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Brain Inflammation, Autoimmunity, & How Toxins Affect Mental Health
Did you know that toxins like Lyme, Bartonella, mold and viruses can contribute to depression, anxiety, poor memory, mood swings, poor attention and other mental health issues? Microbes and toxins
Alzheimer’s, Fructose, and Diet
In this bog, you will learn: What Alzheimer’s disease is Which aspects of the modern diet are contributing to Alzheimer’s How the modern diet is involved in Alzheimer’s & what
The Missing Link: Are Lyme Disease and Mold Illness a Root Cause of Multiple Sclerosis?
In this blog, you will learn: How an underlying viral infection, Lyme disease and mold illness can be linked to, and even trigger, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) How biotoxins from Lyme
How Does Lyme Disease Become “Chronic”?
In this blog, we will look at Lyme Disease and answer the question ‘How does Lyme Disease become chronic?’ You will learn: What Lyme Disease is How complex Lyme Disease
Testing for Bartonella
How to Test for Bartonella: a Lyme Co-Infection In this blog, we will look at Bartonella testing. You will learn: What Bartonella is and how it compares to Lyme Disease
What Causes A Bartonella Infection?
In this blog, we will look at the causes of Bartonella. You will learn: What Bartonella is and how it compares to Lyme Disease What causes Bartonella Do you know
Bartonella Symptoms & How To Recognize Bartonellosis
In this blog, we will look at the many symptoms of bartonella. You will learn: What bartonella is and what causes it The range of symptoms and diseases caused by
Bartonella: A Lyme Co-Infection
Bartonella: A Lyme Co-infection In this blog, we will look at bartonella. You will learn: What bartonella is and how it compares to Lyme Disease How bartonella is spread among
Is Lyme Disease Curable? Functional Medicine Can Help!
In this blog, we will look at Lyme Disease and answer the question ‘Is Lyme Disease curable?’ You will learn: What Lyme Disease is That Lyme Disease is a complex
The Growing Threat of Lyme Disease: Why Is It On The Rise?
In this blog, we will look at Lyme Disease and the growing threat that it has become. You will learn: What Lyme Disease is How Lyme Disease is spread Why
Lyme Depression and Anxiety Are Real
Can Lyme Disease Cause Depression and Anxiety? In this blog, we will look at Lyme Disease and mental health. You will learn: How and why Lyme Disease can affect mental
Alzheimer’s: Positive Effects of Diet and Lifestyle
In this blog, we will look at cognitive impairment & Alzheimer’s Disease in relation to various lifestyle factors. You will learn: How lifestyle can affect your cognitive health What lifestyle
Alpha Gal Syndrome – Why Is Red Meat Making Me Sick?
Alpha Gal Syndrome Today’s article outlines a condition that is thought to affect, conservatively, 3% of the US population. However, there may be many undiagnosed cases and reported cases have
Lyme Disease and Joint Pain
Can Lyme Disease Cause Joint Pain? In this blog, we will look at Lyme Disease and joint pain. You will learn: How & why Lyme Disease can affect joint health
MIB 626, A Powerful Anti-Aging Neutraceutical
MIB-626: The Key to Anti-Aging? In this blog, we will look at MIB-626. You will learn: What MIB-626 is How MIB-626 is being tested to combat aging Do you know
PEMF Benefits In this blog, we will look at PEMF. You will learn: What Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy or PEMF is The Benefits of PEMF A few tips on choosing
NAD and Anti Aging Supplements
Anti-aging supplements like NAD have been coming into the spotlight recently. Are you interested in anti-aging solutions? If you want to know more about NAD and how to best optimize
Symptoms of Lyme Disease in Humans
In this blog, we will look at the symptoms of long-term Lyme Disease in Humans. You will learn: What chronic or long-term Lyme Disease is What the symptoms of long-term
Best Colorado Functional Medicine
Learn About Our Colorado Functional Medicine Clinic and how we differ from Traditional Medicine. Do you know what the terms traditional medicine and ‘Functional Medicine’ mean? Do you wonder how
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Testing
In this blog, we will look at Chronic Fatigue Syndrome testing. You will learn: What Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is What testing is currently available How Functional Medicine can help in
Denver Functional Medicine: What is Functional Medicine?
Welcome to Our Denver Functional Medicine Clinic! We work with people both locally and world wide. In this article, we will discuss a bit about what functional medicine is and
Lyme Disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
In this Lyme Disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome blog, you will learn: How chronic Lyme Disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can look very similar to each other How diagnosing, testing and treating
Is Lyme Disease Curable?
In this blog, we will focus on answering the question ‘Is Lyme Disease Curable?’. You will learn: What the basic approach to treating Lyme Disease is What the complications and obstacles
Best Functional Medicine Doctors Colorado
The great thing about searching for “functional medicine doctors Colorado” is that so many of us are doing telemedicine these days and so you are not necessarily limited by state.
Do you know if you are suffering from Lyme Disease or Fibromyalgia?
In this blog, you will learn: How Lyme Disease and Fibromyalgia look like similar diseases and can be mistaken for each other How the underlying causes of Lyme and Fibromyalgia
What is Lyme Disease?
In this blog, you will learn: What the signs and symptoms of Lyme Disease are How Lyme Disease is diagnosed Why it is important to get a correct diagnosis so
How Parkinson’s Disease is Diagnosed (& lots of other Parkinson’s Information)
In this blog, you will learn: How Parkinson’s Disease is diagnosed How Parkinson’s symptoms can be related to different infections That an underlying infection, Lyme disease, mold illness, or a
The Missing Link: Are Lyme Disease and Mold Illness A Root Cause Of ALS?
In this blog you will learn about ALS symptoms in women and men. Wow, it’s a shock that the key root causes of ALS are not being looked at. The
Multiple Sclerosis Signs and Hidden Root Causes
Multiple sclerosis signs are important to pay attention to as early as possible. In this article, you will learn about multiple sclerosis signs and symptoms as well some common root
Treatment Mistakes: What you may be missing when treating Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
In this blog, you will learn: The current approach to treating Alzheimer’s and dementia by reducing amyloid plaque in the brain is not effective Newer research says that the root
LL37: The Healing Anti-Microbial Peptide
Do you suffer from infections, poor wound healing or inflammation? LL37 is an anti-microbial peptide for infection, inflammation & healing.
A Novel Therapy: Kisspeptin (The Reproductive Peptide) can Help with Fertility and other Reproductive Issues
Do you suffer from infertility, PCOS, amenorrhea or low testosterone? The peptide, Kisspeptin, is great for fertility and reproductive health.
New!!! A Novel Therapy Called Dihexa Shows Promise In Alzheimer’s Disease Patients
Alzheimer’s Is Difficult To Treat Because So Much Damage Is Being Done To The Brain, But What If There Was Something? In this Article, you will Learn: Promising research about
How to Improve Your Anxiety and Cognition, Even If You Think You’ve Already Tried Everything
Selank is a peptide that is extremely effective in treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder, anxiety issues, stress and depression. It works as well as benzodiazepines drugs, a common category of anti-anxiety
What To Do When You Are Fatigued and Have Seemingly Tried Everything
Fatigued and Feel Like You Have Tried Everything? You may be making a mistake by not knowing about DSIP: The Sleep Peptide DSIP: This Simple Peptide Can Change Fatigue Symptoms
SS-31, The Mitochondria Power Peptide
The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell. This basically means the mitochondria are responsible for producing the energy that the cell needs in order to function. In order for
Peptide Therapy: TRIO, Natural Botox
Natural Botox is up next in our Peptide Series, we take a look at a new peptide combination called Trio. Like other peptides, it can provide a novel remedy to
Peptide Therapy: KPV: The Anti-Inflammation & Pro-Healing Peptide
Next in our Peptide Series, we take a look at a new peptide: KPV. Like other peptides, it can provide a novel remedy to health issues. KPV is especially good
Peptide Therapy: Thymosin Beta 4: The Tissue Repair & Regeneration Peptide
Next in our Peptide Series, we take a look at a new peptide: Thymosin Beta 4. Like other peptides, it can provide a novel remedy to health issues. Thymosin Beta
Insomnia and Chronic Fatigue: How these simple blue blocking glasses can help
Insomnia and Chronic Fatigue are so common. Statistics show that up to 48% of people do not get enough sleep. Learn this simple, inexpensive tip that has been shown to
Peptide Therapy: Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide (VIP)
Next in our Peptide Series, we take a look at a different peptide called Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide or VIP. It is used to treat a large number of conditions. Like
Maximize Your Immune System with Peptide Therapy: Thymosin Alpha 1: The Immune System Peptide
Next in our Peptide Series, we take a look at a new peptide: Thymosin Alpha 1. We call it The Immune System Peptide. Thymosin Alpha 1 has incredible effects on
Libido Improvement Through Peptide Therapy: PT 141 “The Sex Peptide”
Libido is such an important topic in human health, which is why are going to we take a look at a new libido peptide: PT 141. It is commonly referred
Peptide Therapy: BPC 157: Could BPC 157 be the Great Healer?
Could this be the answer to healing? This week we introduce you to another peptide: BPC 157. BPC 157 is a powerful healing agent. It heals wounds and injuries anywhere
Anti-Aging, Human Growth Hormone and Unleashing the Fountain of Youth Part 2
We previously wrote an article about human growth hormone and its effect on unleashing the fountain of youth (here). Today, we write about one peptide combination and how it can
Sports Nutrition Supplements (Part 1): Supplements to Enhance Sports Performance
Last week in our Sports Nutrition series, we talked about ATP (cellular energy) and how to create it. Supporting the mitochondria is key. This week (and next week), we will
How to Enhance Sports Performance with Supplements
What supplements should you really take to maximize sports performance? There are many performance-enhancing supplements used by athletes. In this article, we discuss the key ones and give you our
Healing from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: What You May Be Missing!
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a common disease process rooted in a variety of causes. Adrenal dysregulation, chronic infections, thyroid dysfunction, nutrient imbalances, anti-parietal cell antibodies are some of the top
The Top Three Things You Can Do To Unleash the Fountain of Youth
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is probably the closest thing to The Fountain of Youth that we have. It is a hormone that delays the onset of aging. Read on as
HGH Peptide Therapy to Slow Aging & Gain Muscle
Human Growth Hormone: Learn this One Thing You Can Do To Age More Gracefully (and gain muscle while you do it!) We frequently hear people in our practice saying, “well
Top Three Supplements for Enhanced Exercise Performance
What supplements should you really take for exercise performance? There are many performance-enhancing supplements used by athletes. In this article, we give you our top recommendations for the recreational athlete
The Virus Series, Part 4: Powerful Peptides and Herbs for Immune Health
In our previous article on viruses and immunity, we discussed vitamins and minerals that enhance immune function. In this article, we discuss plant extracts and peptides for immune health that
Sports Nutrition Supplements (Part 1), Essential Supplements
Last week in our Sports Nutrition series, we talked about ATP (cellular energy) and how to create it. Supporting the mitochondria is key. This week (and next week), we will
Sports Nutrition & ATP Creation: How to Maximize Energy for Sports
This week in our Sports Nutrition series, we discuss ATP, cellular energy and how to maximize energy for sports. And who doesn’t want more energy? Please read on for more
Sports Nutrition & Gut Health
Welcome back to our series on Sports Nutrition. In this week’s article on Sports Nutrition & Gut Health we will look at the role of the gut (our favorite topic!)
Sports Nutrition 101
Welcome to our blog this week, which starts our coverage of Sports Nutrition. This article today covers macronutrients for sports performance, including protein requirements for performance & recovery and fat
Vitamins for Viral Infections (and minerals too)
Vitamins for Viral Infections: In our previous article on viruses and immunity, we discussed the basics of the immune system and lifestyle factors that enhance immune function. In this article,
Thyroid Series: Thyroid Nodules
Welcome to our Thyroid Series of blog articles. This article covers the topic of thyroid nodules and solutions to address them. We hope you have followed our previous articles on
Functional Medicine Solutions For Graves Disease- Part 2
Graves’ Disease: Last week we looked at the root causes of the autoimmune thyroid disease Graves. This week we look at solutions using FM. ** Please note: If you want
Welcome to our Thyroid Series of blog articles. This article covers the root causes of Graves disease. Next week we will discuss Functional Medicine solutions to Graves. We hope you
Hashimoto’s Solutions using Functional Medicine
Hashimoto’s Solutions is the topic of this blog. Please see last week’s blog article here on the root causes of Hashimoto’s. This week we discuss solutions to Hashi’s using Functional
The Virus Series, Part 2: Basics of Immunology and Lifestyle Practices For Immune Competence
In our previous article on viruses, we discussed the fundamentals of viruses, how they cause disease, how they can benefit us, and basics of testing for viruses. In today’s article,
Hashimoto’s Root Causes
Hashimoto’s Root Causes Welcome to our Thyroid Series of blog articles. This article covers Hashimoto’s and its many root causes. Some causes might be unexpected but are definitely worth considering
Viruses: What is a Virus?
What is a virus? Welcome to our virus series of blog articles. In this first part of the series, we introduce viruses: how they function, how they cause disease, how
Hyperthyroidism Treatment: Thyroid Series
Hyperthyroidism Treatment is the focus of this article. Last week we wrote about Hyperthyroidism, its root causes and what diet to follow if you are hyperthyroid (see here). This week
Thyroid Series: Hyperthyroidism and Solutions Part #1
Welcome to our Thyroid Series of blog articles. This article covers hyperthyroidism and how to address it using Functional Medicine and diet. Next week we will discuss other FM approaches
Hypothyroidism: Are you Tired of Being Tired?
Hypothyroidism: Welcome to our Thyroid Series of blog articles. This article covers hypothyroidism and how to address it using Functional Medicine approaches. Last week in Hypothyroidism part #1, we discussed
The Thyroid Series: Hypothyroidism Part 1
Hypothyroidism: The Thyroid Series Part 1 This article covers hypothyroidism and how to address it using Functional Medicine and diet. Next week we will discuss other FM approaches to hypothyroidism.
The Thyroid Series- Intro and Thyroid Health Solutions
Thyroid Series of blog articles: Welcome!!! This is the first of our series, in which we introduce the thyroid, its function, what can go wrong and what are the various
A Functional Medicine Approach to Gallstone Treatment
Last week we wrote about gallstones and why they develop. In this week’s part 2 on gallstones, we will discuss solutions and ways to prevent gallstones. Please read on! TREATMENT
How Did I Get Gallstones
How Did I Get Gallstones? This week we write about gallstones and why they develop. In next week’s part 2 on gallstones, we will discuss solutions and ways to prevent
Using Bee Venom to Recover from Chronic Pain, Arthritis, Lyme, Fibro and MORE!
Want your pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia or Lyme disease to FINALLY go away without the use of drugs with side effects? Dr Miles and many patients in the clinic have suffered
PCOS: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome 2: The Solutions
Last week, we wrote about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and what causes it. This week, we talk about the solutions to PCOS. Solutions to PCOS There are many things we can
PCOS: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Part #1: The Causes of PCOS
This week, we discuss the causes of PCOS Next week, please read on for our article on the solutions to PCOS. WHAT IS PCOS? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal
PTSD and Functional Medicine Part 2
Last week, we wrote about trauma and the many ways in which it can physiologically affect the body. This week, we focus on solutions to address trauma using Functional Medicine.
PTSD and Natural Medicine
This week we are writing on trauma, PTSD and Natural Medicine. Trauma is not uncommon. One study in the US found that 74.2% of women and 81.3% of men reported
Autoimmunity & Gut Health Part #4: Predicting Autoimmunity
This week we continue to look at autoimmunity and gut health. This article focuses on possible ways of predicting autoimmunity by looking at specific gut bacteria. Dr. Alessio Fasano, whom
Autoimmune Disease & the Gut Part #3:
The Microbiome-Autoimmune Connection, Part 3: Dr. Alessio Fasano’s work on Autoimmunity This week we will review the groundbreaking work of Dr. Fasano and autoimmune disease. Autoimmunity is when the immune system
Autoimmunity & the Gut Part 2: The Gut-Brain Axis Series, The Microbiome-Autoimmune Connection
Last week in Autoimmunity & the Gut Part 1, we introduced what is autoimmunity (AI) and discussed some gut issues that can contribute to autoimmunity; such as leaky gut and
Autoimmunity & The Gut-Brain Axis Series
INTRODUCTION TO AUTOIMMUNITY AND THE GUT-BRAIN AXIS Gut health is closely involved in autoimmunity (AI). In fact, there are three elements necessary for an autoimmune disease to develop. These are
Autism & the Gut: Are they linked and what is the link? Part 3: Autism Solutions
Autism Solutions: Three weeks ago, we wrote a blog on Autism & the Gut and covered some facts about ASD as well as some of the contributing factors as they relate
Depression & the Gut: Are they linked & what is the link? Part 1: What Causes Depression
What causes depression? We’ve written about the gut-brain axis in relationship to other disorders such as anxiety and ADHD. In this week’s article on the gut-brain axis, we address depression
Depression & the Gut: Are they linked & what is the link? Part 2: Depression, in the Gut-Brain Axis Series
What Causes Depression? Last week in Part 1 of Depression and the Gut, we defined depression and outlined the potential causes of depression; genetics, a chemical imbalance in the brain,
Mold Illness and Remediation Dos and Do Nots
Want help with mold illness? To learn more about how we work with mold illness, call us at 720-722-1143 or book a discovery call at the link below. Please enjoy
Autism & the Gut: What Is The Link? Part 2: Autism Solutions
Autism Solutions: Last week’s blog on Autism & the Gut Part 1 covered some facts about ASD as well as some of the contributing factors as they relate to genes
Autism and the Gut: Are they linked and what is the link? Part 1: Autism Solutions
Autism Solutions: In this week’s article on the gut-brain axis, we address autism and the gut. The gut and the brain are linked, with the gut-brain axis regulating brain function
ADHD & the Gut: Causes of ADHD
ADHD & The Gut by Nicola Schuler, CNTP, MNT and Dr. Miles Nichols In this next article on the gut-brain axis, we address ADHD Part 2. Last week, we looked
ADHD and the Gut: Cause of ADHD Part 1: ADHD in the gut-brain axis series
Exploring the Cause of ADHD In this next article on the gut-brain axis, we address ADHD and the gut this week. Recent research has established a strong link between the
Anxiety Treatment: Link Between Anxiety and the Gut
Anxiety Treatment: In order to talk about effective treatment, we must first talk about the cause. A tremendous amount of recent research has established a link between the gut and
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) What is it and could it be affecting your health? Part 2
MCAS: Mast Cell Activation Syndrome: Part 2 Last week, we published Part 1 on MCAS, in which we discussed what it is, symptoms and diagnostic criteria, including a quiz on
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) What is it and could it be affecting your health? Part 1
MCAS: Mast Cell Activation Syndrome: Part 1 This is Part 1 of our 2-part series on Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. In Part 1, we will discuss what is Mast Cell
What is histamine? Histamine is a chemical that is found in foods and is made in the body (1). Histamine is released from mast cells, within the immune system, when
What is the Difference between Near Infrared and Far Infrared Light Therapies?
In order to being our discussion about Near Infrared therapy let’s make sure we are all on the same page about what infrared even means. Infrared radiation (IR), or infrared
Photobiomodulation and Near Infrared Light Therapy
Photobiomodulation: What is it? Photobiomodulation (or PBM) is a form of light therapy that uses red or near-infrared light or a low-level laser over the brain, inside the nasal cavity, or
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a relatively new therapy used to repair and regenerate tissue in the body (1). It was first used in 1987 to promote healing
Food Reactions: Food Allergies, Sensitivities and Intolerances
Food Reactions: More than 20% of the population in industrialized countries suffers from food intolerance or food allergy (1). The terms ‘allergy’,’ sensitivity’ and ‘intolerance’ to certain foods are used
Relief for Seasonal Allergies
Seasonal allergies (also called allergic rhinitis), hay fever, or any other type of allergy can be deeply uncomfortable. Symptoms usually feel like the first signs of a cold; sneezing, runny
An Anti-Hypertensive Meal to Manage Your Blood Pressure
We’ve just written two articles on hypertension, or high blood pressure (BP), in recent blogs, Hypertension Part 1 and Hypertension Part 2 . This week we wanted to give you
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) – Part 2
In Part 1 of Hypertension, we defined what hypertension, high blood pressure, is and we discussed dietary changes that can help to lower blood pressure. In this article, Hypertension Part
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Part 1
Hypertension or high blood pressure: Blood pressure is the pressure against blood vessels and arteries created by the heart pumping blood around the body. The force of this pressure against
To Supplement or Not to Supplement?
Nutritional or dietary supplements have become popular. Should you be taking them or not? There are many reasons why, in our modern lives, we do not get adequate nutrition from
What is Functional Medicine? Should you Consider it Together with Conventional Medicine?
What is Functional Medicine and Should you Consider it together with Conventional Medicine? There is a lot of frustration with conventional medicine these days. Obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, autoimmune
Cold & Flu Season Isn’t Quite Over Yet… Learn Natural Cold Remedies
We’re not quite out of the cold & flu season just yet. Each year, children suffer up to 5 colds and adults have 2-3 infections, leading to time off school
Fibromyalgia Treatment Part 3
Fibromyalgia Treatment: In Part 2, we covered the gut as a root cause, the triggers and risk factors for FM. Now in Part 3, we will cover the specific action
Fibromyalgia Part 2 – Treatment
Fibromyalgia Treatment: In Part 1 of this 3-part series on FM, we looked at what FM is and what the root causes are thought to be, according to both the
Fibromyalgia | Blog Series Part 1
What is Fibromyalgia? Welcome to our 3 Part series on fibromyalgia. Today, in Part 1, we cover some of the root causes of fibromyalgia. In Part 2 we cover the
The Potato Diet
What is the Potato Diet? The Potato Diet or Potato Hack is a short term diet tool to get relatively quick results in weight loss, digestive health and other areas.
Osteoporosis: Don’t Let it Sneak Up On You!
In this post we’ll be talking about osteoporosis, which is characterized by bone that has become porous and low density, leading to bone fractures. Osteoporosis is a particularly large problem
Iron Man: Lab Markers for Iron Deficiency
We wrote in a recent post about functional laboratory testing for anemia. Different forms of anemia result from many different causes, and iron deficiency anemia is the most common form.
Diagnosing Anemia with Functional Medicine
Anemia is a complex and varied condition characterized by low levels of erythrocytes (red blood cells) and hemoglobin. There are many types of anemia. In a recent post on B12
Does Acupuncture Work? Researched Benefits of Acupuncture
Does Acupuncture Work? Acupuncture is a treatment that has been used in China for thousands of years. More recently, the practice has become popular in the United States and other
10 Recommendations to Maintain Gut Health this Holiday Season
It’s no secret that a lot of people let their health habits slip during the holidays. We understand the excitement, stress, and time constraints of this season: Sometimes it’s hard
Got Enough B12? Benefits of B12 Injections
Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that is involved in many crucial functions in the body, and B12 injections are a great way to increase your levels. Do you know
The Pyroluria & Omega-3 Paradox
In a recent post we wrote about pyroluria, a genetic condition that is highly implicated in many mental health disorders including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia, as well as addiction and
Myth of Multitasking: How to Be More Efficient
This post will delve into what is becoming known as “the myth of multitasking.” Multitasking is a feat that is glorified in our culture. As many employers will attest, job
Natural Alternatives to Aspirin for Heart Health
In this week’s post we’ll be discussing natural alternatives to aspirin. Aspirin has been used for more than 100 years as a remedy for pain, and headaches in particular. In
Pyroluria, an Underlying Cause of Mental Illness
The last several weeks I’ve written a lot about cardiovascular disease, with posts on pomegranate, Dan Shen and hawthorn. This week I’m going to shift gears and cover pyroluria, which
Hawthorn, a Cardioprotective Herb Powerhouse
This week’s blog post is about the role hawthorn plays in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease (CVD). I’ve written a lot over the last several weeks about natural treatments for
Dan Shen, a Powerful Cardiovascular Chinese Herb
Dan Shen is a cardioprotective herb that has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for 2000 years or more. Also known as salvia miltiorrhiza, this perennial plant in the mint family
Habit Change: Research On How To Improve Bad Habits
Bad Habits: For this week’s post I’m shifting gears a bit and writing about habit change, which is a difficult feat for many people to accomplish. Habit change is a
Pomegranate: A Protective Food for Cardiovascular Risk Factors
Pomegranate fruit has long been held sacred by many of the world’s major religions and the pomegranate tree is said to have flourished in the Garden of Eden. The history
Berberine: Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Diabetic, Anti-Diarrheal and More!
Berberine is a yellow-colored alkaloid compound that has been a hot topic in the last several years in the health world. Berberine appears to have a wide range of health
Treating Gout, the “Disease of Kings”
by Dr. Miles Nichols and Aaron Mello, CNTP, MNT Last week I wrote about oxalates, which are substances in plant foods that appear to play a causative role in many
Oxalate, Kidney Stones and Autism: Oh My!
Low oxalate diets are a popular discussion in the holistic health world right now. New science over the last few years is beginning to illuminate connections between oxalate consumption and
Iodine and Thyroid: A Balancing Act
Iodine and Thyroid Health: Many nutrients are important for thyroid health. In this week’s post I will review the most crucial nutrients and some of the latest research on how
Cortisol and Hypoglycemia: A Vicious Cycle
Cortisol and Hypoglycemia: Last week I wrote about reactive hypoglycemia, a form of blood sugar dysregulation in which blood sugar plummets after a meal, primarily in response to the overconsumption
Getting off the Blood Sugar Rollercoaster: Education About Reactive Hypoglycemia
Reactive Hypoglycemia: Over the last several weeks we’ve talked about several topics related to leaky gut, autoimmunity and gluten sensitivity. This week we’re going to shift gears a bit and
Overwhelmed By Stress and Fatigue?
The Big Picture of the Adrenal Glands and the HPA Axis The adrenal glands have gotten a lot of popularity in the functional medicine and holistic health arenas over the
Stress and Health: How Stress Impacts Your Body
What is the exact relationship between stress and health? This is the first article in a multi-part series on stress. Through this series, we will share the ways stress impacts
When a Gluten Free Diet Isn’t Enough: Gluten Cross-Reactivity
Gluten Free: This week we’ll be talking about gluten cross-reactivity. We’ll continue the leaky gut discussion and learn about foods that cause what’s known as “gluten cross-reactivity.” Foods that are cross-reactive
What Can a Wheat Zoomer Test Tell You? Important Markers to Understand
Leaky gut is a subject I’ve been writing a lot about the last few weeks. Last week we learned about one consequence of dysbiosis and leaky gut, the production of gluteomorphins.
The Gluten-Morphine Connection: What you Need to Know about Gluteomorphins
Have you wondered why bread and other wheat products can be so addictive? Have you ever felt that you might benefit from reducing or removing gluten-containing foods, only to find
The role of actin autoimmunity in leaky gut (aka intestinal permeability)
Leaky Gut: What is actin and why is it important for leaky gut? Actin is a protein that is utilized in many functions in the body. Actin plays two primary
Asparagus Pee: The Science Behind the Odor
Why does eating asparagus make my pee smell funny? This is a question that has long bothered both scientists and the curious lay person alike for hundreds of years. The history of
City Stress: What Buildings and Trees Do to Your Mind
Stats on City Dwelling Fifty percent of people globally live in urban areas. By 2050 it’s estimated that seventy percent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas.
What Can You Do to Avoid and Minimize the Effects of Mold and Mycotoxin Exposure?
Mycotoxins: In the first article of this series, we talked about common mycotoxins you are likely to encounter around your home. We discussed the six major mycotoxins; Aflatoxins, Ochratoxins, Citrinin,
Mold and Mycotoxins – More Common Than You Think!
Mycotoxins are byproducts of fungal metabolism have been deemed to cause illness and death to humans and animals. Most residential buildings are home to thousands of organisms, including fungi and
Health Benefits of Pomegranates
Introduction Pomegranates have been listed as a superfood, and rightfully so. The seedy, red berry contains an assortment of beneficial phytochemicals rarely found in other foods. For centuries, cultures have
Fatty Liver: Causes, Treatment and Diagnosis
The liver is one of the most important organs in the body, serving vital metabolic functions and also playing a role in the production of blood components. In normal circumstances,
Do You Know the Difference Between Artificial and Natural Flavorings in Your Food?
You’re not alone if you have ever gone to your favorite supermarket and encountered the terms ‘natural flavoring’ and ‘artificial flavoring’ boldly posted on cakes, ice cream, sweets and so
Men’s Health : Exercise, Libido and Prostate issues
In our previous article, we discussed the biochemical factors responsible for men’s health. The main biochemicals involved being hormones and enzymes. We also discussed male menopause, and the changes that
Men’s Health: Hormones, Enzymes and Manopause
Have you ever wondered what chemical, biological and physical factors influence men’s health and well-being? If you have, then look no further. This article is one-half of a two-part series
The Science of Love: See How Social Isolation and Feeling Lonely Can Impact Our Health
Introduction In the last post, we explored the benefits of satisfactory social relationships. We saw that people who engage in fulfilling relationships have better physical, mental and social health. Socially
Love and Health: Why Social Relationships Are Important For Your Health
Love and Health This is the first in a two part series on the effects of love, interactions and relationships, with respect to your health. Let’s dive right in! Just
Nagalase Testing – What is Nagalase and Why You Need to Know About It?
Nagalase is an enzyme found in the body and it has a role to play in breaking down the sugar we take in our food into other forms that can
Chronic Virus Is Often A Hidden Virus
Introduction to the Hidden Virus In our previous post, we covered an introduction to viruses. We also explored one class of viruses: acute viruses and the resulting infections. Just to
Viruses Part One: Acute Viral Infection
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Why is Fiber Important for Digestive Health?
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Could Your Migraines be Caused by a Magnesium Deficiency?
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Inflammation – Is It The Root Cause of Your Weight Gain?
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Can Stress Sabotage Your Hormones?
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Stress Management: Can Stress Be Healthy?
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Is Sunscreen Damaging Your Skin?
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Can Toxicity Contribute to Weight-Gain?
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Why is it important to reset the body and mind with a yearly cleanse and a daily mindfulness practice?
Most of us recognize the value in a yearly vacation or retreat. We have a sense that we need a bit of time away from work, and want to focus on family, friends, and relaxation. Most countries have yearly vacation time as standard practices. We could say this is like detoxification for the mind.
How about for your body? What do you do on a yearly basis for your physical vehicle? On average, Americans tend to gain between 0.5 – 1.75 pounds per year, and most of this happens during holiday time (1). A National Nutrition and Examination Survey found that American adults between 25-44 years old gain weight at a yearly average of 3.4% in men and 5.2% in women (2).