June 25, 2017

Positive Thinking Helpful in Coping with Chronic Illness

When a chronic health issue has you feeling like crud, few things are more insulting than someone telling you to “keep your chin up,” or “think positive.” Such advice sounds like a brush-off from someone who has no idea what it is to struggle with pain, fatigue, depression, and other frightening, life-altering symptoms. Today, one in two people suffer from a chronic health condition in the United States. Although researchers point to the more well-known illnesses of diabetes, arthritis, … [Read more...]

Autism Risk Factors and Autoimmune Disease

The rate of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has increased 78 percent in the last decade, with autism now affecting a staggering 1 in 88 children. While parents scramble for answers, researchers increasingly find a common denominator: inflammation affecting brain function. While some children withstand the assaults of modern life relatively unscathed, the child with autism has neurologically-based reactions to foods, vaccines, viruses, environmental chemicals, or other immune triggers. Some … [Read more...]

Baywatch Beauty Brings Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism out of the Closet

Talk to a group of women with Hashimoto’s , and they’ll likely all share the same frustrating story. Frequently dismissed, misdiagnosed, or ignored by doctors, Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism is finally getting the recognition it deserves thanks to former Baywatch beauty and Playboy cover girl Gena Nolin. Struggling with Hashimoto's on the Baywatch Set Nolin struggled through marathon days on the set of Baywatch in a tiny red tank while battling symptoms of Hashimoto’s: fatigue, depression, hair … [Read more...]

Can Gluten Intolerance Cause Infertility?

Couples trying to conceive may want to add a gluten-free diet to their regimen. Research shows a clear link between celiac disease (gluten intolerance) and infertility in both women and men. Infertility affects about 10 percent of couples wanting to have children, or more than 6 million Americans. Several studies have shown the prevalence of celiac disease is higher in women with unexplained infertility. Also, women with celiac disease are three times more likely to miscarry and four times … [Read more...]

Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism Can Lead to more Autoimmune Disease

Failing to manage your  could lead to future autoimmune diseases. A recent study revealed that roughly one in six patients with Hashimoto’s has another autoimmune disease, most commonly: atrophic gastritis, a condition in which the lining of the stomach is constantly inflamed vitiligo antiphospholipids syndrome, which may cause blood clots, miscarriages, or stillbirths, and multiple sclerosis. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease that attacks and damages the thyroid gland, … [Read more...]

Cancer Prevention: Prevent up to Half of all Cancers!

You never know when those chronic migraines, persistent , or that flaring  might actually save your life. These are warning signals that your system is out of balance. By tending to your body's health with nutritional and lifestyle interventions, you may prevent cancer as well. Carrying the genes for cancer doesn’t make it a sure thing—a recent study found more than half of all cancers are preventable. In functional medicine, we have long known certain diet and lifestyle practices, as well as … [Read more...]

Got Insomnia or Can’t Sleep? Turn the Lights off Earlier

Can’t fall asleep? You may need to turn the lights off earlier. Studies show exposure to light after dusk, particularly light from computer screens, iPads, iPhones, televisions, and other electronic items, significantly inhibits the production of melatonin, your body’s sleep hormone. Insomnia is a national problem, affecting about 30 percent of Americans and fueling a $2 billion sleep medication industry. Although prescription sleep medications are common, they also come with troubling side … [Read more...]

Fight Inflammation with Glutathione Recycling

The term “antioxidant” has become popular in a multitude of products from acai to dark chocolate, but the most important antioxidant is the one made by your body: glutathione. Sufficient glutathione is vital for good health. Glutathione is a molecule that protects the body in many ways. It shields cells from damage caused by oxidation and inflammation, it aids in detoxification, and it helps the immune system function at its best. When glutathione production drops, you are more vulnerable … [Read more...]