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The Importance of Supplementing Vitamins and Minerals While on Oral Contraceptives

While many women take oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy, there are many other reasons women choose to take oral contraceptives. Treating hormonal imbalances, ovarian cysts, and irregular periods as well as preventing pregnancy are all scenarios where the benefit of taking oral contraceptives may outweigh the risks. Considering many women begin taking oral contraceptives in early adolescence […]

Lift Yourself Out of Winter Depression

The days are short. The air is cool. And, it might having you feeling a little blue. If you associate Old Man Winter with a little depression, you may one of as many as 10% of Americans who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is associated with abnormal circadian rhythm and neurotransmitter balance triggered by alterations in dark-light […]

Milk, Does a Body Good…or Does It?

Studies are suggesting that the effects of milk on the body are perhaps not worth the calcium benefits it provides. A recent 20-year Swedish study published in the British Medical Journal looked at the milk intake of two large cohorts involving 61,433 women and 45,339 men. The results showed that high milk intake was associated with: higher mortality in […]

What Triggers Autoimmune Disease?

As we age, one third of us will test positive for antibodies to our own tissues. Yet, only a few of us will develop full-blown autoimmune illness. Autoimmune illness is incredibly frustrating as it can drastically reduce a person’s quality of life. It also puts an enormous financial burden on our healthcare system. Because a […]

Why is Autoimmune Disease Commonly Misdiagnosed?

Autoimmune diseases such as autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease) or celiac disease are very common and can affect most organs. They impose enormous burdens on the health care system not only in cost, but in quality of life for millions who suffer from them. Autoimmunity results when insults from our environment, diet, and lifestyle interact […]

What Triggers Autoimmune Disease?

As we age, one third of us will test positive for antibodies to our own tissues. Yet, only a few of us will develop full-blown autoimmune illness. Autoimmune illness is incredibly frustrating as it can drastically reduce a person’s quality of life. It also puts an enormous financial burden on our healthcare system. Because a […]

Study Compares the Effect of Soybean and Coconut Oil On Belly Fat and Heart Disease Risk in Women

A randomized, double-blind clinical trial involving 40 women aged 20-40 years who had waist circumferences greater than 88cm (greater than ~35in) compared the effects of coconut oil and soybean oil on markers of belly fat and risk of heart disease (1). The women were split into two groups of 20. All women were instructed to […]

New Study – Vitamin D and Cancer Survival

Cancer patients who had higher levels of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D were linked with better survival rates and longer remission than those who are vitamin D-deficient. The findings were published in July 2014 in the Endocrine Society’sJournal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The meta-analysis reviewed 25 studies that measured  vitamin D levels at or near the time […]

One of Nature’s Most Powerful Herbs for Inflammation,
Nausea, and More

One of nature’s most powerful herbs may be sitting in your kitchen this very moment. Ginger has been used for over 2500 years and associated with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-microbrial, anti-cancer, anti-coagulant & immunomodulatory properties (1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6;7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14). But it doesn’t stop there… May also offer support for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, and digestive problems  (15; 16) May […]

The Most Overlooked Barrier to Creating Healthy Habits

As disease shifts from acute health problems to chronic health problems, the biggest challenge facing you is your ability to manage your health effectively on your own. But instead of being a “burden” that must be overcome, the process of creating healthy habits can actually be enjoyable and fun. Central to this shift to healthier lifestyles […]