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Can Stress Really Mess with your Immune System?

Can Stress Really Mess with your Immune System?

While the challenges of today vary from person to person, I think we can all agree that our collective stress level has reached a fever pitch.  You may have heard of a hormone that often accompanies that stress; it is called cortisol.  Whenever I mention cortisol to a patient, they always grab their belly and say, “Oh I have plenty of that!”  But, the purpose of cortisol is not only to make you fat, it has many useful jobs in the body.  For example, in small amounts it is...

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How to Be an Inhospitable Host: yes it’s a good thing!

How to Be an Inhospitable Host: yes it’s a good thing!

Host immunity.  What does that actually mean?  Is it a good thing or a bad thing?  We are going to be hearing a lot about it very soon.  When faced with a pandemic, epidemic, or even the annual flu working its way through your household or workplace, why is it that some people get sick and others don’t?  It’s a matter of host immunity. It’s not the bug that’s bad, after all, it’s just trying to survive. Depending on your lifestyle habits, your epi-genetics (how well you treat yourself), and...

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Strategies to Improve your Immune System and Avoid Serious Viral Infections

Strategies to Improve your Immune System and Avoid Serious Viral Infections

There are many ways to reduce the risk for common infections as well as strategies to shorten the duration and lessen the severity of any infection that does take hold.  Time honored lifestyle strategies that help keep the immune system robust and resilient are very important to maintaining health.  We only have one infection on our minds right now, COVID-19, but the same strategies apply. Did you know that between November and March most American adults get an average of between two...

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What are the Differences between Nutrition and Medicine?

What are the Differences between Nutrition and Medicine?

A paradigm is a set of beliefs by which one conducts his or her life. The Wholistic Paradigm has a set of beliefs as does the Medical (or allopathic) Paradigm. One of these paradigms believes the body has the ability to heal itself while the other believes that the body does not. One understands that human physiology requires certain nutrients, enzymes, bacteria, and lifestyle support while the other functions under the tenet that if it’s broken there's nothing you can do about it; after all...

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