Pharmacy to Farmacy

Many of you may know Erin-- the fabulous Pharm D that worked in our office a few years back.  Erin is a phenomenal gal and we embarked on the journey  into natural medicine around the same time.  As we both Read more

When Should I Take My Supplements?

If you are like me -- you are just starting to realize why it is important to add supplements to your diet.  Even if we are eating a clean, healthy and unprocessed diet;  the mineral content of the soil Read more

Natural Tips for Avoiding Colds

This cold and flu season is still upon us and unfortunately, many patients are still being plagued by these nasty viral symptoms.  Here are a few tips to try if you feel like you are coming down with something. Of Read more

More Homemade Salad Dressings

Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp local honey 1/3 cup blackberries   Process all the ingredients together in a blender and then season with ground pepper and sea salt The beauty of this recipe Read more

Healthy Mayo and Ranch Dressing

This stuff is a must -- If you read labels these days you will be hard pressed to find a mayonnaise or salad dressing that doesn't contain some type of vegetable oil.  Even the commercial mayos that advertise to Read more

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

So I got a little wicked crazy this weekend and decided to splurge on some pizza.  We do gluten-free carry out around here sometimes, but my future son-in-law inspired me to make my own cauliflower pizza crust. He made Read more

Pumpkin Chai Smoothie

Here's a throwback post that is certainly appropriate for this October weekend.  This smoothie matches the season and will be a great way to start the lovely fall day. Thanks to Smoothie Queen Amy for this great recipe I can't wait Read more

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread So I have been struggling with gluten-free baking because honestly -- I've never been good at baking!!  Then when I try to modify recipes using flours I'm not familiar with, it just makes  a perfect storm of Read more

Call to action

Hungry for Change

Hey guys!  Now is the second chance for all of you that didn’t get the opportunity to watch the full length documentary “Hungry for Change.”    If you are one of my current patients, you probably  being forced you to view the trailer to this film at your last physical. Then I inundated you with big stacks of healthy eating handouts and sent you on your way.  Well, a some of you opted to not Deep Six the stuff and actually read it.  Many have lost weight and gotten off of their chronic medicines!  Hooray!   This film exposes the hidden additives that are found in our food supply today.  It also features Jamie Oliver, aka The Naked Chef from Food Network, exposing the amount of sugar found in kid’s school milk.  It is definitely worth watching once and sharing with your family.  Even your kids should watch it.  It may subliminally implant the idea of being conscious of what is being put in and on your body.  Lord knows they probably aren’t going to listen to their parents any more than my family listens to me when I evangelize to them ad nauseam.  Think–this film may just save your life or someone’s close to you.

Click HERE  to purchase your own copy of the DVD.  Share with friends and family.  It is a powerful way to get the word out.  We all need to know this stuff.  It’s life saving46021227412386600_jVpk6Tc3_b

 

 

Here is the trailer

 

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The Thyroid Sessions

Ok guys–so I am really excited about this one!!!  Sean Croxton (my Fromance-real food romance)  has put together an incredible compilation of the top docs in the country to teach us everything we need to know about thyroid disease.  I have so many patients with thyroid disease and I can’t believe the misconceptions about treatment in traditional medicine.  If you have any problems with your thyroid or even know someone who does —I really encourage you to register for The Thyroid Sessions–  Here is Sean’s plan and rundown for the Free Sessions–


Sean writes:

Your thyroid runs the show.  Most importantly, it controls your metabolism. That’s a pretty big deal…


When your thyroid isn’t functioning up to par it can leave you feeling exhausted, overweight, freezing, depressed, constipated, brain foggy, and more.

A few months ago I checked the statistics and found out that over 200 million people worldwide have a thyroid disorder. Only half have been properly diagnosed. And even less are receiving the right treatment.

Sadly, Western medicine has fallen behind when it comes to the latest research on the causes and treatments — both natural and synthetic — for thyroid problems.

And that’s why I’ve brought together a couple dozen of the world’s most knowledgeable experts to teach you EVERYTHING your doctor didn’t tell you about thyroid disorders.

And I mean everything

 

Chris Kresser reveals the shocking truth about “normal ranges”.

 

Dr. Dan Kalish walks you through a simple, inexpensive way to test your thyroid at home.

 

Dr. Kelly Austin shows you how to avoid fillers like gluten and lactose in thyroid meds.

 

Dr. Alan Christianson teaches you how to shrink thyroid nodules…naturally.

 

Christa Orecchio discusses real food and lifestyle strategies for hyperthyroid and Graves’ disease.

 

Dr. Sara Gottfried shows you how to lose weight when your thyroid is off.

 

 

 

The Thyroid Sessions will launch Sunday, May 4th and end Saturday, May 10th. The event will include: 

– 10 expert on-camera interviews 
– 2 cooking demos 
– 12-15 bonus web videos (Google Hangout recordings) 
– a few really cool features I’m keeping Top Secret for now 🙂 

Instead of our usual 24-hour free viewing period, I will be leaving the 10 interviews and 2 cooking demos open for viewing from Sunday thru Friday, making the final day (Saturday) an Encore Day for our most popular presentations. 

The 12-15 bonus videos will only be available to those who order The Thyroid Sessions Boxed Set, which will include the 10 on-camera interviews, cooking demos, transcripts, bonus videos, and other goodies.

 

Register for The Thyroid Sessions  HERE

Order The Thyroid Sessions Boxed Set  HERE

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Don’t Hold the Mayo!

Traditional commercially prepared mayonnaise contains high levels of omega 6 oils which as we know lead to many disease states.  Hellman’s mayonnaise gets a C- score on the Fooducate website because of the GMO production.  Even Trader Joe’s mayonnaise which is non-GMO still contains chemicals and natural flavorings.  I stumbled upon this homemade mayo recipe in Mark Sisson’s , The Primal Blueprint Cookbook.

Mayonnaise

Ingredients:

1 whole egg or 2 egg yolks (best to get organic/pastured if possible)

2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

1 tsp of Dijon mustard

Dash of paprika

Pinch of salt

3/4 -1 cup pure olive oil (use refined or light olive oil)

Directions—

Whisk the ingredients together and drizzle in the oil with a hand-held whisk

Voila!!! 

Ranch Dressing

1 cup homemade mayonnaise (as above)

1 cup cultured buttermilk

1 tablespoon finely chopped green onions or chives

1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

1 tablespoon finely minced onion

1 small clove garlic, minced

dash of paprika

dash of cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Whisk together and enjoy—store in a tightly covered jar in the refrigerator

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Say NO to Lean Cuisine

Vani Hari aka “The Food Babe” does a great video exposing Lean Cuisine and helping the buyer beware on so-called “all natural” products.  I hate to say it, but I feel pretty sorry for the poor customer service representative on this call.  It’s not her fault.  This just reminds us of the importance of reading labels!!!

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You are what you eat!

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Homemade Pickles

10592908-largeHomemade Pickles

What you will need:

cucumbers (3-4)

2 cloves of garlic

2 sprigs of fresh dill (the flowered heads of the dill taste the best for these pickles, so use them if you can get them)

½ tsp coriander seeds

¼ tsp mustard seeds

¼ tsp whole peppercorns

1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

2 cups of water

1 T sea salt

Here is how we roll

First, decide what size of cucumbers you want to make.  I prefer sliced dill but the kids like the sandwich slices.  Remember that the sliced cucumbers will ferment faster than whole cucumbers.  Put them in a ball jar (or jar of your choice) and add your spices on top.  Then, mix the water and sea salt together until the salt is dissolved.  Pour the mixture over the cucumbers making sure that they are all submerged!  Be sure and leave some space at the top of the jar.  Bah Bahm!  That’s all there is to it!!!

Top off the jar and let it sit on the counter for 3 days.  Then put the jar in the fridge which stops the fermentation process.  The pickles will then keep in the fridge for around 6 months!

You may see a white film or mold at the top of the jar–it is harmless and is just yeast from the fermentation process –just skim that off.

So for all of you hesitant to make your own Probiotics after reading that exhausting handout–this is an easy way to supplement your diet with some inexpensive fermented foods!

 

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Paleo Thanksgiving

29592_10151253904349138_640052447_nWith the holiday week upon us —I wanted to get this out to you before you hit the stores with shopping lists this weekend.  I just downloaded Sean Croxtons and Chef Lance Roll’s Paleo Thanksgiving recipes that are awesome —here are the links-

 

Paleo Stuffing
Bacon Braised Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Yams and Sweet Potatoes

And for those of us a little culinary challenged—Sean and Chef Lance have a nice informative video here to walk us through the process.

 

Have a great holiday week!!!  Let us all be thankful for good health!

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The Gluten Summit

05a903eecbbabcb6bd2e3d855edd80c7Ok guys–I know you are annoyed with all the Gluten-Free posts and don’t really understand this crazy fad any more than I do!  Here is our chance to check out the science behind the madness!  This is a great opportunity to learn anything and everything you need to know about Gluten.

www.freeglutensummit.com <– Register Here

This is my Gluten-Free God’s (Dr. Tom O’Bryan) free educational summit that will give you everything you need to know and more.

This could change your life –I’m not joking when I say that I’ve had more than a handful of patients tell me they turned their life around by eliminating grains from their diet.

Have a great week all!

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Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

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How to Beat that Sugar Addiction!

Here is a simple way to tell if you are addicted to sugar.  If you are still hungry and craving dessert, bread or soda after eating a low carb meal including a lean meat, veggies and fruit——Bah Bahm!– you are addicted to sugar.  Your brain is craving the glucose even though you completely nourished your body and cells with nutrient dense foods.  Our buddy Sean Croxton from Underground Wellness has a great explanation of sugar addiction along with a few tricks on how to curb it!!!   Happy Hump Day everyone!!!

 

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