Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living


  • Strep, Insulin and Depression

    by Teri Cochrane | April 8, 2019

    Strep infections are known to trigger autoimmune disorders, affecting millions worldwide (Aran et al 2011). Recently, researchers from Stanford University found an association between post-strep autoantibodies and an enzyme involved in insulin degradation and insulin resistance (Aran et al 2011). The autoantibodies attack the enzyme and decrease insulin degradation and correlate with higher insulin levels and insulin resistance.

    Aran et al (2011) have shown these post-strep autoantibodies are also associated with metabolic syndrome, Read more

  • EWG Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen 2019

    by Paula Gallagher | April 3, 2019

    The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released their list for the dirtiest produce on the market. And by dirtiest, they are referring to fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticide residue, also known as the Dirty Dozen™. According to EWG’s analysis of test data from the Department of Agriculture, nearly 70% of produce sold in the United States comes with pesticide residue. Consuming foods that contain pesticides has been linked to a myriad of health issues including cancer and fertility issues.

    The report also includes a list of the cleanest produce, Read more

  • The Dangers of Industry-Influenced Dietary Guidelines

    by Susan Levin, MS, RD, CSSD | April 2, 2019

    Cholesterol from eggs raises the risk of heart disease and early death, according to a new study in JAMA. The news shouldn’t come as a shock. Decades of research has shown the dangers of dietary cholesterol. So what made the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans almost drop cholesterol warnings? Industries with an interest in keeping Americans unhealthy.

    After the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its report stating that cholesterol is no longer “a nutrient of concern for overconsumption,” the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine filed a lawsuit Read more

  • Benefits of the Organic Acids Test (OAT)

    by Margo Gladding | April 1, 2019

    It can be difficult to determine root causes for complex medical conditions such as autism, ADHD, depression, behavioral disorders, gastrointestinal symptoms, inflammation, chronic fatigue, headaches, sleep disturbances, skin conditions, and multiple chemical sensitivities. Functional lab testing can be a very helpful tool in uncovering system imbalances that are driving various health conditions.

    For both adults and children experiencing complex or chronic health concerns, one very comprehensive lab test that I highly recommend is the Organic Acids Test (OAT). This noninvasive urine test provides important insights into the body’s cellular metabolic pathways. By measuring over 70 urinary organic acid by-products, we can get a good read on one’s vitamin and mineral status, neurotransmitter health, mitochondrial energy production, Read more

  • Melatonin Benefits: Sleep and More

    by Paula Gallagher | March 27, 2019

    When you think of melatonin, the first thing that probably comes to mind is supporting sleep. It can be very helpful for initiating sleep, increasing sleep duration, as well as regulating circadian rhythm and reducing jet lag. But research shows that melatonin also has other exciting and significant health benefits. For example, studies indicate that it can also protect against neurodegenerative diseases and brain injury, help with migraines, provide important support for cancer patients, support heart health, and protect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

    Part of the brain (pineal gland) makes hormones, one of which is melatonin. Read more

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