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  • Taking Care of Your Brain

    by Paula Gallagher | October 12, 2016

    brain2Healthy brain function requires many important nutrients, as well as an active, social lifestyle. Factors such as aging, emotional stress, and exposure to free radicals affect cognitive health. A diet rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids is very important to enhancing memory, cognitive skills, learning ability, mood, and stress tolerance.


    The central nervous system is an extremely vital area that has high metabolic requirements. As a result, poor dietary habits can negatively affect brain function.

    Blood Sugar: Fluctuating blood sugar is not conducive to optimal brain functioning and can become a more serious medical concern in the conditions hypoglycemia and diabetes. Read more

  • Hypothyroid Testing – What You Need to Know

    by Margo Gladding | October 5, 2016

    thyroidMillions of Americans (mostly women) suffer from an underactive thyroid, but many are misdiagnosed, despite having common hypothyroid symptoms such as constipation, fatigue, weight gain, impaired memory, thinning hair, dry skin, sensitivity to cold, muscle cramps, infertility, elevated cholesterol and nerve pain. Because depression can also be a symptom, some doctors prescribe antidepressants, rather than treat for an underactive thyroid.

    And, hypothyroid testing can be tricky in that a misdiagnosis can also be made when a doctor only orders a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test and does not run a comprehensive thyroid panel, which is necessary to fully understand what is going on with someone’s health. Read more

  • An Apple a Day Helps Keep Cancer Away

    by Paula Gallagher | October 4, 2016

    apple a dayA review of 40 studies has found that eating an apple a day can lower the risk of developing five different cancers.

    Scientists found people who ate at least one apple a day were much less likely to get lung, bowel, mouth, digestive tract or breast tumors than people who rarely or never eat the popular fruit. The biggest benefits were seen in cancers of the stomach and esophagus, where the risk of tumor development was almost cut in half. They also found that lung tumor rates among daily apple eaters were about 25% lower, while breast cancer cases were cut by a fifth. Read more

  • 4 Supplements May Help With PMS

    by Paula Gallagher | September 28, 2016

    pmsPMS (premenstrual syndrome) is the name of a group of physical, emotional and psychological symptoms that occur in the last 2 weeks of the menstrual cycle, just before menses. Affecting four out of ten women, PMS symptoms can impact the quality of your life and the ability to do normal activities. While it's normal to have minor discomfort before your period, severe PMS symptoms such as anxiety, moodiness, irritability, pain, bloating, acne, and headaches may be alerting you to some internal imbalances. While it's not known what causes PMS, it is likely that changing hormone levels and brain chemistry play a role. Diet, activity level and stress may also be related to the severity of symptoms. Read more

  • The Calcium Challenge

    by James Brodsky, M.D. | September 26, 2016

    calcium_kalesardinesI regularly get questions from patients about calcium. Do I need more? How much do I take? Can I take it just once a day? Should it have magnesium? Will it fix my osteoporosis? Lots of questions…

    Well, I start by reminding patients that calcium isn’t just for bones. It’s required for muscle contraction, blood vessel contraction/expansion, secretion of hormones and enzymes, and sending messages through the nervous system. About 99% of your total body calcium is stored in bones and the remaining 1% is found throughout the body in muscle, cellular fluids and blood. It’s about 2% of your total body weight. If you don’t have a calcium-rich diet, your body will continue to extract calcium stored in your bones to meet your active daily needs. Read more


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