Retirement may be bad for your health

Many people look forward to concluding a lifetime of work with retirement, but retirement can lead to a drastic decline in health. Research shows that although retirement may initially reduce stress, it significantly increases the chances of depression, physical illness, and the need for medication while reducing overall health. The longer one is in retirement the more…

Can pregnancy cause hypothyroidism?

Question Why did pregnancy trigger my hypothyroidism? Answer Natural immune shifts during pregnancy, together with a genetic tendency and other predisposing factors, can trigger hypothyroidism in some women. Hypothyroidism is an immune disease for most For 90 percent of Americans, hypothyroidism is caused by Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and…

Why does eating make me sleepy?

Question I practically fall asleep in my plate after every meal. Why does eating make me so sleepy? Answer Feeling sleepy after meals is a common symptom of insulin resistance, a risk factor for diabetes. Starchy foods and too much insulin Insulin resistance is common today and is a stepping-stone to diabetes. Overeating and eating…

Brain health depends on gut health

Question Why do I seem to struggle so much with brain fog, anxiety, and depression? Answer Many factors can underlie these symptoms, however one of the most common is poor digestive health. The gut and the brain are intimately connected and poor digestive health can lead to poor brain health and related symptoms. Leaky gut…

The most powerful antioxidant

Question It seems every day there is a new antioxidant for sale that claims to be the best. Which one truly is the best? Answer The one you don’t hear much about—glutathione. Glutathione is the body’s most important antioxidant. But it’s not effective taken orally. What is glutathione? Glutathione is a molecule that performs many…

Why is everyone going gluten-free?

Question It seems every week I see a new gluten-free food at the grocery store and that another friend has gone gluten-free. Why? Answer A gluten-free diet has been attacked as a trendy food fad, and it’s easy to understand why. Gluten-free food is the fastest growing segment of the natural foods market. Going gluten-free…

The gallbladder is actually important

Reasons for gallstones include nutritional deficiencies; diets high in processed foods, trans fats, hydrogenated fats, processed vegetable oils, and excess omega 6 fatty acids; hypothyroidism; and no- or low-fat diets. … Gallbladder removal can bring problems If your gallbladder has been removed you are at risk of deficiencies in essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin D.

What is functional medicine?

Question: I keep hearing the term functional medicine. How is it different from regular medicine? Answer: Functional medicine’s focus is on correcting physiological function versus manipulating the problem with drugs or removing it with surgery. Different causes for the same symptom Let’s say 10 different people visit a functional medicine practitioner with the same complaint,…