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Breaking Bad Habits: Why It’s So Hard to Change

Posted On Apr 06, 2017

If you know something’s bad for you, why can’t you just stop? About 70% of smokers say they would like to quit. Drug and alcohol abusers struggle to give up addictions that hurt their bodies and tear apart families and friendships. And many of us have unhealthy excess weight that we could lose if only…

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Going Gluten Free: 8 Tips for Managing Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

Posted On Mar 23, 2017

Whether you have celiac disease or are sensitive to gluten, it can be difficult to avoid. Making meal plans can be challenging, and the thought of eating out can cause more anxiety than joy. Here are my 8 tips for eliminating gluten and taking away the stress of living with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity….

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5 Tests to Determine Digestive Function

Posted On Mar 16, 2017

There are many tests used to diagnose digestive issues. How do you know which is best for your condition, or where to start? Here are the five tests I commonly use in my clinical practice with my patients. 1 – The Urinary Indican Test This test is used to determine the presence of indican in the…

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Positive Emotions and Your Health: Developing a Brighter Outlook

Posted On Feb 02, 2017

Do you tend to look on the sunny side, or do you see a future filled with dark, stormy skies? A growing body of research suggests that having a positive outlook can benefit your physical health. NIH-funded scientists are working to better understand the links between your attitude and your body. They’re finding some evidence…

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Cast Toxins From Your Living Space

Posted On Dec 15, 2016

Take a look around your home. Do you know what’s in your household goods and products? Some chemicals can harm your health if too much gets into your body. Becoming aware of potentially harmful substances and clearing them out can help keep you and your family healthy. “There’s a range of chemicals that you can…

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Fermented Foods: Nature’s Delicious Probiotics

Posted On Nov 16, 2016

Some people seem to think that the term “fermented” sounds vaguely distasteful, or downright inedible. However, research has found fermented foods to be extremely beneficial to your overall health. In fact, some of these functional foods are now even considered to be probiotics, which can help your health in the following ways: Increase your overall…

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Chronic Stress and the Immune System: How Stress Makes It Easier to Get and Stay Sick

Posted On Nov 03, 2016

In this day it is impossible to not experience stress on a daily basis. Even though our body is exceptionally unique in the way it deals with stress, it does not tolerate chronic stress well. During stressful situations, our adrenal glands produce cortisol in response to stress and low level of glucose in the blood….

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Worried Sick: Living with Anxiety Disorders

Posted On Oct 27, 2016

Anxiety is an uneasy feeling that something may harm you or a loved one. This feeling can be normal and sometimes even helpful. If you’re starting a new job or taking a test, it might make you more alert and ready for action. But sometimes anxiety can linger or become overwhelming. When it gets in…

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People: Our Biggest Source of Stress

Posted On Oct 20, 2016

Emotional stresses are the apex stress. Most people consider the physical stresses to be the most toxic to the body (like chemicals, heavy metals, etc.) when in fact it is the constant low-grade emotional stresses that cause us the most harm. In fact, some of the biggest stresses we face involve other people. Most people…

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Is Stress Literally Making You Sick?

Posted On Oct 04, 2016

In my clinical experience, patients who are “continually sick” with infections are the ones who have a tendency to suffer from long term low-grade stress. Stress affects the whole body, but is the immune system that is particularly affected by chronic low-grade stress. In fact, stress-related problems are the root cause of 75 percent to 90…

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