Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living


  • Iron Deficiency – What You Need to Know

    by Paula Gallagher | May 4, 2016

    fatigueIron is the most abundant metal in the world and the most abundant trace element in the body, and about 70 percent of it is found in the blood. Yet iron deficiency anemia is the most common nutritional disorder in the world.

    The primary cause of iron deficiency is blood loss due to ulcers, cancer, hemorrhoids, or long-term aspirin use. Women are particularly vulnerable to iron deficiency during heavy menstrual periods, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Those with low dietary intake of iron (such as vegetarians) and malabsorption disorders such as celiac disease are also at risk.

    Iron is necessary for cell division, energy production, oxygen transport, and proper immune function. Iron deficiency symptoms can include: Read more

  • Connected... But Disconnected

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | May 3, 2016

    disconnectedI’ve been doing lots of traveling lately and one thing is becoming glaringly obvious. We’re more connected than ever before, yet we’re more disconnected than ever. Just sitting in the airport I glanced around and found that almost everyone was staring into their phones, iPads or computers. On the plane, they were either watching the TV on the back of the seat in front of them or passengers pulled out their computers to get work done. Kids from 2 years old and older had their own iPads, fully stocked with movies to keep them engaged and entertained while on the flight. On the shuttle to the hotel, I found the same thing. There were 5 of us all waiting to be dropped off at our respective hotels. Read more

  • Omega-3 Boosts Effectiveness of Antidepressants

    by Paula Gallagher | May 2, 2016

    tiredA new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry has found that combining omega-3, SAM-e or vitamin D with antidepressants increases the effectiveness of the antidepressants for people with clinical depression.

    Researchers examined 40 clinical trials and found that people who took these supplements along with their antidepressants had fewer depressive symptoms compared to those taking the antidepressants alone.

    The strongest finding was that omega-3 fish oil, in combination with antidepressants, had a statistically significant effect over a placebo.

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  • The Autism Exchange: A New Autism Resource

    by Margo Gladding | April 27, 2016

    We are excited to share a fantastic new resource called The Autism Exchange. It’s a user-friendly, interactive website for parents and professionals seeking reliable autism-related information such as special diets, lifestyle support, beneficial teaching methods, medical topics relating to autism spectrum disorders, alternative therapies, and helpful information for parents. In addition, The Autism Exchange allows users to quickly search directories for autism practitioners, supplement suppliers, autism blogs, testing labs, and compounding pharmacies, such as Village Green Apothecary.

    The Autism Exchange was created by a group of scientific advisers, who are some of the leading experts in the field. In fact, we are proud to mention that one of the members of the Scientific Advisory Board is Nutritionist and autism educator Dana Laake, RDH, MS, LDN, who hosts our radio show, Essentials of Healthy Living. Read more

  • Lunch Today: Watercress and Radish Salad

    by Paula Gallagher | April 26, 2016

    watercressGrowing up, we ate a lot of watercress. A LOT! We lived by a stream and watercress grew wild, and my parents, who had grown up in the mountains in Europe, thought this was like a little taste of home. I remember going for walks with my parents and bringing back a basket of watercress.

    My mother prepared watercress many ways, from putting it into soups, to mildly steaming it, but we usually ate it like a salad. And while it was available, we mostly ate watercress as a green until the garden my parents planted produced other greens.

    Watercress is one of the first leafy greens eaten by humans, and it is packed full of essential nutrients and disease-fighting antioxidants. It is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family. Like other cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and kale, when chewed or chopped, watercress releases a variety of phytochemicals that are thought to ward off cancer. Read more

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