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  • Is Isoquercetin the cure for allergies?
    Is Isoquercetin the cure for allergies?

    Quercetin is a naturally-occurring flavonol, found in fruits, vegetables, grains, and leaves, that has long been considered the premier natural anti-histamine for those who struggle with seasonal allergies. I wrote an article that explained how allergic reactions occur and I highlighted quercetin’s ability to keep histamine from being released into cells (which causes allergy symptoms). Quercetin remains a top-notch natural solution to a running nose, itchy eyes and inflamed sinuses, but now there may be something even better – isoquercetin.

    Isoquercetin, and the very similar isoquercitrin, is a kind of quercetin that is the most common form found in nature. These quercetin forms are commonly found in capers, onions, yellow peppers, or apple peels. Manufacturers are just starting to make isoquercetin supplements available, and...

  • The Immune-Boosting Power of Mushrooms
    The Immune-Boosting Power of Mushrooms

    In a recent article, I explained how elderberry can be a valuable tool in our natural medicine kits for dealing with cold and flu season. But there is another natural immune booster that you should be aware of that can help keep your immune system strong in the face of cold temperatures, coughs and sneezes — mushrooms.

    Mushrooms have been used medicinally for centuries by some cultures, but Western medicine has historically been slow to embrace their healing and protective powers. Fortunately, for those who do not like mushrooms or simply don’t consume them often or in high enough quantities, we now have highly effective mushroom extract supplements that can strengthen our immune system and reduc...

  • Can supplements help this inevitable part of aging?
    Can supplements help this inevitable part of aging?

    Do you know the best natural solutions for pre-menopausal symptoms?

    Did you know that hot flashes can last more than eleven years in some women, or that women approaching menopause can be kept up at night because their brains are excreting “fight-or-flight” chemicals? Are you aware that certain foods and beverages, like caffeine-containing coffee, can aggravate menopausal symptoms like headaches and migraines?

    Despite the North American Menopause Society‘s estimation that nearly 50 million women in America have gone through menopause (with millions more approaching it), most people have a fairly limited understanding of this inevitable part of aging that begins, for most women, between the ages of 45 and 55.

    I’d like to explain the biology behind menopause, dispel some myths about it, and share some natural...

  • Staying Young For A Lifetime
    Staying Young For A Lifetime

    Take Care of Your Muscles and They Will Take Care of You

    Staying young and active throughout our entire lifetime is something we all aim for. We want to be able to do what we want, when we want to do it. Playing with our kids, traveling, jogging, hiking, and enjoying time with family, friends, and loved ones really gets to the core of what life is all about. Unfortunately, as we age, many of us will deal with a muscular condition called sarcopenia, which is defined as a gradual loss of muscle mass, strength, and function. In essence, it is an atrophying (or shrinking) of our muscular system over time.

    This condition can be hard to detect and typically progresses so slowly that we don’t realize we...

  • Is toxicity robbing you of your health?
    Is toxicity robbing you of your health?

    Out with the bad; In with the good

    We all hear about the various progressing levels of pollution within our environment and most of us think “it isn’t going to affect me.” But the truth is that we can’t avoid it, no matter how hard we try. Did you know that more than 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released into the environment each year? We are all exposed to environmental toxins through the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. Moreover, there is a growing body of literature connecting toxic build-up within our bodies to various chronic diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, atherosclerosis and various inflammatory diseases.

    Over time, the build-up of toxins within our body from...

  • Breaking Down Your Digestion
    Breaking Down Your Digestion

    According to the American Nutrition Association, 70 million people every day suffer from some type of digestive disorder. Whether it is heartburn, acid reflux, constipation, or any other digestive problem, these conditions can wreak serious havoc on our health. However, digestive health, in my opinion, is sadly overlooked in most health discussions. I feel it is vital to have a firm understanding of the digestive process and what constitutes good digestive health, since the danger of neglecting digestive health can rear its ugly head in the form of abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and even more serious, life-threatening conditions like colon cancer.

    So much of your overall health in connected to what goes on in your gut. In the eye-opening 2013 book...

  • Your Helpful Guide to Fighting Allergies
    Your Helpful Guide to Fighting Allergies

    Keep allergies from springing up

    For some of us, springtime is the reward for surviving a cold and dark winter. For others, the allergens that accompany the coming of spring make us wish winter could stay around a little longer! Whichever allergen it is (pollen, mold, animal dander, etc.) that sets you off, allergies can make an otherwise healthy person miserable.

    At least 20% of Americans suffer from allergies that make even simple, day-to-day tasks a struggle. Allergies are essentially an abnormal response from your immune system which trigger your body to fight the incoming allergen as if it were a virus. It’s no wonder allergies can make you feel sick! But don’t worry, after reading this helpful guide, you will be better prepared than ever...

  • Busting the Myths Behind Seasonal Allergies
    Busting the Myths Behind Seasonal Allergies

    Allergies are common but, unfortunately, so are the myths about them. For all of the scientific research we’ve done into better understanding how allergies work and how to fight them, many people are confused about what to do each spring when they start reaching for the tissues and eye drops.

    For instance, do you think flowers are likely to be the root of the problem in those of us with sensitive seasonal allergies? Is local honey really as effective of an allergy remedy as its advocates claim? Is it possible to eliminate your seasonal allergies by simply moving somewhere else?

    Did any of those questions make you hesitate or second-guess yourself? In this article, I’d like to answer those questions and more by looking at the...

  • Beware of Scam Herbal Supplements
    Beware of Scam Herbal Supplements

    I feel compelled to share with you a news article posted in the Washington Post this past February about a massive herbal supplement scam uncovered at 4 major retailers.

    To summarize the story, the state of New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman instructed GNC, Target, Wal-Mart and Walgreens to immediately cease selling a number of scam herbal supplements.

    Their investigation revealed that their best-selling supplements not only didn’t work, but were potentially dangerous. Every 4 out of 5 products (79%) had no DNA of the plants listed on the label or had various contaminants.

    In total, only 21% of store-brand herbal supplements contained the plants listed on the labels.

    In practice, I am asked on a weekly basis by patients if the supplements they are taking (purchased at...

  • Understanding the Mysteries of Pain
    Understanding the Mysteries of Pain

    (And How You Can Feel Better Naturally)

    What is pain? Pain is unlike any other feeling in that it is an incredibly complicated mixture of experience, sensation, emotion, culture, and spirit. One way to phrase it, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, is that pain is “an unpleasant sensation and the emotional response to that sensation.”

    Is the pain I feel normal?

    Have you ever asked yourself “Am I experiencing an abnormal amount or type of pain for my age?” It’s hard to know what “normal” is, but the reality is that the incidence of pain seems about the same among all age groups; what changes is the type of pain.

    People in their 20s and 30s often experience their most excruciating chronic pain in the...

  • Are Detox Diets Really Necessary?
    Are Detox Diets Really Necessary?

    It’s true that the food we eat and the environment we live in contain many different toxins. Detoxification, the body’s natural process of filtering and eliminating toxins, is a topic that comes up quite a bit in the worlds of health and wellness recently, but many people don’t know much about how it works or what it can really do for them in understandable terms.  I’d like to share with you the science behind detoxification, what detoxification can do for you, and what it means to your health and longevity.

    What is Detoxification?

    Detoxification is simply the body’s natural process of removing toxic substances from the body and blood. The idea of cleansing one’s body of toxins has been practiced since the ancient Egyptians and Greeks,...

  • Natural Solutions to Seasonal Allergies
    Natural Solutions to Seasonal Allergies

    Allergy season is officially upon us in many parts of the country. Even if you are not yet sneezing or experiencing a runny nose, there is significant benefit to taking action against seasonal allergies before they become overwhelming. This approach is called pretreatment, and many doctors believe this to be the most effective way to keep your allergies in check.

    These doctors are not alone because, according to some recent studies, such as one from the University of Cincinnati, getting started earlier with your seasonal allergy relief routine will help limit the effects of histamine in your body as the pollen counts begin their inevitable climb this spring.

    How Histamine Works

    Instead of being reactive and waiting until your nose is running, eyes are itching, and sinuses...

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