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TACA, GAPS vs. Paleo AIP

The pomegranate, with its many seeds, is an ancient symbol of fertility. It is often eaten on Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, which we just celebrated. One meaning of the custom is that we wish that our good deeds in the ensuing year will be as plentiful as the seeds of the pomegranate. On Rosh […]

Sweating

I once saw a naturopath who told me that given my O blood type, that is was essential for me to break a sweat every day in order to feel my best. I reluctantly and very briefly followed her recommendation, but then quickly returned to my old habit of long walks and kundalini yoga, neither […]

The Value of a Supplement Hiatus

I recently undertook an 8 day cleanse. The most powerful benefit resulted from following the recommendation to stop all supplements that were not absolutely essential. I had been feeling unusually tired, which was part of the rationale for undertaking the cleanse in the first place. I thought that it might do me good to get […]

Fat Fast and Menopause

All my life I have struggled with my weight. Both sides of my family suffered from morbid obesity, along with metabolic syndrome, a preoccupation with food and emotional eating. Only when I reached puberty and began to individuate, did I realize that it was not written in stone that I had to be overweight like […]

Histamine Intolerance and Emotional Stress

Histamine intolerance depends on many factors including intestinal health, genetics, medication, diet, environment, and perhaps most importantly, emotional and spiritual well being. It is widely recognized that the degree to which we are histamine intolerant is greatly influenced by our level of emotional distress. Many of us have lives that we experience as stressful, which […]

Soulless Psychiatry

Did you know that the literal meaning of psychiatry is “healing of the soul”? The term was coined in France in 1846, “psychiatrie”, from Medieval Latin psychiatria;” a Latinized form of Greek psykhe- ”mind” + iatreia”healing, care. Does that ring a bell when it comes to psychiatric treatment in 2013? The tyranny of “evidence based” […]