Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living

  • 10 Ways to Balance Blood Sugar Levels

    by Paula Gallagher | June 20, 2018

    blueberriesWe have all been there – low blood sugar! After going too long between meals or snacks, you might have a headache, be irritable, or feel weak or shaky. And when we feel like this, the first then we reach for is something high in sugar or calories. In my case, chocolate bars... or, well, chocolate anything.

    Why do we do this? Research shows that when our blood sugar levels drop, we lose our ability to control our desire to eat. And we crave calorie-laden sweets and snacks. But what happens  when we eat junk food, or “empty” snacks? Read more

  • Trace Minerals: Chromium

    by Paula Gallagher | June 19, 2018

    broccoli2The next trace mineral in our series from A to Zinc is chromium. Chromium is an essential micronutrient or trace mineral required for proper insulin function, healthy blood-sugar levels, and carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism.

    The typical North American diet is deficient in chromium because of over-consumption of simple carbohydrates and refined sugars that are lacking in chromium. Soil depletion is also playing a role in chromium deficiency.

    Because chromium deficiency leads to poor insulin utilization and metabolism, Read more

  • Village Green is Having a Big Summer Sale!

    by Paula Gallagher | June 18, 2018

    Summer SaleVillage Green's Big Summer Sale just started, and it will run through July 14, 2018.

    Pathway products are currently 30% off, many other brands are 25% off, including practitioner brands, and our hand and body care products are 20% off.

    Our Summer Sale provides a great opportunity for you to get your multivitamins, omega-3s, natural sunscreens and any of your natural healthcare needs. And if you have never taken a nutritional supplement and do not know where to start, we can help! Read more

  • New Book: Cannabis for Chronic Pain

    by Paula Gallagher | June 12, 2018


    Dr. Rav Ivker’s new book, Cannabis for Chronic Pain: A Proven Prescription for Using Marijuana to Relieve Your Pain and Heal Your Life, is an excellent resource for non-opioid pain relief solutions. First released in September 2017, it is a comprehensive and authoritative guide for using medical marijuana to treat chronic pain. The new softcover edition now makes the book more widely accessible to the general public.

    With the opioid crisis continuing to accelerate (opioids killed more than 115 people per day in 2016, more than any year on record), patients, doctors and public health officials are actively seeking answers and alternatives. A promising solution to this deepening crisis may lie in a concurrent trend – the rapidly growing medical marijuana industry. Read more

  • Father's Day Barbecue: Healthier Ways to Grill

    by Paula Gallagher | June 12, 2018

    grill-kebabsFor most people, barbecuing is one of the true joys of summertime, and warm weather and Father's Day celebrations will also have many people lighting up the grill. But grilling is unfortunately associated with some real health risks. Research has identified carcinogenic by-products associated with grilled foods, particularly red meat, poultry, lamb, pork and fish. So before you turn on the barbecue, here are some tips on healthier ways to grill, as well ways to make your food more flavorful.

    The two carcinogens to be aware of are heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).  Read more


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