Fun in the Sun
August 9, 2016 / in Health & Wellness / by Raleigh Warren

With summer here, it is important now more than ever to start thinking about protecting the largest organ you have: your skin. Most people do not realize that their skin is an organ and that it can cover an area up to 20 square feet. That is a lot! An organ that is so extensive as skin is, it has many functions that many of us over look. Our skin performs things such as:

Protection: our skin acts as a barrier from pathogens and damage between the internal and external environment in regards to defense

Sensation: our skin contains numerous nerve endings that react to heat, cold, touch, pressure, vibration and tissue injury

Thermoregulation: our sweat glands and dilated blood vessels help in regulating heat loss, while constricted blood vessels reduce blood flow which helps conserve heat

Control of evaporation: your skin has the ability to reduce fluid loss due to the dry and semi-impermeable barrier it possesses

Storage and synthesis: your skin acts as a storage place for fats and water

Absorption: oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide spread into the skin in small amounts

Water resistance: your skin acts as a water resistant barrier to make sure essential nutrients are not washed out of your body.

Our skin has many jobs, but it does need help when it comes to fighting scary things like cancer. For years, claims that exposure to sun can cause skin cancer has been common knowledge to many. This claim has led to the overuse of sunscreen and the notion that we have outsmarted the sun and its evil ways. However, recent studies have shown that every year in the United States, almost 5 million people are dangers-of-sunscreen-vancouver-naturopathtreated for skin cancer. In a recent study done in 2006, studies revealed that 3.5 million cases of skin cancer were diagnosed in 2.2 million people. Furthermore, there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer. With that being said, you probably feel like running to your cabinet and grabbing your sunscreen for fear that the harmful sun rays could be penetrating you through your windows.

What if I told you that it was not actually the harmful rays that were potentially creating a rise in the rate of skin cancers, bt rather the lack of sunlight you are receiving. It seems kind of backwards, right? Interestingly enough, sunlight is our friend. Sunlight allows our body to produce vitamin D, a very important nutrient. Ironically, by coating our bodies with sunscreen in an effort to protect us from the sun, we are actually creating the potential for an even higher incidence of skin cancer.

Research has shown that low levels of vitamin D can actually create a major risk factor for developing melanoma. This seems counterintuitive from what we have always been taught, that too much sun can cause melanoma. Studies have shown that with an appropriate amount of sun exposure, skin cancer can actually be prevented while the use of sunscreen can increase the risk of developing melanoma.

Surprisingly, melanoma was shown to be more prevalent in those people who worked indoors versus those who worked outdoors. Also, melanoma is more common in the areas of your body that does not get exposed to sun. Now don’t go sunbathing nude at your local pool. Sun cancer will be the least of your worries.

So what makes the sun rays so important, you ask? Good question! Through exposure to the sun, not a tanning bed, your body is able to produce vitamin D like I mentioned before. So how does this vitamin D prevent skin cancer, you may be wondering? Well, vitamin D is a steroid hormone that effects every cell of your body and has been shown to be one of nature’s most powerful cancer fighters. There are receptors in nearly every type of human cell, from your bones to your brain, that respond to vitamin D.

The vitamin D in your bloodstream is converted into calcitriol by your organs. Calcitriol is the activated version of vitamin D that your organs can use to repair damage, which can include damage from cancer cells and tumors. Vitamin D has many protective qualities against cancer and works in many ways, which include:

increases the self-destruction of mutated cells (the replication of mutated cells can lead to cancer

decreasing the spread and reproduction of cancer cells

allowing cells to be differentiated (cancer cells are not able to differentiate

decreasing the proliferation of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones, which allows dormant tumors to convert into cancerous tumors

So now with all of this information at hand, you may be wondering what is the proper amount of sun exposure that you need to help maintain healthy levels of vitamin D. Some people think that the occasional exposure of sun on your face is enough to meet your daily vitamin D requirements. For most of us, that fact does not hold true. On the other hand, sunburn provides no benefits and is not good for your skin either. The key is to find the proper “dose” of sun exposure.

To get as much out of your sun sessions as possible, it is advised that you expose large portions of your skin to the sun for more than just a few minutes. The best time for vitamin D production is around noon. There are two types of kids-playing-outside-337x224ultraviolet light that comes from the sun: UVA and UVB. UVB is the healthy wavelengths that help your skin produce vitamin D, whereas UVA is considered unhealthy because they penetrate your skin deeper and can cause more free radical damage. UVA is also present during all hours of the day, while UVB is at its peak around 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. During those times you only need to be exposed to the sun for a limited period, considering it is strongest then. The time you need is only long enough to turn your skin a light pink, any more time could expose you to potential harm and damage to your skin. For fair people, their maximum amount of exposure time is 10-20 minutes. For times that you aren’t able to be in the sun, there are supplementation options such as liquid D3. But it’s almost summer!

So, with all of that being said, play it safe and smart and enjoy the sun!

Not All Water is Created Equal

June 21, 2016 / in Health & Wellness / by Raleigh Warren

Not all water is created equal…So what Are My Options?

It is important to note that not all alkaline waters are made equal. There are two types of alkaline water:

  • “artificial” alkaline water: this water is typically tap water that has been put through a process called electrical ionizer to bring the pH to a more alkaline state. The ionizing machines that are geared towards alkalizing your water use titanium and platinum to make the water more alkaline, and aren’t adding natural minerals to the body that it craves.
  • bottle spring or mineral water: this natural spring water passes over rocks and soil which causes the water to pick up different minerals that effect the pH. Spring water, which is a naturally-occurring mineral water, contains alkalizing compounds like calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium and bicarbonate.

If you would like to try alkaline water yourself, here is a list of bottle waters that you might want to consider and the pH of each one:

ESSENTIA: they claim that this water is made from regular water that has been cleaned using reverse osmosis and tWaterhen minerals are added, followed by an ionizing process. They say that the pH of this water is 9.5 (that’s pretty alkaline).

2. WAIKEA HAWAIIAN VOLCANIC WATER: this is supposed to be natural spring water that is filtered through volcanic rocks. This has a pH of 8.8 (more alkaline) and even contains magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium and silica

3. ICELAND SPRING: It claims to be spring water from a natural source with a pH of 8.8 (more alkaline)

4. ETERNAL WATER: this is supposed to be from natural spring sources that are found in the U.S. with a pH from 7.8-8.2 depending on certain environmental factors.

5. FIJI WATER: this is supposed to be from an aquifer in the Fiji Islands with a pH of 7.7 (alkaline)

6. EVIAN: mineral water from France with a pH of 7.2 (a little more alkaline than regular tap water)

7. SMARTWATER: a pH of 7.0 (this is neutral and the same as tap water)

8. AQUAFINA: a public tap water that has been purified through reverse osmosis and other purification methods and has a pH of 5.5-7.0 (this tends to be neutral to more acidic than tap water)

9. DASANI: is made with public tap water and filtered using reverse osmosis and then they add a mix of minerals.

Phew, that was a lot of information!

Your head might be swimming with all that information and you might be thinking, “So, what’s the final conclusion?” While it may be possible for alkaline water to supply you with some health benefits, there is still no 100% certainty whether or not it will truly benefit your health. If you don’t have any kidney issues, then alkaline water might be something to consider. Either way, it is important to make sure you are getting enough water each and every day. If you are not sold on the alkaline water or still prefer to keep drinking your regular water, you might consider adding the silica to your water. You can do that by a supplement called Super Silica. Its health benefits are profound and a great option to alkaline water! Ask us at the office about this amazing product.

There are other options and ways to increase the alkalinity in your body and that is by eating fruits and vegetables. Here is a great website that lays out what foods are alkaline producing and which ones are acid producing. In addition to that, here is another website with some human studies on the benefits of alkaline water.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to proper hydration and making sure you are drinking enough water. If you are still unsure about which way to go regarding drinking alkaline water or sticking to your regular filter water, there is always the option of adding the Super Silica to your water. Remember to hydrate your body! So, drink up!

Want to start from the beginning?

Part 1: What is the Best Type of Water to Keep Me Properly Hydrated?

Part 2: Benefits of Alkaline Water

Part 3: Risky Business?

Risky Business?

May 4, 2016 / in Health & Wellness / by Raleigh Warren

Are there risks to drinking Alkaline water?

To drink alkaline water, or not to drink alkaline water? That is the question.

There seems to be a lot of amazing health claims about alkaline water, but can I really believe them and are there any risks? There still seems to be a bit of uncertainty in the claims that alkaline water can prevent cancer and reduce the common cold, but some say these claims aren’t really true. It has been proposed that drinking water with a pH between 6.5-8 is best, but as for it being harmful to drink alkaline water over the long run all we know is that it has been shown to be harmful to plants and animals. However, drinking up to 2 liters a day of naturally occurring alkaline water has not been shown to cause any problems. This is because the alkalinity is due to the result of naturally occurring minerals such as magnesium and calcium, which the body is capable of using these minerals and then discarding any excess than isn’t necessary for the body to use. With that being said, it shouldn’t be a problem with you becoming too alkaline when you drink alkaline water that is naturally produced.

So, more is better right? Not necessarily… balance is important, especially when it comes to our bodies. Just like everything in life, there is needs to be a healthy balance. Remember that even the slightest changes in our body can throw things off. Drinking too much alkaline water, or water that has a higher pH than normal, could throw off the body’s normal pH leading to issues. Just like people can have metabolic acidosis, the alternative condition is known as metabolic alkalosis. This condition has been known to cause confusion, vomiting, nausea, muscle twitching, hand tremors, tingling in the hands, face or feet.

What’s more, It is important to know that those with kidney issues or people who are taking any type of medication that could potentially change the functioning of their kidneys, alkaline water might not before them. The reason behind this is because the minerals in the alkaline water could start to collect in their bodies and the kidneys are responsible for clearing those things out. If you have any concerns about drinking alkaline water, make sure to talk to your health care provider to see if alkaline water is a healthy option for you.

Read Part 4 to find out your best water options!

Part 4: Not All Water Is Created Equal

Catch up on previous articles:

Part 1: What Is the Best Type of Water to Keep Me Properly Hydrated?

Part 2: Benefits of Alkaline Water

What Are The Benefits Of Alkaline Water?

April 19, 2016 / in Health & Wellness / by Raleigh Warren

Even the slightest changes in your body’s pH can cause you to become more acidic and when this occurs, your body’s immediate response is to show signs of imbalance. Those imbalances can show up as a runny nose, fatigue, acne, or even a slight case of irritable bowel syndrome. These symptoms might be your body trying to tell you that there is something off, like perhaps your pH is too low (or acidic), and it is vita

l that you reach a more basic (or alkaline) state.

It has been proposed by the Budwig Center, an alternative medicine cancer treatment facility in Spain, that the pH of our bodies are to be precisely kept at 7.4. They believe that when we keep our pH levels at this basic neutrality, we are better

able to achieve and maintain optimal health and to fight cancer. They are of the belief that with an acidic body leads to a weakened system because your body now has to steal minerals from your bones, teeth and organs in order to neutralize the excess acid that is being produced. This high level of acid in the body is known as acidosis. Acidosis can lead to symptoms like: diarrhea, osteoporosis, anxiety, rheumatoid arthritis, and impaired immune function. It can also interfere with your cell’s ability to produce energy to fight cancer and thrive and therefore unable to heal.

Other potential benefits to maintaining a proper pH in your body is the possibility of fewer colds. When your body is more acidic than it should be, this promotes the growth of bad bacteria, yeast and fungus which makes you prone to more infections. When your body is at a more alkaline state you are less likely to suffer from colds.

It’s important to note that alkaline water isn’t the only way to keep your body in more of an alkaline state. By eating fruits and vegetables, you are making your body more alkaline. While on the other hand, eating things like processed foods, sugar, refined carbohydrates and alcohol make your body more acidic and prone to disease. Just by eating alkalizing foods, you are more likely to maintain a healthy weight. You can even add super silica, a trace mineral that is incredibly essential for proper body function. By adding this amazing mineral to your water, you get not only the alkalinity effects but the awesome healing power such as: reduction of pain and inflammation, improved skin elasticity and moisture, bone rebuilding, stronger teeth and even soothes and protects the lining of your stomach. For more information about Super Silica, contact us today.

Part 3: Risky Business?

Part 1: What is the best type of water to keep me properly hydrated?

What Is The Best Type Of Water To Keep Me Properly Hydrated?

March 28, 2016 / in Health & Wellness / by Raleigh Warren

Some of you might be wondering “what is the best type of water to keep me properly hydrated?”. In the recent years, the question regarding alkaline water and its benefits have been on many people’s mind. In fact, I just had someone ask me, “Are there really any benefits to alkaline water or risks, for that matter, and what are they?”. I thought that was a great question!

It should go without saying that we all need to drink water, especially more of it. It is important to your health to get at least 8 glasses of water every day. Most people are unaware that our bodies are made up of more than fifty percent of water and it is crucial to stay properly hydrated to maintain every bodily function. When we are dehydrated, or lacking water, our bodies and organs have to work harder. You might experience a drop-off of energy and mood with just slight dehydration. People who are dehydrated can also experience headaches since the brain is incredibly sensitive to even the smallest of changes in our body fluids.

For those of us who live in the United States, we are fortunate enough to have access to clean drinking water. It has been reported by that 750 million people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water. That is 1 in 9 people that are suffering every day! So, first and foremost, let us be grateful for the clean and safe drinking water we have access to. Side bar- if you are interested in helping those out who lack clean water, I highly suggest looking into charity water.

Before we get into the nitty gritty, let us look at what exactly is alkaline water. Most of us are familiar with the term pH, which is the measure of the acidity or the alkalinity of a substance or solution. This scale ranges from 0 (with 0 being extremely acidic) to 14 (with that being the most basic) and 7 being the neutral zone. For the most part, water is in the middle with a pH of 7. In the case of alkaline water, also called ionized water, its pH ranges from 7 to 9.5.

What’s it all about anyway? Give me the basics.


The theory behind alkaline water is that it is making our bodies less acidic. The belief is that our Standard American Diet, or the SAD diet, has been creating an environment that leads to long-standing acidosis, which can be associated with certain health issues such as hormonal problems, a decrease in bone density and metabolic issues.PH Pic

The reason that even the slightest alteration in our bodies pH is due to the fact that our blood has a pH of approximately 7.4- which is slightly alkaline. It is crucial that our bodies keep our pH within this narrow range, because even the slightest shift of as little fast 0.05 in our blood pH can have critical health risks. The good news is that the pH of our organs throughout the rest of our body can vary immensely. An example would be the stomach, which has a pH of 1.5 to 3.5 (this is very acidic). Things like TUMS and antacids, which contain alkaline substances, can cancel out the acidity in your stomach and create an imbalance. We do not want to destroy all of the acid in our body, it plays an important role in our digestion!

Show me the proof.

proofUp to this point, there has not been a large amount of studies done to report on the positive or negative effects of drinking alkaline water. There are many alternative health care professionals that say alkaline water is great for slowing the aging process, increasing energy levels, regulates your body’s pH levels and helps prevent chronic diseases like cancer. Like I mentioned, there aren’t a lot of studies to support these claims, however a study done in 2001 in the issue of “Shanghai Journal of Protective Medicine” found that participants that drank alkaline water for 3-6 months did lower their cholesterol levels, blood glucose and blood pressure levels.

In addition to that, there was a study performed in the July 2012 edition of “Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology” that was titled “Potential Benefits of pH 8.8 Alkaline Drinking Water as an Adjunct in the Treatment of Reflux Disease” discovered that water with a pH of 8.8 successfully neutralized stomach acid and pepsin, making this a possible treatment for those who suffer with acid reflux.

There is more information that you can find and read up on at Lifeionizers.

Part 2: Benefits of Alkaline Water

Fare Thee Well, 10,000 Miles by Mary Chapin Carpenter

March 17, 2016 / in Music / by Andrew

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter, an unlikely folk singer turned country star in the 90’s did not conform to the stereotypical country genre. Missing the twang and heavy strings, what you get are pure honest songs with lyrics worth listening and feeling. And then there’s quite possibly the best vocal performance of her career, the majestic “10,000 Miles” from the film “Fly Away Home.”

The song is her version of an 18th-Century English folk ballad “Fare Thee Well” in which a lover bids farewell before setting off on a journey. The lyrics include a dialogue between the lovers. The haunting majesty of the music and lyrics will move your soul.

“10,000 Miles”

Fare thee well

My own true love

Farewell for a while

I’m going away

But I’ll be back

Though I go 10,000 miles

10,000 miles

My own true love

10,000 miles or more

The rocks may melt

And the seas may burn

If I should not return

Oh don’t you see

That lonesome dove

Sitting on an ivy tree

She’s weeping for

Her own true love

As I shall weep for mine

Oh come ye back

My own true love

And stay a while with me

If I had a friend

All on this earth

You’ve been a friend to me


New Year, New You

January 12, 2016 / in Good Food, Health & Wellness / by Raleigh Warren


It’s a new year and this is the time that most people make the resolution to start eating healthy and losing weight. Well do I have the secret for you, The Paleo Diet! Many people have heard of the Paleo Diet, but not everyone knows what it is all about. Well, here is your chance to learn a little bit more about it.

In simple terms, the Paleo Diet was created in an effort to eat like we used to back in the day, when hunting and gathering was our only means of nourishment. Back then, people ate anything they could get their hands on- meat, fish, nuts, leafy greens and vegetables and seeds. The concept of grains and sugars were not available to the hunters and gatherers. It wasn’t until people started settling down and the ability to farm land did we start to consume things like bread and sugar. And while the times have changed, our genetics and the body’s ability to process these new foods have not changed much, leaving our bodies unable to fully adjust to all of the grains and sugars we are consuming.

You see, back in the day the average person was tall, muscular, agile and athletic, while today the average person is out of shape, obese, stressed out, unhappy and suffering from multiple preventable diseases. So what’s changed? Well, now as a population, we are sedentary and our diet consists of pasta, breads, sugar, processed and refined foods that our body has no idea how to use for proper fuel. People today look to things like pastas and breads to fill up, rather than eating a meal comprised of meats, veggies and fruit. Unfortunately the government does not seem to be helping the problem, by continuing to recommend 6-11 servings of grains a day and we as a society continue to get more and more obese. It is estimated that 66% of us are overweight and 33% of us are considered obese. That is a staggering number and sadly it is only getting worse.

So with all of that in mind, how does the Paleo Diet help me to get healthier, keep up my energy levels and even lose weight, you might be asking? As I mentioned earlier, the Paleo Diet is how we as a human race used to eat. The diet is designed to be comprised of things like:

  • Meat- a good, natural grass-fed source
  • Fowl- Chicken, duck, hen, turkey
  • Fish- try to stick to wild caught fish, seeing as farmed fish can be high in mercury
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Oils- olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil
  • Fruits- while fruit is high in sugar, it is a natural form of sugar, but if your goal is to lose weight then watch your intake
  • Nuts- a good high source of calories
  • Tubers- sweet potatoes and yams. These are a good source of naturally occurring carbs as wells as high in calories.

You might be noticing a theme here… There are no grains, no dairy and no unnatural forms of sugar in this diet. That is because back in the day those things were not a part of our diet. Grains are high in carbohydrates and those carbohydrates are turned into what is known as glucose, or sugar, in our body and used for energy. However, any form of glucose that is not used for energy turns to fat. So as we sit at our desks consuming cookies and donuts and sodas, all of that unused energy turns to fat. In addition to grains containing carbohydrates, they also contain gluten and lectins.

So what exactly are gluten and lectins and why might they be bad for me, you might be thinking? Gluten might not be necessarily bad for you, but many people today are gluten intolerant. So eating things like wheat, rye and barley that contain gluten can cause an inflammatory process as well as dermatitis, joint pain, reproductive problems, acid reflux and much, much more. I am sure you have all heard of gluten before, it is hard to go a day without hearing the word gluten, but we don’t often hear the term lectin used every day. Lectins are natural toxins that exist within grains that are due to an evolutionary process devised by grains so that we do not eat them. That doesn’t sound good to me. In fact, our gastrointestinal tracts do not enjoy these natural toxins and as a consequence, these toxins prevent the tract from repairing itself from the normal wear and tear which can lead to leaky gut syndrome.

The idea of the Paleo Diet is to eat foods free of grains, sugars and processed foods so that our bodies can function at their optimal level. There have been numerous studies done showing that by just doing these three simple changes can drastically improve your level of health and possibly reverse certain diseases. Want to read more about some of those awesome lifestyle changes and improvements made by cancer patients who switched to a zero-sugar diet and saw positive results? Check out this article in Time Magazine.

You might have noticed that I haven’t mentioned much about dairy. The Paleo Diet does not include dairy products as a source of protein or calories. As a general rule, most people that follow this diet tend to stay away from dairy. Dairy tends to be mucous producing and can cause an inflammatory reaction in the body, so it is typically a good idea to stay away from it. If you do choose to continue eating dairy, make sure it comes from animals like goat’s milk, seeing as it is the closest thing to human milk that we can buy today.

When you are starting this diet out, keep it simple and start slow. Remember that each meal should consist of a good source of healthy protein like eggs, chicken or fish along with good vegetables and some fruit. If you get hungry throughout the day, try a handful of almonds or an avocado to get some healthy fats into your diet. Try it out for 30 days and see if you feel better and have more energy and maybe even lose weight! I’ve included a few sites that are great for if you need more information as well as places to get recipes to start your new diet off right!

More info & great places for recipes:

Mark’s Daily Apple – this is a great place to learn more about the Paleo Diet as well as some awesome recipes

The Primal Blueprint – here is a link to a great book for learning more about the Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet– here is a great website by Loren Cordain with tons of information and recipes

Everyday Paleo– another awesome site that breaks down yummy recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Remember, ease into it and most importantly, have fun and get healthy!

Make Your Aging Brain 12 Years Younger in 3 Months

December 9, 2015 / in Health & Wellness / by Allen Knecht

My Post Graduate instructor Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S. recently shared this important information that in my opinion will prove extremely valuable to myself and those I serve here at Namaste Integrative Medicine!

We have all experienced brief periods of forgetfulness, especially during times of stress. Most of us have loved ones who have more extended periods of forgetfulness as they age. What if there was a natural way to slow down or even stop this memory decline as we age? This article is applicable for ALL of us!

This article was originally posted at Functional Medicine University

Well medical science has coined a new term called AAMI. This stands for age-associated memory impairment. Basically it represents a precursor of full-blown Alzheimer’s.

Due to the massive increase of Alzheimer’s disease, the government’s brain-aging experts came to the conclusion that there should be an earlier way to recognize this terrible disease.

With that said, the new AAMI label is now being used for people who have early signs of Alzheimer’s.

The criteria for AAMI includes the following:

  • over the age of 50
  • not demented
  • intellectual function adequate to remain productive
  • complaint of gradual memory loss
  • objective evidence of memory loss on performance tests.

As it now stands, 40% of people between the ages of 50-59 have it and it increases by 10% every ten years.

Unfortunately, most physicians not trained in functional medicine do not have the knowledge to know how to measure the one ingredient needed every day to keep our brains healthy and memories vibrant.

This important brain ingredient is called phosphatidylserine.

Phosphatidylserine is a key component of the cell membrane and is essential to cell-to-cell communication and transfer of biochemical messages into the cell (especially within the brain and central nervous system).

Participants with relatively low memory scores were found to have experienced a significant improvement in memory.

— Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition

Phosphatidylserine may help improve memory function in older adults, suggests a 2010 study published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition. For the study, 78 elderly people with mild cognitive impairment were assigned to six months of treatment with phosphatidylserine supplements, or a placebo. In tests performed at the end of the six-month period, participants with relatively low memory scores at the start of the study were found to have experienced a significant improvement in memory.

In another study, a group of people with a brain age of around 64 years were placed on Phosphatidyl Serine 100 mg three times a day for 3 months. Before and after double blind testing showed that this rolled the hands of time back to a brain age of about 52, 12 years younger by providing 30% improvement in memory!

Do you know any drug that does this?

These people had marked improvements in everyday memory items like phone numbers, faces and names and of all things, placement of glasses and keys!

Dr. Grisanti’s Comments:

It is important to understand that there are commonly a number of probable causes of disease. We must remember that unless their is a drug or surgery to treat a disease, traditional medicine will say that the disease is incurable.

This is sad considering the thousands of brilliant scientists and researchers who have dedicated their lives to having clinical papers published in many of the most recognized medical journals showing documented discoveries in what may be at the root of many diseases.

This of course applies to today’s article on the precursor to Alzheimer’s (AAMI) and will go so far to say Alzheimer’s in and of itself.

So my point is very clear, do not accept that your disease, whatever it may be, does not have a cause. I beg to differ considering the thousands of patients I have worked with who have been told that their disease had no cause and they had to settle on temporary relief with medications. And these same patients are walking testimonials to the power of seeking the root cause via the science of functional medicine.

Without attempting to create friction, I ask why are not more traditional doctors reading these life-saving papers published in their own journals?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or AAMI I recommend you seek out the services of a healthcare practitioner thoroughly trained in functional medicine. One of the first test I would consider is the ION test from Metametrix labs. Click here for more information on the ION test.


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Vitamin D

November 16, 2015 / in Health & Wellness / by Raleigh Warren

It should come as no shock that we as a society are severely lacking in our vitamin D levels, especially here in the Pacific northwest. With winter fast approaching, that means the threat of more rain and less sun, leaving us questioning how do we get our vitamin D in? There is a common misconception that by consuming enough vitamin-D-fortified milk, you will be getting adequate vitamin D. Sadly, this is not the case. In an article by Dr. Mercola, he suggests that there are very few foods that can supply you with the necessary dose of vitamin D, even foods that are fortified with vitamin D do not contain enough vitamin D to meet your health needs.

Before we go any further, we should start at what exactly is vitamin D. While the name leads you to think it is a vitamin,when in fact it is a steroid hormone that you are supposed to obtain through the sun. However, for those of us living in the Pacific northwest, that can be a little challenging at times. Furthermore, The National Institute of Health describes vitamin D as a fat soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods, but is available as a dietary supplement. There are many forms of vitamin D, but the two forms that are vital for humans are: vitamin D2, which is made by plants, and vitamin D3, which is produced endogenously when ultraviolet rays from the sun bathes our skin triggering the synthesis of vitamin D3. Even as little as ten minutes of exposure to the sun is thought to prevent deficiency.

So why is vitamin D so important to us? Good question! Vitamin D plays a major role in maintaining normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Why might these minerals be crucial, you might be wondering? Calcium helps the body form and maintain nice strong bones and with the help of vitamin D, the body is better able to absorb calcium. Not only can vitamin D help with making stronger bones, but it can also protect against things like: osteoporosis, high blood pressure, cancer, helps support your immune system, Osteomalacia, fibromyalgia, fertility, multiple sclerosis, and the list goes on and on. For a list of other conditions, check out the Mayo-clinic.

A study done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that over 32 percent of children and adults through the United States were deficient in vitamin D. In another study done by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that “50 percent of children aged one to five years, and 70 percent of children between the ages of six and 11, are deficient or insufficient in vitamin D”. It is also estimated that over 50 percent of the general population is at risk for deficiency and insufficiency. Interestingly enough, those that wore sunscreen were more likely to have a deficiency of vitamin D because sunscreen has been shown to block the production of vitamin D.

Some of the signs that you might deficient in vitamin D are :

  • You have darker skin: if you have darker skin, you need 10 times more sun exposure to produce the same amount of vitamin D as a person with paler skin
  • You feel “blue”: as you increase your exposure to sun light, you increase the production of Serotonin, which is a hormone that elevates your mood. A study done in 2006 found that those with low levels of vitamin D were more likely to be depressed compared to those with high levels of vitamin D.
  • You’re 50 or older: As you get older, your body makes less vitamin D. Also, your kidneys become less efficient at converting vitamin D to a form that your body can use.
  • You are overweight or obese (or have a high muscle mass): As mentioned before, vitamin D is a fat-soluble, hormone-like vitamin. This means that your body fat acts like a “sink” by collecting it. If you are overweight this means you will need more vitamin D.
  • Your bones ache: Low vitamin D can cause a defect in the bodies ability to put calcium in the collagen matrix of your bones, which can cause throbbing and aching pain in the bones.
  • Head sweating: This is often the first, classic sign of vitamin D deficiency.
  • You have gut trouble: Since the is a fat soluble vitamin, a deficiency in this can lead to malabsorption in the gut, especially of vitamin D.

In a study published in the March issue of Anticancer Research, high levels of vitamin D in women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer are twice as likely to survive than those women with low levels of vitamin D. It was shown that over an average of 10 years, the mortality rate for breast cancer was 44% lower in those who had higher levels of serum vitamin D compared to those with the lowest levels of vitamin D. Dr. Sharif B. Mohr, from the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, emphasizes the importance of maintaining sufficient levels of serum vitamin D levels. The suggested dosage for cancer prevention would be 40 to 60 ng/mL, while those who have already been diagnosed with cancer, in this case breast cancer, their dosage should be as high as 80 ng/mL.

In addition to protecting against breast cancer, studies have shown that vitamin D prevents against colon cancer. A deficiency of vitamin D in men was also shown to be linked to aggressive features in prostate cancers biopsies. The process by which vitamin D helps prevent cancer, especially breast cancer, is that vitamin D does not allow or halts the rapid formation of cancerous growths that can migrate into the lymphatics, metastasize to the brain, bone and lungs ultimately killing the patient. With that being said, everyone should make sure that they are maintaining sufficient levels of vitamin D by either moderate exposure to the sun or by supplementing with vitamin D3.

In order to maintain a healthy level of vitamin D, most adults will need about 8,000 units of vitamin D every day, according to Mercola. Some people might be saying, that is a lot to be taking! However, Dr. Hyman reported that in a study of healthy young men receiving 10,000 IU of vitamin D for 20 weeks, there was no toxicity reported. So how do you get optimal vitamin D levels?

Get tested for 25 OH vitamin D. While the current “normal” levels are 25-137 nmol/L, these are not optimal levels for good health. Ranges should be between 100-160 nmol/L.

Making sure you are taking the right kind of vitamin D. You want to be taking the active form, vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol).

Next, make sure you’re taking the right amount of vitamin D. If you have a deficiency, then you need to be taking 5,000-10,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day for 3 months while under a doctor’s supervision. For maintenance, you should be taking 2,000-4,000 IU a day of vitamin D3.

Monitor your vitamin D levels to ensure that you are staying in the optimal range to maintain your health. It is important to monitor your calcium, phosphorus and parathyroid hormones every 3 months if you are taking high doses (10,000 IU a day).

It can take from 4-6 months to replenish your optimal levels of vitamin D if you are low. After you have reached optimal levels of vitamin D, it is important to lower the dosage to 2,000-4,000 units a day.

Lastly, eating dietary sources of vitamin D. These are:

Fish liver oils, like cod liver. 1 tablespoon = 1,350 IU of vitamin D

Cooked wild salmon (3.5) ounces = 360 IU of vitamin D

Cooked mackerel (3.5) ounces = 345 IU of vitamin D

Sardines, canned in oil, drained (1.75) ounces = 250 IU of vitamin D

1 egg = 20 IU of vitamin D

It is important to get your vitamin D levels checked, because as you can see, this vitamin is crucial for a multitude of things! Don’t let the winter blues get the best of you and your vitamin D levels, get them checked today.

Grain Free Salmon Cakes

November 10, 2015 / in Good Food / by Andrew

salmon cakes

If you’re looking to dress-up the wild canned salmon you’ve been buying, this is the recipe for you! It’s quick and easy, and it can be made mostly from the ingredients you tend to have on-hand.

Bonus recipe: Use Primal Kitchen™ Mayo to make an amazing dipping sauce/topping for these salmon cakes using the recipe at the bottom of the page.

Yield: 4 patties (2 servings)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

  • 2 6-ounce cans of wild salmon, drained
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 2 tablespoons green onions (scallions), minced
  • 1 teaspoon Savory Spice Blend (see recipe below)
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free mustard (optional)
  • 1-2 teaspoons coconut flour (optional, may use 1 tablespoon almond flour or other nut/seed flour if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, ghee, or butter

Savory Spice Blend:

Yield: 5 1/2 tablespoons

1/2 tablespoon rosemary

1/2 tablespoon sage

1 tablespoon coarse sea salt

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1/2 tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon black pepper

Combine the salmon, eggs, shallots, garlic, green onions, Savory Spice Blend, and mustard (optional) in a small mixing bowl. If the consistency is runny, sift the coconut flour over the mixture, and combine well.

In a large pan over medium heat, melt enough coconut oil to create a layer about 1/4-inch thick. Form the salmon mixture into 4 equally sized patties, and place them in the pan, all at once or two at a time. Allow the patties to brown on one side before flipping and cook all the way through.

Serve warm or cold as leftovers.

Dipping Sauce:

1/4 cup Primal Kitchen Mayonnaise

2 tablespoons chopped dill pickles

a few pinches of chopped fresh dill (or use dried dill)

freshly ground black pepper to taste

Change It Up!

Change the seasonings for a new taste experience—try a Curry Spice Blend instead of Savory.


Leave out the shallots, garlic, and green onions—season with extra fresh herbs. Do not use the coconut flour or coconut oil.

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Explore the Music of Korey Dane

November 10, 2015 /in Music / by Andrew

Korey Dane has made a career pairing treacly acoustic guitar with an open heart, but on his second solo album, Youngblood (Released October 2015,) the Long Beach, California-based folk singer hits a more semisweet spot. Sounding more world-weary and worldly-wise than his twenty-five years.

While listening to the “singer-songwriter” radio station on apple iTunes this song resonated with my soul. The smooth flowing sound, with few embellishments, takes me on a beautiful journey each time I listen.

If you like what you hear dig a little deeper into his music library, you wont be disappointed.

I have chosen his cover of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You,” a wonderful introduction to the world of Korey Dane.