Optimizing Protein Intake to Enhance Quality of Life in Seniors

Aging adults and seniors make up a significant portion of the US population. According to 2019 US Census figures, nearly one third (30%) of Americans are now age 55 or older. For this group, maintaining quality of life, functionality and independence for as long as possible is a primary goal. To this end, the critical … Continue reading Optimizing Protein Intake to Enhance Quality of Life in Seniors

Balancing Stress in the Time of Corona: A Role For Adaptogenic Herbs

The arrival of a new decade is often met with the hopeful spirit of renewal and change. This year, the new decade brought a worldwide pandemic and global lockdown from which we are only just beginning to emerge. To address this unprecedented health crisis of 2020, the functional medicine community has been working tirelessly to … Continue reading Balancing Stress in the Time of Corona: A Role For Adaptogenic Herbs

Monolaurin: A Viral Membrane Destabilizer with anti-Borrelia Activity

Monolaurin (glycerol monolaurate) is an ester of lauric acid, a 12-carbon, medium chain fatty acid naturally present in coconut oil, palm kernel oil, human breast milk, cow's milk and butter. The esterified form of lauric acid, monolaurin, is made by combining coconut oil-source lauric acid with glycerol. Lauric acid itself provides anti-microbial and virucidal activity, … Continue reading Monolaurin: A Viral Membrane Destabilizer with anti-Borrelia Activity

A Thought on the Practice of Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition as We Enter a New Year and a New Decade: How Does the Massive Escalation of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Use Make Difficult Patients "Difficult" (Hint – It May Not Be What You Think) – Part II

INTRODUCTION I would now like to continue my exploration of pharmaceutical interactions with common dietary and supplement constituents by finishing my review of the Nomani et al (1) paper, which explores interactions of pharmaceuticals with cola-containing drinks (CCDs). In part I of this series I reviewed the first portion of the paper that highlighted these … Continue reading A Thought on the Practice of Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition as We Enter a New Year and a New Decade: How Does the Massive Escalation of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Use Make Difficult Patients "Difficult" (Hint – It May Not Be What You Think) – Part II

Andrographis: Researched Respiratory & Immune Support

Early February marks the epicenter of cold and flu season, as well as the moment when the US Food & Drug Administration can finally determine how effective their annually updated flu vaccines, introduced the previous fall, will be at reducing the number of influenza cases nationwide. Each year, only 3 or 4 influenza strains can … Continue reading Andrographis: Researched Respiratory & Immune Support

A Thought on the Practice of Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition as We Enter a New Year and a New Decade: How Does the Massive Escalation of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Use Make Difficult Patients “Difficult” (Hint – It May Not Be What You Think) – Part I

INTRODUCTION Based on both my observations with patients and feedback from you on your patients, it has become clear that, while our successes with clinical nutrition and functional medicine are many, there is still a growing group of chronically ill patients who experience significantly suboptimal quality of life improvements even after following our lifestyle and/or … Continue reading A Thought on the Practice of Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition as We Enter a New Year and a New Decade: How Does the Massive Escalation of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Use Make Difficult Patients “Difficult” (Hint – It May Not Be What You Think) – Part I

Homocysteine Factors: Beyond Heart Health

Homocysteine, an amino acid intermediary formed during the metabolic conversion of methionine both to and from cysteine, is well known for its unhappy relationship with cardiovascular disease. Countless studies have associated elevated homocysteine levels with issues such as atherosclerosis, blood clots, heart attack and stroke.Less commonly recognized is the relationship between high homocysteine levels and … Continue reading Homocysteine Factors: Beyond Heart Health

Under Appreciated Issues in the Treatment of Chronic Illness – Low Grade, Chronic Acidosis Combined with Potassium Deficiency – Part VI – The Impact of Acidosis on Insulin Metabolism

INTRODUCTION In part V of this series I briefly touched on the interesting, important, and under-appreciated relationship between insulin and potassium metabolism.  Now, I would like to flip back to the other side of the potassium/metabolic acidosis coin and discuss the impact of metabolic acidosis on insulin metabolism.  As we all know, disturbances in insulin … Continue reading Under Appreciated Issues in the Treatment of Chronic Illness – Low Grade, Chronic Acidosis Combined with Potassium Deficiency – Part VI – The Impact of Acidosis on Insulin Metabolism

Gastro-Esophageal Reflux & H.pylori – What’s the Connection?

Back when reflux was known simply as heartburn, people often associated this digestive complaint with the incidence of stomach ulcers. Previously thought to be caused by too much pastrami and other spicy foods, the discovery of Helicobacter pylori infection as a leading cause of gastric ulcers led to relief for countless patients. Soon after, heartburn—aka … Continue reading Gastro-Esophageal Reflux & H.pylori – What’s the Connection?