Insights Into a New Medicine That Combines a Unique Blend of Naturopathic and Functional Medicine & Top Holistic and Integrative Health Reads for July 2016
In the past few months, I have been lecturing on the concepts of my newly released book, BreakFree Medicine. My most recent presentation was at Nature Tyme, an amazing health food store located in Syracuse, NY. It was recorded and is now available on their site and YouTube. I am excited to share it with you in this blog!
In this presentation you’ll learn:
- The Catalyst Behind Why I Wrote BreakFree Medicine
- Why Our Current System Isn’t Working:
- The Sad Stats of American Healthcare
- The Caveats of Evidence-Based Medicine
- The Principles and Concepts of the BreakFree Medicine Model
- A Systematic Approach to Balancing the Body with a Focus on the Gut
What better way to celebrate almost four months of my book’s release then providing the video for all my readers to view?
You can see the full 90-minute presentation below. (Note, the visual isn’t very clear, but the sound is all set if you crank it a bit!)
I know, 90 minutes! But, here’s the good news…
I had a great audience that was very interactive, so it’s not just one of those “preaching lectures.” I find lectures wonderful, but sometimes it’s a little hard to prevent the “head nodding.”
Presentation Notes and Take Aways:
Below are some topics I referenced in the presentation. I’ve provided them so that the less audio inclined can get the gist by reading and so that those who want the studies can get additional goodies!
The Catalyst Behind Why I Wrote BreakFree Medicine
This link gives an overview of my book and a preview inside.
Why We Need a New Way
This 2-part series reviews the issues of our current healthcare model including the sad statistics, unnecessary tests, the issues of lab tests validity and accuracy, and the imaging caveats- all discussed in my presentation.
This blog reviews the recent study reporting on the detrimental health statistics of medical errors.
The BreakFree Medicine Approach: The Concepts, Integration, Principles, and Implemention
Digestive health is one of the pillars of health. In this blog, I give an overview of how to support a healthy digestive tract. I also highlight essential oils for gut health.
Here, I write about a naturopathic and functional medicine approach to Lyme disease. It gives an example of how the BreakFree Medicine method approaches an individual with Lyme disease. This article also highlights the importance of the microbiome.
I discussed how the rodents “chilled out” when they were given a probiotic strain. Here is the link:
Bravo JA, Forsythe P, Chew MV, et al. Ingestion of Lactobacillus strain regulates emotional behavior and central GABA receptor expression in a mouse via the vagus nerve. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2011;108(38):16050-16055. doi:10.1073/pnas.1102999108.
Here is another link as an FYI on the modulation of a rodent’s brain with probiotics:
Berick P, Park AJ, Sinclar D, et al. The anxiolytic effect of Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 involves vagal pathways for gut–brain communication. Neurogastroenterology and motility?: the official journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society. 2011;23(12):1132-1139. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2982.2011.01796.x.
Here is a review on the role of probiotics and human uses and what they do and don’t do.
The reference I mentioned in the lecture on the curcumin and resveratrol interactions was from a presentation I listened to in my trainings. I discuss it in this blog.
Here are some studies I found on green tea and curcumin, in vitro and in vivo:
Eckert RL, Crish JF, Efimova T, Balasubramanian S. Opposing action of curcumin and green tea polyphenol in human keratinocytes. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2006 Feb;50(2):123-9.
Strong R, Miller RA, Astle CM, et al. Evaluation of Resveratrol, Green Tea Extract, Curcumin, Oxaloacetic Acid, and Medium-Chain Triglyceride Oil on Life Span of Genetically Heterogeneous Mice. The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. 2013;68(1):6-16. doi:10.1093/gerona/gls070.
Galland, L. Drug- Supplement Interactions: The good, the bad, and the undetermined. Foundation for Integrated Medicine. (He notes the mechanism for green tea in chemotherapy, “Green tea catechins may either inhibit or induce P-gp, depending upon their structure [ref 160].”)
Diet & Food Addiction References and Resources
I discussed in the presentation how rats can be more addicted to sugar over cocaine. Here is the reference:
Epstein DH, Shaham Y. Cheesecake-eating rats and the question of food addiction. Nature neuroscience. 2010;13(5):529-531. doi:10.1038/nn0510-529.
Part of the foundation of health is lifestyle and diet. This is why a whole chapter on food and movement is dedicated to each subject in my book. On my new Saratoga.com blog this week, I dug (pun intended) more into the topic of food addiction. This is a topic that I don’t think gets enough attention in the search for a quick-and-easy panacea. Click here to find a review of my previous research and some updates.
If you noticed, I’ve been writing a short blog and introduction in the beginning of my Top Holistic and Integrative Health Reads of the month. The reason is some of the feedback I’ve gotten:
- Some of you expressed you are overwhelmed by the information and just skim it or put it aside. You miss the blog!
- Others are excited and said to keep it! These readers said it gives them a way to breeze through all the articles and blogs that were on the major news channels the last month.
So, I wanted to satisfy both. Now, those who want to skim through and find what interests them can do that just that. Those who are overwhelmed can read the beginning of the blog and then just take a quick peek below or stop altogther. Win-win!
Let me know your feedback on this!
July 2016 Top Holistic and Integrative Health Reads
The Not to Miss Top 5
- Gluten Sensitive? It Does Exist!
- The 2016 EWG Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen
- Evidence of Cancer Found in Paleo Times
- Is the US Subsidizing Fattening Foods?
- Study: Resveratrol Restores Blood Brain Barrier in Alzheimer’s
Buggy Updates on the Microbiome
- Why Architects Should Let Bugs In
- New Cloud Platform to Assess Microbiome
- The Nasal Microbiome for Fighting Bad Bugs
- The Duration of Time That Food Sits in the Gut Linked to Bacterial Diversity
- Manipulating Mice Microbes to Alleviate Effect of High Fat Diet
- Mouse with Bariatric Surgery Reveres Diabetes Due to Gut Population Shift
- Gut Bacteria Can Contribute, Prevent, and Modulate Rheumatoid Arthritis (2 Studies)
- Viruses and Evolution
- Virus Linked to Infertility
- How Genetics Effect Bug Invasion Response
- Gut Bugs, Pomegranates, Mitochondria, and Anti-Aging
Exercise & Lifestyle
- A Fit Chair for a Fit Behind?
- Lack of Fitness Second to Smoking in Causes of Death: Study
- Mental Exercises and Physical Exercise- Work Different Parts of Brain, Study
- Moving an Hour May Offset Sitting Detriments
- The Unseen and Overlooked Benefits of Lifestyle Interventions
- Weight Loss May Reduce Cancer Risk
- Weight Does Matter for Health: Against the Obesity Paradox
- Longer Life Means a Healthier One
- Physical Activity Brought to the Desk Also Brings Good Effects
- Fasting with Chemotherapy Shown to Help Mice and Promising in Men
Imaging, Best Practices, and Labs
- Prophylactic Mastectomy Not Routinely Recommended
- How You Feel May Be the Best BioMarker
- Optical Magnetic Field Sensor Detects Changes in Nervous System
- Reassessing the Annual Pelvic Exam
- The European Society for Medical Oncology Magnitude of Clinical Benefit Scale in Daily Practice
- How Patients’ Complaints Affect Doctors
- A Mitochondrial- Cancer Link
- The Underestimation of Overweight?
- Interventions Aimed at Low Value Care
- AMA Adopts Community Guidance to Reduce the Harmful Human and Environmental Effects of High Intensity Street Lighting
- Can a Brain Scan Predict Memory Loss- Early On from Stress!
- The Failing Animal Research Paradigm for Human Disease
Epigenetics & Nature over Nurture- the environmental and genetic influences on health
- The Epigenetics of Puberty
- Environment Influences “Family Diseases”
- FDA Wants to Know- How Safe Is That Hand Sanitizer?
- President Obama Published in JAMA on HealthCare and ACA
- New Commonwealth Reports Modest Gains with ObamaCare
- Association Between Unconventional Natural Gas Development in the Marcellus Shale and Asthma Exacerbation
- Life without plastic: A Family Experiment and Bio-monitoring Study
- Toxic Connections- Do Pesticides Have Synergism?
- Is Artificial Lighting Making Us Sick Like These Mice?
- Introducing… the Proteome!
- Happy and Sad Genes the Same, It’s a Matter of Perspective
- The DNA of Success
- On the Path to Controlled Gene Therapy
- Survey: How Do Americans Feel About Gene Editing and “Better Living with Science”
Mind & Body United
- The Role of Religion on Mental Health- Study Shows Buffer for Women
- The Gut-Brain in IBS
- Acupressure for Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients
- The Effects of Music Intervention on Sleep Quality in Community-Dwelling Elderly
- Guided Imagery for Total Knee Replacement: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study
- The Brain of a (Rodent) Bully
- Some Changes in the Brain Similar in Autism, ADHD, and OCD
- Limit Kids’ Exposure to Media Violence, Pediatricians Say
- Project TENDR: Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks- Consensus Statement
- The Brain Changes in Traumatized Youths
- Genes and Environment- Modern Environment Makes Susceptibility Worse for Weight Gain
- Allergies Less Common in Kids Who Suck Thumb, Bite Nails
- Lack of Sleep on Kids Brains Causes Emotional Problems Later On
- Breastfeeding May Lead to Better Brains
- Cutting Sweets Could Help Kids Hearts
Brain Effects & Food
- Brain Changes Cause Overweight Mice to Eat More
- No to Cake or Yes to Kale?
- Men and Women’s Brains Really Are Wired Different!
- More Proof of the Neuro-Immune Connection
- Oxytocin’s Role in Binge Eating
- Brain Pathways and Eating Behavior
- How Brains in Anorexics Differ
- Obesity Effects Food Cravings- Even After Fullness Hits
- The Teeth- Heart Connection
- Feeling Hot- Menopause May Speed Up Aging
- Modified Rye Bread, Low in FODMAPs, Helps Some Symptoms in IBS
- A Ketone Drink May Boost Athlete Performance
- Resistant Starch May Be Good for Metabolic Syndrome
- Modulating Cravings with a Supplement in a Milkshake
- Magnesium and Blood Pressure
- Even Healthy Fat in the Mediterranean Diet Means Good News for Health in Study
- Benefits of Coffee Outweigh Risks in Large Meta-analysis
- Levels of Omega-3 Linked to Less Risk of Cardiovascular Fatality in FORCE Study
- Study: Intake of Omega-3 and Decreased Death from Colon Cancer
- Study: 1/3rd of Pregnant Women Iron-Deficient at Risk of Thyroid Issues
Antibiotics & the Growing Resistance
- Global Experts Call on UN for Global Action Plan to Widen Access to Antibiotics
- Less Antibiotics Prescribed, Just As Safe to Patients
- Can Antibiotics Make Mental Health Worse?
- The Overuse of Non-Prescribed Antibiotics
- Fighting Infections Without Antibiotics in Cirrhosis- Gut Bugs at Play Here
- Stronger Warnings on Common Antibiotic Class
Side Effects and Cautions
- Naltrexone May Be Helpful in Cancer- In Vitro Evidence
- Rats are Natural Helpers, but Not When on Anti-Anxiety Meds
- Cisplatin May Hurt Ears When Treating Testicular Cancer
- Older People Remain on Blood Pressure Agents Despite Being Hypotensive and the Risks Associated
- New FDA Watch List: Possible ED Drug-Melanoma Link and Other Concerns
- Meningitis B Vaccine Falls Short of Expectations
Guidelines, Policies, and Practice Management