The Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Neurotransmitter (Dys)Function

The Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Neurotransmitter (Dys)Function

Aspartame is a widely used artificial sweetener. Since its discovery in 1965, it has been used in thousands of food products as a non-caloric sweetener. Aspartame is about 200 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar). However, aspartame is not the only artificial sweetener found in foods; others include saccharin, neotame, acesulfame potassium, and sucralose. More than 6000 new products that contain artificial sweeteners were launched in the United States between 1999 and 2004, including soft drinks, baby food, Pedialyte, frozen foods, chewing gum and many (many) foods aimed at weight loss and blood sugar management (see other posts on the effects of artificial sweeteners and blood sugar and weight gain). (more…)

Cardiovascular Disease Risk: What Cholesterol Does and Does NOT Tell You

Cardiovascular Disease Risk: What Cholesterol Does and Does NOT Tell You

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. In fact, more than 1 person dies every 38 seconds in the US from cardiovascular disease (CVD). The conventional approach to assessing and treating CVD is to measure and treat high cholesterol. However, research has shown that while cholesterol certainly plays a role in CVD, it likely does not cause it. So what is this approach missing? (more…)

Decreasing Cholesterol Does NOT Reduce Your Risk of Dying from a Heart Attack

Decreasing Cholesterol Does NOT Reduce Your Risk of Dying from a Heart Attack

You may want to read that title again just to make sure you read it correctly. Clearly, you shouldn’t take my word for this; I know I couldn’t believe it when it first hit me. However, the growing mountain of data shows that statin medications and lowering cholesterol does not reduce a person’s risk of dying from a cardiovascular event but is associated with a whole host of side effects. (more…)

The Impact of Neurotransmitter Imbalance

The Impact of Neurotransmitter Imbalance

Neurotransmitter imbalances can cause an incredibly wide range of health issues. The reason is clear: neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that relay information between the brain and the rest of the body; if neurotransmitter imbalances are present, improper information gets sent. In essence, the wiring of the body gets fouled up and this can have a very wide range of effects. (more…)

Testing to Optimize Health: Four Tests That Can Lay the Foundation – Part 2 of 4

The first post in this series highlighted how important a properly constructed and completed client packet can be to help highlight possible underlying imbalances that could be impacting a person’s current state of health. This post will focus on one of the most underutilized tests that can help determine exactly which vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants a person’s body needs to optimize health. (more…)

Testing to Optimize Health: Four Tests That Can Lay the Foundation – Part 1 of 4

Testing to Optimize Health: Four Tests That Can Lay the Foundation – Part 1 of 4

Whether people are just starting down the path to optimizing their health or have been following the path for some time, everyone has the same questions: “What supplements and foods should I be consuming? Which ones should I stay away from? What does my body need? and What nutrients do I need to further improve my health?” With all the information out there, it can be impossible for a layperson to navigate this confusing territory. This is where functional testing comes in: to help us determine each person’s exact needs in regards to which foods and supplements they should take and avoid in order to optimize their health. (more…)