Dark Circles Under the Eyes: Causes and Solutions

We’ve all battled them–those dark circles under the eyes that make us wish concealer were as thick as concrete. The problem with dark circles is that they are not merely a cosmetic problem that is easily hidden using makeup. The truth is that most cosmetic issues have a physiological cause. Dark circles are no different. There are many different potential causes for dark circles. Some are easy to address and correct; others take a longer effort. Read More Dark Circles Under the Eyes: Causes and Solutions

My Review of So Delicious’s Holiday Flavors

I was very excited this year to hear So Delicious, one of the dairy-free brands of Turtle Mountain, was launching two new holiday flavors: Nog and Mint Chocolate. Since I won’t touch soy or anything containing it with a ten-foot straw, I have long wished that there were healthier alternatives available to good ol’ eggnog. Read More My Review of So Delicious’s Holiday Flavors

Unusual Ways to Keep the Holidays Healthy

This time of year, it’s not unusual for there to be a glut of posts related to maintaining weight during the holidays. Most share the same advice that’s been shared year after year after year. We’ve heard the advice multiple times to eat a healthy meal before going to a party, to bring a healthy dish to share, to alternate alcoholic drinks with a soda and lime, and fill your plate with veggies before diving into the chocolate fountain. It’s wise advice, but it’s time to breathe some new life into holiday health tips. A good place to start when considering holiday health is to eat fewer carbohydrates. (Easier said than done, right?) For advice on how to eat fewer carbs on a daily basis, please read my post “Simple Ways to Cut Carbs from Your Eating Habits.” Read More Unusual Ways to Keep the Holidays Healthy

Why Kombucha and Candida Don’t Mix

This post is dedicated to everyone who has battled Candida and who wants to do everything possible to avoid making things worse. Although Candida in small quantities is a beneficial yeast our body requires for balance, the high sugar content of the Standard American Diet (SAD) often feeds Candida so that it grows like crazy and overtakes the digestive system. Candida overgrowth is a serious problem that also creates systemic problems. I will write more about Candida in a future post. Today, let’s address why Kombucha feeds Candida and should be avoided at all costs by anyone who suffers from or is prone to Candida overgrowth. Read More Why Kombucha and Candida Don’t Mix

What Your Poop Should Look Like (Why Euphemize?)

As you probably guessed from the title of this blog post, I’m not a big believer in euphemisms. In spite of the fact that everyone talks about their poop (you know you do… we’ve seen your Facebook posts), few people know what “normal” is or what the end result of a healthy digestive system should look like. Digestive disorders are one of the top issues I see in my practice, yet few people realize their fatigue, acne, and achy joints originate in their gut.  So, let’s explore this topic further! Read More What Your Poop Should Look Like (Why Euphemize?)

Screw Tradition and the Horse It Rode in On

My dad died Sunday. As you can see by the title of this post, I’m not a big fan of tradition or of euphemisms, so saying he died suits me far better than saying he “passed” or “went home.”

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The Smart Way to Deal with Zits

Zits and acne used to be a malady of the teenage years. Unfortunately, more and more adults –  male and female – now find themselves dealing with pimples on a daily basis. The truth is that the average age of patients who see dermatologists for acne ranges from 20-26 years, and the anti-zit business brings in more than one billion dollars per year. Acne rates are much higher now than they were 20 years ago. Read More The Smart Way to Deal with Zits

What Does a Diabetic Look Like?

“Wow … you don’t LOOK like a diabetic!” I hear that comment frequently and always have to stop and wonder, “What the heck does a diabetic look like?” I know the statement is intended to be a compliment, and it’s one I appreciate, but I confess the comment offends me. There, I said it. Being told I don’t “look like a diabetic” offends the heck out of me. Why does it offend me? Because it implies that people with diabetes are sick and look ill, can’t function normally, and should look like invalids or be morbidly obese. Nothing could be further from the truth!

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