5 Seasons…Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall and…. ‘Flu’ ???

They say that flu season is upon us….(‘they’ being the pharmaceutical companies that produce influenza vaccines.) So, upon hearing this, millions of Americans rush to get their annual flu shot to ensure health and well being during the winter/flu season. Yet we’ve all heard about people who are hospitalized from a bad reaction or end…

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Is Fasting Right for You?

Everybody loves to eat. Eating is awesome! Some of us even go through our day just thinking about what we’re going to eat next and if we are among the majority of people, we have enough food in our homes to last us several weeks yet we go buy more every week at the grocery…

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10 Minutes to Health

Today’s lifestyle doesn’t allow much room for healthy habits. This is where “Ten-Minutes-a-Day-to-Better-Health” comes in. In all my years of practice, I have come to learn that it’s impossible for people to make dramatic lifestyle changes that last. Instead, I recommend the best way to make lasting change is through small baby steps that eventually…

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Understanding and Overcoming Fatigue

The underlying principles of functional medicine work on such a basic level of physiology that when we apply them carefully it is quite possible to help patients suffering from a wide variety of conditions and imbalances.  In fact, it seems that on a weekly basis I’m sitting down with a new patient who has been…

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Food Rules – An Eaters Manual

Dr. Jerry originally wrote this post in 2010.  The content of the book may have been really simple but at the same time eye opening.  This classic advice might be more important today, considering the national rate of both disease and obesity has continued to increase over the last 9 years. Let’s see why Dr.…

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Why Digestive Health is Key

If you’ve followed us for a while you will not be surprised that digestive issues are some of the most common things we see in the clinic.  We’ve posted on gut related issues a couple of times before (like here and here). What may be surprising to some though is just how often even those without obvious…

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Giving Without Expectation

There is an ancient saying that “expectation is the vehicle for disappointment.” Dr. Jerry has a movie tradition during the holiday season.  There are several movies that are on his must watch list, one of those movies is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The main character in this movie has in his mind the epitome of…

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Solutions for Winter Depression

We make a big deal about this time of the year being the “happiest” but for way too many people it is the worst time of the year.  Cold, snowy weather keeps us indoors, lack of sunlight lowers our vitamin D levels, just about every form of stress increases around the holidays and our healthy…

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SIBO – Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

Just about every day in clinical practice I have the opportunity to teach patients about the role their digestive system plays in the grand scheme of their health. Of course, when a patient is coming in for a typical digestive complaint, like bloating, heartburn, constipation or diarrhea, that is an obvious connection. But when the…

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Skip the Flu Vaccine and Boost Your Immunity Naturally

The public health people are firing up the fear propaganda machine earlier every year. You can see the signs and placards around town warning us about “flu season”.  Those of you who’ve been around the practice for a while might guess that I’m not a fan of the flu vaccine and there is ample evidence…

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