Environmental Toxicants – A Factor in the Development of Diabetes?

Data shows a relationship between environmental toxicants and diabetes – so, what can you do to protect your patients? The first Global Report on Diabetes, recently published by the World Health Organization (WHO),[1] highlighted several alarming statistics: the incidence of diabetes has doubled since 1980, and as of 2012, itRead …

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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Thyroid Function and Gut Health as Disease Risk Factors

nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

With increasing rates of obesity and diabetes, the associated condition of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become increasingly common, such that it is now the number one cause of liver disease in Western countries.[1] NAFLD affects 10 to 46% of the U.S. population, with a worldwide prevalence of 10Read …

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French Maritime Pine Bark Extract: A Complex Compound with Numerous Metabolic Effects

French Maritime Pine Bark Extract

Standardized pine bark extract (SPBE), also known as French maritime pine bark extract per its source of the Maritime pine (Pinus pinaster Aiton), offers anti-aging benefits that encompass structure, beauty, and function. A diverse array of clinical research backs the use of this supplement, with data showing it supports theRead …

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Berberine: The Natural Antidote to Metabolic Derangement?

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Berberine, an orangish-yellow alkaloid found at high levels in the bark and root structures of many ground-covering shrubs, has an extensive history of use as a medicinal herb in North America, Europe, Asia, and India. Oregon grape, a North American source of berberine, was used by the native inhabitants andRead …

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Cardiovascular Health and Lipoprotein(a)

Addressing a genetic issue & supporting cardiovascular health naturally. Cardiovascular health for many only becomes a concern with age, unless familial factors or birth defects highlight it earlier in life. Yet it isn’t uncommon that a higher profile story splashes the news, which reminds us that it may be somethingRead …

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Natural Interventions for Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

The Evidence Behind Natural Interventions for Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Botanicals, Nutrients, and Probiotics for Treating This Common Ailment Given the rise in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in both adults and pediatrics and the lack of an indicated pharmaceutical treatment,[1],[2] natural strategies for the treatment of this condition standRead …

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Stimulants and Sedatives: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

sedatives and sleep

Stimulants and sedatives, they are a push-pull solution to our stress-packed world that are nothing but trouble. In our go-go-go world, we see not only our patients but also ourselves at times drawn to substances that serve as stimulants to keep us going, and sedatives to help us relax. WhetherRead …

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Eight Supplements for Sleep and Relaxation Support – STAT!

Sleep and Relaxation Support

As mentioned in previous articles, phosphatidylserine, ashwagandha, and melatonin, provide a wide array of nutraceuticals with evidence that backs their use for sleep and relaxation support. In clinical practice however, we often lack the time to do a deep dive into the data behind these tools and tend to avoidRead …

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The Day the Coffee Doesn’t Do It…Stress-balancing Action of Adaptogens

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We’ve all been there at least once. Whether it be a list of deadlines, a high-stakes presentation the next day, early morning travel, or a crying infant keeping you awake all night, we all have those 24 hours when our sleep is absolutely shot, and yet we have to makeRead …

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How Cytokines and Inflammation Relate to Sleep (Napping Encouraged!)

cytokines and inflammation

In this article we explore the science behind how cytokines and inflammation relate to sleep. So many individuals experience a lack of sleep in overall quantity or quality, whether it be due to nighttime awakenings to care for children or loved ones, a job that is demanding or requires workRead …

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