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November 11th, 2016
Thanksgiving can be a difficult holiday. The days are short on sunlight, the weather is damp and cold and the trees are bare. It is a time to be with family. Hopefully this is an enjoyable experience! (Jonny Carson once quipped “People travel thousands of miles on Thanksgiving to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.” But regardless of your emotional stance on family reunions, it is a good time of year to reflect upon options to better support your health, your community, your environment and your world.

I deliberately placed “your health” first because I believe healing starts from the inside out. Improve your vitality and you will be more avai...

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October 20th, 2016
It is worth bringing up sweets again. After all, we are now less than two weeks away from Halloween and it also is part of the Jewish tradition at this time of year to consume apples and honey, a gastronomic wish for a sweet new year.

The 21st century world must reassess their relationship with sugar and refined carbohydrates. Sugars in whole foods are properly balanced with minerals. In contrast, consumption of processed sugar lead to formation of acids that leach calcium and other mineral from the body, leaving the tissues depleted of these nutrients. Under these conditions, food cannot be digested or assimilated properly.

“Yeah, but I can’t resist, ” my patients tell me, “I know it’s not g...

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September 22nd, 2016
Last month, in A Brief Insight Into Diabetes Part I, I discussed the basic tenets of Type II diabetes, the form of the illness that is increasing in epidemic proportions. I focused primarily on lifestyle changes. This month, I am going to focus more on testing and treatment.

If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, be sure to request a comprehensive blood panel on your first visit to your doctor. At a minimum this panel should include the following markers: blood sugar, hemoglobin A1c, a lipid panel, a c-peptide or insulin, homocysteine, highly sensitive c-reactive protein (hs-crp), vitamin D, liver enzymes, testosterone (in men) and a comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP). Some of these tests may be new to you: the hemoglo...

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August 22nd, 2016
Diabetes in increasing at epidemic levels in the United States. Over the next 24 hours, 3836 people will be diagnosed with diabetes, 830 people will die due to either diabetes or a diabetes related cause, 2876 diabetics will suffer from severely deteriorating eyesight, 627 people will be added to the list of diabetics requiring dialysis and 200 diabetics will have some part of their foot or leg amputated. About $671 million dollars in medical costs and lost work will be spent in the next 24 hours to treat this disease (that statistic is not a misprint).

Type II diabetes is the form associated with the current epidemic. It is a type of diabetes that is affected by many factors, most of them controllable. Perhaps the easies...

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July 20th, 2016There is much ambiguity about the differences (and similarities) between food allergies and food intolerances. There are many ways that food can affect someone adversely, with the reactions that occur anywhere between a few minutes to a few days after consumption. Those who react rapidly to a food most likely are experiencing an allergic food reaction. This type of reaction involves the immune system. For instance, if you have an allergic reaction to shellfish, your body will overproduce an certain immunoglobulin (IgE) to proteins on the shellfish which travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction. A food allergy can cause a serious or even life-threatening reaction by eating a microscopic amount, t...

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June 8th, 2016
Methylation is one of the hottest topics in alternative medicine circles. If you decide to delve into this topic, you’ll quickly find yourself in a sea of complexity. Despite the intricacies, it is worth knowing something about this process, as methylation influences countless metabolic pathways in the body.

Methylation occurs in the body approximately a billion times a second. Without methylation, life quite simply would not exist. Methylation occurs when once molecule (say, a particular form of B-12 or folate) passes its methyl group to another molecule in order to exert some sort of biochemical effect. These “effects” are ubiquitous, ranging from production of creatine for muscle function and phosphatidy...

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May 12th, 2016There are many reasons that any given person with depression might be depressed. Like all illness, depression can have many contributing causes, including past traumas and grief, chronic illness, an inability to perceive where one is “stuck” in life, toxic exposures, and many others. Unfortunately, in the conventional medical world most cases of depression – no matter what the cause – are treated the same way: medication. I do not presume to believe that medication is inappropriate for all people who suffer from depression. I recognize that many, many people have benefited from these prescription medications. I do believe, however, that the inclination of conventional physicians to rely on medication...

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April 14th, 2016According to the National Institute of Health, insomnia is a disorder that affects nearly 60 million Americans. Almost everyone experiences insomnia at one point or another, but often the condition becomes a chronic problem. Some people have trouble falling asleep while others have difficulty maintaining quality sleep. These people do not feel refreshed once morning arrives. The consequences of prolonged insomnia can be serious. One study from 2013 examined the three aspects of insomnia I just mentioned -difficulty falling to sleep, difficulty maintaining sleep, and non-restorative sleep- and found that the more of these symptoms a person reported, the greater the risk of heart failure. A 17% increased chance of developin...

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March 17th, 2016Quality. This is the most important but most difficult attribute to ascertain. In a profit driven society where industry can more or less monitor itself, there is much room for inferior product. Last year the New York State attorney general office accused Walmart, Target, GNC and Walgreens of selling dietary supplements that were fraudulent and contaminated (See “What’s in Those Supplements” in the NY Times, February 3, 2015.) In “Herb Plus” brand, for example, pills labeled Ginkgo biloba contained only rice, asparagus, and spruce. Remember that a company who sells to chains such as GNC and Walgreens are more driven by quantity of sales than by quality of product. Reputable companies use thir...

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February 21st, 2016As I write this, the sun is shining and the temperature reads 70 degrees. Although I am inside, I probably should be outside in short sleeves getting my daily dose of vitamin D. Vitamin D has been the subject of a tremendous amount of research in the past decade. Molecularly, vitamin D is closer to being a steroid than a vitamin and resembles cholesterol in structure. Most people understand that the sun stimulates the skin to produce vitamin D; the cultural norm that encourages avoidance of the sun through use of long sleeves and sun block has led to a chronic deficiency of vitamin D. While I understand the risks associated with sunburns, I feel that direct daily sun exposure is essential for health, and I am especiall...

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