How Do I Know If Inflammation Is A Problem For Me?

EVERYONE WHO HAS HAD a sore throat, rash, hives, or a sprained ankle knows about inflammation. These are normal and appropriate responses—your body’s defense system—to infection and trauma. This kind of inflammation is good and we need it to survive. The trouble occurs when that defense system runs out of control, like a rebel army […]

A Functional Medicine Approach to Autism

Disclaimer: As a Functional Medicine doctor, it is my intent to seek out and present many approaches to health and recommend what is best for my patients on an individual basis. In the case of vaccines, I am pro-vaccine-safety; I believe they can be helpful and necessary but that we should continue to pursue a […]

I know stress makes you sick, but I’m not into meditation. How can I create calm?

YOU’RE RIGHT. In fact 95% of all illnesses are caused or worsened by stress. The key is learn how to actively relax. To engage the powerful forces of the mind on the body you must do something, you can’t just sit there watching television or drink a beer. If you’re not up for mediation try: […]

Will drinking red wine really help me live longer?

Yes, in moderation. This is thanks to mitochondria, and here’s how it works. Red wine contains resveratrol, which protects and improves your body’s mitochondria – the part of your cells that create energy — through its effects on special master aging genes. The key is taking care of your mitochondria. Here’s how: Exercise–interval training increases […]

Can 'detox' really help me, or is it just a celebrity fad?

IT’S NOT A FAD. Detoxification is key to health. In fact, problems with detoxification is one of the roots of illness. The gut is one of the core systems in the body that must be working well for you to be healthy. If you feel lousy, it’s likely you’re toxic. Most of us are toxic […]

Why Am I So Tired All the Time? Such Chronic Fatigue!

IT COULD BE YOUR GUT. Most of us do not recognize or know (including most of your doctors) that digestive problems wreak havoc over your entire body leading to allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disease, rashes, acne, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, autism, dementia, cancer and more. So having a healthy gut means more to you than just […]

I Just Can’t Seem to Get this Weight Off My Waist. Why Not?

YOUR HORMONES MAY BE out of balance; specifically, you may be getting too much insulin. Eighty-million Americans suffer from a condition we call insulin resistance. It affects many varieties of people and is not exactly the same in everyone, but the ultimate consequences can be similar. Most afflicted have extra fat around the middle (check […]

Is There Any Route But Prescription Medication to Get Allergy Relief?

TAKE A BLOOD TEST called C-reactive protein. It measures the degree of hidden inflammation in your body. This is important because almost every modern disease is caused by or affected by hidden inflammation, including heart disease, cancer, obesity, and dementia as well as arthritis, autoimmune disease, allergies, and digestive disorders. Then once you figure out […]

Can I overcome a family history of disease, or is it my fate?

YOUR GENES ARE ONLY PART of the equation. Your environment is also critical to whether you’re healthy or plagued by sickness and disease…and you can change that! I ask every patient detailed questions about all their environmental inputs: What is the quality of your diet? Do you eat whole foods? Is yours a plant-based diet? […]

How Do I Know If I’m Gluten Intolerant?

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO TELL if you are gluten intolerant: an elimination/reintegration diet and blood tests. But first, let’s talk about what gluten is and why it’s a problem for so many people. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, and oats. It is hidden in pizza, pasta, bread, wraps, […]

What is Glutathione and How Do I Get More of It?

GLUTATHIONE (pronounced “gloota-thigh-own”) is the most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent aging, cancer, heart disease, dementia and more, and necessary to treat everything from autism to Alzheimer’s disease. I called it the mother of all antioxidants. The good news is that your body produces its own glutathione. The bad news is […]

Recipe: Black Bean Salad

LIKE ANY BEAN SALAD, this one is best made ahead of time so the flavors can reach their full potential before serving. Black Bean Salad   Ingredients 2 c. red onion 2 c. yellow onion 1 jalapeno pepper 5 garlic cloves ¼ c. carrots ⅓ c. celery 2 green onions or scallions (white parts only) […]