The Pearls and Perils of the Paleo Diet

I know how emotionally-charged discussions about diet can get. So, with that in mind, (as well as the fact that for over a decade I was a vegetarian), I’ll be treading cautiously on this topic of the Paleo diet. Not only do I not want to add to the polarization that already exists in the “which is the perfect diet” debate, but because I’ve been around the health and nutrition ...

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Outsmarting the New Obstacles to Your Health

  I knew the moment I heard my first lecture in nursing school (highlighting the details of what happens when the body becomes riddled with disease), that I would spend my career focused on preventing illness.  My calling it seemed was to learn all I could about ways to keep the body healthy, strong and disease-free.   Subsequently, over the ensuing 30 plus years, I dove into many aspects of health: exploring ...

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A Top Scientist at the CDC Blew the Whistle!

What does it mean when a top scientist at the Center for Disease Control (William Thompson, PhD) admits that he and the coauthors of a study published in 2004 purposefully hid data that revealed a strong association between the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine and autism in a specific population of children?  I’ll tell you what it means…it means there was a cover up!  It means that if the data ...

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An Adult Topic: Preventing Dementia…

Recently, a neighbor expressed great concern (actually fear) regarding the fact that because her parents developed dementia, she too would follow that same course. I immediately and emphatically responded that we have more control than we think over whether or not we develop a particular illness...even if there is a genetic predisposition for it to occur. Genes are a factor for certain. However, new research tells us that we can often ...

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Raising Healthy Kids in a Toxic World

I don’t usually pull the “age card” in our youth oriented society, but I’m going to just put it out there and tell you that I am a grandmother of 7 kids and I have been a pediatric registered nurse for 36 years!   Now, neither of these admissions alone, or in combination, makes me a wise old sage who has all the answers.  However, the fact that I was working ...

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Getting Healthy Before Getting Pregnant

You might be surprised to find out just how little attention is paid to this concept in our culture. Yet today, with 1 in 6 children affected by either a neurological, behavioral or developmental disorder (including 1 in 50 with autism) and 53% of our kids affected by one or more chronic illness (such as asthma, ADHD and allergies), it is time to examine this concept more closely. Having worked with ...

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