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Archive Category: Detox

Oil-Pulling

November 21st, 2014

You’ve probably been hearing about this “new” craze of oil-pulling. It is actually an age-old technique used to improve oral health AND overall health. I’ve had many patients benefit from this technique. My recommendation is to start with only about 1 tsp of oil to reduce the potential for gagging. Detailed instructions are found here.

BPA is Linked with Decreased Lung Function in Children

October 7th, 2014

Prenatal exposure to BPA (bisphenol A) is being strongly linked with diminished lung function in children. BPA is found primarily in plastics. Pregnant or not, female or male, PLEASE avoid plastics as much as possible. Use glass or stainless steel drinking bottles (and note that GLASS is my recommendation since stainless steel may be contaminated with other metals). Purchase meats and cheeses from the deli to minimize exposure to plastic wrapping. Never microwave food in plastic containers. And avoid touching thermal receipts–another common source of BPA exposure. Read more about the link with lung compromise in children here. And more about BPA here.

Caution with Green Tea

August 1st, 2014

While there are many health benefits of green tea, there is also evidence of increased levels of lead in the brewed tea–black or green. Teas from China had the highest levels. Those from Sri Lanka had the lowest levels. Organic teas had same levels of lead as non-organic ones. So, please choose your teas carefully! Read more here.

Evaluating Impact of Chemical Exposure

July 15th, 2013

Cyrex Labs (a favorite of mine) has just introduced a new panel which helps identify environmental exposures which may be contributing to immune reactivity and autoimmune reactions (i.e., chronic diseases). Read more about it by clicking here. And schedule an appointment if you have chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue or chronic pain or have been diagnosed with a chronic disease, particularly autoimmune disease (or even a family history of autoimmune disease).

Supporting Glutathione Levels

May 13th, 2013

This may be good news for those who need glutathione support. Glutathione is a very important anti-oxidant–and there has been debate for years as to whether or not it can be absorbed by swallowing it as a supplement. Focus has been on alternative delivery methods (IV or transdermal, for example) as well as supporting the body’s ability to “recycle” glutathione. These methods can all work very well and support energy, reduce inflammation, and more. This research reports that oral supplementation can also help restore glutathione levels in the body–please note the link between the researchers a supplement company, however.

Safe Chemicals Act

July 25th, 2012

The goal of the Safe Chemicals Act is to shift the burden to proving that a chemical IS safe versus our current law which states that there must be proof that a chemical is UN-safe.  I’d like to see this applied to GMO as well!  Click here.

Possible Link Between Farmed Salmon and Obesity

May 4th, 2012

This article by Dr. Crinnion reports “clear links between environmental toxicants and diabetes and obesity, as well as the clear implication of the consumption of farmed salmon in these health problems”. It is an interesting and extensive article.  Bottom line is to include wild-caught salmon in your diet and avoid farmed fish.  Read more here.

Love your Spices!!

March 5th, 2012

Another article on the health benefits of spices–so spice up your life!! (or at least your meals!!).  Click here.

Fasting–Good for your heart

February 25th, 2012

This is a great article summarizing recent research on the benefits of fasting–even if you only skip 2 meals.  Fasting should be done after gaining approval from your physician, however.  Please call for an appointment.  To read the article, click here.

Arsenic in Brown Rice Syrup

February 21st, 2012

Research has been revealing that rice extracts arsenic from soil and can therefore be an unwanted source of arsenic in our diets whether or not the rice has been grown “organically”.  A consequence of arsenic in brown rice is that it is also showing up in brown rice syrup.  Rice syrups are commonly used in packaged foods that are formulated without cane sugar.  Understand, too, that rice syrup remains highly processed.  For people over 2 years old, honey is best option.  Maple syrup in small quantities is another OK option.  Read more here.

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