Are Wheat & Gluten Causing Your Symptoms?

July 2, 2020 | Nutritional Counseling

Last week, I met a professional goal:  I completed my studies to become a Certified Gluten Practitioner.  And while I’m thrilled to have more information to share with clients, one stat just hit me in the gut (pun intended).   Six to seven out of 10 people have some sort of Wheat Related Disorder and are on a continuum for an Autoimmune Disease. So a majority of us are running around allergic to wheat to some degree?  Are you one of them?I didn’t think I was…until last fall. My StoryI had been complaining of a drop in energy—perhaps it was my studies in Nutrition Therapy coupled with some recent life changes.  One life change was beginning my work at Dragonfly 360 Yoga & Wellness to support Dr. Melanie’s naturopathic clients with dietary challenges and changes.  Because of my symptoms, Dr. Melanie encouraged me to look into a great lab test called the Wheat … Continued

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Balancing Stomach Acid Naturally and Dangers of Blocking It

April 3, 2020 | Acid Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux or heartburn, is a painful condition where stomach acid is backed up into the esophagus.  If you experience symptoms of acid reflux, you may experience a burning in the upper part of your chest.  Other symptoms may include gas, bloating, or bad breath.  Since the 1980s, medications known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) have been recommended by doctors for symptoms of GERD.  While PPIs are good at blocking excessive stomach acid and relieving discomfort, the medical community is beginning to pay more attention to the long term effects of PPIs.  Naturopathic medicine looks for ways to balance stomach acid levels naturally and address the cause with natural remedies, stress reduction, and diet changes.  Treating the whole person, and not just the heartburn symptom, gives people lasting relief, and also helps them with other nagging symptoms so they can feel like themselves again.Hydrochloric Acid’s … Continued

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Micronutrient Testing: It’s Not Just About the Values

September 19, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

I get comments frequently that switching from an engineering career to naturopathic medicine had to be a big change. While this may be true, the problem-solving aspect of my engineering degree i use everyday in my practice. The body is very complex and when dealing with chronic health issues it’s not always easy to find the underlying cause. Solving these complexities is one of my favorite parts in helping others. The Micronutrient TestOne of the tools I use to help me is the Micronutrient Test. This test looks at both serum values and cellular values for 48 vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fats. The serum values depict what is available for the body to use and the cellular values depict what the body is actually using. This helps me differentiate between a true deficiency or malabsorption issues which may be due to intestinal malabsorption, genetic variations, or oxidative stress.  Here is what the patterns … Continued

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Beat Sugar Cravings with NAET

January 17, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

Who doesn’t have food cravings?  We often think about cravings as a psychological phenomena.  An itch you can’t scratch.  But beating cravings isn’t as easy as practicing self-discipline, although that is an important aspect.  Food cravings can come from physiological issues as well as the mental/emotional pull. Desiring food as comfort can in itself be a symptom of food sensitivities or intolerance.  A food intolerance or sensitivity is an immune response to either immunoglobulin G (IgG) or immunoglobulin A (IgA).  Reactions to food could be delayed up to 48 hours after ingesting the food, which makes identifying the issue a challenge.  Regular stomach discomfort is caused by an inability to digest or metabolize a food completely.  Symptoms may include gas, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea. Oddly enough, having an intolerance to a food may make you crave that food. Having a mild immune reaction to foods may act like an endorphin (e.g., runner’s high) in … Continued

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TLC for a Healthy, Happy Gut

November 27, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

The digestive system is the power center of the body. There are more organs in this system than any other system. It keeps things moving in the right direction. Regular bowel movements are the cornerstone of good health as can ensure proper detoxification and absorption of nutrients. Anything interfering with these processes interferes with energy, sleep, mood, immune function and more. Therefore chronic constipation may lead to anxiety, depression, insomnia, yeast overgrowth (candida), migraines and allergies. As a naturopathic doctor, chronic constipation is a common issue that I help address. After each meal, you should produce a bowel movement. Although it is very common, finding the underlying cause can be complex and differ from person to person.  Blanket treatments such as laxatives often do not address the true issue and long term use can come with side effects. The body is very complex and the root issue must be found for overall health.   Constipation is usually a symptom of other issues caused … Continued

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NAET for Children’s Top 7 Icks & Aches

October 11, 2018 | NAET

Kids are always running.  Running in the kitchen, to the car, on the playground, into your arms.  One of the greatest joys of parenthood is watching your child play and laugh.  But while they are running from one place to the other, it seems there is a seemingly constant battle with runny noses, tummy aches, and sleep problems.  A box of tissues in every room is a crucial staple to your home’s decor. Many over-the-counter medications offered to children come with undesirable side effects, such as drowsiness, and they only provide short bursts of relief.  Especially for children with severe allergies, drowsiness effects their school, social, and play time.  There’s no time to be sick when there is fun to be had!  As a Naturopathic doctor, I use homeopathic and natural remedies to help children through icky symptoms and to build strong immune systems.  One of my favorite treatments is NAET.  NAET … Continued

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Don’t Write Lectins Out of Your Diet… Yet

April 5, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

Benefits of LectinsLectins are proteins that bind carbohydrates. By binding to carbohydrates during digestion, they reduce the glycemic effects of food. By stabilizing blood sugar, there may be benefits such as weight loss, sustained energy, improved focus, and reduced blood pressure. Many foods with lectins are nutrient dense foods such as beans, nuts, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. Plant lectins are thought to be a defense.  They protect plants against pathogens and insects similar to phytochemical in plants. For this reason, plant lectins offer anti-microbial properties and immunity support. Problem with Lectins One common lectin that poses issues is wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) lectin. This lectin is found in wheat as well as other cereal grains including the sprouted forms.  Like gluten, it may cause inflammation in the body, not only in the gastrointestinal system, but also may affect the endocrine, neurological and immune systems.A diet that has received press lately is the lectin free diet. This … Continued

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The ‘D’ Missing from Depression

March 14, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

Depression is very common, but you may still feel alone, helpless, and lost.  Long term depression can be debilitating.  Getting out of bed is a Spartan feat, and yet falling asleep is almost impossible.  While some depression is caused by circumstances such a loss of a loved one, it can become a physical problem.  Doctors may prescribe medications that work at first, and then stop.  If the underlying issue is not addressed, depression can become a chronic condition.Vitamin D & DepressionWhen I work with depressed clients, I often find that their Vitamin D levels are deficient.  Deficient Vitamin D levels impact the production of important ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters like serotonin.   Vitamin D receptors are found in the amygdala (the part of the brain that controls emotion), which influences production of serotonin.  When Vitamin D is low, production of serotonin can be reduced.Vitamin D & MagnesiumUnfortunately, treating depression isn’t as simple as … Continued

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