Pumpkin Spice: Not So Nice? (free handout)

It is my understanding that pumpkin spice is not such a big deal in some parts of the country, but here in the Midwest, it is a big, big deal. Starbucks released the Pumpkin Spice Latte on August 27ththis year. It was 83 degrees here on that day, and cars were wrapped around the building….

Five More “Joint Health” Supplements

Bromelain Bromelain is naturally found in the pineapple plant. When taken on an empty stomach, bromelain acts as an anti-inflammatory. Phlogenzym, a combination of trypsin protein and rutin from buckwheat with bromelain has reduced pain and improved knee function in people with arthritis. According to a 2016 review of studies, bromelain can reduce levels of…

Can a Supplement Help Your Arthritic Knees?

A lot of supplements are sold ostensibly to improve joint pain – in fact, so many that I had to break this information into two posts, and even so, it’s a lot of material. By the year 2040, it’s been estimated that more than 78 million people will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. At this time, 38%…

Gout and Diet

You probably know someone who “has the gout” as I’ve heard it said dozens of times. If you have gout, you have a painful form of arthritis that develops when uric acid in the blood crystallizes, and these crystals then infiltrate and surround the joints. Uric acid is usually transported by the blood to the…

Breathe Easy – COPD and Diet

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the umbrella term for emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma, resulting from stiffening, inflammation, and damage of the airways, limiting airflow and making breathing much more difficult. Symptoms include shortness of breath, frequent coughing, excess production of phlegm, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. COPD is one of those…

5 Examples of How Social Determinants of Health are Being Used to Improve Wellbeing

“Social determinants of health” (SDoH) are much discussed in medical facilities and managed care companies these days. According to Healthy People 2020, SDoH are “the conditions in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age, which affect one’s health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes.” Highly-cited statistics state that SDoH impacts up to 90…

Make Every Minute Count – Getting More From Your Doctor Visits

Most people have felt rushed during a doctor’s visit. Maybe you’ve had a quick visit that ended with you feeling lost and not fully understanding your diagnosis, tests, or treatment plan. By communicating better, you can maximize what little time you have in the office. Most family physicians allow 15 minutes for each visit –…

The Pegan Diet – More Problems Than A Simple Misnomer?

The Pegan Diet, developed by Dr. Mark Hyman in 2015 is a combination of the meat-laden Paleo diet and the word vegan. It is also a misnomer since the diet is certainly not vegan. Between half and three-quarters of your menu will consist of plants on this diet, but small amounts of grass-fed, organic, and…

Beyond REM – The Science of Chronobiology

Chronobiology is the study of time rhythms and how they affect our behavior and functioning. One hundred fifty messenger substances constantly circulate through your body and update your organs about the current environment – your body temperature, your blood pressure, etc. There are three primary rhythms of chronobiology: Infradian Rhythms– these are rhythms that last…

Free Handout: The Good Mood Grocery List

Foods That May Alleviate Depression Several B vitamins, including folate, B1 (thiamin), B6, and B12, are essential to emotional wellness. The best source if these vitamins are animal-based foods – meat, poultry, and fish, as well as dairy products.  These vitamins are also found in a wide range of beans, nuts, whole grains, fruits, and…