When you're faced with an impossible diagnosis, you can be left feeling depressed, exhausted, and anxious. I sat down with Scott Summer, an award-winning practitioner who treats patients globally with unique techniques, combining his Western and Eastern medicine knowledge.
Growing up with epilepsy, Scott struggled with depression. He prayed and promised that after he healed, he would help other people.
Amazingly enough, Scott grew up on a farm with his father, who taught him about food and fitness. It just so happens that a kenogenic diet is a cure for epilepsy. For Scott, he got off lucky. Doctors told him he just had epilepsy and that there was nothing he could do about it. Even when he was feeling better, they just sent him on home.
In Asian medicine, food is one of the first things discussed. In Western medicine, diets, calorie intake, and the like are not discussed in the medical field as much.
There is a difference in the food we eat now and how the...
It feels magical when everything works smoothly. You master the eating routine, workout schedule, self-care, and bedtime. Everything just clicks.
Triggers ruin that momentum. They make you feel down on yourself and cause you to lose ground on your progress.
I recently got triggered upon seeing myself in a video. I am okay with seeing myself in a video, but I looked tired and inflamed in this video. I teach people to avoid inflammation and getting exhausted, so this video made me feel horrible. I felt like I had imposter syndrome, and it was causing me a lot of self-doubt.
This trigger caused me to worry. I worried about whether I should take down the video or keep it up. I knew the message was real, but the self-doubt caused me to slow down.
If you exercise with a thyroid condition, you might get frustrated because you feel worse after the exercise. Your trigger might be not seeing any progress after cutting calories for a week.
Moving into cold and flu season while COVID is still a public health crisis makes it even more essential to take care of yourself. The best way to keep yourself healthy is to be proactive with your health and be your own best advocate. Do what you need to do to support your body to be as healthy as possible when you are faced with something like COVID.
I had COVID in August, and as a certified nutritionist, I knew there were things I could do to support my health. I want to share with you what I did to help myself through this infection.
Disclaimer: I'm sharing this to articulate that it’s vital to maintain your health. I am not saying that these measures cured me. Please don’t override your doctor’s advice with my personal experience.
In late August, I started feeling like I had to clear my throat a lot, which is nothing new for me. I do have sinus issues. And fall is allergy season, so this was nothing new. I didn't even feel tired; I...
In my latest episode of Rock Bottom Wellness, I welcome Dr. Orlena, whose life’s work is dedicated to helping busy women create their healthiest, most amazing selves. I’m excited to share her insights with you, particularly on the Four Pillars of Wellness that she teachers to her clients.
Originally a pediatric doctor in the UK, Dr. Orlena made the choice to move to Spain with her family about 10 years ago. As she followed her calling for a slower pace of life, Dr. Orlena launched a blog called Snotty Noses, which focused on children’s health.
With four young children at home, including a set of twins, Dr. Orlena discovered firsthand what it was like to try and encourage healthy eating habits for her children, who were “slightly picky eaters,” she says. Eventually, that effort morphed into supporting mothers, who are often leading the way in terms of healthy eating for the family.
A big part of that effort is helping mothers...
It’s no secret that many people feel underserved, not listened to, and frustrated with their current thyroid medications and management of their disease. In addition, doctors receive a failing grade for treatment, according to a survey of 12,000 thyroid patients was published in 2018.
The survey looked at three options for treatments:
T4 only: This is considered the gold standard of thyroid treatment yet 41% of the respondents had been being treated for over 10 years and were still very dissatisfied.
Combination therapy: 44% after 10 years on combination therapy are not happy with the treatment they've been getting.
Desiccated thyroid: It's actually a little bit less dissatisfaction with desiccated thyroid extract at 39% of people unhappy with treatment....
Inflammation is a normal, healthy response to an injury suffered by the body. For example, when there is a cut in your skin, white blood cells rush to the rescue and macrophages get rid of any foreign invaders to avoid causing an infection. The outward appearance is redness swelling at the site of injury. Beneath the surface, there is a flurry of activity for the body’s protection.
Chronic inflammation is another story. When our bodies are constantly bombarded with stress, poor diet, illness, and medications, our basic survival instinct, inflammation, becomes chronic which is now thought to be linked with developing dozens of diseases often associated with aging. These include heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and Alzheimer’s.
Because the inflammatory response to things our bodies encounter aren’t always really specific, it can persist and sometimes overreact to things that are mostly harmless – one being our own bodies. This is called...
Remember the good old home remedy of chicken soup for healing the worst of colds and flu (and your soul)? There have even been books written about it! I learned in Pathogenic Microbiology class that one reason for this medicinal use of Chicken soup was that it warmed up the mucous membranes and therefore didn’t allow the cold virus to attach to those areas lining your respiratory tract. It turns out that’s not the only healing benefit you get from chicken soup.
Scientists have now learned that your overall health is largely dependent on the health of your gut. Bone broth, stock, or chicken broth can do much for maintaining a healthy gut. So what do I mean by the gut? I’m referring to your digestive tract where a delicate balance of microorganisms and enzymes live in order to properly digest your food, break it down and transfer the nutrients into the bloodstream. When you have poor gut health, you more than likely have food sensitivities and...
You might think that eating a gluten-free diet is the latest fad when it comes to trying to eat healthily. Well, it may seem faddish but there are many reasons you may want to consider eating gluten-free.
The most obvious one is a diagnosis of Celiac Disease (CD). People with CD have an autoimmune response when eating gluten – meaning specific antibodies attack the tissues (in this case, the gut) – and cause damage to the intestinal tract. Others without that autoimmune response may have similar and/or non-GI symptoms.
Do you suffer from any or many of these?
Testing for gluten sensitivity or CD can...
The consumption of animal protein and eating the vegan or vegetarian way is controversial among nutrition scientists as well as the layperson. It appears that many studies on the consumption of animal protein are missing some information that may affect the outcome of the study. Many vegetarians/vegans find when they add animal protein to their diets while consuming fresh, whole foods they begin to feel better and more energized.
While some people choose not to eat meat from animals or animal-derived products for spiritual or moral beliefs, others choose not to for health reasons. It is believed that one can consume a combination of foods in order to get a complete protein usable by the body.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. Often, people combine proteins from grains and beans. The belief is the lack of lysine in grains and the lack of methionine in beans are good combinations to get that complete protein – one with all the necessary amino...
I know the convenience of spice packets such as taco seasoning, onion soup mix, and ranch spices for making dressings and dip is very appealing. But do you know what's in those seasoning packets? For example, Taco Seasoning includes the following: yellow corn flour, salt, maltodextrin, paprika, spices, modified cornstarch, sugar, garlic powder, citric acid, autolyzed yeast extract, natural flavor, caramel color.
The items italicized are ingredients that are less than desirable. Maltodextrin is made from grain starch such as corn or rice and in other countries more commonly wheat or potato. It is highly processed by the heating and adding of enzymes and the result is basically corn syrup solids. It is cheap to make.
This product is less than 20% sugar but it has a Glycemic Index of 130!! That means it raises your blood sugar a lot - table sugar's glycemic index is 65. Funny what an impact this makes on your health - and it doesn't even taste...