Could parasites be what are bugging your gut?

There is this misconception in the medical community that unless you have traveled outside of the United States you likely don’t have parasites.  Could the cause of your abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, itching, rash, headaches, fever, muscle aches, allergies or asthma symptoms be due to parasites?  If very well could be. Generally these symptoms are present for years.  I have often been questioned for ordering ova and parasite testing.  Nearly every time I order this testing from the local lab I get a call asking me if the patient had recently traveled outside the country.  Usually your local labs can’t find hidden parasites as their tests are not… Read More

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What do you think about the Affordable Care Act?

Now more than ever it is important that you take responsibility for your health. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is upon us.Many concerns exist about what this means for you and me. It is believed that the ACA is going to drive up healthcare costs for the consumer who is currently covered by an employer sponsored healthcare plan. Health insurance carriers will be required to cover employers’ employees regardless of pre-existing conditions. This cost will be passed on to the consumer through higher insurance premiums and taxes. We all will pay. It is believed that the ultimate goal is to force everyone into universal healthcare. There is concern that people will not be able to afford the… Read More

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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Epidemic

Did you know that you or a family member may silently have fatty liver disease? It is a national epidemic not only in adults, but in children as well. Obesity and poor diet are known contributors to this condition. It is believed that as many as 20% of adults and sadly 6 million children have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This not only increases your risk of developing cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer, it also increases your risk of heart disease as well. So what exactly is NAFLD? It is an excess deposit of fat and scarring within the liver. This contributes to oxidative stress and inflammation. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can be silent with… Read More

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Could this simple vitamin be the missing link in hard to treat depression?

If you are one of the many people who suffer from depression or are a clinician that treats depression, you know how hard this can be to treat effectively. More than 70% of those treated for depression do not feel they are getting significant symptom relief. There are many things that contribute to depression. Stressful and traumatic life events, poor diet, lack of sleep, and genetics are all known risks factors for depression. If you seek help from your health care provider, you will often be offered an antidepressant medication and if that does not work another one will be tried or a combination of antidepressants. Yet still you do not get relief.   The ideal… Read More

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Was the recent study on fish oil and its link to prostate cancer misleading?

Did you hear about the recent study completed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, Washington and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that suggested a link between taking high doses of omega-3 fish oil and prostate cancer? If you did, I am sure you were alarmed. I know I was as this is one supplement I have recommended to many people in the name of good health. I have shared the reported benefits of fish oil that have been born out of numerous studies when dispensing health care advice. Now we have one study that has many people questioning their use of fish oil. Men are… Read More

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Should all women and men be taking DIM supplements?

First of all, what is DIM or diindolylmethane? Now you know why they call it DIM for short. DIM supplements are composed of a natural compound that forms from the digestion and breakdown of indole-3-carbinole (I3C) found in vegetables containing glucobrassicin. These are commonly known as cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and broccoli. Now you would need to eat significant quantities of these cruciferous vegetables to obtain the health benefits seen in studies. DIM is believed to have potential cancer fighting properties. The National Cancer Institute’s own definition states that DIM supplements have potential antiandrogenic and antineoplastic activity. The reported mechanism of action responsible for the protective benefits has to do with how… Read More

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5 Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Treatments & Causes

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is characterized by distressing symptoms of abdominal pain, gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. It is believed as much as 20 percent of the American population suffers from IBS. These individuals will suffer for years and have few options to help provide relief outside of taking ineffective pharmaceutical drugs. This only cover up the symptoms without identifying the true underlying cause of their symptoms. Traditional diagnostic testing such as stool analysis, colonoscopy, and endoscopy often fails to find the underlying source of the problem. To complicate matters the cause of IBS and its symptoms can vary from person to person. Taking a complete medical history that includes looking at personal and environmental stressors, dietary… Read More

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Solving the health care crisis, have we got it all wrong?

Solving the health care crisis, have we got it all wrong? The health care industry, government, and insurance companies are looking inside the box instead of outside the box when considering ways to help decrease out of control health care costs. While looking for ways to cut services, using generic drugs and making sure you are getting the recommended health screens there is little support or knowledge about the benefits that integrative and functional medicine can offer to solve this problem. Our society is in a health care crisis with people developing one or many chronic diseases at a younger age and living longer but living a poorer quality of life. According to the July 2012 issue of… Read More

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Conscious Evolution Media Interview

Did you get a chance to see my interview on Conscious Evolution Media?  If not, click the link below. Conscious Evolution Media Recently I was a guest on Conscious Evolution Media, an internet television show hosted by Coach Steve Toth.  The topic of discussion was about those things that are affecting our health and how important it is for each of us to increase our awareness.  By becoming aware you become empowered to take control of your health and quality of life.  The power lies within you and not outside of you.  Watch the video and let me know what your think through your comments or like it on Facebook.

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Are Genetically Modified Foods Putting Your Health at Risk?

Did you know that the majority of the foods you are eating today have been genetically modified, (better known as GMO’s)? Did you also know that our government does not feel it is necessary for food to be labeled as being genetically modified? Do you think you have a right to know? I do. Genetically modified foods were introduced into our food in the last twenty years. Nearly ninety percent of corn, soybeans, and sugar beets are genetically modified. It is estimated that three out of four foods are genetically modified. Many European countries have already banned GMO’s, but our own Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states they are not harmful. In fact, as far back as… Read More

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