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Thanksgiving Strategies

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Enjoy Thanksgiving:  Have  A Plan Thanksgiving allows us to spend time with our friends and families and give thanks — thanks for all that is good in our lives.  Gratitude is a wonderful spiritual practice and a cornerstone of healthy living.  For many of us, that’s where the healthy part of Thanksgiving ends and the unhealthy begins.  As Americans, we

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New Lyme Testing

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New Lyme Tests That Set the Standard   I went to the ILADS Conference in Boston last weekend.  ILADS represents doctors, other health care practitioners, and patients devoted to helping people devastated by Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses.  I am inspired and humbled by the dedication and passion shown by so many in this field.  I have learned a lot in the

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New Blood Pressure Guidelines

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New Blood Pressure Guidelines:  Raising (Lowering) The Bar   The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology came out with new Blood Pressure Guidelines last Monday. If you have heart disease, chronic kidney disease or diabetes, then your target now for systolic blood pressure has moved down to 130 and for diastolic blood pressure to 80. Same goes

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Obesity Rates Climb (Less) :  Be Part of the Solution

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The headlines came out about two weeks ago: “Obesity Rates Hit an All Time High”. The percentage of adults in the US with a body mass index (BMI) over 30 has gone from 30 in 2000 to almost 40 today. About 18.5 percent of children are now obese, versus 13.9 percent in 2000. So what’s the good news? What the

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Zonulin: A Way to Test for Leaky Gut

Zonulin:   A Way to Test For Leaky Gut    Our small intestines are designed to absorb small molecules and keep bigger ones from entering our circulation, where they can trigger immune responses and lead to inflammation and autoimmune disease. Dr. Alessio Fasano, back in 2000, discovered zonulin (represented by the blue circular objects in the drawing above), a protein which

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Should You Keto (Is Keto Right for You)?

The Ketogenic Diet (Keto) is all the rage.  Claims are being made that it will speed up weight loss, fight cancer and improve brain function.  What is it and is it right for you? Keto Defined   Keto is typically 70-75% fat, 20-25% protein, and 5-10% carbohydrates.  For someone eating 2000 calories a day, 5% carbohydrates is 25 grams. What are ketones?  

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5 Tips for Preventing Tick Bytes and Lyme Disease

Thanks to Johns Hopkins for this excellent information! Preventing Tick Bites and Lyme Disease

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Tick Prevention Tips

    Most of us have heard that a tick apocalypse is here.  We have also seen that ticks are transmitting diseases other than lyme, including relapsing fever, babesiosis, and Powassan virus.  I am still planning to go outside, ride my bike, plant my vegetable garden, and do an occasional hike.  I will be careful and take intelligent precautions. Let

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Low Carb + High Fat = Healthier You? Yes, According to These Authors

To my patients and readers of this blog, it comes as no surprise that I endorse a nutrient-dense, low carb, high(er) fat diet.  The ratios work out to 50-60% fat, 25-30% protein, and 15-25% carbohydrates.  My patients are eating healthy, (mostly) whole foods, doing a lot more of their own cooking, and reversing serious conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.

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Testing and Treatment for Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Illnesses

Testing and Treatment for Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Illnesses   Anyone in this area either has been or knows someone who has been diagnosed with Lyme disease.  Many of you have also been exposed to one of many other diseases carried by ticks, such as Babesiosis, Erlichiosis, and others.  You know firsthand that these illnesses, especially if not caught early,

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