The Truth About Fibromyalgia

I spent last weekend at a conference given by one of the top experts on fibromyalgia. What I learned flew in the face of what every medical student learns in medical school about the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of fibromyalgia. So here’s what is “new” in the research that your doctor probably doesn’t know and […]

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Oil Pulling for Optimal Health

Oil pulling or oil swishing is a traditional folk remedy that involves swishing oil in the mouth. It is mentioned in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita, where it is called Kavala Gandoosha or Kavala Graha. Ayurvedic literature describes oil pulling as capable of both improving oral health and treating systemic diseases such as diabetes mellitus […]

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The American Parasite that Affects over 70% of US

I ran across this amazing video outlining the history of gut issues in America and the role of our food industry in how this came about. I have been saying these things individually to my patients for a long time, but this cartoonist has put it together in a must see video that is very […]

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The Perfect Bowel Movement

I recently had a request on facebook for a blog about normal bowel movements. What is normal? What Size? Color? What Shape? Most people watch Oprah and Dr Oz, and have heard of the S shaped poop. Yes it is true your bowel movement should eliminate fast & quickly, without straining, pushing or discomfort. A […]

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To Statin or Not to Statin?

This is an article from Dr. Brownstein that I feel is very important to share. I have more and more patients coming into Fern Life Center who have had their, “regular doctors” wanting to prescribe statin drugs for very mildly elevated levels of LDL cholesterol. It is becoming “standard of care” to prescribe statins for […]

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Do I Need the Shingles Vaccine?

Dr. Brownstein wrote a letter and sent it to the American Family Physician Journal, only to have it rejected. He based his letter on an article titled: Prevention of Herpes Zoster in Older Adults by Jared Kocher published on November 1, 2013 The author wanted to answer the question, “In older adults, is vaccination against […]

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Leaky Gut is Not Just Responsible for Autoimmunity, but Depression Too…

Scientific American just published an article linking gut bacteria to depression! The word is finally getting out there and this is exciting. I have been saying for several years now that the digestive tract and the brain are connected, hence the term “second brain” when referring to the gut. Evidence has been piling up showing […]

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Greening Back to School and the Upcoming Holiday Season

Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Tom Watson, the environmental outreach coordinator and educator for King County Government, on Healthy YOU! Radio (www.healthyyouradio.com ). As always, Tom was a wonderful font of knowledge and passion about all things green and good for our environment (and therefore us). He shared a couple of wonderful resources […]

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New Proof That Sugar Feeds Cancer

I found an article yesterday that was reporting a new kind of MRI scan that is being developed to locate cancerous tumors. Here is an excerpt: Researchers say they have developed a new way of detecting cancer by giving patients an injection of sugar before doing an MRI scan (magnetic resonance imaging). Scientists from University College London (UCL) have […]

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Increased Cortisol Levels Are Directly Related to Memory Loss

It’s true…adrenal fatigue, or increased cortisol levels (as well as crashed out cortisol levels from being increased too many years), are directly related to hippocampal atrophy. The hippocampus is the part of the brain that doles memories out to where they are to be archived and retrieves them when they are needed. When you cannot […]

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