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May 8, 2015

Could Leaky Gut Be A Factor In Your Autoimmune Disease?

In today’s functional medicine practice, practitioners like myself are confronted with a myriad of chronic inflammatory conditions and autoimmune diseases. Functional medicine is often referred to as "systems medicine" as it understands the importance of assessing and treating all systems individually, while also keeping the interconnectedness of these systems in mind. When dealing with autoimmunity however, one system in particular, the gastrointestinal system, appears to have more and more clinical relevance with autoimmunity, especially with a condition called leaky gut.

April 1, 2015

Understanding Gluten & The Effects Of Grain Based Diets – Part II

Here in part 2, we look at the science behind gluten’s inflammatory effects and why it effects some of us and not others.

March 1, 2015

Understanding Gluten & The Effects Of Grain Based Diets

In my practice, I take a close look at my patients dietary habits and get to see first hand the ill effects that certain foods and substances can have on the body.  One of the primary “offenders” to the health of many people are grains, particularly those containing a protein called gluten. Grains that include this protein are wheat (all forms such as semolina, durum, etc.), rye, spelt, kamut, barley, and most types of oats.

November 20, 2012

Taking The Guess Work Out Of Grass-Raised Beef, Free-Range Chicken And More

As of 2012, the US Department of Agriculture has yet to release guidelines for certified grass-fed labels on meat products and poultry. Navigating this world is complex and labels can be misleading. Understanding the label nuances allows you to make better decisions that are more in line with your ethical or nutritional values and save money on high priced items that are not what they claim to be.

July 22, 2012

Why Going Gluten-Free Doesn’t Always Help

Food sensitivities, especially to gluten, are some of the most common nutritional challenges I see in my Cupertino practice.  For many, going gluten-free is the “holy grail” that resolves many chronic health issues.

June 21, 2011

Novak Djokovic’s Winning Diet

Djokovic chalks his heightened performance up to the elimination of wheat and its by-products. When the athlete found out he was sensitive to gluten, he made the decision to cut it out completely, and the results couldn’t be better. To read more about Novak Djokovic’s success, click here.

December 3, 2010

The Problems With Plastic

In the recent years, more and more evidence is surfacing that various plastic types used in commercial applications such as food packaging, water bottles, baby bottles, food containers, etc. release toxic pollutants, of which some might be leaching into your water or food.

October 28, 2010

Obesity Is A Disease – Are Refined Carbohydrates The Cause?

In my practice I see every day the detrimental effects our modern diet, consisting mainly of low fat, high sugar and highly processed foods, has on our bodies. In a recent newsletter from Selene River Press, Patrick Earvolino wrote a short but to the point article on obesity and refined carbohydrates. Enjoy!

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