Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living

  • What's for Dinner? GMOs and Glyphosate

    by Rob Brown, MD | August 28, 2018

    corn-on-the-cobSummer is the time for fresh produce, and what could be better than buying local corn? We stopped at a roadside stand and admired the array of vegetables. The ears of corn all looked perfect and also identical – they were same size, same girth and same color. Even the tassels were the same length. So I casually asked the roadside attendant, “Is this GMO corn?”

    Both my kids rolled their eyes and turned around, looking for any possible escape from this embarrassing situation. The woman looked at me with a blank stare and said, “Well, I don’t know what GMO is, but it’s sweet corn.” Read more

  • What is an Autoimmune Disorder and Could You Have One?

    by Paula Gallagher | August 27, 2018

    autoimmuneI was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis over 15 years ago. This type of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the thyroid tissue, resulting in decreased production of thyroid hormone. It is estimated that Hashimoto's is just one of possibly hundreds of autoimmune disorders, which include lupus, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia and psoriasis.

    What exactly is an autoimmune disease?

    When people with healthy immune systems get a cold, a cut or any virus, the body's natural defenses/immune system kicks in to help restore balance. Read more

  • Poison Ivy Help

    by Paula Gallagher | August 22, 2018

    poison-ivyWe all know that we should wear sunscreen, hats and stay out of the sun to avoid the most common summer skin problem – sunburn! But sunburns aren't the only summer skin issue. Rashes from plants can also put a damper on your summer fun.

    Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac

    All three of these contain an oil called urushiol, which most people are allergic to. Most people come into contact with poison ivy indirectly while gardening, hiking or camping. You can spread the oil wherever you touch your body until the oil is washed off and it can take up to 5 days before symptoms appear. Read more

  • Back to School Lunches

    by Paula Gallagher | August 20, 2018

    school-lunchFor some, school has already started, and for others there are still a couple of weeks before we have to start making lunches. Making healthy lunches can be challenging, especially if you have a picky eater. But with some weekly planning and asking for the kids to help with their lunch boxes, back to school lunches can be easy, and even fun.

    Here are some tips to make healthy school lunches convenient without resorting to prepackaged options.

    • Prepare and organize school lunches on Sunday for the entire week. Read more

  • Truths About Living a Healthy Life

    by Teri Cochrane | August 15, 2018

    healthy-lifeSince the completion of the human genome mapping work, genetics has become a hot topic – specifically what it means for living a healthy life.

    Genetics has begun to play a major role in healthcare decision-making for both providers and patients. Providers are now taking genetics into account when prescribing viable treatments for their patients. And who could forget Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo radical bilateral mastectomy after finding out her genetic predisposition to hormone-mediated cancers?

    While our genetics influence our response to food, the opposite also holds true: Read more


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