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Six Health Foods You Think Are Good for You – Think Again

Here are six health foods you think are good for you,  but really they may be causing more harm than good.   Gluten-Free Foods – For some crazy reason, people are slightly confused. If you have a gluten-free diet, this can be a great thing for your health, particularly if you suffer from exposure to gluten. However, if you consume lots of … Read more.

Protect Yourself! The Effects of Sun Damage + Safe, Non-Toxic Sunscreens

I have put off writing a blog on the use of sunscreens because most of me feels like “who cares”? Plus, being that it’s summertime, there are tons of blogs on this topic already with plenty of great suggestions for clean, non-toxic sunscreens that have been cleared by the gods of natural products. Well, suffice it to say that I have … Read more.

Is Gluten Sensitivity Legit?

by Mary Shackelton, ND In light of May being Celiac Awareness Month, I thought it was a perfect time to address celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. It remains a consistent request from patients, “Can I test to see if I am gluten sensitive?”  Typically, we perform a genetic blood test that indicates the presence or absence of the genes that … Read more.

Fish Binge Fallout

I spent the last 11 days on Maui eating fish several times per day. Admittedly, this is a habit I discourage my patients from engaging in due to concerns of mercury exposure. If you are one of the patients to whom I have delivered the “do not eat fish more than one time per month” guideline, I apologize—I was a … Read more.

Group Detox: More Harm than Good!

by Mary F. Shackelton It has come again…January is here, and I have seen another patient with symptoms of having gone too fast on a group detox.  Everyone likes the idea of a cleanse. It seems to be some sort of penance to pay for the sins of the month before:  the multiple happy hours, the less-than-good food choices, and … Read more.

Juicing: Beneficial or Harmful?

By Mary F. Shackelton, ND, MPH The medical and surgical weight-loss community and the natural health community seem to be divided on this topic. The former argues that juicing reduces the fiber content and therefore decreases the feeling of fullness gained by eating fresh, crisp fruits and vegetables (Ashley Barrient, clinician in Loyola’s bariatric department, Alternative Medicine, August 2013). Do … Read more.

Mold: The Invisible and Pervasive Invader

by Mary Shackelton, MPH, ND With the recent flooding in Colorado, mold is on everyone’s mind. And, rightly so. It is dangerous, and nothing to mess around with. If your drywall was saturated with water, your risk of having mold increases greatly. If your carpet and carpet pad were soaked…get them out of your house! This is the perfect breeding ground … Read more.

Melatonin – Sleep Agent, Bone Builder, and Cancer Fighter

Sleep is a major issue for millions of people, and over long periods of time, insomnia can weaken one’s constitutional health, immune system, and predispose one to illnesses.  Many people take melatonin to help them regulate their sleep-wake cycle.  Dr. Paula Whit-Enderby, MD, and Judith Balk, MPH, MD,  two researchers,who have devoted much of their professional research careers to the … Read more.