Supplements and Surgery

If you are about to have surgery, you have most likely been instructed to discontinue all supplementation about 2 weeks prior to surgery. In many cases, this has to do with the blood thinning effects that a number of plant-based medicines possess. Herbs like ginkgo biloba, garlic, ginger, St. John’s wort, willow bark, clove, bromelain, turmeric, angelica root, arnica, anise, celery, horse chestnut, parsley, devils’ claw, dong quai, capsicum, danshen, chamomile, feverfew, passionflower, papain, red clover and ginseng all have some blood thinning effects. Even vitamin E should be used with caution prior to surgery, as should high consumption of green tea.

The blood thinning side effects of certain supplements are not the only reason for caution when talking pre- and post-surgery protocols. If anesthesia is being used, one needs to use caution with such herbs as kava kava and valerian. Continue reading “Supplements and Surgery”

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Take Care of Cold Sores Naturally

Anyone who has ever had a cold sore knows they can be as embarrassing as they are uncomfortable. A contagious infection caused by the herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1), cold sores are fluid-filled lesions that can last for a week or longer.

Cold sores usually appear near the mouth: on the lips, chin, and cheeks. Sometimes they show up in the nostrils or on the roof of the mouth or the gums.

Signs and symptoms may not show up for 1 to 3 weeks after exposure to the HSV and include:

  • Small, fluid-filled red blisters, usually near the mouth
  • Pain, tingling, or burning around the mouth or nose before a blister appears
  • Itching or sensitivity at the site before a cold sore appears
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Oozing blisters, which then form a yellow crust that eventually sloughs off to reveal pink skin underneath.  Continue reading “Take Care of Cold Sores Naturally”
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Sunday Radio Show: Effects of Gluten

Join us this Sunday as host Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Dr. Joe Pizzorno discuss the truth behind gluten and how to power up your mitochondria.

Dr. Joseph E. Pizzorno, ND, is one of the world’s leading authorities on science-based natural medicine. A physician, educator, researcher and expert spokesperson, Dr. Pizzorno is founding president of Bastyr University, America’s largest and most successful accredited institution of natural medicine. Licensed as a naturopathic physician in Washington State since 1975, he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his academic, professional and public affairs leadership. Dr. Pizzorno is the author of Total Wellness and co-author of the internationally acclaimed physician’s reference Textbook of Natural Medicine. Among his many affiliations, Dr. Pizzorno serves as a board member for the Institute for Functional Medicine and is a contributor to developing the Functional Medicine model.

Tune in this Sunday from 10-11am on 1500 AM (WFED) or listen live on the web.

Last week’s show was on Dr. Susan Blum’s new book, The Immune System Recovery Plan: A Doctor’s 4-Step Program to Treat Autoimmune DiseaseClick to Listen.

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Guest Blog by Dr. Mark Hyman: 10 Reasons Why Summer is THE Season for Eating Well

There are so many reasons why I love the summertime: the green grass and warm sunshine, longer days and warmer evenings, more time to savor all the beauty of the outdoors. But the best part by far is the amazing abundance of healthy, fresh, whole foods everywhere you look. In celebration of the richness of the season, I’ve put together my top 10 reasons why there’s no better time to eat well.

1. Food is Fresh, Available, and Affordable

It’s easy to eat fresh, locally grown food when fruits and vegetables are as abundant and available as they are during the summer months. And when food is more available, it’s more affordable, too, since choosing local produce cuts the cost of shipping food from some far-off place.  Continue reading “Guest Blog by Dr. Mark Hyman: 10 Reasons Why Summer is THE Season for Eating Well”

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Clean Out Your Cabinets, Lose Weight: How Your Environment Can Be Your Best Defense Against Overeating

You’ve heard it before: make eating right a no-brainer. Keep junk food out of the house and fill your kitchen with easy-to-eat healthy options. But it’s very tempting to keep just a few favorite snacks on hand. You know how to manage your cravings, right? You can eat just one, right? Perhaps not. Recent research published in the journal PLOS ONE shows that overindulging may be in your genes. But even if you are predisposed to overeating, you can do something about it!

In the study conducted by Professor Lesley Campbell, Director of Diabetes Services at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Dr. Arthur Jenkins from the University of Wollongong, data from 300 healthy individuals with a family history of type 2 diabetes –  the type associated with high sugar, high fat diets –  was evaluated. Researchers found that many different defects in overweight and obesity genes were at play in these individuals. And these defects account for about 95% of issues with excessive weight gain.  Continue reading “Clean Out Your Cabinets, Lose Weight: How Your Environment Can Be Your Best Defense Against Overeating”

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August 2013