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Carbohydrates: Are they really that bad for you?

A review of some of the most popular diet programs reveals that they fall along a continuum from “anti-carbohydrate” to “anti-fat.” Low carbohydrate diets have been a popular trend for many trying to lose weight, as well as athletes seeking to improve performance. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is typically comprised of 43-50% carbs. Diets focused on minimizing carbs, such …

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Integrative Approaches to Stress

Stress can be classified as Eustress and Distress. Eustress occurs when the gap between what one has and what one wants is slightly pushed, but not overwhelmed. Eustress fosters challenge and motivation toward an achievable goal. Distress on the other hand, refers to the maladaptation to stress and the physiological consequences that ensue. Hans Selye, an endocrinologist, was a pioneer …

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Intermittent Fasting (IF)

Historically, humans have gone through periodic cycles of intermittent fasting (also called dietary cycling) and concomitant nutritional ketosis. Intermittent fasting (IF) can be defined as consuming regular meals on some days and dramatically cutting calories on others. IF can have a number of health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, reduced cancer risk, gene repair, weight loss and longevity. This cyclical …

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Dave’s not home

  Many of you may remember the old Cheech and Chong Skit, Dave’s not home, from the 1970’s. Joking aside, despite the bad rap for cannabis, patients are seeking it out as an alternative for a number of health conditions. Cannabis has been cultivated and consumed virtually since the beginning of recorded history. Cannabis-based textiles dating to 7,000 B.C.E have …

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Chest Pain – What should you do ASAP?

  Most heart attacks develop when small cholesterol plaques in coronary arteries create partial blockages and then rupture. Platelets, tiny blood cells that trigger blood clotting, create a clot, or thrombus, which builds up on the ruptured plaque. As the clot grows, it blocks the artery and deprives a portion of the heart muscle of oxygen, resulting in a heart …

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How to Biohack Your Metabolism

Biohacking is a term used to describe the integration of applied physiology, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle modification in order to manipulate one’s epigenetics to enhance quality of life, health and/or athletic performance. Biohacking can involve using expensive and experimental gadgets, or be as simple as making changes to the way you live your life. One easy approach to biohacking your …

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News You Can Use

  Do mobile phones cause cancer? Current research has found that long-term use of both mobile and cordless phones is associated with an increased risk for glioma, the most common type of brain tumor. A new study shows that the risk for glioma was tripled among those using a wireless phone for more than 25 years and that the risk …

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Are Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Your Gut Biome the Reasons Why You are Fat?

              About  35 percent of American adults battle with obesity. When we think of getting fat, most of us blame the conventional calories in/calories out theory. If you have tried to lose weight by manipulating  the above equation but have failed,  you might want to consider two other factors: Your gut biome Endocrine Disrupting …

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Tips for Preventing (and Shortening) Colds and the Flu

  Cold and flu season is here. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help make it through. This week’s blog gives you some tips for supercharging your immune system and boosting your resilience. Conventional approaches to colds and the flu include over the counter medications, such as: antihistamines, decongestants, and NSAIDs. These can suppress some of the …

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The Power of Protein

  There are many myths and misconceptions regarding optimum protein intake and the effects of protein on body composition, performance, recovery and metabolism.   The International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) developed a position on protein and exercise. The following is a summary of some of the research from leaders in the field of sports nutrition.   Key points: Research …

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