prevention

Sauna For A Longer Life Span? Yes Please.

Now this is a medical study I can really get behind, because I LOVE HEAT. And I love love love anything that boosts circulation — like grounding, sauna, steam room, hot baths, sleeping with a hot water bottle, hugs, massages, exercise (ok, exercise, not so much….) It just feels intuitively right to get your blood flowing, don’t you think?   Thats why I’m so thrilled that there have been so many studies recently looking at the health benefits of routine sauna. Researchers had previously discovered that folks who used a sauna two or more times a week had significantly reduced …

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More Sunshine = Longer Life

Thank goodness summer is on the way. I am so happy to finally feel sunshine on my face again. Picnics, gardening, bare feet, after dinner strolls… they all become so much easier with a little sunshine!     But that means more sun exposure… typically something we read a lot of negative things about. And as usual, each time the weather turns warmer I get tons of emails flooding me asking for my recommendation on a good sunscreen (I give you a link to the one I use below!) So today, I thought it would be important to share with …

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Holistic Prevention Of Lyme (+ what to do if you find a tick on you!)

  The weather is warming up, and this always means my inbox is full of emails from patients asking how they can reduce their chance of tick bites while still connecting to the earth outside.     Ticks carrying the Lyme disease bacteria (Borrelia Burgdorferi) have been found in all 50 states, so don’t be fooled into thinking its only something that folks in the northeast have to be concerned with. But I really *really* don’t want you to limit or stop your healing practice of connecting to Mother Earth outside daily. This healing practice is, to me, as crucial …

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I Had No Idea This One Neurotransmitter Changes Everything We Know About Aging

Serotonin is historically linked with depression — and poor sleep as well — since serotonin is the precursor to melatonin and folks who are low in serotonin are likely low in melatonin too. (Which sucks because as I blog about here, folks struggling with depression are only likely to have the depression resolve if they are sleeping well.) But today’s medical study truly blew me away, because it reveals that serotonin isn’t just linked with depression and sleep, but with cognition.   In fact, this study suggests that the decline in cognition and memory issues as we age isn’t simply …

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Are You Kidding Me? What Diet Drinks Are Really Doing To You

File this under: I’m not surprised.   But all the same, a new medical study shows us the disturbing proof that eating foods and drinking diet drinks with artificial sweeteners in them actually changes how your body is able to handle glucose… increasing your risk for Type 2 Diabetes. Makes sense… you are basically training your body to have an abnormal response to sugar by feeding it artificial sweeteners. What I didn’t know is how quickly your body slows down it’s insulin response and begins to abnormally uptake glucose in the gut and concentrate it in the bloodstream. Two weeks! …

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Sunscreen May Not Reduce Melanoma Risk (Here is what can…)

A new study (presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting on Nov 19, 2016) shows that sunscreen did not have the ability to reduce future melanoma risk.   466 children (enrolled in the study at age 6) were followed for almost a decade (through age 15) and with a detailed report of annual sun exposure and sunscreen use as well as annual skin exams, which identified and documented skin lesions. This is the longest term study on new mole development ever conducted. And unfortunately, the results reveal that there was no association between sunscreen use and subsequent development …

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Migraines Linked To Oral Health

Nitrates have long been revealed as a headache trigger — found in foods like red wine, chocolates, processed meats and some cheeses, migraine sufferers have long been cautioned to avoid foods containing nitrates. This latest study might explain why some people get triggered to have a migraine when consuming nitrate laden foods, while others can eat large quantities without fear of an impending headache.   Turns out, folks with migraine have significantly more types of bacteria in their mouth that processes nitrate into nitrite (nitrate, nitrite and nitric oxide reductase genes) than those who don’t get migraines. More bacteria releasing …

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