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eczema

Is Eczema An Autoimmune Problem?

It’s common that when most of us experience skin issues that we look to creams and topical applications to help reduce the itchiness, dryness, or redness that is occurring. There are companies that make lots of money selling expensive products claiming to benefit your skin – we’ve been trained to think that there’s a next best product to lather up with and it will solve our skin issues.

But most of the time, it doesn’t work.

Do you want to know why?

Skin issues start in the gut.

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diabetes

How our microbes influence blood sugar balance

A healthy microbiome is a trendy topic these days with shelves lined with probiotic supplements and probiotics such as kombucha and lacto-fermented fermented products increasingly on the shelves.

While you may have heard about the benefits to your digestion, what you may not know is that your gut microbiome influences a variety of health outcomes such as regulating mood, immune function, nutrient absorption and your blood sugar.

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milk

Dairy Allergy vs Intolerance

There is still much confusion over allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.

In fact, having a true food allergy is actually not as common as having a sensitivity or intolerance. True allergies (IgE sensitivities) are determined by a skin or blood test or via an elimination diet program.

The most common foods people can be allergic to are: cow’s milk (and related products), eggs, nuts, shellfish, soy, wheat and white fish.

Today, I want to focus on a major mover: dairy.

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allergies

Can Candida Cause Allergies?

In recent decades, the overgrowth of a naturally occurring yeast in our bodies, Candida albicans, has been recognized in the naturopathic and holistic realm as a condition that leads to many health complications and diseases.

Despite criticism that candida overgrowth – or candidiasis – is a fad diagnosis, it continues to be attributed as contributing to many systemic and polysystemic (meaning involving more than one body system) disorders and diseases, including the development of allergies

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added sugar

How Does Added Sugar Impact Immune Health?

Refined, processed sugar has a direct and immediate action on the functioning of our immune system. 

It can make illnesses worse, it can hinder the healing process and it can create and feed illness including allergies and autoimmunity.

How does this happen? Read on to find out…

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microbiome

What Is the Microbiome?

Did you know that we humans are not just a single organism, but that we are an ecosystem?

Micro = small;
biome = a community occupying a habitat. Thus the microbiome is a community of small organisms (microbes) that occupy the habitat of our human bodies. Making us a living, breathing, walking ecosystem!

Thus the microbiome is a community of small organisms (microbes) that occupy the habitat of our human bodies. Making us a living, breathing, walking ecosystem!

Our specific mélange of microbes living in and on us is called the human microbiome. We all have a slightly different mix; the health and diversity of which depends hugely upon our diet, our thinking (mind-body connection), how we came into this world (natural birth vs Cesarean section; breastfeeding; introduction of solid foods…), how often we’ve taken antibiotics, where we live, what toxic exposure we have, and more.

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Turmeric

Turmeric Face Mask

Today I did my first “scope”. I assume a bunch of you have no idea what that is… it’s a live streaming video on a phone app called Periscope. I’m trying it out as something fun to do to share things like this! If you want to check out my scope, go here – it’s only available for 24 hrs after it has been broadcast… so sometime tomorrow morning it will be gone!

If you want to follow more scopes then you’ll want to follow me on Twitter.

What I decided to scope about first is a facial treatment called a turmeric face mask. If you’re guessing it has something to do with putting turmeric all over your face, you are absolutely correct! You might be wondering what this has to do with allergy? Well, last week I ate something I’m allergic to: cheese (doh!) and as a result my skin broke out badly. 🙁 So I’m using the turmeric face mask to help it heal.

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Allergy vs Sensitivity – Part 2

A while back I wrote a post about ‘true allergy’, or IgE-mediated hypersensitivity. Those are the allergies that we often recognize as having the potential for anaphylaxis, and if they don’t they at least trigger a bad histamine response which leads to what most of us relate to as allergy: swelling, redness, itchiness, rash, etc. I also promised a follow-up with a post on ‘sensitivities’. Well, I’ve finally posted it! If you want to go back and read the first post, you can find it here.

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gluten

Gluten: the good, the bad, and the ugly

This month spring is seriously setting in and allergies seem to be at the forefront. In keeping with this, I’m going to share a series of posts on allergies and sensitivities.

Today’s post was inspired by a small, but relevant study by the NIH (not done by industry – a huge plus!) that shows non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) does exist. Last year another small, industry-sponsored study showed the opposite, though there were a GREAT number of flaws in that study (not the least of which the study sample was NOT representative of the greater population – it was all IBS patients). I could write a whole blog post about this particular study and why it wasn’t designed to prove what it says it does (that NCGS doesn’t exist), but that’s not the focus of this post.

Let’s just leave it at this: we are living in a culture where we seem to have a need or desire to debunk various beliefs. Whether NCGS exists or not, there are a heck of a lot of people who feel a lot better when they reduce or eliminate gluten from their diets. The final decision rests with each of us to determine which foods make us feel healthy and alive and which ones don’t. We don’t need to prove one thing or another to anyone else in order to choose how to thrive.

On the subject of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, I thought I’d share my own personal experience with you.

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detox

To Detox or Not To Detox?

It’s that time of year again. Yes, new year’s resolutions – most of them to do with health and well-being. I’ve personally rarely set any resolutions. I’m more of a continually goal-oriented individual myself, but I respect that others like to take note of a new year and try new things and renew themselves. There is something nice about that.

This brings us to the topic at hand – should you do one of these detoxes that everyone seems to go on about these days? I thought we should address it, so this is my take.

First I’ll say that I think doing a detox has the potential for some really great benefits. In particular, I believe trying something new or making a change for a few weeks can give you some insight, a new perspective, may help you make more lasting changes that could impact your health and well-being going forward.

What prompted me to write something a little different on the topic was an article I read recently, stating detoxing is a myth.

Let’s examine that idea, shall we?

You can read the article here in full if you wish.

There is much about this article that I agree with:
– you need to be wary of detox products that make big claims,
– you need to assess why you are doing a detox, and
– you need to educate yourself about what is safe for you (and you in particular) and what is not.

There were also many things written in this article with which I do not agree, namely that detoxification is a myth or pseudoscience.

So, should you do a detox? Maybe. Maybe not. Ultimately, the decision is yours alone to make.

My top 3 tips for deciding if you do want to do this are:

    • educate yourself and don’t buy into quick fixes, fads, or expensive products;
    • make some clear goals or at least ONE clear goal for why you are doing it;
    • listen to your body – don’t do it if you’re sick, stop if you feel ill, and don’t starve yourself!

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magnesium

Magnesium: the little mineral with a big job

In my practice I see a lot of people who are deficient in a critical mineral: magnesium. Some don’t get enough magnesium in their diet simply because they don’t eat enough green leafy vegetables (or just enough vegetables in general). Others have a short term higher requirement for it due to illness or due to demand for it in their bodies (e.g. high performance athletes, or others under a lot of mental/emotional stress). Since this is a nutrient that I talk about and recommend very frequently, I thought it would be a great blog topic. Continue reading