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Coffee is good for you–unless it’s not!

November 2016 Featured article by: Chris Kessler             When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing you think about? Feeding the dogs? Getting the kids ready? Or is it… coffee? If you (perhaps guiltily) answered yes to the latter of these questions, you aren’t alone—and this article …

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Magnesium Deficiency

Many people have either heard or learned about magnesium. However, most people don’t realize how essential it is for the human body. Interestingly enough, magnesium is actually more important for our bodies than most other vitamins and minerals. Magnesium not only plays a vital role in calcium absorption and energy production but it also helps to maintain our nervous system, cardiovascular health, healthy bones, and a healthy hormonal balance. More specifically, our bodies need magnesium to synthesize DNA, RNA, and proteins and to transport ions across bone and cell membrane surfaces, among many other tasks. <p>

Unfortunately, despite its importance, most Americans suffer from magnesium deficiency. Various factors such as large consumption of alcohol, caffeine, salt and sugar or even exposure to high levels of stress can cause magnesium deficiency. On a community scale, modern farming methods have stripped large amounts of nutrients from the soil on which our fruits and vegetable grow, causing the nutritional quality of our food to decrease. As a result, magnesium deficiency is becoming more of a prevalent problem. <p>

A World Free of Cancer

A World Free of Cancer

Most of us, in one way or another, have been impacted by the horrifying consequences of cancer. We all dream of a world without cancer. We all dream of the day when the cure to cancer will be found, in hopes that it will never again have the power to ruthlessly take the lives of our loved ones. But, what if I told you this world already exists? <p>

The Hunza people live in a world free of cancer. “How?” you may ask. But the right question is what. What is the key to “curing” the ruthless disease? Experts have found that the secret to their world is actually quite simple, their nutrition and lifestyle. <p>

Let’s begin with the question, who are the Hunzas? They are a small population of 30,000 who live in the Himalayas located at the ultimate northern point of India where the borders of India, China, Kashmir, and Afghanistan meet. <p>

An important aspect to note about the health of these people without cancer is that in addition to the absence of disease, they’re energetic, enthusiastic, and peaceful all at the same time. Moreover, unlike the average 70-year lifespan of a Westerner, the Hunzas’ average age is 120 years. Their exceptional longevity allows the Hunza to do things that Westerners can not after a certain age. For example, it’s typical for a 90-year-old Hunza man to become a father. <p>

 

The Rise of Food-borne Illnesses in America

Most people only pay attention to food and water safety when they’re in a developing country. Drinking bottled water and eating well-cooked food are essentials for any western tourist. But the problem is closer to home than you may think. Here in the US, 48 million Americans get sick with food poisoning every year. Astonishingly, …

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Yes, You Can Predict the Future

I’m excited to inform you all that I’ve recently formed a relationship with the Cleveland Heart Lab—a branch of the renowned academic hospital, the Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio.  Cleveland Heart Lab specializes in predicting inflammatory issues, diabetes, and other things that can impact the quality of your life. In particular, it offers many …

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The Power of Holistic Medicine in Treating Infertility: Meet Allie

At least 6 million people of reproductive age in the US (that’s 7.4% of the population) are struggling with infertility. Causes of infertility can vary from genetics (e.g. PCOS), to illness, to the unexplained. Making things even more stressful is the number of infertility treatments available on the market. Every couple has different experiences and …

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When Cancer Hits Home: Finding a Path When None Exists

Many of the people who are close to me, including my friends and many of my patients, know that my wife, Mariah, is being treated for a fairly aggressive form of breast cancer. In addition, my older sister Sharon passed away last fall (2015) from a long-term battle with leukemia. As you can imagine, cancer …

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Why Go Paleo?

Need more reasons to go Paleo? Just look at the Tokelau, an indigenous population of the South Pacific. Tokelauans are characterized by two extraordinary things: 1) their reliance, for centuries, on a limited diet of coconut, seafood, wild fowl, and fruit and 2) remarkably low rates of heart disease, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes among the …

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How Your Diet Affects Your Reproductive Success

At least 6 million people of reproductive age in the US (that’s 7.4% of the population) are struggling with infertility. For many in this group, the cause of that infertility remains somewhat mysterious, only adding to the frustration. Meanwhile, we continue eating processed foods, living stationary life styles, and enjoying all the other perks of …

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