Do you want to feel fantastic? Of course you do! Next 40 day KETO CHALLENGE starting November 6, 2018 The program consists of six 1-hour interactive lectures with stimulating guest speakers to teach you all you need to know about thriving in nutritional ketosis.  The basic idea is that FAT is a superior fuel for the human body than glucose.  One molecule of glucose produces between 32 and 36 units of ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the unit of energy produced inside our mitochondria), whereas one molecule of fat produces 46 and up to 52 units of ATP.  That’s a huge difference when you consider that each of the trillions of cells in our bodies contain up to 10,000 mitochondria.  The metabolically active cells (brain, heart, kidneys, muscle) contain high number of mitochondria and collectively produce up to 10 pounds by weight of ATP every day.  Wow!  The shorter-lived cells, like skin and mature red blood cells, have fewer mitochondria.  Much, if not all, physical and mental illness is exacerbated by using glucose as a primary fuel.  Nutritional ketosis is about using...

Q: My dentist told me that poor dental/oral health can increase the risk for Alzheimer’s. Is this just an urban legend to generate more dentistry business? A: Not at all!   Your dentist keeps up with the medical news.  The link between poor oral health and cardio-vascular disease is long established.  More recently researchers are exploring the so-called gut-brain axis.  By now we all know that the tube that runs from our mouth to our rectum is chock full of bugs.  Hold on now, don’t we have way better dental care than our ancestors, and wasn’t there less dementia back then?  Well, yes but we are living longer (and have better ability to diagnose neurological degeneration) and we also have a lot of microflora-disrupting stuff posing as “food” that is marketed to go down the hatch.  I don’t want to sound judgmental, but it never fails to shock me walking into a super-store and see the aisles upon aisles of fluffed up GMO-laced corn-carbs with artificial flavorings.  Protect your brain!  Don’t walk down these aisles. The several areas in the mouth...

Q: it seems more and more people are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Can this be prevented or reversed? A: Folks are living longer, but not necessarily better, with drugs and machines that can prop us up, and frankly, keep the medical machine going. Some estimates put 85% of healthcare dollar capture from patients in the last few years of their life. This is not to say that we shouldn’t aim to live longer — but not at the expense of living well. Brains are mostly made of fat

Epigenetics is the study of genetic variations that are caused within an individual, by external or environmental factors that can switch genes on and off, as opposed to changes in DNA sequence which happen as genes are passed down to the next generation. One of the most potent ways epigenetics can change is through nutrition.  In fact, one of the main reasons good nutrition is so important is because healthy food choices will minimize the expression of disease-causing genes we may have inherited. Unlike behavior or stress, diet is one of the more easily studied, and therefore better understood, environmental factors in epigenetic change. The nutrients we extract from food enter metabolic pathways where they are broken down, modified, and assembled into molecules the body can use. One such pathway is responsible for making methyl groups (CH3), which interact with important epigenetic tags that silence genes. Familiar nutrients like folic acid, B vitamins, and SAM-e (S-Adenosyl methionine, a popular over-the-counter supplement) are key components of this methyl-making pathway. Diets high in these methyl-donating nutrients can rapidly alter gene expression, especially...

To have the best time possible when traveling from a low place (like Juneau) to a high place (like Denver) here are some favorite naturopathic altitude assists. There really is less oxygen at elevation. From the moment you get off the plane, start drinking a lot more liquid than you usually do. Water, water and more water (and electrolytes). Eat regularly and maintain you blood sugar. Also, be careful, alcohol has a bigger effect in high places than at sea level. Best results come with homeopathic Coca in a 6 or 30C potency. Try taking it every few hours and/or in a water bottle spiked with the remedy. Tibetan or Machu Pichu trekkers love it. Some people swear by gingko, CoQ10, dimethylglycine and an assortment of adaptogenic mushrooms like Cordyceps and Reishi. Start early — ideally 3 to 4 weeks before travel — with your altitude adjustors. If you are the least bit anemic, try to correct that before travel. Some people are prone to swell a bit with the altitude. For them I have found a combination of Apis...

What is the most fundamental nutrient? It’s oxygen. Think about it. You can go 40 days or so without food. You can go maybe 3-4 days without water. But you can’t go 3-4 minutes without oxygen. There are many ways to use oxygen to enhance health and vitality, including the most obvious: aerobic exercise. Exercise increases “oxygen utilization” which ultimately drives the myriad enzyme systems in the body to produce more energy (ATP).

Q: If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and could only take one nutritional or herbal substance with you, what would you choose? A: Without a doubt, the substance I choose is essential to immune function.  Humans don’t produce this vital substance, and our adrenal glands require massive amounts of it when under stress.  We can get enough from our diet to prevent scurvy, but we need to ingest much more to allow for optimal tissue repair, and graceful ageing.  Can you guess?  It’s Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, or for you chemistry buffs, C6-H8-O6.  I mention the chemical structure because the resemblance to glucose, which is the end product of food digestion, allows a glimpse into the significance of Vitamin C.  The process of digestion breaks down all the macronutrients (carbs, fats and proteins) to glucose, ultimately, because glucose is the micro-unit of fuel used by the mitochondria to produce the main energy driver for all living things: ATP (adenosine triphosphate) — which is for your body like the gas in your car — makes...

from a colleague: For my bulletproof turmeric, I have used coconut oil, butter, honey, and spices to optimize digest and the absorption of curcumin.  Curcumin is notoriously difficult to absorb, but fats and spices, particularly the black pepper in the garam masala, greatly increase our absorption of curcumin into the blood stream.  1 cup water  1 tsp turmeric (optionally add one capsule of curcumin 95% extract)  ¼ tsp garam masala  1 tsp maca (optional, but delicious)  1 Tbs grass fed butter  1 Tbs coconut oil or MCT oil  1 tsp honey  Simmer water with turmeric and garam masala for 10 minutes.  Strain through a fine mesh strainer.  Add remaining ingredients and whirl in blender or with immersion blender until foamy.      

We all know our “health care” system isn’t working.  That’s because it’s actually a  highly profitable disease management system.  The industry makes money when you are chronically ill.  I know that sounds cynical but observe how darned easy it is, 24/7, to buy poor quality food made of fluffed up GMO corn, soy or refined wheat.  GMO corn is everywhere in the form of corn syrup (HFCS).  Kids are targeted in sophisticated advertising campaigns to pester their parents for horribly poor quality “food” choices. 

Yet again, we learn that drugs are good for the pharmaceutical industry and not necessarily for patients. Even worse, these drugs are frequently prescribed to the most at-risk group: women in their 40s and 50s. Action Alert! You’ve heard before about the dangers of SSRIs, an incredibly popular class of antidepressants that can cause violent outbursts—both homicidal and suicidal. But now, researchers have found another alarming side effect: they may promote breast cancer.