Here in the Pacific Northwest we love to joke (or complain) about the rainy, cloudy weather. It turns out that the reasons behind our feelings about winter are more than just psychological. If you are a Portlander and you don’t supplement with vitamin D, you are virtually guaranteed to be deficient. Vitamin D is used to treat poor immune function, bone loss, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, muscle weakness, obesity, asthma, bronchitis, tooth and gum disease, psoriasis, and many other conditions.Read More
I can’t tell you how many times I hear people talking about carbs these days. I hear it in stores, in gyms, on the street, pretty much everywhere. The subject of their talk is always that carbs are bad; either that carbs are making them fat, or they are in the process of cutting out carbs, so they will feel better. In the short term, many people will feel better or even drop weight when they cut carbs (or protein, or fat). This does not mean that doing so is healthy.Read More
An interesting story broke this past February. The Attorney General Office of New York accused four major retailers of selling fraudulent and dangerous herbal supplements. This is interesting in that it points out several things about supplements that most people don’t know. It would seem strange that a state Attorney General would be filing this action rather than the FDA, but this in one of the interesting side notes of this story: the FDA has no jurisdiction over supplements, unless those supplements have caused harm.Read More
The body is an amazing thing. That is an understatement that should probably start any article written on the body. This article will be focusing on your intestines, the billions of squatters that have taken up residence, and how to evict the ones that are causing problems.Read More
What the new designation of processed meats as a group 1 carcinogen means to you. A few weeks back the International Agency for Research on Cancer officially designated processed meats as a group 1 carcinogen and all red meats as a group 2a carcinogen. The predictably absurd overreaction in the media that followed has been called “Bacongate”.Read More
What is it? Why should I care? What can I do about it?
Inflammation has become quite a hot topic in the health world over the past decade. We are finding that it is a major factor (if not the main factor) in heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, chronic pain, and many other conditions.Read More
Is morning your friend or your enemy? Do you roll out of bed ready for the day or grasping for a cup of coffee? Don’t worry, I’m not going to try to take coffee away, but let’s talk about how to get enough energy to make that cup of morning joe a choice, rather than necessity.Read More