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Archive Category: General Health

Dangers in Our Toiletries

June 11th, 2018

You’ve heard me talk about dangers in perfumes and fragrances. Did you also know that the parabens in other toiletries contribute to health risks? Read this article–and check your lotions, soaps, shampoos, etc., for parabens. There are a lot of healthier options out there! Salves instead of lotions. Coconut oil instead of creams or hair conditioners. Dilute vinegar as a shampoo. To your health!!

Anodized Cookware–Probably best to avoid it

May 19th, 2018

Anodized cookware uses a process to oxidize aluminum creating a non-stick surface. Theorectically this surface should be non-reactive, however, as soon as there is a scratch, the risk of aluminum leaching into your food increases. I recommend avoiding it. I also recommend avoiding copper and those with non-stick coatings. Here is a nice summary on anodized cookware from Dr. Weil. I recommend porcelain-coated cast iron or stainless steel.

Kaiser and Boston Heart

May 18th, 2018

URGENT: If you have Kaiser insurance and are scheduled to complete lab testing via Boston Heart, PLEASE do not submit specimen and contact Dr. Brown for further recommendations. Boston Heart has just notified our office that they are no longer billing Kaiser so the patient will be responsible for all lab testing fees.

Benzos–Use Great Caution

May 11th, 2018

Benzos (benzodiazepines such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan) are very addictive and can end up causing increased health difficulties. If you are suffering from anxiety or insomnia, please know that there are safer options that may eliminate or reduce the need for benzos! For many people, sleep quality is improving by simply avoiding screen time for at least 2 hours prior to bedtime and taking magnesium glycinate.  Check out this article . . .

National Drug Take Back Day–April 28, 2018

April 28th, 2018

The safe disposal of expired and unused medication is so important–to protect our family members and friends, and to protect our environment. Please gather up any unused medications and deliver to the location nearest you on April 28, 2018. Here is a link to find a site near you!

De-Stress and Sleep Apps

April 23rd, 2018

Do you suffer with insomnia? Check out this list of apps designed to help you de-stress, fall asleep, and stay asleep. I have not tried them all but enjoy the Sleep Cycle app. I also like one called “Relax and Sleep” but not sure that it is still supported–I’ve had it a LONG time. Rest well!!

Allergies Or Not–Eye Wash Helpful!

April 13th, 2018

Certainly if you have pollen allergies, rinsing your eyes can provide relief. But did you know that even if you don’t have allergies, those pollen particles are irritating! I think of them like tiny scrubber pads. See the attached image courtesy GettyImages. So, remember to rinse out not only your nasal passages (especially if you have pollen allergies) but your eyes–using sterile saline solution. I find that using an eye cup with sterile saline works best for rinsing my eyes–eye drops just aren’t enough in peak season. To your health and comfort!!

I prefer using a glass eye cup to avoid plasticizer contamination:

Acetaminophen Overdosing During Cold/Flu Season

April 5th, 2018

Increased overdosing with acetaminophen is noted during cold and flu season–at least in part due to the multiple over-the-counter medications that contain it. Please note that there are many natural treatment options to support your body’s recovery from colds and flus while reducing symptoms, too–schedule an appointment if you are struggling.

Fasting to Reduce Huntington’s Symptoms

March 13th, 2018

Researchers have found that limiting the time that rats eat to just 6 hours per day reduces a protein that is associated with Huntington’s chorea. Read the article for details. BUT, please note that “intermittent fasting”, fasting 12 hours/day, fasting 18 hours once weekly, fasting in general, have been associated with improved health. Check with your provider to see how best to optimize your eating schedule–to your health!

Spicy Foods May Reduce Risk of Cancer?

January 23rd, 2018

This is great news for those of you who love spicy foods! Researchers are finding that capsacain seems to reduce risk of cancer and reduce risk of mortality. Check out this article–and do be careful to not overdue the chili powder either! 😉

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