D-mannose is commonly prescribed for the treatment of urinary tract infections by many alternative/integrative health practitioners. If you visit the comment sections of blog posts and forums on this topic, you will see that thousands of people attest to the fact that it can be very effective, when the bacteria involved is E.coli. However, as I will demonstrate further ahead, D-mannose can be contraindicated if SIBO is present. [continue reading…]
This is not a true Paleo recipe because it includes mozzarella cheese, which I don’t typically recommend consuming very often. However, since eating Paleo is for life, I think some type of lasagna is just one of those things that we may want to indulge in once in a great while. This recipe gets rid of the worse offender, (pasta) and if you eat a little mozzarella once or twice a year or so, there is no serious harm done in most cases.
We’re going to approach this issue by answering the following question submitted by a visitor to the blog. Most of the people I work with in my practice come to me with a similar type of scenario. The diagnoses may be different, but the complex web that becomes a tangled ball of yarn is very common and the most challenging aspect of their healing journey.
By now, you’ve probably seen the commercial with Oprah telling you that you can eat bread every day and still lose weight. It is sad, frightening, and disturbing that someone who has so much influence over society’s choices and behavior is using that power to encourage people to consume a substance that can have such a profound devastating affect on their mental and physical health that goes far beyond weight gain.
The regular use of meditation and other practices that elicit the relaxation response, like deep breathing exercises, yoga, and prayer, have been shown previously to be beneficial in the treatment of a wide array of conditions like addiction, insomnia, depression, anxiety disorders, high blood pressure, chronic pain, stress management, and more. However, a new study has found that these same practices can also help reduce the need for health care services by as much as 43 percent. The greatest reduction in health care service utilization was observed in the areas of neurological, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal. [continue reading…]
If you are still struggling with cravings for sugar and carbs, the beginning of the new year is a great time to resolve to kick this addiction once and for all. With the holidays behind you for now, there will be less temptations that may sabotage your efforts and it’s a time of year when hope, motivation, desire to change and faith in one’s ability to do so, are often at their highest.
I must admit, one of my favorite activities during the holidays is my annual glass of eggnog on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day, preferably while I’m watching A Christmas Story. I love eggnog. There’s nothing quite like its thick, rich and creamy texture and flavor.
Research demonstrates that meditation can provide significant benefits for our mental/emotional, physical, brain, and spiritual health. Regardless of which health condition you are facing, or if you are simply engaging in preventative measures, meditation should be a primary component of the healing plan. However, one of the challenges that many of my clients express to me when trying to adopt this practice on a regular basis is how to deal with restlessness, feeling antsy, or inability to sit still. Fortunately, we can use a simple mindfulness-based technique I will describe below to overcome these roadblocks with ease and reap the many rewards that meditation has to offer. [continue reading…]
Hypothyroidism can be primary or secondary. If it is primary, it should respond well to thyroid replacement. If low thyroid symptoms (fatigue, weight gain, dry skin and hair, constipation, low body temp, depression, hair loss, etc.) continue despite treatment, then it is secondary and one must look at the underlying factors that may be contributing. If that underlying cause is adrenal fatigue, then treatment of hypothyroidism without adrenal support is not only ineffective, it can be highly counterproductive.
Hydrochloric acid, also known as HCL, is really critical for our health for a variety of reasons. In the stomach, it helps other gastric acids (potassium chloride and sodium chloride) break down proteins and it directly kills pathogens like Candida, parasites, viruses, and bacteria and prevents them from traveling further into the gastrointestinal tract. [continue reading…]