Getting Ahead of Seasonal Allergies

It may not feel like it, but Spring is right around the corner. Tree pollens will start blowing up from the south and will affect allergy sufferers before the winter snow melts. We can use the remaining days of winter this month in order to get ahead of Spring allergens. Here are some key tips to support your immune system and prepare your body for the allergenic assault.

My Commentary on the Supplementation Debate

Many times over my 30 year career, I have been asked about the value of supplements by skeptical individuals influenced by the latest news story claiming supplementation is worthless.

Surviving Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss surgeries are a consideration for those with extreme obesity. These surgeries are not to be taken lightly. Lifetime adherence to diet and lifestyle changes are necessary in order to prevent health problems and weight gain down the road. 

Going to the movies!

I took myself to see the movie the 100 Foot Journey with Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal, produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey (both of whom I regard for quality films). If you are a foodie, and love the scenic views of the French countryside, then you will love this movie.

Nutrigenomics and Personal Health

I've always stressed the importance of considering the link between our nutrition and genetics. This study of the interplay between genetic variation and our diets is called nutrigenomics, and it greatly enhances our ability to personalize our health. I'll be further integrating these considerations into my practice with Nutrigenomix, a company that provides test kits for clients and advanced reporting for dietitians.* Take a look at a video below containing more information.

2013 DIFM Excellence in Practice Award

Dietitians in Integrative & Functional Medicine (DIFM), a Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Food and Nutrition, is over 3,500 members strong, and comprised of Registered Dietitian-Nutritionists.

A4M Gut/Brain Symposium Recap

I recently attended the A4M (The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine) Gut/Brain Symposium in Los Angeles. As a clinical nutritionist this is a big area of focus in my patient care approach.

New LIVES Data Standard for Restaurant Data

Hats off to San Franciso, New York City, Yelp and CfA (Code for America) for collaborating and launching:

What’s the Skinny on Fat?

There are many people that remain under the impression that dietary fat is bad for you. It can be confusing to know how much fat to eat and what kinds are healthy. Our bodies need fat for a number of fundamental health reasons and a century ago, relied on fat during seasonal times of leaner intake as a primary fuel source. That is not the way it goes today in the land of plenty.

Gut Health and Summer Travel

Many clients ask me about protecting their gut health while traveling to various destinations throughout the world, especially as vacations abound this time of year. Below are a few important considerations for your travel bag.

  • Saccharomyces boulardii, a beneficial yeast which has been demonstrated to reduce travelers' diarrhea.
  • A natural broad spectrum antimicrobial to help support the gut's own defenses in tackling foreign organisms. These can include: olive leaf extract, oil of oregano, and wormwood.