Rheumatoid Arthritis: Dietary Triggers

Beverages: You Are What You Drink! Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a whole-body inflammatory syndrome that targets the lining of synovial joints. It can affect multiple organ systems, and by the time we diagnose the joint swelling and pain as rheumatoid arthritis, we have identified the end-organ damage of an immunological process that may have started…

Fermented Foods: Good for your Gut

More than 2000 years ago, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, quipped that all disease begins in the gut.  Recent studies suggest that many chronic disorders including obesity, depression, metabolic syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis may be triggered by unfavorable changes to the gut microbiome. So…it sounds like he was right! We Are Not Alone… A…

Is Wheat Intolerance Real? The Debate: Gluten vs. Glyphosate

Should you Avoid Wheat? Two percent of the population has celiac disease, a genetic, intestinal autoimmune disease. These individuals should absolutely avoid gluten to avoid a myriad of problems including lymphoma. Another 6% of the population is intolerant to wheat-containing foods, experiencing digestive symptoms, joint pain, rashes, headaches, and mental disorders after eating these products….

Meditate Each Day…To Keep the Doctor Away

Think about Meditating for a Few Minutes Every Day Meditation practices are personal, and can be elusive to define. Though there are many types of meditation (focused breathing, yoga, or fixing the mind on a particular thought-to name just a few), all train the mind to stay in the present moment, and develop an awareness…

Cooked vs. Raw: The Debate Rages On…

Scientists have discovered that human health is strongly influenced by the millions of microbes that live within our intestinal tract, collectively known as the gut microbiome. Syndromes ranging from mental health disorders to chronic inflammation and chronic disease have been attributed to changes in this system. What Does a Healthy Microbiome Look Like: A healthy…

Air Pollution: A Toxic Stew

Air pollution consists of toxic chemicals in the air that put health at risk. Air pollution can be of natural causes-like wildfires.  But more commonly, it results from human activity such as the burning of fossil fuels.  It can include gases ( carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone) as well as heavy metals and…

Seeds: Tiny and Potent-Proof that Size Doesn’t Matter

Seeds are tiny, nutritional powerhouses. A good source of complete protein and phytochemicals, they reduce both unnecessary inflammation and lower cancer risk. Here’s a rundown of several beneficial seeds you can easily incorporate into your diet: Pseudo-grains: Quinoa, Millet, Buckwheat, and AmaranthQuinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, and millet are often classified as grains, but they are actually…

Beans and the Microbiome: What to know about Prebiotics

Prebiotics are an important part of an anti-inflammatory diet, because they support the microbiome, a complex collection of bacteria, virus, and fungi that inhabit your skin and digestive tract.  The majority of the human microbiome resides in the large intestine, and is made up of more than a thousand different species. These bacteria are responsible for…

What’s the Big Deal about Fish Oil?

Why is fish oil so important and what’s the deal about omega 3 fatty acids? In a nutshell, they have super anti-inflammatory powers and can reduce pain and swelling, prevent blood from clotting and can reduce harmful fats. There are two major classes of polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. The…

Turmeric-A Dermatologist’s Perspective

Turmeric is the spice commonly used in Indian cuisine that gives curry its yellow color. Curcumin, one of the active compounds of turmeric, has anti inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream but absorption can be greatly enhanced by adding black pepper which contains a substance, piperine, that increases curcumin…