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The Dirty Dozen: Produce and Pesticides

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There is a growing consensus in the scientific community that pesticides and other chemicals in food can be detrimental to health especially for children and during fetal development. Many pesticides are also “estrogen mimickers” which can create havoc with estrogen effects and metabolism. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has developed a list of the “dirty dozen”, the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables. This list resulted from analysis of over 50,000 tests for pesticides on

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Women and Men: Test Estrogen Levels

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Estrogen dominance or excess estrogen levels contribute to fibrocystic breasts, PMS, endometriosis, menopause symptoms, ovarian cysts and breast cancer in women. In men, excess estrogen contributes to symptoms of andropause (the male version of menopause) and is a likely contributor to prostate cancer. Where does estrogen come from? It’s made in the ovaries in women, and in the adrenal gland in both women and men. However, both sexes also produce estrogen in fat tissue, especially

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New Year’s Resolutions 2.0

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You know how the first few weeks of a New Year start off all bright, bubbly and full of hope? And then gradually the year starts limping just a little, a tad lost, trailing off into a slightly confused muddle of half-finished projects and abandoned goals? OK, who among us can’t relate to this situation … at least a little? But wait! It’s only days into 2013 and your throttle is still likely on that

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Cancer: Treatment and Prevention

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Traditional cancer treatment with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery is very well supported with complementary medicine. That support begins with an anti-inflammatory diet that can support a strong, healthy immune system. In addition, certain supplements can help decrease severity or even eliminate side effects including those causing digestive disturbances, fatigue, weight-loss, depressed mood and memory loss. And, it’s also important to know certain supplements don’t mix well with some cancer treatments. Please be in touch if

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Stop Dieting!

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There have been a number of articles in the media recently quoting a recent study, or I should say, “meta-analysis” concluding that most people who lose weight, gain it all back. I’m not sure why such a “meta-analysis” is getting so much visibility, except perhaps to make the more invasive surgical option look more appealing. Although certainly, gaining back the same weight over and over again is a common problem, many people have lost weight

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Our Health Care in the Balance

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I feel compelled to write about a disturbing trend I have been noticing in my practice over the last couple of years. Three recent calls I received in a 24-hour period made me realize I must address this. A client called with a high temperature for a number of days after surgery, not feeling well, and wanting to know what to do. Another had pain in his chest and arm and thought it was an

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Recognizing Sugar Content on Tricky Food Labels

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It should be easy to determine how much sugar is in a packaged food – but it’s not! It’s very tricky because the sugar content can actually be hidden in the ingredient list on food labels. It’s the interpretation of the label that makes it so tricky. There are three reasons for this. First of all, evaluating sugar and carbohydrate content on a food label is not as straight forward as evaluating fats and proteins.

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What’s the Problem with Artificial Sweeteners?

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Clients consistently ask, “What’s wrong with using artificial sweeteners if I’m trying to limit sugar intake?” In short, there are a lot of problems with artificial sweeteners. In fact, all of the current products on the market are actually toxic chemicals for your body. These days, Saccharin (the first real artificial sweetener) is used much less frequently, of course, since it was discovered years ago to cause cancer. It currently requires warning labels. Aspartame (common

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Sugar or Fructose — Which is the Better Choice?

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Sugar is a good thing. It tastes good and in small amounts as a treat, does not interfere with health. It’s excessive sugar and simple carbohydrates that lead to problems. How much is too much? The average American consumes about 160 lbs. of sugars a year (gasp!), translated to about 40 teaspoonfuls a day. That’s way too much! One can of soda contains about 10 teaspoonfuls of sugar and a “can-a-day” habit can cause a

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What is There to Drink?

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Just water? “I get so tired of just drinking water” is the refrain I hear from clients time and time again. And, of course, I understand the frustration. We’ve become used to so many options – most of which are some version or sugar-water, or artificially sweetened water. But I’d like to offer some other ideas that will provide variety, as well as maintain health. First, let’s put a spotlight on the culprit. There are

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