Insights Into a New Medicine That Combines a Unique Blend of Naturopathic and Functional Medicine & Top Holistic and Integrative Health Reads for July 2016

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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.”

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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.


Presentation References

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Probiotic References:

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.


Supplement References:

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 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:

  1. Some of you expressed you are overwhelmed by the information and just skim it or put it aside. You miss the blog!
  2. 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



Buggy Updates on the Microbiome

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Imaging, Best Practices, and Labs



Epigenetics & Nature over Nurture- the environmental and genetic influences on health


Mind & Body United









Kids Topics


Brain Effects & Food


The Noteworthy




Supplement Support




Fishy News





Antibiotics & the Growing Resistance


Side Effects and Cautions




Guidelines, Policies, and Practice Management