Chronic pain interferes with the lives of over 50 million Americans. This is approximately 20% of the population or 1 in 5 Americans. Chronic pain is responsible for over 560 billion dollars a year in medical costs, lost productiviy and disability services. That is a lot of money being spent on managing pain. * This blog chronicles my recent experience with body pain, joint pain and swelling. My struggle lasted a little over 3 months so technically wouldn’t be considered “chronic”,...
We are over six weeks into the COVID 19 quarantine. I have been home with my three kids, managing my business online in a time warp that feels endless. During this time, our normal patterns of life have been severely disrupted.
As the COVID 19 crisis unfurls, I have been paying close attention to the research and words of advice from a few well respected functional medicine doctors in the field. Recently I watched Dr Ben Lynch, an author and well known methylation and nutrigenomics specialist, loose his cool in a video he put out on social media pertaining to why so many older people are dying of COVID 19. Dr Ben Lynch emphatically stated that one of the main reasons why both people with fragile immune systems and...
This past week has been surreal. Watching our economy and school system grind to a halt, I have come to realize that the Corona virus pandemic is something much greater than I ever anticipated. At this point in time, social distancing is probably the most important factor in whether or not we will be forced into a crisis like Italy’s or not. I have three children at home with me and am dedicated to commit to social distancing as long as necessary with the hope and prayer that the “curve...
Have you endured a deep level of emotional or physical stress for a long period of time? Has it affected your mental or physical health? Have those stressors left you feeling depleted and exhausted?
If your answer to any of these questions is yes, I wrote this blog for you. Actually, I wrote it for me also, as a reminder that we all fall off the self-care wagon from time to time.
Biohacking your gut health using the "Four Rs" of Gut healing include removing infection, toxins and inflammatory foods. Next you restore whats missing. You then reinoculate with beneficial probiotics and repair the gut lining.
Every year, people go to their health care provider to get their annual checkup and along with that checkup comes a CBC/CMP/blood workup. These are the panels that your health care provider uses to screen for health issues and its what I see the most frequently when meeting with new clients. It’s quite common for people in my office to note that they don’t "feel like themselves" and yet they had their annual blood workup done and their doctor said everything appears within the “normal” range.
As a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, my clients usually find me after they have exhausted the traditional route of symptom relief care with their traditional providers. Often people feel like something is wrong but labs come back “normal” or if their labs are out of range they are routinely given a prescription to manage symptoms without addressing the root cause or reason for the symptom.
To preface this blog on Mold and MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome) I would like to just pitch a shout out to all the canaries in the coal mines, you know who you are. You are the ones who get sick when exposed to things that “everyone else can handle”. You may be sensitive to chemicals, have skin reactions to beauty products, are allergic to many foods... you get the picture. I’m citing the canaries because some of the greatest healers I have met are often the most sensitive people.
The joys of summer are finally here! This is the time to pay attention to your magnesium levels as we spend time in the sun playing and sweating. I like to rev up my magnesium during the summer months as the loss of electrolytes can disrupt magnesium stores and can cause adrenal fatigue if left unchecked.