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…)

Comparative Study on the Health of Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Kids – The Results WILL Surprise You

Comparative Study on the Health of Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Kids – The Results WILL Surprise You

A comparative study was published last year looking at the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated 6-12 year-old US children. While the vaccines appeared to be effective in reducing the diagnoses of chickenpox and pertussis (whooping cough), vaccinated children had a significantly higher risk of developing numerous other disorders, including pneumonia, otitis media (ear infections),allergies and neurodevelopmental disorders, including learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). (more…)

Mocktails – Cocktails Without the Kick (i.e., Alcohol)

Mocktails – Cocktails Without the Kick (i.e., Alcohol)

One of the hardest things for many people trying to live a healthier lifestyle is what to do in social situations when alcohol is available. As a society, we love our booze and it alcohol has become an integral part of many social gatherings and situations. So much so, that it is often deemed odd to not have a drink in hand and many of these events.

Have no fear – we have come up with several ‘mocktails’ that will ease the pressure to drink and allow you to enjoy a refreshing (and hydrating) beverage to boot – Cheers! (more…)

Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Obesity and Weight Gain – AGAIN

Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Obesity and Weight Gain – AGAIN

It has long been known that consuming too much sugar leads to metabolic changes that result in diabetes, weight gain, obesity and cardiovascular disease. In an attempt to allow people to ‘have their cake and eat it too’ food-stuff manufacturers introduced and heavily marketed artificial sweeteners as a “healthy” alternative to sugar. However, research over the past decade has shown that consuming artificial sweeteners leads to metabolic derangements that actually promote the very things they are marketed to help, namely blood sugar dysregulation, diabetes, weight gain and cardiovascular disease. A new study has begun to show us how. (more…)

If You Have Hypothyroidism, You HAVE TO Address Adrenal Function

If You Have Hypothyroidism, You HAVE TO Address Adrenal Function

We see a lot of people that suffer from one or more symptoms attributed to an under-functioning thyroid. Many of these people are on medications to boost thyroid hormone (T4 and/or T3), but find that their underlying symptoms – including fatigue, hair loss/thinning, dry skin or constipation – don’t improve. The reason could be that they are not actually addressing the underlying cause(s) of the thyroid dysfunction; one of those underlying causes is likely adrenal fatigue. (more…)

Vitamin K: The Key to Calcium Balance

Vitamin K: The Key to Calcium Balance

Most people never hear of vitamin K until they (or someone they love) are placed on a blood thinner like Warfarin or Coumadin. At that time, these people are told that they need to avoid eating foods that are high in vitamin K. The unfortunate consequence of this can be an increase in atherosclerosis, kidney stones, osteopenia and osteoporosis. And it isn’t necessary. (more…)