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White Matter Lesions Improve on Gluten-free Diet

February 21st, 2017

Here is a case of white matter lesions improving, along with neurological symptoms, on a gluten-free diet! What are white matter lesions? They are findings in the brain associated with Multiple Sclerosis and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). And what about those who have neurological symptoms (pain, numbness, tingling, mental fogginess, vision problems, etc.) but “not enough white matter lesions to be MS or ALS? I think trying a gluten-free diet is indicated–schedule an appointment to learn more and assess if this would be a good plan for you.

Mustard Pack

February 7th, 2017

The Mustard Pack treatment can be very helpful as part of treatment for bronchitis and chest congestion. It is a simple treatment using dry mustard, flour (yes, gluten-free flour works, too), and water. Please see the attached instructions. As always, consult your doctor when ill as this is just part of a full treatment plan. To your health!!

Mustard Pack

Sauna Bathing May Reduce Risk of Dementia in Men

January 13th, 2017

A recent study reveals that regular sauna bathing reduced the risk of dementia by 66% in men. More research, including on women, is needed, but these results are encouraging. The detoxification abilities of sauna bathing have long been noted. I’m pleased to now offer far-infrared sauna treatments at my office. Please call for your appointment!

Resistant Starches and Weight Loss?

January 13th, 2017

Findings suggest that resistant starches in foods may increase metabolic rate and possibly support weight loss. More research is needed, of course. And don’t over-eat resistant starches either! But you may enjoy a baked potato–cooled in refrigerator then re-warmed–occasionally ๐Ÿ™‚ Check out this article.

Winter Blues? Light Therapy May Help

January 13th, 2017

Winter blues effect many people, especially women. Light therapy may be a great addition to your winter health regime–attached is a great article describing one person’s experience. Also, do try and get outdoors daily. Take Vitamin D if you are deficient. Exercise. And eat healthy foods–I like adding fresh ginger root or jalepeno to my green smoothies to warm them up!

Obesogens May Be Thwarting Weight-Loss

January 13th, 2017

For so many of us, weight loss is becoming more and more difficult and obesity is on the rise. A very real culprit may be hidden “obesogens”. Xenoestrogens have long been known to increase risk of weight gain and difficult weight loss. Avoiding plastics and parabens can help–see the attached article for more information.

Delicious Paleo Biscuits

January 13th, 2017

Golly, with this wintry blast of cold and snow in the Pacific Northwest, I got a hankering for some warm biscuits with my soup. I wasn’t convinced that a flour-free version could be tasty, but I was WRONG! These are delicious!! I adapted the recipe from “The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook” by Elana Amsterdam. I used 1/4 cup honey, but found it was a little sweeter than I liked so reduced the amount in the attached recipe. I hope you enjoy these as much as my husband and I have!

Delicious treat!

Paleo Biscuits–a delicious treat!

Paleo Drop Biscuits 2017

 

Wheat and Inflammation–It’s About Time

October 31st, 2016

Research continues to confirm the link between wheat and inflammation. As I have told patients for years, it is NOT just the gluten that is concerning. Other parts of the wheat have also been shown to cause inflammation. Probably the most detailed testing of reactivity to wheat is by Cyrex Labs–Array 3. This is NOT the same as Celiac testing, but gives much broader scope to the testing for antibodies against parts of the wheat molecule. Please schedule an appointment to see if this testing is appropriate for you.

Too Much Milk

October 31st, 2016

Yes, there is such a thing as too much milk ย for our children and for adults. In fact, many children have increased risk of eczema and ear infections due to dairy consumption. While dairy is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, I recommend trying yogurt or kefir, if dairy is tolerated. And keep those dark leafy greens included in meals. Sardines are another good source of both calcium and vitamin D. Nutrient variety is important! ๐Ÿ™‚

Chemical Exposure Staggering

October 25th, 2016

Chemical exposure in the United States is increasing our health care costs AND reducing our IQ’s. This article further discusses PBDE’s (polybrominated diphenyl ethers–flame retardants). PBDE’s are in just about everything and are known endocrine-disruptors. One mechanism is that the bromide molecule blocks iodine from our receptors. This in turn block thyroid function leading to hypothyroid symptoms and potential thyroid cancer. Bromide can also accumulate in breast tissue and is likely associated with breast cancer as well. Iodine deficiency is also associated with insulin resistance and weight gain. While it would be almost impossible to avoid PBDE’s while living in the US, but you may want to have your iodine and bromide levels checked. If you are iodine deficient, supplementation could help “flush out” bromide. Caution must be exercised with iodine supplementation or suppression of thyroid function can occur.

So, this note kinda went down a rabbit-hole. First, the high cost of chemical exposure in the US. Then the adverse impact of these chemicals on our health and IQ. Then the link of bromide with thyroid, breast, blood sugar and weight gain problems. Then testing for iodine and bromide to determine supplementation needs. Whew! I do encourage you to make an appointment to have testing and potentially reduce the risk of these dangerous chemicals.

BTW–Did you know that there are endocrine disruptors in your nail polish, too?

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