We may have gotten ahead of ourselves with vitamin D; gotten too excited about all the possibilities and all the promises. It may be time to slow down and even back track a bit.
For the last decade vitamin D has been the biggest, most exciting new thing in nutritional medicine. It seems like almost every patient is taking vitamin D and doing so in doses once thought massive.
Since the mid 1990s, thousands of studies have linked low serum vitamin D to a list of maladies including heart disease, cancer, infection, autoimmune, obesity, osteoporosis, depression and so on. While...Read more
With the weather getting warmer and the days getting longer, there is a natural inclination to spend more time outside. After the cold dark days of winter hibernation it feels good to stand in the Sun, listen to the songbirds, and feel the renewed vitality of the world. It is no coincidence that this is the time of year we celebrate Earth Day, (Saturday, April 22nd) to honor and remember the beautiful complexity of the natural world and our interconnection with all of Life.
As practitioners of natural medicine, we can utilize...Read more
Testing is one of the most powerful tools healthcare practitioners have to properly diagnose and treat patients. Test results are like pieces of a puzzle that help practitioners put together a clear picture of their patient’s health. Let’s face it, the treatment protocol the practitioner creates is only as good as the test that is used to create it.
In the past, when trying to uncover health issues related to mercury exposure, practitioners would choose between doing a hair analysis or a challenge (provocation) test. We now know that both options have significant limitations. Hair...Read more
The future is here. The nutritional industry now has access to pharmaceutical-grade liposomes that can provide the power of intravenous therapy in the convenience of oral supplements. This is exciting, for sure, but are the claims made by all companies that offer liposomal supplements true? Not necessarily. “Liposomal delivery” is a pretty broad term and certainly not all liposome products are created equal.
There are definitely key advantages with liposome products but as with anything, there are two sides of this coin. Below is a list of advantages, as well as potential...Read more
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m a big fan of behavior modification scientist Dr. BJ Fogg. Fogg’s behavior change model focuses on three steps: motivation, ability, and trigger.1
I had the opportunity to interview Fogg on a radio show that I do with my colleague Dr. Lise Alschuler.2 During that interview, Fogg went into detail about the three tenants of his behavior change model but that wasn’t the most interesting part of the interview...Read more
Healthcare practitioners continually work to crack the code when it comes to positively and sustainably changing patient behavior. While the true secret to success is likely highly individual and based on many nuances unique to each patient, there are some tenants to follow that may impact sustainable behavior change.
For years we were led to believe that all it takes to change behavior is motivation. Without motivation, patients were doomed to fail and with the right level of motivation, success was surely theirs. For example, if a patient really wants to quit smoking, then they...Read more
I am a generalist; there, I admit it. In a world of increasing specialization one gets the distinct feeling that “generalist” has become a rather dirty word. Almost 30 years ago, when I was studying osteopathic and naturopathic medicine, specialization within these fields did not exist or were in the very beginning stages. Of course, today that’s not the case.
Although my emphasis is in naturopathic and osteopathic medicine, my practice is very general, which is the way I like it. Every day is different. I may be working with someone suffering acute back pain in one appointment,...Read more
When we talk about food, we always stress the importance of the rainbow and eating a broad array of colorful foods. Following the same principle that the diverse array of colors and pigments represent key vitamins (eg, orange/red veggies are rich in vitamin A), minerals (eg, green leafy veggies are rich in magnesium) and phytonutrients, we also love the rainbow when it comes to botanicals. We know about the bright orange capsules (yes, lovely curcumin) that many of us take on a daily basis for the powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in addition to a long list of benefits...Read more
Nutrition-focused medical practitioners have advised men with prostate cancer to take supplemental zinc for so long that few can still remember where this practice originated. Several papers now suggest zinc may actually be ill advised for these patients to take.
Zinc levels in the prostate gland are higher than in any other soft tissue of the body, so it was easy to assume that zinc is important for prostate function and health. On top of this, zinc levels in healthy prostate tissue are almost 7 times as high as in prostate cancer tissue.1 Several cell culture studies...Read more
While we might wish to say that naturopathic medicine is evidence based, we must admit that some of our thoughts regarding patient treatment rely more on best guesses based on relatively scant evidence. We often find ourselves extrapolating from faint data points hoping to find a useful path forward. Here’s a recent example:
Just before Christmas, in December 2016, a paper by Bouchard et al, a group of researchers from Quebec, Canada, was published in the International Journal of Radiation Biology that caught our attention. These researchers reported that radiation of...