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Smoothies, Good and Bad

We’ve learned our lesson – the liquid diets of the 1970’s wreaked havoc with dieters’ health and even cost some their lives. In my own practice, I have had several patients whose liquid diet damage to kidneys and gall bladder led them to consult an alternative and integrative approach. So we’ve learned our lesson, or […]

Plant-Based vs. Low-Carbohydrate Diets:
Presenting the Evidence

A couple of days ago I received an email from the makers of a soy-based protein bar that began: Scientific research continues to show that a plant-based diet is a healthy dietary pattern. In fact, previous versions of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans have emphasized plant-based diets, and the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee appears […]

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 […]

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 […]

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