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Get the “Skinny” on Quality Fats

Ok, this comes up a lot counseling folks on diabetes, weight loss, improving energy etc.

YES, FATS are important and necessary!

Watch this short video for details for examples of “Good Fats”

As always, shoot questions here….

Also, I am looking for feedback on the video blogs….So far it seems like I am able to push out more information that way, I hope you find it useful.

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Nutritional Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes

This video serves as a great start for anyone beginning to explore nutritional therapies for curing Type 2 Diabetes.

Ready to get off medications?

Want to reclaim your health and vitality?

What if you are not a diabetic but want to LOSE WEIGHT or IMPROVE ENERGY….?

Check out this video.  Feel free to comment or ask questions!

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Straight Dope on High Triglycerides

I wanted to try a different format, video blogging.  Lately I have found video and audio podcast posting helps me roll out content faster and more consistently for my readers.

I hope this short video sheds valuable light on the role nutrition plays in the natural management of high triglycerides.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated.  Comments and questions are welcome!

 

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Are you on Proton Pump Inhibitors? Think Twice….

Health Doesn’t come from a bottle

–William G Curtis, MD

 

Nearly 100 million people take Proton Pump inhibitors (PPI’s) like Nexium (esomeprazole), Protonix (Pantoprazole), Prilosec (Omeprazole), etc.  Most use these temporarily for heartburn but many are taking these medications inappropriate for ongoing chronic GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease).  Other examples of PPIs include, Dexilant, Vimovo, Prevacid 24-Hr, Zegerid, Zegerid OTC, and Aciphex.

PPI’s lower acid secretion by inhibiting the cells in the stomach responsible for acid production.  Medical doctors use these medications to lower stomach acid to relieve heartburn symptoms.  Unfortunately this symptom management trend has led to longer term use and for purposes never intended.  Not addressing root cause, has serious consequences for the 120 million Americans that take prescriptions for this condition.

I found this article that outlines many of the key areas I am concerned with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).

Risks of PPI’s

Here are a few highlights:

  • Long term usage associated with osteoporosis (Progressive pathologic bone weakening)
  • Causes various vitamin and mineral deficiencies (Magnesium, B12, folate, others)
  • Alters beneficial bacterial colonies in digestive tract
  • Lower protective mechanisms for immune system (lower stomach acid)
  • Can produce rebound high acidity if taken routinely (dependency issue)
  • Long term use associated with Kidney disease
  • Interacts with numerous medications such as Plavix (Used anti-platelet following heart attacks)

This short post was meant to raise awareness.

These pills are everywhere, many over the counter.

If you take these medications, ask yourself why?

If you want natural cures for Heartburn, review some of the articles I have written on this topic.

10 Natural Cures for Heartburn

PPI Drugs May Cause Kidney Failure

I welcome comments if you have further questions or comments about these common medications.

I hope you find this type of information valuable.  Please share with friends that may benefit.

 

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Does Stress Affect Diet & Lifestyle Choices?

“Maintenance of life is critically dependent on keeping our internal milieu constant in the face of a changing environment.”  —Claude Bernard (1865-1961)

 

The link between stress and health is clearly inverse. The more stress the worse health most endure. One tough issue revolves around social/emotional stress and how that triggers apathy or negative behavior.

Imagine marital stress, financial strain, illness of a spouse or child as just a few examples. Experience tells me, fighting and scratching through life for love or basic survival needs tends to push dietary and exercise habits lower on the totem pole of priorities.

Many may read this and say, well if these same folks would eat right and exercise they would feel better, have better emotional balance, energy etc…. All true in a chicken and egg sense.

My point? The struggle is real. I see the value in prioritizing diet and exercise high on the list. I definitely believe by deciding to eat better and exercise more often, most of my patients feel better and enjoy a greater sense of well-being.  Many even experience improvement in how they perceive and respond to stress.

That said, too many people still fall victim to complacency and habit. Vision clouded by daily stress, responding to the immediate emotional threats, we easily forget about the cumulative danger of inactivity and crappy diet.

This post is short but something I sense many of my patients and readers struggle with.  In fact, this stress/health dilemma burns in my mind as an underpinning problem for many conditions ranging from insomnia to Diabetes.

Any personal feedback or experiences with this dilemma are greatly appreciated.

Top Ten Things to Do for Stress

 

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2568977/

 

 

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