Mood, Memory & Immunity  

That ‘gut feeling’ is your second brain!  Our nervous system is closely connected to digestion.  There is significant amounts of neural tissue found in the gut.  In fact, 80% of neurotransmitters are produced in digestive system. The evidence supporting the gut-brain connection is established.  Mood, memory & immunity all rely on the gut.   

Orgasms for Health & Humanity

Orgasms for Health & Humanity

Women's Health, Human Rights & Orgasms Years ago a patient asked me, in a sincere way, how she could have more orgasms.  At the time, I worked in a busy community clinic.  I didn't have time to answer her question but it stayed with me. Yesterday a patient told me...

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Are EMFs Dangerous?

Are EMFs Dangerous?

Electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) are about intensify on the small island where I live.  Residents of Salt Spring spoke up against the proposed 5G cell tower set to go up in our little town.  There are pockets on this island where cell phones don't work.  Many people...

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Electrolytes & other Nutrients for Keto

Electrolytes & other Nutrients for Keto

If you are experiencing symptoms on a ketogenic diet then it may be solved by increasing your electrolyte intake.  As the body begins to burn fat instead of glucose for energy there can be rapid water loss.  With this we can also lose a lot of salt and minerals.  Our...

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7 Tips for Seasonal Depression (SADD)

7 Tips for Seasonal Depression (SADD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder is Real Millions of people experience the winter blues.  This type of depression is known as SADD.  There are several interventions that can help and even reverse SADD.  Winter is an excellent time to get extra support either from a...

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Neuroplasticity & the Brain

Neuroplasticity & the Brain

Our brains adapt to early life experiences by creating imprints.  We have many imprints both positive and negative that become part of how we see the world.  The interesting part is our brains can change. The brain's ability to reorganize and form new neural...

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Glycine or Collagen?

Glycine or Collagen?

Glycine is the Amino Acid that Gives Without knowing it, glycine is helping your body every day with muscle repair, cognitive function, metabolic health, and immunity. This amino acid assists in breaking down glycogen, fat and other nutrients to be used as energy at...

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The Psychology of Your Gut

The Psychology of Your Gut

Have You Heard of Psychobiotics? The microbes in our gut have far reaching psychological effects. In 2013 there was a ground breaking study proving that depressed mice were positively affected by a strain specific probiotic. Around the same...

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Heart Health 101

Heart Health 101

Suppressing symptoms with pharmaceuticals to treat high blood pressure or cholesterol means missing the investigation as to why these are high in the first place.   We know that blood sugar issues and metabolic syndrome contribute to heart disease. In fact there...

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CBD is Changing The Game

CBD is Changing The Game

CBD (cannabinoid) is a natural, safe, and effective. Its affect includes reducing inflammation, pain and seizures.  There is evidence that it may inhibit cancer growth.  It certainly helps with nausea and other side-effects of chemotherapy including loss of appetite. ...

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Mold and other Biotoxin Illness

Mold and other Biotoxin Illness

As you many of you know I've been going on meditation retreats for many years. Recently I was the health person on a retreat where mold illness was affecting three people. Another member of our community is literally debilitated from mold illness so it's quite...

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What about Anxiety?

What about Anxiety?

The Gut-Brain Connection Infections and other imbalances in the gut result in an inflammatory response in the brain.  The inflammatory cytokine theory is well established in the scientific literature and is being embraced as the number one cause of depression. But...

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Kids are at Risk

Kids are at Risk

Given the trends that we see in the general population towards a sedentary lifestyle it's not surprising our kids are less active than ever before. What are the health implications exactly? What can we do to change this? Do It Yourself Kids pick up on everything so...

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What Happens When We Get Sick

What Happens When We Get Sick

Immunity, Iron & Infections Bacteria love iron so your body will remove it from the blood and store it in the liver. This is why its important to check if anemia is due to chronic disease, iron deficiency or another cause. White blood cells are produced to destroy...

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Antidepressants That Work

Antidepressants That Work

Modulating your gut flora has far-reaching benefits for your emotional and cognitive health says a study published by Trends in Neuroscience.  This study uses the term psychobiotics to describe how prebiotics and probiotics affect the brain.  The central nervous...

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Do You Suffer From SIBO?

Do You Suffer From SIBO?

What is SIBO?In a healthy state, the small intestine has a low bacterial count. An overgrowth creates a condition called SIBO. Mild to severe digestive discomfort including gas, bloating and pain results.  Bacteria is swept through the small intestine into the colon...

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Building a Healthy Gut Ecosystem

Building a Healthy Gut Ecosystem

A key differences between the way our ancestors ate and our modern diet is how much fermentable fiber we consume. Fermentable fiber is found in processed or acellular carbohydrates. We all know that vegetables and fruits are important for health. But which ones and...

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Causes of Leaky Gut & How to Recover

Causes of Leaky Gut & How to Recover

People ask me as many questions about leaky gut as candida. Candida is just one of many microorganisms that can be causing problems. Candida received enough attention in the last 20 years that people associate any gut imbalance, overgrowth or infection with it.  Leaky...

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Insight into Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Insight into Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Missing Work?  Likely it's a cold or IBS Digestive distress is real. It can be debilitating and expensive. Irritable bowel syndrome is the second cause of missed work days. In the U.S. over 30 billion dollars in medical costs each year are spent on IBS (irritable...

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Acid Reflux: the Popular Myth

Acid Reflux: the Popular Myth

The Real Cause of Acid Reflux Most people believe that acid reflux or heartburn is caused by too much acid in the stomach. This idea is supported by drug companies who make billions each year off of acid suppressing pharmaceuticals. The problem for patients is these...

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