The Autism Exchange: A New Autism Resource

autism exchange logo e1461768343474We are excited to share a fantastic new resource called The Autism Exchange. It’s a user-friendly, interactive website for parents and professionals seeking reliable autism-related information such as special diets, lifestyle support, beneficial teaching methods, medical topics relating to autism spectrum disorders, alternative therapies, and helpful information for parents. In addition, The Autism Exchange allows users to quickly search directories for autism practitioners, supplement suppliers, autism blogs, testing labs, and compounding pharmacies, such as Village Green Apothecary.

The Autism Exchange was created by a group of scientific advisers, who are some of the leading experts in the field. In fact, we are proud to mention that one of the members of the Scientific Advisory Board is Nutritionist and autism educator Dana Laake, RDH, MS, LDN, who hosts our radio show, Essentials of Healthy Living. Continue reading “The Autism Exchange: A New Autism Resource”

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Lunch Today: Watercress and Radish Salad

watercressGrowing up, we ate a lot of watercress. A LOT! We lived by a stream and watercress grew wild, and my parents, who had grown up in the mountains in Europe, thought this was like a little taste of home. I remember going for walks with my parents and bringing back a basket of watercress.

My mother prepared watercress many ways, from putting it into soups, to mildly steaming it, but we usually ate it like a salad. And while it was available, we mostly ate watercress as a green until the garden my parents planted produced other greens.

Watercress is one of the first leafy greens eaten by humans, and it is packed full of essential nutrients and disease-fighting antioxidants. It is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family. Like other cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and kale, when chewed or chopped, watercress releases a variety of phytochemicals that are thought to ward off cancer. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Watercress and Radish Salad”

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10 Tips to Help Avoid Mold and Mildew

mold-and-mildewMany of us associate PMS with the female reproductive system, but it is something that can affect our homes as well. PMS, or as we call it, “Poor Maintenance Syndrome,” may make your home a haven for allergens and compromise your health.

Surveys by the Environmental Protection Agency reveal that 30% to 50% of all structures (home and office building) in the northern U.S. and Canada have damp conditions, which may encourage the growth and buildup of mold, mildew and other biological pollutants. This percentage is likely to be higher in warm, moist climates.

Researchers have found that people who live in a moldy house are more prone to allergies, asthma, colds and other respiratory ailments. Continue reading “10 Tips to Help Avoid Mold and Mildew”

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More Links Between Medications and Cognitive Impairment

dementiaResearch is showing more connections between some medications and cognitive impairment.

Earlier this year, a study showed a link between proton pump inhibitor use and an increased risk of dementia among seniors. Now, researchers are also recommending that older adults avoid using over-the-counter products such as nighttime cold medicines, sleep aids, night-time pain relievers and antihistamine medications due to their links to cognitive impairment. Using brain imaging techniques, scientists at Indiana University School of Medicine, found lower metabolism and reduced brain sizes in study participants taking drugs known to have an anticholinergic (AC) effect, meaning they block acetylcholine, a chemical involved in the transmission of electrical impulses between nerve cells. Continue reading “More Links Between Medications and Cognitive Impairment”

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Estrogen and Breast Cancer – A Bad Rap That’s Time to Get Right

estrogen-windowThe safety of estrogen therapy is a hot topic that many women have a lot of questions and concerns about. Dr. Machelle (Mache) Seibel, who is a global leader in women’s wellness and menopause, wants to clear the confusion and set the record straight about the benefits of estrogen for women’s health.

We were fortunate to have Dr. Seibel on our Essentials of Healthy Living radio show last year, and are very excited to have him on the show again in May. He will be discussing his new bestselling book, The Estrogen Window: The Breakthrough Guide to Being Healthy, Energized, and Hormonally Balanced – Through Perimenopause, Menopause, and Beyond.

Below, Dr. Seibel presents a great overview of the latest research on menopausal hormone therapy.

In early 2002, estrogen was the most prescribed medication in the United States. It treated the symptoms of menopause and appeared to have benefit for heart health. Then in July of that year, the large government funded Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study reported that taking a pill that contained estrogen plus a synthetic progesterone called Provera caused an increased risk for developing breast cancer. Women and many of their doctors grew understandably fearful and estrogen got a bad rap.
Continue reading “Estrogen and Breast Cancer – A Bad Rap That’s Time to Get Right”

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  • Paula Gallagher
    Paula Gallagher
    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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    Margo Gladding
    Margo's impressive knowledge base is the result of a unique blend of educational and professional experience.
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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
    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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    Teri Cochrane
    Teri is a is a Certified Coach Practitioner with extensive certifications and experience in holistic medicinal practices.
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    Dr. Rav Ivker
    Dr. Rav Ivker is a holistic family physician, health educator, and best-selling author.
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  • Susan Levin
    Susan Levin
    Susan writes about the connection between plant-based diets and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
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    Dr. Brown's blended perspective of healthcare includes a deeply rooted passion for wellness and spiritual exploration.
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