Integrative Nutrition

Centrum Vitamins: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Great, you’re taking a multi-vitamin. Which one? Ahhh, Centrum. Let’s have a discussion.
I’ve had this conversation too many time with my patients over 50. The answer is often “Centrum Silver” or “Centrum Women’s 50+.”  I’ve had the conversation too many times, so I’m writing about it here.
Centrum has some great marketing, I’ll give that to them (The Good). Marketing supplements as healthy when there is a bunch of junk in there, is genius, if not downright wrong.
And I get why people buy them. It’s advertised to be this ultimate multi-vitamin with everything you could possibly need.
And why would we trust Wyeth, the company that […]

Pre-hab: Prepare Yourself for Surgery

You’ve heard of rehab, but have you heard of “pre-hab?”
 

 

 

 

Prehab is preparing your mind, body and spirit for surgery.
Recently, I’ve seen many of my patients and friends heading into surgery. But often times what I hear is that their care provider did not educate them on preparing for surgery. Prehab has been shown to reduce hospital stays and reduce the post-surgical pain experience.
A study by researchers at New England Baptist Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, based in Boston, found that knee and hip replacement surgery patients who had participated in water and land-based strength training, and aerobic and flexibility […]

Chronic Inflammation: Let Food Be Your Pharmacy (Part III)

 

Hopefully you didn’t skip the first two parts, because the foundations are there. In Part I, we looked at what inflammation is and how it becomes chronic. In Part II, we discovered that you can change your genes by changing your lifestyle and how certain lifestyle choices are better than others in reducing overall inflammation.

One of those lifestyle changes involves what you put in your mouth.  Yes, your diet…..no surprise there, I hope. Though I am quite alarmed and still surprised on my morning commute, every time I see a line of cars waiting to get through the McDonald’s drive-through on their way to work (adults, […]

Chronic Inflammation: Are you at risk? Where do NSAIDS fit in? (Part I)

We ultimately take medicine to get a result, right?–decreased pain, decreased inflammation, improve digestion because we’re taking medicine to decrease our pain and inflammation….you get the idea.  Over medicated and under nourished–it’s the world we live in. Don’t get me wrong, some medicines have stepped in and stopped epidemics and if I was faced with Ebola, I would definitely take the meds.

But the medicines that were designed in labs were created to step in at crucial pathways in the body to inhibit pain and inflammation. And they actually mimic natural dietary source, meaning they have an effect on the very same enzymatic pathways and genetic transcription.  So […]

Chronic Inflammation: Could it be making you depressed?

Updated 10-3-14: Please see additional information in a more recent blog, Trust Your Gut, Heal Your Gut: A Personal Story. 

Emerging evidence demonstrates that there is a connection between inflammation and depression.  It’s no wonder that when your body is always in a state of inflammation, you may feel sad.  And the science shows that it may not be just the fact that you are sad because you are experiencing limited function……it might just be the ongoing physiology in your body. Other disease processes may be caused by inflammation, as well…..cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity, to name a few.

A review article presents the science of […]

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