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Archive Year: 2019

Banned Substances in Your Groceries??

June 3rd, 2019

There are a number of banned substances that make their way into our food supply. Fortunately there are options available to minimize exposure. Check out this fun article–it even has an interactive “grocery store” that lets you “check out” some groceries as well as find out how to avoid the exposure. EWG.org also lists their “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” to help with our grocery budgets.

Potential Risk of B6 and B12 supplementation

June 3rd, 2019

A recent report states that those supplementing with high dose B6 and B12 are at greater risk of fractures. We do not want to ignore the association, but there are a lot of questions regarding their research. They did have a large sample of 76,000 women and followed most over about 21 years. However, the study was limited to primarily white, middle-class nurses who were insured. The diets were reviewed only every 4 years. We don’t know what else they were supplementing. We don’t know other risk factors (e.g., radiation) that may contribute to increased fracture risk. We DO know that excessive replacement of Vitamin B6 is associated with numbness and tingling–and since it is popular for “energy”, it is easy to get way too much if someone is taking multiple supplements. I whole-heartedly agree with completing appropriate testing with the goal of reducing over-replacement. I use a couple different options for nutrient testing. Check with your provider or schedule an appointment to see what testing and supplementation may be right for you. To your health!

Dietary Risks for Cancer

June 3rd, 2019

Recent research continues to state the obvious: that a poor diet is associated with increased risk of cancers. Those with diets rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains had lower incidences of cancer than those eating a diet high in processed meats, red meat, and sugar. So be sure to load up your plate with lots of colorful vegetables and fruit, with a little protein and healthy fat, and skip the processed foods and refined sugar. Remember to exercise daily, too–summer is a great time to get outdoors and move!!

Sunscreen Absorbs Into Bloodstream–Safety Concerns?

May 10th, 2019

This could actually be a very long post, but I know most of us are too busy to read long blogs. So, I’ll cut to the points (check out this article, too):

  1. Excessive sun exposure causes skin cancer.
  2. Safety studies have never been completed on sunscreens.
  3. New research shows that active ingredients DO reach our blood stream within hours AND persist in the body at least 3 days after application.
  4. We don’t know if these chemicals are safe or not.
  5. Our babies and children get a much higher “dose” per application than adults (due to their higher surface to volume ratio).
  6. Zinc and titanium dioxide are the only sunscreens that have been determined to be “safe and effective”.

My recommendation? Cover up with “sun-safe” clothing. Here is a link to why and how it works. And do get about 15 minutes of sun exposure daily to support your vitamin D levels!

 

A New Test for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

May 10th, 2019

Stanford reports that a new test may provide an effective way to diagnose Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). They also claim that it may help guide effective medication therapies. I am hopeful, but I also hope that it doesn’t put CFS into a specific diagnostic “box” since I suspect multiple factors contribute to its etiology. I have yet to find one specific treatment for CFS that works for everyone–each patient seems to have some commonalities but also unique needs. I so appreciate the opportunity to work alongside those suffering with CFS and helping support their health and energy.

Playing Music–For Your Brain Health

May 7th, 2019

You have probably heard of some the brain exercise apps and programs including Luminosity, etc. But did you know that playing music may actually serve you better with respect to your brain health?! Check out this article. And go fire up that piano, guitar, flute, etc! What a fun way to exercise our brains and improve cognition!!

Coffee May Reduce Risk of Rosacea

May 7th, 2019

This is exciting news for those who love coffee but have been avoiding it due to rosacea. Research has been released indicating that coffee may actually have a protective effect against rosacea. This result did not apply to tea, chocolate, or other caffeine sources. And certainly, if you have high blood pressure or other health reasons for avoiding coffee, do not indulge. But if you’ve been avoiding coffee due to concerns about rosacea, you may safely enjoy a cup of coffee 🙂

Pesticide Exposure and Increased Risk of Autism?

March 26th, 2019

Studies are revealing a potential increase in the risk of autism to children born of mothers exposed to pesticides. Yes, this includes Round-Up. I’m attaching the article for you to read. I could wax poetic on the dangers of pesticides and herbicides, including the “inactive ingredients” that are also toxic (they are labelled “inactive” because they do not have the pesticide or herbicide effect, but are toxic none-the-less!). Choose organic as much as your budget permits–ewg.org can help with decision-making in your purchases. Do not use pesticides and herbicides in your yards–your home is the one place you have control over how the environment is treated. Love your weeds (OK, I am still working on this one–but I do love my dandelions, it’s just those “seed-popper” weeds that make me nuts! . . . OK, I’m on a tangent now . . .). My hope–for your health and that of your family and loved ones.

Carnitine and Choline–Friends or Foes?

March 26th, 2019

So, you may or may not have heard the buzz about TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide). It is formed in by the gut flora from  TMA (trimethylamine) and has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The resulting response was to recommend diets void of meats, eggs, and dairy since they are sources of TMA. But the answer is not quite that simple. For example, fish consumption is not associated with an increased risk of heart disease. And further studies are revealing that the conversion to TMAO is due to the gut microbiome more than the diet itself. Certainly, limit consumption of animal products to healthfully-raised, organic, and in limited quantities (ie, a 4 oz serving max); eat lots of vegetables (especially cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower); include berries in your diet; eat some walnuts; include fiber (vegetables again!) and fermented foods; get exercise; get adequate sleep. Eat whole food and avoid packaged and processed foods, period. I just don’t believe that eating should be as difficult as we are making it!

Lifting Weights–For Your Muscles AND Your Mind!!

March 26th, 2019

So the good news about exercise continues–including this article that is showing a reversal of muscle loss as well as increased mental acuity and mood! There is no substitute for exercise–find some activity within your body’s ability and try and grow from  there. A good trainer can be very helpful, too! To your health!!

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