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  • 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

  • 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

  • More Links Between Medications and Cognitive Impairment

    by Margo Gladding | April 20, 2016

    dementiaResearch is showing more connections between some medications and cognitive impairment.

    Earlier this year, a study showed a link between proton pump inhibitor use and an increased risk of dementia among seniors. Now, researchers are also recommending that older adults avoid using over-the-counter products such as nighttime cold medicines, sleep aids, night-time pain relievers and antihistamine medications due to their links to cognitive impairment. Using brain imaging techniques, scientists at Indiana University School of Medicine, found lower metabolism and reduced brain sizes in study participants taking drugs known to have an anticholinergic (AC) effect, meaning they block acetylcholine, a chemical involved in the transmission of electrical impulses between nerve cells. Read more

  • Estrogen and Breast Cancer – A Bad Rap That's Time to Get Right

    by Margo Gladding | April 19, 2016

    estrogen-windowThe safety of estrogen therapy is a hot topic that many women have a lot of questions and concerns about. Dr. Machelle (Mache) Seibel, who is a global leader in women’s wellness and menopause, wants to clear the confusion and set the record straight about the benefits of estrogen for women’s health.

    We were fortunate to have Dr. Seibel on our Essentials of Healthy Living radio show last year, and are very excited to have him on the show again in May. He will be discussing his new bestselling book, The Estrogen Window: The Breakthrough Guide to Being Healthy, Energized, and Hormonally Balanced – Through Perimenopause, Menopause, and Beyond.

    Below, Dr. Seibel presents a great overview of the latest research on menopausal hormone therapy.

    In early 2002, estrogen was the most prescribed medication in the United States. It treated the symptoms of menopause and appeared to have benefit for heart health. Then in July of that year, the large government funded Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study reported that taking a pill that contained estrogen plus a synthetic progesterone called Provera caused an increased risk for developing breast cancer. Women and many of their doctors grew understandably fearful and estrogen got a bad rap.
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  • EWG Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: 2016

    by Paula Gallagher | April 13, 2016

    strawberryThe Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its 2016 Dirty Dozen™ last week. The list exposes the most pesticide-contaminated produce. This year strawberries beat out apples for top spot on the Dirty Dozen list. USDA tests found that strawberries are the fresh produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, even after they are picked, rinsed in the field and washed before eating.

    Although washing produce thoroughly can help reduce the pesticide residue, I would still recommend choosing organically grown produce when possible, especially for foods on the 2016 Dirty Dozen™ list. Read more

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