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Nutrition

How Carbohydrates, Stress And Pesticides Contribute To Cancer

Cancer rates have skyrocketed, we are seeing cancers in younger and younger patients every year. It has become the new normal. While many experts will tell you if you live long enough you develop cancer, it wasn’t always like this. The focus in mainstream medicine is to state cancers are unrelated to each other and…

Zonulin and Why You Need to Know About This Protein

In the early nineties, the buzz word for anyone seeking out alternative views on chronic illness was candidiasis. Candidiasis is an overgrowth of Candida, a yeast that is normally present in our environment but is opportunistic and can overgrow when normal bacteria are missing or reduced. Candida was blamed for everyone presenting with chronic inflammation,…

Succulent Split Pea Soup, Quick Bread and Kale Salad

This is a high protein, nutritious and easy to make soup meal, a type of meal often requested by my patients who either taste my lunch or hear about my cooking or attend my food prep classes. And, who have patiently been waiting for a cook book (ugh, don’t hold your breath)! Measure a cup…

Comfort Food, Gluten Free and Vegan Style

So many patients ask for my recipes and not everyone can make it to my cooking classes. For an easy holiday meal that feels like cozy comfort food I’m sharing my favorite quinoa-lentil dish. This dish, a one pot, meal wonder, is a super easy and really yummy dish without being high glycemic or un-healthy…

Organic Foods And The Stanford Study

Once again, the mainstream medical PR machine has managed to infuse a reductionistic and myopic conclusion on a study which was set up from the beginning to focus on distracting issues. The Stanford study on organic food as compared to standard commercial food did look at some important issues including pesticide levels in the children…

Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer

While the medical community likes to focus on cancer cures, there are those of us who believe in putting our energies into prevention. So many of our chronic illnesses, including many common cancers, can be prevented. Much of our focus is on cures because big pharma makes it’s profits on selling cures and it’s big…

Got Energy?

Everyone likes to have good energy. What often attracts people to others is energy: positive energy, “a good vibe”. We are all packets of energy, and what we pick up on when we meet others, is how they make us feel. Feeling good mentally, physically and spiritually is the biggest attractant we have. How do…

My New Store

For all the readers out there familiar with my blog, you know that I have kept this site committed to being an informative, knowledge based site. It will stay that way. For those of you who are interested in what products I use in my personal skin and health care, I have started the online…

The Benefits of Coconut oil and Other MCT Oil

While I am not into fad diets or dieting, I do support creating the right diet for individual metabolic needs. Over the years I have used virgin coconut oil in patients with everything from seizure disorder to metabolic syndrome and cancer. The benefits of virgin coconut oil are many: production of ketones due to the…

Why Gluten Might be a bad Choice for Everyone

I introduced readers to Zonulin a few entries back. To recap, Zonulin is a protein made by our bodies that creates loosening of tight junctions such as those in the gut, brain and testicles. The tight junctions control transportation of molecules across junctions. An example is the prevention of food particles in the lumen of…

The Skinny on Large Cholesterol

We are bombarded by commercials about statins to lower cholesterol levels. We’re made to believe that cholesterol is a bad thing and needs to be reduced as much as possible. Numerous studies show the benefit of a healthy cholesterol profile. In fact, a recent study looking at muscle mass gain from exercise, showed that those…

Nitrosamines From Food and its’ Relationship to Cancer

I have written about stomach acid reduction and how that increases stomach cancer risk. And, in my video, I have spoken about carcinogenic compounds formed by cooking or dietary ingredients. Below is an excerpt taken from a blog I wrote about breast cancer prevention. There are no good studies linking nitrosamines to breast cancer, however,…

Why Raw Food

Here is a link to one of my recent lectures on cooking, food preparation and avoiding toxic compounds formed from high heat cooking. This lecture delves in toxic compounds that are created by cooking at high heat and explains where AGE s come from and how they affect blood vessels and organs. The lecture also…

Why Dieting Doesn’t Work

The latest fad in dieting has been the HCG diet. In addition to taking or injecting HCG, patients eat a 500 calorie a day diet. The biggest problem with this is it’s a DIET! According to the American Obesity Association,the failure rate for dieters is well over 95%. This is based upon research they published…

Glowing Beautiful Skin

One often hears how healthy someone looks. What prompts people to say that someone looks healthy? Most often, it is subtle cues such as texture of skin, even skin tone with a mild glow and bright eyes. Many of these features are interpreted unconsciously to be equivalent with health, vigor and youth. Proper skin care…

Skin As The Litmus For Health

In my Chicago area clinic, I see many people with dull or sagging, lifeless looking skin. There are many reasons for this; enlarged pore size, poor nutrition, disease, inflammatory processes, sun damage and hormonal changes. Whether we like it or not, first impressions are often the main reason we get chosen for a job, a…

How to Lose Abdominal Fat Without a Procedure

There are two types of abdominal fat; visceral and subcutaneous. While many studies cite the dangers of visceral fat because of it’s association with heart disease and diabetes type two, subcutaneous fat can also pose some dangers. All fat cells have the capability to transform cholesterol into hormones, particularly estrogen, and large amounts of subcutaneous…

The Benefits of Astaxanthin on Skin And Collagen

There are so many products out there professing to turn back the clock. And, the barrage of supplements you “must” take lest you fall apart is mind boggling. However, for improved collagen and young looking skin, there are not many supplements that compare to red micro algae or “astaxanthin“. This is a naturally occurring plant…