The ketogenic diet has taken the wellness world by storm, with health professionals and laypeople alike touting its remarkable health benefits. While patient enthusiasm is often high at the beginning of a ketogenic diet, many people fall off the “keto bandwagon” due to the diet’s restrictive nature. Ketosis-supporting phytonutrients offer a novel solution to this problem, allowing your patients to break a strict ketogenic diet with some healthy carbohydrates while seamlessly re-entering ketosis the next day. This strategy promotes metabolic flexibility and makes keto a...Read more
Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3 (often referred to as ME-3) is a strain of probiotic bacteria that has been found to produce glutathione. Glutathione has been recognized for decades as the Master Antioxidant and as an important regulator of detoxification. However, when taken orally, glutathione is only minimally effective due to degradation during the processes. ME3 is revolutionizing glutathione therapy as results from human clinical trials reveal that daily supplementation with ME-3 substantially increases plasma glutathione levels.
Thealing powers of Cannabis have been utilized by humans since time immemorial, with references to its therapeutic use found in Egyptian scrolls dating back to 1700 BC and Chinese tombs from 550 BC.1,2 Over the past century, Cannabis has experienced a resurgence of interest in the scientific community, with numerous studies confirming its healing properties. Cannabis phytochemicals, including phytocannabinoids and terpenoids, offer tremendous health benefits to your patients by naturally shifting the activity of critical bioregulatory pathways...Read more
Watery red eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing, and coughing – when your waiting room is full of patients with these symptoms, you know that allergy season has arrived! Seasonal allergies are on the rise, with 8% of U.S. adults suffering from seasonal allergies in the spring, summer, and fall.1 Rising levels of CO2 from climate change are causing plants to produce pollen more vigorously, lengthening the intensity and duration of allergy season.2 Natural antihistamines can offer dramatic relief, balancing your patients’ histamine response and allowing...Read more
Sleep deprivation has reached epidemic status in the United States, with a shocking one-third of adults getting less than the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night and 4 percent routinely using prescription sleep aids to induce slumber.1-3 Insufficient sleep exponentially increases your patients’ risk of long-term health complications. Natural sleep therapies are a time-tested strategy for easing your patients into deep, restorative slumber without the harmful effects of prescription sleep aids.
The Science of Sleep
Sleep, long considered an...Read more
According to A.J. Schenkman:
“… if Washington did cut down a cherry tree it was most likely to make room for planting a walnut tree, and if he did have wooden teeth his real teeth likely were ruined breaking walnuts. One thing is true, confirmed by sources both foreign and domestic: General Washington, whether at home in Mount Vernon or at his headquarters in Newburgh, always had plenty of walnuts on hand."
Washington's personal papers are littered with references regarding purchases of [nuts] he was, in fact, fond of nuts of all kind. Walnuts, however, were his favorite. He...Read more
Curcuma longa-tumeric-who hasn’t heard of this vibrant golden spice?! Like many botanical medicines with a history of significant traditional use, turmeric has been turned to for millennia for a myriad of different health complaints. But turmeric (or its popular bioactive constituent curcumin) has been able to affirm its treatment for many of these health indications through an impressive accumulation of clinical research that eclipses what is available for most other phytomedicines.
We all know it’s good for a whole lot of stuff. So much so that it is not worth referencing...Read more
With all the articles about measles and measles vaccine in the news these past few weeks, I am reminded about a topic I wrote about in 2013, the Non-Specific Effects of Vaccination. This term describes an interesting phenomenon - vaccines provide protection against a range of infections besides the infection caused by the organism from which the vaccine is made and which it is intended to prevent.
Looking specifically at the measles vaccine, in 2013 I wrote:
A 2013 African study reported that the measles vaccine cut deaths from all other infections combined by a third, mainly...Read more
The ketogenic diet is gaining increasing attention and popularity in the mainstream. The name and concept, unknown to most only a few years ago, is now well-recognized in many North American households. Medical literature, however, dates back as far as the Hippocratic era investigating the therapeutic efficacy of dietary interventions that induce ketosis.1 While varying degrees of clinical evidence supports this nutritional modification in conditions such as epilepsy,2 Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s,3 brain tumours,4 and obesity,5 the...Read more
A sustainable brain responds to life with resilience and learned optimism. From mood stability to mobility, from senses to sensibility there is much we can do to add years to life and life to years. This is a brief user’s guide and contemporary update about how to have a healthy brain for life and how to improve or recover function when needed. First, we review the functions of your brains and then our synthesis of keeping your brain tuned up for life.
Brains: CNS and GNS
Brains, both Central and Intestinal, are responsible for how well we comprehend, concentrate, feel,...Read more