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December 2014

Natural Support for Gluten and Casein Intolerance

[caption id="attachment_780" align="alignnone" width="300"] Photo: surlygirl[/caption] If you are suffering from digestive ailments but aren't sure what may be causing your discomfort, then you are like nearly 1 in 15 Americans who have a gluten or casein intolerance (or are more sensitive than normal to their effects). What are the symptoms of intolerance and how can we know if it's something more serious? Before you consider any long-term treatment options for your gluten or casein intolerance, talk with your doctor about some of the choices you can make to improve your health. Symptoms of a gluten intolerance: It’s important to note that a sensitivity or an intolerance is not the same as celiac disease, which is an autoimmune that requires total elimination of gluten from the diet. When...

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About Autism

Courtesy of Autism Society of America Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.   In February 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDME autism prevalence report. The report, which looked at a sample of 8 year olds in 2000 and 2002, concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 150 American children, and almost 1 in 94 boys. The issuance of...

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Natural Solutions to Support Your Mental Health

The Connection between Neurotransmitters and Mental States Anxiety, panic, depression, forgetfulness, trouble sleeping, distracted—Sound familiar? Nearly 1 in 4  Americans that have mental health complaints – and may benefit from a specialized program that provides targeted neurological solutions to support your mental health. A Variety of Complaints, One Common Source Before I recommend a program to support a patient’s mental health, I first try to identify any triggers or underlying issues that are contributing to the problem. Unfortunately, one of the consequences of living in our modern society is the amount of potential factors that can lead to unhealthy mental states. Moreover, what happens in the mind is closely related to physical function: stress, long-term health concerns, lack of exercise, and a nutrient-poor diet are just a few examples. Although...

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Safe Solutions for Chronic Pain

  [caption id="attachment_490" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Flickr:Peter Stevens[/caption] Read original interview here  One of the biggest challenges in healthcare today is the problem of pain. There are simply too many people living each and every day with ongoing, unremitting chronic pain. And there are far too many healthcare providers who – for a variety of reasons – are failing to adequately address this serious problem. Q. What is chronic pain? A. Sudden, or acute, pain occurs when pain signals immediately fire in your nervous system alerting you to an injury, like a broken ankle, or an illness, such as appendicitis. Once the injury heals or the illness is cured, the transmission of pain signals stop. Ongoing – or chronic pain – is much different. Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing...

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Back to School Tips to Improve Memory and Concentration

As children all over the country start the new academic year, parents may be concerned about how their child will perform in school, especially if their child has trouble concentrating. There are several things that parents can do to improve the chances of school success; like making sure that your child has enough sleep, ensuring that your child receives optimal nutrition for their age group and family support during this transition time. Childhood is a time for play and exploration while at the same time learning about physical, emotional and social limits. For many children, the early school years can be frustrating because they have difficulty sitting still and focusing, in fact 3 to 5 percent of school-age children are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder...

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Choose Heart Smart Nutrition

With heart and vascular disease so prevalent in the U.S., awareness is the key in helping patients identify healthy diet, lifestyle, and preventive habits. So many people are on blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride medications, that this has become the “norm” instead of the exception. The good news is that you can reduce your risk for heart and vascular-related diseases by adjusting your diet. First, try to consume a variety of whole grains, legumes, and vegetables (especially dark-green, leafy vegetables) on a daily basis. Also, scientific research shows that many patients benefit from concentrated levels of certain nutrients—at doses that are difficult to obtain from diet alone—to support their overall cardiovascular health. More information on these natural approaches is detailed below. More about decoding heart-healthy food labels >...

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Fight the Blues with Targeted Winter Nutritional Support

Fall and winter mean shorter days, colder weather—and for many people, the winter blues. Of course, nearly everyone has low-energy days and occasional bouts of “the blues.” But did you know that the winter blues can be long-lasting? Fortunately, targeted winter nutritional support can provide protection against the blues by beneficially “toning down,” or modulating, a stress hormone called cortisol. And, who doesn’t have stress during the winter season. “Winter” Blues Can Strike Any Time of Year The winter blues is marked by feelings of depression, lethargy, and lack of motivation that can interfere with normal activities. While the blues strikes most often in winter, it can also affect people who don’t spend much time in the sun, work midnight shifts and sleep during the day, or...

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Healthy Detoxification with Whole Body Cleansing

All across America, from big cities to small villages, from sprawling suburbs to wide-open prairies, harmful toxins are present in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. The evidence is clear. It’s no longer a question of the need to detoxify, but how to detoxify.   The proof is sitting on health food store shelves. But from the hundreds of detoxification products ranging from one simple supplement to complex and complicated regimens, how do you choose the best? In this article we will discuss the safest, most effective, and healthiest method of detoxification: a program of whole body cleansing with powerful, yet gentle, all-natural products.   What exactly is “detoxification”? Detoxification refers to the elimination of poisons or toxins. Detoxification programs include a vast...

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Herbal Antimicrobials for Intestinal Infections

by Myron Lezak, M.D. Increases in international travel, immigration, animal transport, improper food handling, and drug-resistant bugs have led to an explosion in infectious disease of all types, as well as a need for new, safe antimicrobials. The gastrointestinal tract is called upon to function as an effective physical andimmune barrier; and, because the intestinal tract can become a breeding ground for microbes, intestinal health is of critical importance. Imbalanced intestinal flora (dysbiosis) and intestinal infections not only cause localized problems, but can have systemic manifestations previously thought unrelated to intestinal health. With the involvement of gut origin (enteric) microbes in increasing numbers of disease processes, it becomes imperative to recognize, treat, and restore health to the intestinal tract. Herbs such as thyme, oregano, barberry, wormwood, garlic, and others appear efficacious as antimicrobial agents against the plethora...

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Is Chronic Inflammation Making You Hot and Bothered?

Put Out the Fire with an All-Natural Approach   If you’ve ever stubbed your toe or suffered a minor paper cut, then you’re familiar with the effects of inflammation. The heat, redness, and swelling you experienced following that minor injury was the result of acute inflammation, which is part of your immune system’s natural response to trauma.   But there’s another kind of inflammation with which you may not be aware. Unlike acute inflammation, which usually involves pain and is short lived, chronic inflammation can be a “silent fire” and last for weeks or even years.   In fact, most people don’t even realize they’re “on fire” until they’re diagnosed with a serious disease. This may be why chronic inflammation has been identified as a factor in such diverse disorders as: •...

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