The Alkaline Diet- Does it Really Do Anything for Your Health?

I am generally in favor of the alkaline diet, but not so much because I believe it’s a magical pH solution; rather, generally speaking, the alkaline diet tends to include more whole, plant foods such as fruits and vegetables, which means more fiber, more micronutrients, more phytochemicals, a stronger and healthier microbiome, a healthier bodyweight, […]

Take Care of Your Liver Before It’s Too Late!

In the past few years, I’ve been seeing liver conditions in younger and younger populations.  This has happened on the coat tails of a dramatic increase in the consumption of sugar, alcohol, meat, dairy and a generally highly-processed diet.  One of the challenges with conditions such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is that most people […]

The Elimination Diet… Leaves So Much STILL on the Table

Despite the name, the elimination diet still leaves you countless delicious foods to enjoy.  For those with uncomfortable digestive issues, this diet can be a major help and worth every ounce of effort.  Digestive issues range from diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and other disease conditions to simple gas, bloating or upset stomach after […]

Hemorrhoids: A Total Pain in the Butt

Perhaps not the most fun thing to talk about but let’s face it, most adults will suffer from hemorrhoids at some point in their life.  Ignoring them doesn’t make them go away.  This condition is full of hope and answers from the holistic nutrition realm.   What are hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoids, sometimes referred to as piles, […]

Best Practices for Pooping!

Constipation is a common problem that affects so many people.  If you are constipated for an extended period of time, it can lead to bloating, abdominal discomfort, weight gain, over toxicity, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and other not-so-fun health issues. How do you know if you’re constipated?   It may seem like an obvious answer, but […]

Niacin (B3)

Let’s dissect one important member of the B-vitamin family: niacin (B3).   Niacin is a water-soluble vitamin that is plentiful in many foods.  You may also see it called nicotinic acid or nicotinamide.  These substances get converted into the active or more usable forms of niacin in the body called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and […]

Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)- Could This Be Your Issue?

Your liver is such an important organ.  It is a key player in digestion (especially of fats), regulating cholesterol, hormone balance and detoxification (just to name a few of its jobs).   There is an incredible rise in the number of people with mild to severe liver dysfunction.  In my clinic, it’s not uncommon for […]

CBD- How to Find Good Quality Products: Premier Hemp Extract

CBD has become a nationwide sensation in the natural products industry.  People are trying it in different forms for all kinds of issues, ranging from serious issues like cancer and seizures to more common symptoms such as headaches, anxiety2 and insomnia3.  It can make a huge difference for some people and can be of no […]

The Stars and Stripes vs The Maple Leaf: A Nutritional Show Down

How do the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Nutritional Guidelines Compare to the Health Canada Guidelines? 1) USA In the United States, the My Plate guidelines lay out what the current nutritional needs are for Americans as determined by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).   This includes 5 food groups and amounts […]

Cell Phone Radiation on the Body, Fertility and Sperm Quality

Although in most cases of infertility the focus is on the woman, men also play an important and equal role in the creation of life.  For this purpose, it is important for men to be aware of things that can alter their reproductive health. This blog reviews a study that was published a few years […]

Your Amazing Pancreas | Alternative Medicine Kalamazoo MI

What is acute pancreatitis? The suffix “itis” usually refers to an inflammatory condition.  So, by definition, acute pancreatitis is diagnosed when the pancreas becomes suddenly inflamed.  However, in many cases this condition is not really “sudden” but rather something that slowly worsens over time; it’s just not diagnosed until it reaches a certain degree of […]