Deadly duo: Foods can become addicting

Some days I hate my job. When Covid hit, my business as a Health Coach and Holistic Nurse Practitioner floundered.  As we were all sheltering in place in a time of great uncertainty, many of us felt paralyzed and highly stressed. So, to maintain my sanity, in April of 2020, I started delivering groceries to…

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Strategies to STOP Covid-19

View this email in your browser Strategies to STOP Covid-19 Amid ALL the uncertainties of the Covid-19 (Corona virus) pandemic, we must all be vigilant to protect ourselves and others. As the Director of Integral Health Solutions, I care about your health and well-being, both immediately and in the long run. Many of us are feeling confused,…

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Heart disease in women

Do you know that the number one killer for women in the US is heart disease? Surprisingly, only one in five American women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat, despite the fact that heart disease is the most common cause of death in both men and women. Although men normally experience severe,…

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Deadly foods

Is it possible that you’re killing yourself with your fork? I mean that figuratively, not literally of course! On a recent visit to Chicago, I was totally disgusted by the food-like products (I’m not even sure that I would classify them as food) that were offered at the hotel’s FREE continental breakfast. They did have…

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The Dirty Dozen: Are you eating them?

The Farmers’ Markets are brimming with delicious local produce this month. But do you know which foods are the most important to eat organic, and which foods are considered to be “clean” (minimal pesticides)? Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes its list of the Dirty Dozen, foods such as apples and strawberries that…

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Ketogenic diet: Is it right for you?

The latest diet craze sweeping across America is the ketogenic diet. Although very closely related to the Atkins diet, the “keto” diet, as it is called, focuses more on high fat and moderate amounts of protein. Both diets emphasize low carbohydrates. Like the Atkins diet, most people are using it for weight loss, but it…

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Potatoes or Prozac: Food and Mood

food and mood

In the late 1990s, Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons published a very popular book “Potatoes Not Prozac,” which described in detail the effect that certain foods have on our mood. Through her research and the research of other neuroscientists, we now understand how certain foods effect brain chemicals such as the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine which then…

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The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

As we enjoy the long sunny days of summer, it’s a good time to reflect on the many benefits of nature and the great outdoors. Physically, there’s the benefit of increased vitamin D, commonly known as the “sunshine vitamin.” Vitamin D is beneficial to the body in many ways, including the regulation of calcium absorption,…

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To drink or not to drink:
Milk that is 

Most Americans grew up drinking cow’s milk, and were educated to think it is the right thing to do for good health. But as consumers are more aware of some of the negative effects of milk-drinking, many people are turning to alternatives. Nutritionists agree that cow’s milk is a very good source of calcium, and…

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