Category: Health & Wellness

I believe that there is a continuum between optimal health and disease. And what I see in my practice everyday is how different grades of sub-optimal functioning can appear at any point along it. For example, before your car’s brake pads give in and your brakes fail, years of wear and tear have been slowly eroding the pads. The same thing happens with our health. Before we develop a disease, or even symptoms, there have usually been months or years of progressive “wearing down” of optimal functioning. Our body has a large reserve, which it uses to maintain health, but it can be depleted or worn down over time. Only then do we experience disease, it doesn’t just happen out of the blue.

To use a natural metaphor, when a plant is sick or not doing well, it is crucial to look at the environment within which the plant is growing – what is the quality of the soil, is it getting enough nutrients, does it have enough sun or water, are roots or bugs from other plants impinging on its growth. This is exactly how I see our health and my role as a physician is to improve, promote and boost the bodies natural healing ability. This fosters immunity and resilience to illness, allowing us to truly blossom and experience good health.

My method is simple but effective: I remove what may be harming the body or preventing healing while at the same time replenishing it with what is needed. Unfortunately, most doctors do not see the health this way as we are trained to treat symptoms of disease as opposed to learning what keeps people healthy. We are taught crisis care medicine in hospitals and how to take care of acutely ill patients. But most of us are not sick enough to be in hospital and we have chronic conditions that are not dealt with well by this medical model. So we need to use Western Medicine wisely and appropriately, which often means looking beyond it, for solutions to our chronic and ongoing health problems.

You Might Be Eating Sugar And Not Even Know It

Are you eating more sugar than you think you are? If you’re trying to cut down on (or eliminate) sugar, it may not be as simple as it sounds. Sugar seems to sneak into virtually every processed food, and often under code names that don’t explicitly say “sugar.”

Damon Gameau Discusses His New Movie “That Sugar Film”

An interview with Australian actor, Damon Gameau, who went on a journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. In his excellent new movie, That Sugar Film, he documents the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. I highly recommend it!!!

The Ugly Side of Manicures and Pedicures

For many women, the beauty of a manicure and pedicure comes at a terrible price. Although those who are on the receiving end of these beauty treatments face some health risks, the price is mostly paid by those who provide these salon services, and the cost can include devastating health problems and even death. In addition, the women often are forced to work excessively long hours, without pay during training, and below minimum wage once they are hired.

Why The Power of Kindness Is Good For Everyone

Treating other people well isn’t just good for your karma. It’s good for your health and vitality, too. Psychology researcher Barbara Fredrickson, PhD, author of Love 2.0: Creating Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection, studies how “micro-moments” of connection with others, like sharing a smile or expressing concern, improve emotional resilience, boost the immune system, and reduce susceptibility to depression and anxiety.

You Have To Take Antibiotics, Now What?

I try to avoid taking antibiotics as best as I can. Yet, sometimes antibiotics are lifesaving and necessary. Antibiotics unfortunately do not pick and choose – they take out everything in their path — including the good gut flora your body needs to support long-term health. Here are some tips for what to do during and after a course of antibiotics to help your gut flora flourish again.

5 Sugar-free Desserts To Sweeten Your Summer Party

If you’re living the Be Well lifestyle and on the journey of cutting out refined sugar, you may be running into one stumbling block: what to do about birthday celebrations? In our culture, it seems unthinkable to have anything but a beautifully decorated cake with lots of frosting for a birthday. But, there is another way! Here are 5 gorgeous desserts that are worthy of a summer birthday celebration. This way, you can have your cake and eat it too — without weight gain or a sugar hangover.

7 Skin Care Ingredients That Sound Toxic But Are Actually Safe and Clean

We’ve come a long way in the skin care industry. We now know that a lot of the chemical ingredients we’ve used for decades can be harsh, damaging, and sometimes even toxic. We’re turning to more natural, plant-sourced ingredients that truly nourish and protect skin without the potential side effects.

Sometimes we can go overboard in our zeal for what’s “natural,” though, and end up avoiding ingredients that are actually beneficial to skin.

Make Your Dinner Even Healthier With This Salmon and Blueberries Recipe

On everyone’s list of nutrient-dense superfoods, wild salmon is packed with high quality protein, beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, and essential minerals and vitamins including B6, B12, D, iron, phosphorous and selenium.

Salmon’s omega-3 fatty acids provide protective benefits through their ability to regulate and lower inflammation in the body.

11 Clues You’re Eating Too Many Carbs

Although, it’s quite debatable whether carbohydrates are essential for human nutrition, for most people, they’re the fuel their body runs on. For some folks, going on an extreme lo-carb or no-carb diet, causes them to have barely enough energy to hoist a coffee cup in the morning. At the opposite end of the scale, the folks who over-do it on carbs, even the good ones, end up having a negative impact on things like mood, weight, energy, digestion, immunity and more. In my practice, I would say most people (but not all) seem to eat more carbs than their metabolism can handle.