Month: November 2016

Wise Use of Supplements for Inflammation

anti-inflammatory supplements, ginger, turmeric, green tea, fish oil, healing foods, functional medicine, food as medicine, self-healing

Don’t just supplement to treat inflammation–get to the root cause!

Consider the root causes of your inflammation symptoms before reaching for another supplement. No matter how natural or powerful your favorite supplements are, if you don’t consider why you are hurting, aching, and tired you’re missing an opportunity to discover deep sustainable ways to improve your health.

I routinely use food…

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FODMAPs, IBS, fruits, grains, beans, sugar alcohols, polyols, fructose, galatans, lactose, dairy

Ever heard of a FODMAP? It sounds like high-tech terminology, but it actually refers to food for your gut bacteria. (And gut bacteria are definitely ancient and primordial, although absolutely essential.) FODMAP stands for Fermentable Olig-, Di-, and Mono-saccharides And Polyols.  I admit, none of those words sound like food. They’re just fancy words for small carbohydrates that bacteria…

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Holiday Recipes for GRIN or Autoimmune Paleo

AIP, autoimmune, Christmas, cookies, diet, dressing, gravy, GRIN, holiday, mashed potatoes, paleo. recipes, restricted, stuffing, Thanksgiving, turkey

Holidays can be one of the toughest times to try to follow an elimination food plan. Food is such an integral part of celebration in every culture on earth. Our treasured holiday recipes hold emotional, religious, and family memories and meaning for many of us. Even if you’re not really attached to the holidays, you see everyone else eating mashed potatoes with gravy, pumpkin pie, and sugar…

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Gratitude: The Decision to Be Happy

I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude lately, both because it has been a respite for me from the climate of fear that has surrounded us this past year, but also because it’s Thanksgiving.

I’ve decided that gratitude is so much more than the spontaneous rush of thankfulness we feel when good and joyful things happen to us.

Gratitude is a decision that we make and practice every day, that…

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Find Your Strength in the Midst of Fear

Karyn Shanks MD, The Center for Medicine and Healing Arts, Functional Medicine, The Physician-Patient relationship, self-empowerment, compassion, uncertainty, commitment,

This past week brought with it a tsunami of emotions as a result of the election. Throughout this presidential campaign, no one has been immune to the expressions of anger, fear, disbelief, shame, grief, and hatred that have permeated our social spaces, leaving many of us feeling vulnerable and exhausted. Whether it be a highly contentious election, economic insecurity, health crises, or the…

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