inflammation

Ibuprofen: Friend or Foe? Learn the facts about this dangerous drug.

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Ever checked out the pain reliever isle at the grocery story? Seen the many shelves of Ibuprofen bottles lined up in all shapes and sizes? Labels promising to relieve practically everything that ails you?

Ibuprofen, part of a family of pain-relieving drugs known as “non-steroidal anti-inflammatory” drugs (NSAIDS), is the staple go-to pain and inflammation remedy in most American households, and…

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Inflammation: Beauty, Not the Beast

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Inflammation is beautiful. It is not the beast. It is not bad, nor our enemy.

We need an intact, healthy immune system, capable of robust inflammation. When we need it. Whenever called upon–24/7.

In fact, we cannot survive without it. While inflammation results in much human misery, it does so as the wise and elegant response to real danger signals–from both internal and external sources–that…

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Hypothyroidism–Part One: Just the Smoke

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Hypothyroidism is just the smoke rising high above the smoldering fire that lies beneath the surface. Said another way, hypothyroidism is a symptom–it’s not a disease. It’s not the defining thing that is wrong with you. It’s just one–of many–surface-level indicators of much larger and deeper problems. Problems most likely caused by two key factors: overwhelming inflammation and unmet…

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The Gut-Brain Connection: Root Cause Solutions for Depression

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My clients suffering from depression are often not aware of the profound Gut-Brain Connection and how it plays into their darkest moods. They are quite curious when rather than focusing solely on descriptions of their thoughts and feelings (as vitally important as they are), I expand our discussion to their gut health and what they eat on a regular basis. I recommend food plans and gut-healing…

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Wise Use of Supplements for Inflammation

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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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How’s Your Diet? Anti-Inflammatory Eating for Optimum Nutrition

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“Our diets are better than they’ve ever been! Look how tall kids get today-it’s because we have such good nutrition in our country.” 

I hear these statements regularly. It’s easy to think we eat well because food is so readily available. Especially for people who grew up with food insecurity, never knowing when a meal would be available, an abundance of food seems like it should guarantee…

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My Journey as a Functional Medicine Nutritionist

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Hi! I’m Lisa, a registered, licensed nutritionist (dietitian is the old-fashioned word!). I started working with Dr. Karyn Shanks at the Center for Medicine and Healing Arts in early 2016. My professional background is diverse-I’ve done everything from general hospital work to teaching college seminars to working for a high-risk pregnancy clinic. And I spent some years at home as CEO of a…

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