October 19, 2017

Stress can cause PMS, menopause problems, and more

It’s not easy being female — the hormonal ups and downs each month through puberty and then menopause can range from mildly irritating to downright debilitating. Although many, if not most, women suffer from some degree of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), the extreme health and mood imbalances associated with PMS and menopause are a sign your system is out of whack, most likely because of stress. Hormone balance is very sensitive to stress, inflammation, toxins, poor diet, sleep deprivation, lack of … [Read more...]

Study confirms autoimmune paleo (AIP) diet works

A recent study confirmed what functional medicine has long since known — the autoimmune paleo (AIP) diet is highly successful for managing chronic health disorders. The first-of-its-kind study showed the majority of participants quickly achieved and maintained remission of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis on the AIP diet. A number of participants were even able to discontinue drug therapies. Many people follow the AIP diet to manage not just Crohn’s but also chronic pain, Hashimoto’s … [Read more...]

Your Antacid may be doing more Harm than Good

No one can be blamed for wanting relief, especially when acid reflux makes it feel like molten lava is shooting up through your esophagus. Antacids can bring quick relief, but their long-term use can also bring lasting problems. It’s better to identify and address the underlying causes of acid reflux than simply to squelch the symptoms. Acid reflux occurs when the contents of the stomach backwash into the esophagus. These contents can include stomach acid, bile, food, or sour liquid. Although … [Read more...]

Could Gluten be Causing your Child’s Cavities

While childhood is full of surprises, some parents are unprepared for the staggering dental bills and persistent cavities children get, even when they brush and floss regularly. Parents know to restrict sugar, but what they may not realize is that a hidden gluten intolerance and poor gut health, not a fluoride deficiency, may be the cause of those cavities. Fortunately, help can be just a meal away. Many have witnessed a near-miraculous halting of dental decay simply by putting their child on … [Read more...]

Does Sugar Make you Stupid? Omega 3 to the Rescue!

A recently published UCLA study shows what many have suspected all along: Eating too much sugar makes you stupid. Scientists found that just six weeks of bingeing on sweets and soda will sabotage both learning and memory. Fortunately, consuming omega-3 fatty acids can counteract some of the damage. The study looked at the effects of fructose -- in the form of cane sugar (sucrose), high-fructose corn syrup, and corn syrup -- which is found in the American diet in everything from soft drinks to … [Read more...]

Adrenal Fatigue Tips for Type A Personalities

Are you the kind of person who races through life at a 100 miles an hour? Is your motto, “Plenty of time for rest in the grave”? Do caffeine and energy drinks fuel your waking hours? If so, you may be setting yourself up for a crash of epic proportions. Many people today suffer from adrenal fatigue, a condition in which the body’s adrenal glands do not make sufficient hormones in response to stress. A huge fight with your spouse or a giant afternoon soda are both stressors to which your … [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...]

Under Attack from Toxic Chemicals? Tips to Protect Yourself

Do you feel toxic chemicals are out to get you? Studies link many chronic illnesses with toxic chemicals in our everyday environment. Man-made chemicals such as: pesticides pollution plastics heavy metals and artificial food additives are a normal part of life now. Even radiation fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan is now on the list of health concerns for many Americans. Toxic chemicals are associated with such conditions as:  and insulin … [Read more...]