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I don’t know if many of us had known about the cruel practice of using gestation crates in the factory farming of pigs, but we do now that Jon Stewart has discussed it on The Daily Show: The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook Part 1 (5:46) […]

Menopausal Hot Flashes

When, as a naturopathic physician, I treat hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms, I find one of the most effective tools to permanent resolution is a ketogenic, paleo-type way of eating. Although there are a few other tricks to be had, diet is a big one. To understand why a ketogenic way of eating is […]

The Problem with Allopathic Treatment of Hypothyroidism

The problem with most allopathic treatment of hypothyroidism is that the allopathic doctor sees lab results that show a high TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone, usually the only thyroid test MDs order) and reflexly prescribes levothyroxine, which is synthetic T4 (thyroxine). This approach may eventually result in pretty lab values, but often the person still feels […]

More on Bone Health and the Causes of Osteoporosis — and What to Do About It

In the post Bone Health and the Dark Side of Calcium Supplements, I argued that dietary calcium deficiency is seldom the cause of osteoporosis and that taking calcium supplements, either therapeutically or even just preventively, is liable to do more harm than good. In that piece we discussed some of the reasons osteoporosis can come […]

Bone Health and the Dark Side of Calcium Supplements

It’s become popular to take calcium supplements in the belief that they increase bone strength and help prevent osteoporosis. But not only do they not accomplish this goal, there is sobering evidence that calcium supplements significantly increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack (by 31%) and stroke (by 20%), and the risk of […]

Vitamin A from Animal Foods

It’s a myth that fruits and vegetables contain vitamin A. They do not! There is not one fruit or vegetable that contains so much as a single molecule of vitamin A. What fruits and vegetables do contain are vitamin A precursors, carotenoids like beta-carotene. But the problem is that the conversion of beta-carotene to vitamin […]

Ticks and Such

Here’s a veterinary article about ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes and a natural repellent that doesn’t contain harsh, toxic chemicals. Note: Save your tick! The article I’ve linked to above contains a 25-second video on how to remove ticks. Once you’ve done this, you can save it in a container and have it evaluated for the […]

Autoimmunity: The Basics

Autoimmune processes — in which our immune system makes antibodies to our own tissues — are more common than we know, and they’re born in the gut. Other factors sometimes figure in, but the gut is definitely where the action is. Because all autoimmune processes spring (at least in large part) from this same etiology, it […]