The Importance of Your Sleep Cycle (and How to Reset It)

You already know that sleep is important, but did you know that your sleep cycle, or circadian rhythm, actually determines your hormones, energy levels, and how well you recover from illness? The word circadian comes from the latin circa, meaning “about” or “around,” and diem, meaning “day.” Your sleep cycle is “about a day,” or about twenty-four hours. Before clocks […]

The Triglyceride/HDL Ratio: What Can It Tell You?

For years, measurements of blood cholesterol have been used to assess the risk of heart disease. We have been intensively educated about the role of LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C), commonly nicknamed the bad cholesterol and HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C), often called the good cholesterol. For many reasons, lowering LDL-C has become a primary goal in cardiovascular prevention. A strong correlation has been found […]

What About Hashimoto’s and Goitrogenic Foods?

The cruciferous family of vegetables, also called brassicas, have been demonized for years as a cause of hypothyroidism. These foods are sometimes classified as goitrogens because over-consumption of these foods appears to block thyroid peroxidase (TPO), causing the thyroid to grow more thyroid tissue resulting in a goiter. These foods contain sulfur-containing compounds called glucosinolates […]

5 Scientific Benefits of Beets!

I’ve been picking up fresh heirloom beets at the Farmer’s Market from Red Wagon Organic Farm every week anticipating the delicious complex flavor they add to my smoothies (recipe coming soon!) and the boost in energy from the nitric oxide they can produce when consumed. So I thought I’d share with you some of the great benefits of […]

Once Again for Organic Food

As a clinician I know that common sense is an incredibly reliable tool: it’s most likely that the patient returned from a back-packing trip has abdominal pain and diarrhea because of some exposure from the trip. As a clinical I also know that science has its place: when the physical exam doesn’t quite fit the […]

Meat Quality and Paleo

One very, very important distinction about the True Paleo regime is the source, and subsequent quality, of our proteins. Fresh, wild salmon and packaged, smoked salmon are not interchangeable. Nor are the occasional serving of uncured bacon from pastured pork and the Oscar Meyer’s shrink-wrapped, sodium nitrate and nitrite-rich variety. And when we get into […]

3 Problem Networks of Stress:
Looking Beyond the Obvious to Find Good Health

There is not one single answer, nor one magic pill, when it comes to our health. That is because our bodies are intricate systems, with many interrelated processes. Even looking at unwellness from one perspective – stress, for example – is more complex then it may seem at first. And health is not achieved with a simple […]

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 […]

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