A significant portion of the Wellness Consultations that we do in our practice involve helping individuals – primarily women but also men – improve their health and vitality by balancing their hormones. So, here’s a little primer on what Bio-identical … Continue reading
Our 28-Day Metabolic Detox has been completed! We’re pretty excited and proud to have completed the full program and we’re also very impressed with the results. Both Dianna and I feel a lot better than we did when we started, … Continue reading
We’ve completed the third week of our 28-DayMetabolic Detox and we’re feeling great! We’re now entering the final week and our food choices have increased back to the recommended foods from the first week of the detox. During this phase … Continue reading
We’re halfway through our 28-day detox journey, which puts us right in the midst of a transition between the second phase of the program, which is the most vigorous part of the detoxification process, and the re-introduction phase. During this … Continue reading
Week one of our 28 Day Metabolic Detox is complete. Here’s an update on what we experienced. First, I want to point out that our Metabolic Detoxification Program is science based, and utilizes real food from day one. Don’t confuse … Continue reading
As we begin our journey through our 28-Day Detox, I thought it would be a good idea to give a quick overview about the program that we use and recommend. There is a lot of talk about detoxes wherever you … Continue reading
You know we’re always talking about the concept of ‘Food as Medicine’ here at Fallon Wellness. We talk and blog about it because we truly believe that the food you eat can have a profound impact on your health and … Continue reading
Many of the patients we see in our Wellness Consultations know that they need help but are confused by all the information out there about health, and are looking for a plan of action. Part of the confusion stems … Continue reading
We may think that we’re comprised mostly of human cells, but in reality we have over 100 TRILLION bacterial cells in our bodies. These bacteria outnumber other cells 10 to one! It makes sense, then, that these bacteria play a … Continue reading
We’re increasingly seeing a clear connection between the foods we eat and how we respond to stress. The following article points out a number of ways food plays a role in how our bodies respond physiologically to the stresses of … Continue reading
We get asked a lot about specific nutritional supplements for “anti-aging.” While the fountain of youth has not yet been discovered, there are a number of nutrients that studies have shown may have a positive impact on telomere length. Telomeres … Continue reading
Joel Evans, MD IFM Faculty Member
Patients frequently come to see me complaining of hormone-deficiency symptoms, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, difficulty sleeping, and increased anxiety, among others. Often, it is easy to point to nonhormonal mechanisms in which the stress response can explain the development of these symptoms. For example, stressful situations and the subsequent release of catecholamines shift physiology so that hot flashes worsen, women (and men) lose interest in sex, falling and staying asleep can become challenging, and anxiety predominates. However, did you also know that the effects of stress on the steroidogenic pathway are in addition to these effects caused by increased catecholamines?
The use of probiotics has increased dramatically in recent years, and for good reason. More and more research is indicating how important having beneficial bacteria in our system is to overall health. A recent study indicates that it might just … Continue reading
I find it pretty interesting when people talk about how our life expectancy has risen so dramatically in the past 100 years, and how this is attributed to modern medicine and all of the technological advances we’ve made. I came … Continue reading
The more I read and follow the experts in the field of Functional Medicine, the more I’m utterly amazed at the level of damage we are doing to ourselves through our diet and lifestyle. What adds to my amazement is … Continue reading
Here is a great article on why the world of nutrition is so confusing. I was struck by some of the incredibly alarming statistics that the author sites in the article. Here are a few that stood out to me: … Continue reading
One of the best parts of being a Functional Medicine Pharmacy is that we get to help people everyday learn how to live an optimal life through diet, lifestyle changes, and nutritional supplementation. Our trained pharmacists work with people one … Continue reading
I came across an interesting post from Danelle Wolford about the confusion surrounding the milk we drink and pretty much take for granted on a daily basis. The reality is that there is a big difference in the quality of … Continue reading
It’s that time of year again, especially here in the Northeast – the dreaded cold and flu season! Before you succumb to all the advertising on television for the latest cold product to treat your symptoms, you might want to … Continue reading
There is so much talk in the news about the benefits (and risks) of calcium, but an often overlooked mineral that is critically important to optimal health is magnesium. Magnesium performs a wide array of biological functions in the body … Continue reading
Here is a guest post from one of our Pharm D Candidate Students from the Class of 2014 – Patricia Waylett Histamine. You have probably heard of this term before. But do you really know what it is or what … Continue reading
If you’ve read in the mainstream media lately about studies disproving the effectiveness of multivitamins, I encourage you to read the attached article written by Mike Adams, The Health Ranger. He does an excellent job debunking these misleading stories. The … Continue reading
When we meet with patients and talk with them about changing their eating habits, often the discussion turns to how to eat healthy without breaking the bank. Trying to eat healthy on a budget can be a real challenge – … Continue reading
We know that this can be a tough time of the year to maintain a healthy diet. While we’re not going to go so far as to say that you can’t indulge in a few treats this holiday season, it … Continue reading
A common question we get asked is whether or not someone needs nutritional supplements if they are eating a nutritious, well balanced diet. The follow-up question usually involves how to determine what to take and where to find the best … Continue reading
Many of you have heard of the supplement Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), especially if you are on a statin drug to control cholesterol. CoQ10 is one of the most popular supplements on the market, and there are lots of reasons why. … Continue reading
In keeping with our Gluten theme, I want to share with you a great video by Dr. Mark Hyman discussing the pervasiveness and real health threat that gluten poses to all of us. As mentioned in a previous post, there … Continue reading
We’ve known for a long time that we need sleep to survive. A new study shows that we might be closer to understanding why. It appears that the brain essentially uses sleep to wash away toxins that have built up … Continue reading
We see so many people in our pharmacy practice who are suffering from gastrointestinal issues. I had one customer tell me that within a half-hour of eating a bagel, her stomach would get so distended from bloating that she looked … Continue reading
We’re constantly telling our nine year old son to chew his food. He has a habit of taking big bites of whatever he’s eating and finishing in a few big gulps. More often than not, he has a tummy ache … Continue reading
As the father of four children, and as an advocate for healthy eating and overall wellness, I’m acutely aware of the amount of effort that is expended by large corporations trying to influence all of our children concerning their food … Continue reading
Whenever I do a wellness consultation with a patient, the conversation almost always turns to food at some point. The reason is that so many chronic conditions and diseases are either caused by or significantly impacted by the foods we … Continue reading
Turmeric is a spice, derived from the root of the turmeric (Curcuma longa) plant. Curcumin is the yellow-colored primary active constituent derived from turmeric and is commonly used to color foods and cosmetics. The rhizome (root) of turmeric has long been used in traditional Asian and Ayurvedic medicine to treat gastrointestinal upset, arthritic pain, and “low energy.” In fact, it’s use in Indian and Chinese cultures dates back thousands of years.
Some of the reported benefits of Turmeric are:
- Boosts antioxidant protection against free radicals
- Helps promote healthy skin
- Provides immune system support
- Aids in joint health
- Encourages healthy liver function
- Balances the health of your digestive system
- Helps maintain blood sugar levels already within the normal range
And that’s just a few of the potential benefits of this amazing spice!
While purchasing turmeric powder in bulk form to use in cooking is a great idea, you probably won’t use it every day. To get the daily benefits of turmeric, it’s best to get it in supplement form.
It’s very important to be picky when selecting a turmeric supplement. You want to make sure that you’re getting the fullest spectrum of beneficial phytonutrients in as natural a form as possible. Just running to the grocery store and grabbing a turmeric supplement won’t ensure that you’re getting all of the healthful benefits.
We typically recommend Turmeric Force by New Chapter. This product provides turmeric in its natural “whole food” form and delivers a super-pure, super-potent herbal extract. We also love that it’s non-GMO verified and naturally gluten-free.
Millions of people use turmeric every day, benefiting from its amazing health promoting properties. Consider adding it to your healthy lifestyle.
Michael Lenz RPh, is a partner in Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga. He has over 15 years experience in custom compounding. Michael has received extensive training in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Adrenal Fatigue. He is an advocate for healthy eating and proper nutritional supplementation, and speaks frequently on the subjects of hormone health, nutrition and wellness. Michael is currently enrolled in the Institute For Functional Medicine’s Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Program. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.
sources: mercola.com; naturalstandard.com
Our next seminar is just around the corner. Please join us for our upcoming Hormone Wellness Seminar on Wednesday September 25th at 7pm. We’ll be talking about ways to achieve hormonal balance and to deal with adrenal fatigue and stress. … Continue reading
One of our goals in doing what we do is to help people learn how to live healthy, productive lives for as long as possible. As mentioned in the attached article – it is one of our ikigai – “the … Continue reading
We advocate healthy eating all the time, and we know that it can be challenging to navigate the nutritional world, especially when we’re overwhelmed with advertisements enticing us to eat food-like substances that have little or no nutritional value. We’re … Continue reading
We talk frequently about the concept of food as medicine. In this week’s blog I want to share with you 5 food-medicines that you should try to incorporate into your life on a regular basis. These foods/spices have amazing medicinal … Continue reading
We talk frequently about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, and I tell our patients that perhaps the most important ingredient for optimal health is the food they consume on a daily basis. The more I learn about nutrition … Continue reading
It’s very common to hear health advocates suggest that you should consume 6 to 8 glasses of water per day to stay adequately hydrated. I’ve told this to many of our patients myself. There is some debate as to how … Continue reading
Candida is a fungus, a form of yeast. You normally have small amounts of it living in your mouth, and it helps aid digestion of certain foods. Sometimes, however, Candida can proliferate and move further into your digestive tract, causing … Continue reading
I’ve been hearing a lot lately about the wonders of honey and the confusion about raw or pure honey vs. processed honey. So, as I often do, I did a little research to clear up any confusion for myself and … Continue reading
Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects millions of people, and unfortunately the conventional medicine world has yet to determine a cause. Typically, people suffering from fibromyalgia are put on a regimen of pain relievers that often don’t work very well. … Continue reading
We’ve had patients recently asking about the concern over the relationship between calcium supplementation and cardiovascular risks. When I dug a little deeper into the subject, I found that there are important supplementation combinations required for optimal utilization. One of … Continue reading
There is a lot of information out there about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, some of which is substantiated and some of which is not. So I decided to do a little research to clear up any confusion. Apple … Continue reading
Sugar unfortunately, has become a staple of the American diet. We put it in our coffee in the morning, and we eat it in the food we consume – sometimes without even realizing it! The result is that the rate … Continue reading
This may come as a bit of a surprise to those of you who think you should use fat-free salad dressing as a healthy choice on your salad, but researchers have found that adding some healthy fats to the mix … Continue reading
Thank you to everyone who attended our first annual Women’s “Healthier You” Event this past Saturday. There was a lot of excitement in the room throughout the day as our speakers presented great information on natural skin care, fitness, hormone … Continue reading
There is always news in the media about the next weight loss magic bullet. One of the latest is actually a fruit called Garcinia Cambogia. Some of the talk shows have been touting this as an easy way to lose … Continue reading
Coconuts are among the most nutritionally dense foods on earth and coconut oil is certainly the healthiest of all the oils you can consume. Unfortunately, coconuts have gotten a bad rap because they contain saturated fats, and studies have shown … Continue reading
Today my wife and I are beginning our 28-Day Metabolic Detox. We’re excited to be doing this together and we’re also excited to share our journey with you! Our plan is to complete our 28-Day Detox and then transition over … Continue reading