Food cravings and Body Messages

Ever experienced food cravings? That feeling where you KNOW the potato chips are calling you from underneath the seat in your car and now YOU MUST EAT THEM or you might die?? Well food cravings are a way your body tells you what you need to survive. Sadly, many of these “organic” cravings are disguised in junky, nutrient poor processed foods. However, listening to your body and understanding food cravings can help you get the nutrients your body desires in a healthy way!! Cravings are usually a symptom of poor diet, dehydration, excessive stress or poor digestion. Fixing these issues for the long term will reduce the cravings overall. Do you crave Salty Foods? Craving salty foods can indicate that you are suffering from adrenal fatigue or trace mineral deficiencies. These craving can indicate a potential for chemical imbalances which alter many metabolic processes that keep your body working optimally. Satisfy your cravings with: Bone Broths: which are an excellent source of the minerals calcium, magnesium,...
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Stay on track with your healing diet during the Holidays!!

  The holidays can be a stressful time, both financial and emotional. Added to that is your new regimen of a healing diet to improve your lifelong health. Remember there gazillion foods that don’t contain any of your triggers! Focus on those and remember keeping with your healing diet will be worth it in the end. Here is a list of pitfalls to avoid! Plain turkey is gluten free! Be sure it has not been seasoned or marinated with something that contains an allergen or trigger. There are plenty of stuffing’s and gravies that can be made allergy free too! Even though ham is usually gluten free, it can be very inflammatory and should be avoided during times of stress. Try a beautiful slow cooked brisket. There are many traditional recipes that avoid many of the typical allergens. Traditional mashed and roasted potato, turnip or sweet potato recipes are well tolerated on most healing diets. Avoid or modify some traditional holiday recipes...
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Antibiotics and The Gut…again.

In society today antibiotics are overly prescribed. Most patients receive the advice to “take all medication as prescribed” however, in some cases that not be the case. It is ALWAYS imperative to discuss with the prescriber when changing a treatment plan but there may be more occasions than not, to discontinue antibiotics before the “last pill was taken”. The failure of the medical community to appropriately utilize antibiotics in the 20th century has left us with many antibiotic resistant microbes plaguing patients at younger and younger ages.  Many prescribers prescribe to a “quick fix medicine” and in many cases abused and misused antibiotics in the name of “protocol”.  Of course this comes back to the fundamental disconnect between pharma and health. So it is imperative patients and parents advocate for themselves in these sorts of situations. Antibiotics, like food are broken down and digested by the body. Long term or frequent use of antibiotics alter the proper digestive bacteria in the gut...
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Autism and the other A’s (allergies, asthma and atopy/eczema)

Why is it that many autistic children struggle with a lot of other “A”s? Statistics show 25% of kids with autism has asthma too. Statistics show 60% of kids with autism has eczema too. Statistics show 8% of kids with autism has anaphylactic allergies and 40% have seasonal allergies. Although there are multiple mechanisms for these conditions individually, the focus for this article is the global impairment of the immune system that predisposes kids with autism to other conditions. The research shows that autistic kids are overburdened with all kinds of immune imbalance. This immune system imbalance initiates improper reactions to toxicity and how the body attempts to make every effort toward elimination (of toxins). Autistic kids have impaired detox mechanisms and altered methylation pathways, which are integral for detox of harmful substances the body comes in contact with frequently. Methylation is an important step in the detoxification of the body, and requires active forms of certain B vitamins in order to...
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First Foods for Babies with MTHFR

  In conventional medicine there is a gross disconnect between our health and our food.  It is always important to remember each and every thing we consume affects us in some way. This is ever so apparent in our babies, who have immature detoxification systems and immune systems. So why is the “general consensus” to offer complex nutrient poor foods, often times before the baby is even ready to digest them? First foods are so important for baby! But “offering food before age one is just for fun” which means that the bulk of nutrients for babies under 1 year of age should be from breast milk (The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for 6 months and then concomitantly with nutrient dense food until the age of 2). Formula in many cases poses a problem for families affected by MTHFR, as most formulas are fortified with folic acid. Folic acid should be avoided in all individuals with MTHFR, since individuals with...
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