Two Important Tests for Your Health

Determining your MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) genotype gives you valuable information about your body’s ability to methylate. Methylation is a crucial part of cell processes and reduced function has been linked to numerous medical conditions including neurological and cardiovascular disorders, mental dysfunctions and diabetes.  Methylation is necessary for turning genes on and off, processing chemicals and toxins, building neurotransmitters, processing hormones, building immune cells, synthesizing DNA/RNA, producing energy, and producing the protective coating on nerves. The MTHFR Test by SpectraCell provides critical information relating to the most common MTHFR mutations. Through Village Green, as long as you have health insurance (except Cigna),  this test is available at a discounted rate of $35.

Because nutrition plays a substantial role in methylation pathways, it is recommended that you also do SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Test. This test measures 33 different vitamins, minerals and amino acids and provides you with a detailed interpretive guide so that you can understand your specific nutritional deficiencies. Recommendations are also provided for optimal nutrient forms and dosage levels. With health insurance (except Cigna), SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Test is currently $88 through Village Green.

Blood draws for both the MTHFR test and the Micronutrient test are free when you come to Village Green (Suite 202A) on Fridays between 10am-1pm. Continue reading “Two Important Tests for Your Health”

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Protect Your Right to Personalized Medicine

Speak Out Shareable Graphic 403x403px24Custom compounding provides real solutions for individuals that have a variety of needs that regular pharmacy cannot meet. It enables medications to be personalized for patients. For example, individuals with allergies to preservatives, dyes, gluten, and sugar can receive medication that can be formulated without the problematic ingredient(s). In addition, compounding pharmacists can flavor medications to make them more palatable for young children, elderly patients, and even pets. And, for patients who have difficulty swallowing pills, compounding can allow their medication to be created into a pleasant tasting liquid, or perhaps even a topical cream or gel. Compounding can also make medications that are no longer available through conventional pharmacy.

Unfortunately, legislation has been proposed that could create an environment that would restrict access to compounded medications, even when they provide the best treatment options for patients, as determined by their physicians. While the goal of the bill was to originally provide oversight of those compounding sterile products dispensed interstate for non-patient specific situations, bill S.959 allows intrusions into compounding while it excludes key areas of compounding, specifically hospitals, and does not help prevent another NECC-like tragedy.

Here are just some of the unintended consequences of the bill:

  • Interrupt therapy for patients by requiring physicians and pharmacist to provide documentation to the FDA if a compounded medication is deemed “demonstrably difficult.”
  • Restrict access to needed drug products by putting in place inclusive and exclusive drug product lists.
  • Make it difficult to provide patients with compounded solutions for drug shortages.
  • Interfere with the doctor, pharmacist, patient triad by giving the FDA authority to question the professional expertise provided by the doctor and pharmacist on behalf of the patient.
  • Classify all compounds as “new drugs” which will open the door to FDA scrutiny and ultimately drive up costs for patients.

We ask that you act right now and oppose Senate Bill 959. This bill especially affects medications for hormone replacement therapy, pain, autism spectrum disorder, and pets. It’s imperative that you act today and help make sure that the millions of Americans that rely on compounded medications each year can continue to do so. Help protect your right to personalized medicine. Go to to learn more. You can send an email to your legislators from this website. Just navigate to the bottom of the page, select an issue that represents your concerns, and follow the instructions.

Thank you for your support.

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Smart About Soy

Superfood soy? Not so fast. Unfortunately many of us have been taught that soy is a health food. But is it?

Soy is present in many processed foods in our American diet, used as a protein replacement in vegetarian and vegan diets, and is promoted for health benefits. While it’s widely used, its many adverse affects are often ignored.

Possible Negative Health Effects

• Impaired thyroid functioning, often leading to hypothyroidism (especially in women).

• High phytoestrogens that can trigger thyroid and autoimmune conditions, especially in infants and women.

• Possible neurological distress, damage and other developmental abnormalities in children.  Continue reading “Smart About Soy”

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How to Protect Yourself Against Ticks

Depending on where you live, you may or may not have come across ticks. Ticks can’t fly or jump, so these little pests transfer onto an animal, or person, who brushes up against any foliage that they may have crawled on. Once on a host, they normally make their way to a warm, moist location such as the armpits before settling down to draw blood.

While not all ticks cause illness, they are known carriers for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, as well as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Tularemia, and others.

As with most things, the easiest thing to do when dealing with ticks is to not have to deal with them at all. Preventing the little bloodsuckers from grabbing hold in the first place is easy.  Continue reading “How to Protect Yourself Against Ticks”

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Where Weight Loss Goes Wrong

There is no shortage of diet books, weight loss programs, shake diets, cleanse protocols, exercise plans and DVD box sets selling the answer to your weight loss goals. The promise of shedding those extra pounds you’re carrying around, and doing it fast, is something that cannot be ignored.

But those pounds that have been added on gradually over 10 years, 20 years or even 30 at a rate of maybe a few pounds per year… they don’t want to come off so fast.  Annoyingly enough, slow and steady wins the race here too.

But there’s another issue here. The diet plans themselves. They may be effective at promoting weight loss. I can’t argue that. They may even tout dietary and lifestyle habits that are actually good for you long-term! Go figure. But as long as we’re following a plan, a “diet,” we’re often not actually learning and building long-term habits.  Continue reading “Where Weight Loss Goes Wrong”

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  • Paula Gallagher
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    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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    Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.
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    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a pioneer of integrative medicine and a leading authority on science-based natural medicine.
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    Debi Silber
    Debi is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, a personal trainer, and whole health coach.
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July 2013