Articles

Phthalates: Detoxifying This Modern-Day Threat to Health

Phthalates are a group of chemical plasticizers found in many personal care and consumer products. The ability of these chemicals to leach, migrate, or off gas from these products is of concern given that numerous studies associate this exposure to a number of diseases, a concept we will discuss in more depth later in this article. Widespread exposure to phthalates occurs through ingestion, inhalation, contact through the skin, and parenteral exposure from medical devices containing phthalates. Low-molecular-weight phthalates, such as diethyl phthalate (DEP), di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP), and di-iso-butyl phthalate (DiBP) are used primarily in personal care products such as body lotions, cosmetics, shampoos, perfumes/colognes and deodorants and as varnishes and coatings, including coatings used for time release in some orally administered medications. Read More...

Pervasive Parabens: Their Destructive Role in Male and Female Health, Obesity, and Mitochondrial Function

In the modern world, the regimens we develop for our patients must be employed in a setting where individuals come into contact with pervasive endocrine-disrupting chemicals that can negate the effects of strategies designed to optimize health. Our patients are constantly exposed to an alarming number of these toxic environmental chemicals, but I will confine the discussion in this article to a group of chemicals known as parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben), antimicrobial preservatives used in many personal care, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical products including body lotion, shampoos, soaps, conditioners, make-up, toothpaste, deodorant, and perfume. Testing patients for their paraben and other toxic burdens is paramount when identifying obstacles to enhanced wellness. Read More...

The Leaky Gut and Allergy Catch 22 - The Underlying Trigger for a Myriad of Health Concerns

Increased intestinal permeability-otherwise known as leaky gut-is associated with a surprising number of health concerns including seasonal allergies, autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, depression, and Alzheimer’s, among others that I will address later in this article. Athletes and postmenopausal women are also susceptible to impaired intestinal permeability. Yet, unless patients with these conditions have comorbid gastrointestinal issues, they often are not tested for leaky gut or the associated food sensitivities that serve as a red flag for the presence of increased intestinal permeability. In this article, I will discuss the link between leaky gut and food allergies/ sensitivity as well as how this correlation may lead to the pathogenesis or progression of several diseases. My clinical philosophy is to test patients when it comes to allergens and sensitivities, to help ensure that indeed the food they are consuming is “Good Medicine and Does no Harm”. Read More...

News

The Risks Posed By Genetically Modified (GM) Foods

Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out On The Real Dangers of Genetically Engineered Food
Thierry Vrain, a former research scientist for Agriculture Canada, speaks candidly about the risks posed by genetically modified (GM) foods.

Improving Gum Health may Reduce Heart Risk

Improving gum health is linked to a clinically significant slower progression of atherosclerosis.

Microbes That Keeps The Immune System In Balance

Your Microbiome: The Ecosystem Inside
The body is made up of more than 100 trillion microbes that keeps the immune system in balance and maintains health.

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