance to that particular food. (I recommend that any food be eliminated for at least 3-6 weeks. The longer the food is eliminated, the clearer the indication will be as to whether or not you react to it, as your …

Dairy: A Surprising and Delightful Find in the Dairy World

Well, at least I was happily surprised, and optimistic of the guilt-free possibilities of consuming cheese! This finding could very well explain the French Paradox and some aspect of the Mediterranean diet, discussed later. As a naturopathic physician I am constantly identifying food allergies. As you may guess, dairy and all of its forms, is …

Zinc, For Your Immune System

THE “ONE” THING TO ENHANCE YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM! As I write this, it seems that “everyone” is saying the same thing, “everyone is sick”! At least this year things seem a lot milder and a lot less virulent than in other years, probably from the drier winter going on across the country. So with all …

Probiotics: Creating Your Healthiest Year!

Just as your gastro-intestinal (GI) system is at the very core of your health, the flora that live there is the backbone to the GI system. We have trillions of bacteria cells in our intestines, which is more than all the cells of our body, and of those trillions of cells, there can be hundreds …

Food for Thought and the Art of Changing Your Mind

Today a new patient came in and as we were discussing her diet, she said “and the salad had red pepper on it- not organic- I know” she said in a judgmental way, “Loaded with pesticides!” I’ve been there in that self judging space around food, and specifically organic food. How perfect I thought, a …

Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load

  Eating low glycemic index foods is only part of it, the other is how much you are eating, which would be your glycemic load. Even a low glycemic index food, eaten in large enough quantity, can contribute to raising your blood sugar and insulin levels.   Don’t despair though- there is a ‘free foods’ …

Low Carb Foods List

  These foods have either less than 5 g of carbs in a 100 g serving, or less than 20 calories in a serving. (The numbers are the grams of carbohydrates in a 100g serving)   Eat as much as you want from the vegetable list. Be much more discriminatory about your meat, fish, eggs …

Brown Rice

A cooking video demonstrating how to make perfect brown rice. Geared for the person who has not tried it before and is curious about adding this wonderful food to their diet. …