High blood sugar is only good for vampires

Vampires love it when you have high blood sugar… but your body would prefer you to be less sweet. Glucose, the blood sugar molecule, is very abrasive, like a balled up piece of sand paper. If it’s allowed to slosh around in your bloodstream for too long, it scratches away and causes inflammation. (This is why someoneContinue reading “High blood sugar is only good for vampires”

Statins are not the Answer.

With all due respect to practitioners who are practicing by the book, I would like to express my extreme frustration with said “book”. The tides have officially and indisputably turned regarding cholesterol’s role in heart disease. The three important take-home facts are: Dietary cholesterol does not have a long-term impact on serum cholesterol levels. Neither dietary cholesterol nor saturatedContinue reading “Statins are not the Answer.”

How well can your body detoxify?

There are many aspects related to detoxification, one of which is your HLA haplotype. If your DNA is flawed in certain genes, you may be less able to detoxify and more susceptible to certain triggers, such as mold and Lyme bacteria and confections. If you’re curious, you can test for these genes, but a better first step might be supporting your body nutritionally,Continue reading “How well can your body detoxify?”

What’s your weak link?

Why is that when we both drink wine, you get a headache, but I feel woozy and get a stomach ache? The answer: Biochemical Individuality, aka. We’re all different! Okay, so then why is it that Hank over there can drink an entire bottle of wine and feel nothing? Answer: Toxic Load. Some bodies can handle more toxinsContinue reading “What’s your weak link?”

Teasing out Food Sensitivities

Food sensitivities are different than food allergies. Food sensitivities are reactions to the body’s environment and can change over time, whereas food allergies are there to stay for life. There are two kinds of inflammation: macro and silent. Macro inflammation happens when you sprain your ankle or wrench your back. It’s characterized by 4 adjectives:Continue reading “Teasing out Food Sensitivities”

The importance of being earnest about eating locally

Today we have conveniences that are almost ridiculous. Pineapples in November? Strawberries all year round? Is that really necessary? More importantly, is that healthy? A couple thoughts about Eating Locally I heard a story once that I’ve had trouble confirming. I’m pretty sure it’s true, but let’s just call it an allegory: Once in a mountainous Eastern European village, peopleContinue reading “The importance of being earnest about eating locally”

Eat like your Great-Grandma did

Your genes have been in training for millions of years and each generation those ancestral nutrition lessons become more refined. The moment your very first great-great-great-great-parents ate their first meal, your body started learning what kinds of foods it needs to earn a grade of A++ in Feel Healthy School. Your DNA has been configured to function ideally when fedContinue reading “Eat like your Great-Grandma did”

Curious about the size of a cell?

You are made up of about 70 trillion cells. 70 TRILLION!!! It’s impossible to fathom the magnitude of that number. (But even more mind-blowing is that you are also made up of 700 trillion bacterial cells!!) But it might help to be able to visualize the size of a single cell… of which you have 70 trillion…Continue reading “Curious about the size of a cell?”

Is Tylenol killing both your pain and pleasure?

Popping a Tylenol or two is so common that it’s hard to imagine it could cause you serious harm. But, aka. acetaminophen is given by prescription only in some countries! Besides being linked to Autism, this study suggests that the drug goes beyond blunting negative sensations… it seems to also cancel out positive sensations and emotions. After taking Tylenol, people who saw a relatively happyContinue reading “Is Tylenol killing both your pain and pleasure?”