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Archive Category: General Health

Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

October 12th, 2018

I can’t say this enough: avoid artificial sweeteners! Dried stevia is OK but avoid formulas with alcohol sugars (they end with an “ol” on the end of their name). Check out this information.

Reduce Waste in the Kitchen–Here Are Some Tips!!

July 20th, 2018

So, we know that we should be reducing the use of plastics and aluminum foil in contact with our foods. Plastics can transfer dangers plasticizers (PCB for example) and aluminum can leach from foods. I recommend storing food in glass containers (keeping food from touching plastic seals), buying food that comes without wrappings (yes, that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and fish from the butcher, etc.)–and you can use cotton bags for the produce and paper for the meats. This article summarizes some options to break our habits. Protect your health AND the planet!! 🙂

Sugar Smacks–Like We Need Another Reason to Avoid It

July 13th, 2018

Hopefully, no one believes that Sugar Smacks cereal is a healthy way to start the day. But now it is also associated with a multi-state Salmonella outbreak. If you have any of this cereal in your cupboard, please dispose of it. Instead, focus on a healthy breakfast of fruit, vegetables, and egg or healthfully-raised meat or fish. My breakfast today (wish I had taken a photo!): quail eggs sauteed with red cabbage and broccoli. To Your Health!!

New Sunscreen List

June 28th, 2018

EWG has posted new sunscreen products on their recommended lists–check them out by clicking here. And stay safe while having fun out in the sun!!

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!!

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