Avoid “toxic positivity” by practicing mindfulness

For those managing a chronic autoimmune disorder such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, it is important to nurture a positive attitude. Thinking positively, practicing gratitude, and socializing regularly have all been linked to better health outcomes. However, focusing exclusively on the positive can have its own negative impact. While common advice like “just think positive,” “focus on the…

How to get enough of this dementia-preventing nutrient on a vegan or vegetarian diet

Eating a vegetable-based diet has been shown to benefit health in many ways including enriching gut bacteria diversity, increasing plant vitamins and minerals, and loading up on fiber. However, a strictly vegan or vegetarian plant-based diet could still be missing this essential dementia-fighting nutrient: choline. Choline is an essential building block of cell membranes both…

Research reveals new clues about PANDAS

Some children develop PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) after a recent strep infection which suddenly develops into symptoms that can include obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette’s, tics, odd behaviors, emotional instability, and other psychiatric and neurological disorders. It seems that a strep infection can trigger an autoimmune attack against the brain in…

Mixed food recommendations from American Diabetes Association promote low carb while still promoting diabetes

While it will take the American Diabetes Association (ADA) a couple of decades to catch up to functional medicine, their new recommendations are finally advising people with diabetes to eat a lower carbohydrate diet. Functional medicine practitioners have long known the damaging effects of high carb consumption not only on blood sugar, but also on chronic…

Daily flossing reduces risk of stroke

Well known strategies for preventing stroke include exercising regularly, eating plenty of vegetables, minimizing stress, and keeping inflammation down. Another critical habit that lowers stroke risk is taking good care of teeth and gums. Oral bacteria has been strongly linked with a stroke in a new study of 75 ischemic stroke patients. Analyzing blood clots…

Volunteering reduces depression and anxiety

Millions of Americans today are searching for relief from depression and anxiety. There are many ways to reduce or eliminate symptoms, especially by functional medicine protocols that reduce chronic inflammation. In addition to addressing the underlying physical causes, it is equally important to tend to the health of the psyche. One powerful but often overlooked way…