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.

  Expect to pee in a cup. An in-office urinalysis is a quick and inexpensive way to get a lot of information beyond urinary tract infection. For example it can rule-out overt diabetes or point to liver problems. Frothy urine can suggest congestive heart issues. Ketosis can suggest severe carbohydrate restriction. The pH should be slightly acidic — otherwise there may be something wrong with your stomach’s ability to produce stomach acid. Often when my patients have alkaline urine I ask them if they eat TUMS (or other acid blockers). Often they admit they do and we can have a conversation about how important stomach acid is for digestion. Sometimes I have the patient undress and get into a gown right away. If they are shy or new to me, we’ll talk first. I ask about their sleep and food habits. I’ll ask about exercise. If it’s a new patient I ask about their grandparents’ and parent’s health to get a sense of their genetic risk factors. I’ll ask about their current job and living situation to determine whether any...

Q:  My doctor diagnosed me with COPD and said I’d need to take steroids the rest of my life.  I don’t know what this means and there must be a better treatment.  Help! A: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a group of lung problems that make normal breathing more difficult.  The best known of these lung problems is asthma — on the rise at a rapid rate in particular among inner city children.  The combination of rising pollution in cities and non-food quasi-edible items increasingly landing in the grocery store cart is noxious.  Asthma is caused by two major factors: constriction of the micro-units of the lungs, calledalveola, which pick up oxygen from the air and transfer oxygen to the blood stream, and inflammation.  Both aspects need to be addressed by therapy.  Other diseases under the COPD umbrella include chronic bronchitis, brochiectasis, emphysema and cystic fibrosis.  Typically, a conventionally trained doctor or nurse will have only one solution: a steroidal inhaler.  Long term steroids are best avoided: they destroy normal tissue over time, increase cancer risk and often cause diabetes. ...

Q: I have bad psoriasis but don’t want to take prescription medication.  What else can I do to clear up my skin?  Thank you! Julia M, Florida A: Hi, I’m going to talk first about the difference between eczema and psoriasis, because sometimes patients get those mixed up.  Eczema is an adjective – not a diagnosis.  Eczematous skin is red, flaky, often itchy – in general, skin that’s irritated.  The diagnosis is “atopic dermatitis.”  What that means is skin reacting to some kind of offending substance.  “Derm” is the root word for skin, in Greek, and “itis” means inflammation.  The “atopic” part refers to an inappropriate immune response. The challenge with almost all skin concerns is to find out what creates irritation to the skin, and then avoid the offending substance.  The vast majority of skin complaints are not cancer, and not life threatening.  But they can be severely compromising. If you have eczema, or atopic dermatitis, you have a sensitive immune system and you’ll have to manage this condition life long.  Drugs are not the answer, because they suppress...

First published in December 2012 issue of Better Nutrition Q: Hi Doctor Em!  Have you heard of earthing? A: Yes,”earthing” is a relatively new medical idea, with some impressive research from various disciplines behind it — but it’s as old as the hills.  “Earthing” means connecting with the earth — literally.  Humans have done this for thousands of years by walking barefoot on the ground.  The relatively new convention of walking with shoes, particularly rubber or plastic-soled shoes, has disconnected us from the benefits of the Earth’s electromagnetic field.  The planet herself gives out a frequency of about 10 hertz, which was discerned at the Max Planck Institute in the 1960s. 

Community Gardeners Less Likely To Be Overweight 22 Apr 2013 People who are involved in community gardening tend to have a considerably lower body mass index than their non-gardening counterparts, a team from the University of Utah reported in theAmerican Journal of Public Health. Previous studies had shown that community gardeners provide both nutritional and social benefits to neighborhoods, lead author CathleenZick explained. “But until now, we did not have data to show a measurable health benefit for those who use the gardens.” The Utah team used BMI (body mass index) to measure how close or far people were to their ideal body weight.

  Ethan Rome Executive Director, Health Care for America Now Big Pharma Pockets $711 Billion in Profits by Robbing Seniors, Taxpayers Posted: 04/08/2013 8:24 am  Here’s an outrage that must be changed: Big Pharma has been systematically price-gouging the Medicare program for seniors and people with disabilities — and raking in billions in excessive profits. The 11 largest global drug companies made an astonishing $711 billion in profits over the 10 years ending in 2012, and they got a turbo-charged boost when the Medicare Part D prescription drug program started in 2006, according to an analysis of corporate filings by Health Care for America Now (HCAN).