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

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Chronic Pain Treatment Options

 

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Ok–I’m getting on my soap box for this one.  Recent research shows that prescription narcotic abuse has now superseded the use of street drugs.  In 2007, 2.5 million Americans used prescription pain killers for the first time compared to 2.2 million whom used marijuana for the first time.  In 2007, the drug Fentanyl (a narcotic 30-50x more powerful than heroin) killed more than 1000 people.

I admit that pain meds do serve a purpose in post surgical issues and in cancer therapy.  They may even be helpful short-term in some chronic pain conditions.  However, the root cause of the problem always needs to be addressed.

Recently, a fabulous patient with peripheral neuropathy turned me on to the use of compounded pain creams.  Unfortunately, Cathy has tried almost all treatments possible including diet changes, acupuncture, physical therapy and traditional meds including Lyrica and Neurontin.  She is morally opposed to taking narcotics and so she sought out a compounded pain cream.  On her most recent visit, she proclaimed to me that this was the first treatment that had actually given her some relief.  Much to my dismay, I had not come up with the idea first and so I have researched the best creams and begun prescribing them with fabulous results.

Please ask on your next visit if you might be a candidate for one of these topical compounds as I now have them in my arsenal of alternative therapies.

There are huge advantages to these products!

1.  They are delivered directly to pain receptors

2.  They are great for patients that have trouble swallowing pills

3.  There are fewer adverse side effects

4.  There is minimal systemic absorption

5.  They target multiple pain receptors at one site

6.  There are reduced drug/drug interactions

7.  These are  NONaddictive formulations

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Stomach Myths

Please take the time to watch this —Sean does a great job explaining digestion and the concepts behind reflux disease and stomach acid production.  I could write a long lengthy post describing the science behind this but honestly –I think just watching Sean explain it gives you everything you need to know in a nutshell!

Have a great rest of the weekend!

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Using Yoga for Stress Relief

 Thanks to Kathy our Yoga Expert for sharing more Yoga Benefits.  I think this is particularly useful considering the holidays and busy seasons are quickly upon us.  Please visit her site for more great information.

 

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Aloha!  I’ve been asked back to write a follow-up for my last post. In this post, I will be diving further into the first health benefit of yoga (on my list at least because each benefit should be number 1)…relaxation.

 

As we all know, this time of year is the beginning of the crazy, hectic, and busy holiday season.  When the rest of the natural world is starting to slow down and hibernate, we humans begin to pick up our pace to make sure all holidays, kids school work, after school activities, and our adult lives are taken care of.

 

Yoga can help you handle all of this, slow down, and stay more calm in high pressure situations by reminding you how much better you feel when you do take the time to relax.  The next time you are in a yoga class, focus on your breath in each posture.  It doesn’t matter what your posture looks like compared to others.  All that matters is you. If you can breathe comfortably in the posture, then you are doing it right!

 

If you generally don’t take yoga classes or don’t have any offered near you, try this next exercise.  It only takes 5 minutes and you will feel so great afterwards: (this practice can be accomplished whether you are stressed, just need 5 minutes to yourself, or for any reason)

  1. Find a place to sit comfortably or lie down.

  2. Close your eyes and allow yourself to sink into the chair or floor you are on

  3. Begin to focus on your breath, feeling the rise and fall of your chest, feeling the warm air from your nose float over your upper lip.

  4. Allow all thoughts to float away, knowing that they will be there again when you need them

  5. Breathe for as long as you’d like.

When you finish the practice, slowly sit or stand up and slowly begin to move back into your routine for the day.

 

As I said before, you don’t need to be in a stressful place to feel the benefits of this practice.  Although it definitely helps stress, this practice will help you be more productive in your work and even throughout your life as a person of many roles.  So just breathe and focus on the simple things in life that we all generally take for granted every day.

 

Namaste.

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Plantain Tortillas

So I have been doing the Paleo diet successfully,  but have struggled with eliminating corn and wheat tortillas for wraps!  I have been searching for an alternative other than just using lettuce.  I stumbled upon this recipe and am planning to try it out this week —-I’ll keep you posted on the outcome.  You may remember what plantains are from the infamous episode of “Little Bill”–Season 4, episode 2—Little Bill learns about trying new foods!!!  Maybe we could all use a lesson in that!!!  YES—it is gluten-free!

 

Plantain Tortillas

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3 large or 4 small yellow plantains, about 2-2.5 pounds

2 egg whites

3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

1 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Peel and chop your plantains and place in a food processor.
  3. Puree until somewhat pureed, and then add the melted coconut oil or lard, egg whites, salt and lime juice.
  4. Puree until smooth.
  5. Drop about 2 tablespoons at a time onto a baking sheet lined with a lightly greased sheet of parchment paper
  6. Smooth into a circle with the bottom of a ladle, getting as thin as possible
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, until dry to the touch, and just starting to brown on the edges.

 

For more great recipes using plantains—like a great one for grilled plantains:

Plátanos Maduros a la Parrilla

visit http://www.epicurious.com

 

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Near Death Experiences

After wiping my weepy eyes after listening to this interview on the drive into work this am, I decided it was too amazing not to repost and share.  It is long (about 45 minutes) but it is worth watching!  These near death experiences are absolutely amazing—-Happy Monday all!!!!  Have a great week!  This should start you off on a positive note.

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STAY THE COURSE

Recently, I have been teaming with some co-workers for a series of one-month challenges to lose 10 pounds a month. At the end of the first month, one person lost 12 pounds, which is fantastic. The rest of us did well but then gained some of the weight back toward the end of the month. I have to admit it was discouraging to lose 9 pounds then gain back 5. I can tell why I did well, and then went backward. I stayed very strong for the first three weeks, counted calories and felt encouraged. At the three-week mark a couple of things happened. 1) I let my guard down. By reaching a good weight and feeling motivated I thought to myself “this is easy, I don’t have to keep working so hard.” I lied. Although it was pretty easy to follow the program, I DID need to keep at it. 2) I caught a cold and got off track. With a sore throat and feverish feeling, I gave into cravings for salty snacks, comfort foods like mashed potatoes, and ice cream. 3) I slacked on tracking. My daytime routine stayed pretty consistent but by the end of the night I got lazy in recording my calories. Writing it all down is very important.

Anyway, the point is that as long as you are moving in the right direction and don’t give up, applaud yourself. The only way to fail is to quit!

 

 Thank you Dee–we all need a little cheerleading every now and again!  Don’t quit!!!  Guilt and self-punishment aren’t options and tomorrow is always a new day!  We all need some lessons on being our own best cheerleader–not enemy!  Keep on keeping on my friend.
For more great advice from Dee visit her SITE
Have a great weekend!!!!!
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Gluten Issues –with the Gluten God!

What about all that GLUTEN????

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I absolutely love the Underground Wellness Site and always refer legitimately interested patients there to learn about nutrition and it’s healing effects on the body.  The body never ceases to amaze mean and the way that we are all so intricately woven together from system to system makes me marvel at the body’s resilience to its mistreatment.  I wasn’t ever aware of how perfectly in tune my mind, body, and spirit all were until these last few years and I am thankful to my awakening.  I’ve played this video in follow-up to the Wheat Belly video that many of you have watched during your office visits.  I am amazed at how little it takes to cause such an uproar in the body–This one is short and worth a one time viewing.  Tom O’Bryan is like the “Gluten God” to me and Sean Croxton has many resources on his site and podcasts that are filled with incredible science, tips, and transformation stories.  Please dig deeper if you are interested at all!

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Ways to Self Sabotage

10 Ways We Sabotage our own Health and Weight Loss

1.  Skipping breakfast

2. Eating too little

3.  Lack of sleep

4.  Dehydration

5.  Lack of protein

6.  Pharmaceuticals

7.  Toxins in processed foods

8.  Eating inconsistantly

9.  Pestacides on foods

10.  Not believing in ourselves

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10 Ways we can break the cycle

1.  Eat something when we wake up

2.  Add 1 fresh veggie a day (free calories essentially)

3.  Go to bed 10 minutes earlier than usual

4.  Drink 1 glass of water (or extra glass) daily

5.  Add protein between meals (i.e./ a handful of nuts or seeds)

6.  Eliminate any drug that is unessential

7.  Eat 1 less processed food daily

8.  Eat 3 times a day for 3 days straight

9.  Wash all veggies and eat fresh or frozen and not canned

10.  Affirmations–start each day by saying in the mirror “I love you ______!”

BABY STEPS!!!!  They still count and will get you walking strong eventually!

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Loving the Unsolicited Feedback!

“Dr Angela,

Just thought that you would like to know that I have been mostly gluten-free since Friday when I saw you.

I have a had a few moments when I did indulge but I am happy to report that I am already 7 pounds lighter! I am so happy and I noticed that my feet are not as swollen anymore.

I could actually lace my shoes tighter!

This is a big deal for me because for the last 2 years putting on my shoes has been a daily reminder of the weight I was gaining and risk I was putting my health in.

I have also cut caffeine completely.

My GI issues also seem to have been greatly improved.

This has been such a blessing.

Thank you”

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Need I say more?  I love that this is really happening for patients!  I couldn’t make this up if I tried.  Have I told you lately that sooooo many patients are getting better with this “Food is thy Medicine” thing.  Quackery, it is not.  This sh&% really works!!

 

Don’t worry-I plan to keep annoying and preaching to you regularly.   I honestly think that hearing the results from other patients is much more inspiring than hearing me preach to you.   So Game On!  Look forward to more inspiring patient stories!

 

Also, please realize this is really hard for my family and I as well.  Staying healthy is expensive, takes a lot of effort, and isn’t fun.  Jeez, it’s almost a full-time job.  Caving into guilt and exhaustion this last week,  I took both of my girls to McDonald’s for dinner (YUCK).   That must be rock bottom!

 

This is hard –and it’s best to take Baby Steps– One baby step at a time!

That’s just about all I can say!  Next week, I think I’ll move to Australia (Alexander and the horrible, terrible, no good, very bad, day)

 

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Benefits of Gelatin

Gelatin- a virtual wonder drug!  Remember, the days when your grandmother boiled the chicken soup for close to 24 hours and you got all the warm healing properties from the bone broth?  That’s precisely where the amazing nutritional benefit came from—the collagen and gelatin that comes from the marrow of the bones.  Gelatin is a purified protein, derived from the hydrolysis of collagen.  Collagen is the organic component of the bones and skins of mammals.  Here are just a few quick reasons why gelatin is such a nutrient.

1.  Gelatin binds to H2o in the gut–this helps to improve digestion and essentially slicks up the GI tract for easy movement.

2.  Gelatin can help to reduce food intolerance by forming a protective barrier across the gut mucosa.

3.  The amino acids in gelatin help to strengthen bones and joint tissues.

4.  Gelatin helps detoxify the liver –the major detox organ of the body.0f1d1d7d25706b8d6c17a6529dae91d6

5.  Keratin found in gelatin is an essential building block for the teeth, hair and nails.

6.  Concentrated collagen found in gelatin helps give the skin a natural boost and prevents wrinkles.

7.  Last but not least, it improves sleep quality.

 

Here is an excellent tutorial on how to make a killer bone broth at home.

 For those a little less motivated —-Great Lakes has a great gelatin

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