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What are Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress? A Bal...

There is lots of discussion about reducing oxidative stress, the importance of antioxidants to reduce free radicals. But what does it mean on a biochemical level? And is it really all that simple? Is there some yin and yang in play? Just like for anything else, there is a time and a place for everything, even free radicals have their necessary role in the human body. For example, free radicals play a natural role in  heart...

Trending: More People Ask Doctor for MTHFR Testing

MTHFR Testing First, what’s the MTHFR gene? MTHFR is a lot easier to remember (and say) than Methylene Tetrahydrofolate Reductase! MTHFR codes for the enzyme which converts folic acid to the form of folate a form that our bodies can actually use! A person with MTHFR SNPs (genetic variations) is likely to have significantly reduced ability to convert inactive forms of folic acid to the active form of folate. Adequate...

Test Your Genes to Find Your Best Diet, says WSJ

Now even the Wall Street Journal* is “talking” about Nutrigenomics — using the information in your genetic profile to determine your unique nutrition needs! It’s all about genes and nutrition. In my practice I look at research-based SNPs (genetic variations) of a set of genes in the methylation pathway that can be supported with specific foods and nutrition supplements. In this way I use Nutrigenomics...

What’s Integrative and Functional Nutrition?

As an integrative and functional Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, my practice focuses on a holistic approach to health and healing, using whole foods and and tailored nutrition supplements to help a person optimize their health. My assessments focus on finding the root causes of a person’s health problems. To do this I look at as many pieces of information or clues as possible….and then connect the dots. I look...

Vitamin B12 — Which Form is Best for You?

Adenosylcobalamin, Hydroxycobalamin, Methylcobalamin, Cyanocobalamin! Ever had your vitamin B12 level checked and been instructed by your doctor to take a vitamin B12 supplement? If you’re like most people (and physicians), you probably think that all vitamin B12 is the same. This is not true! There are many forms…if you need to increase your B12 intake, do you know which form is best for you? Synthetic or...

Comparing Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes – critical components of our digestive systems Digestive Enzymes are enzymes that assist with chemically breaking down food into forms that our bodies can use. Our bodies have to break food down into smaller components or we won’t be able to absorb the nourishment from food. FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Chewing your food well (mechanically breaking down food) really helps digestive enzymes do their jobs!...

Not Your Mom’s Genes: Epigenetics as a Tool ...

Epigenetics and Nutrigenomics are gaining traction within the professional nutrition community. NYCNEN, a professional group of nutrition educators in NYC, asked me to present at their half day conference, “Not Your Mom’s Genes,” at Teachers College Columbia University held in January. It was an honor to be in the company of the other speakers. Dr. Fabien Delahaye, PhD, Assistant Professor at Albert...

Nutrigenomics – PureGenomics

I am very excited to be offering the PureGenomics™ nutrigenomics program! It’s a unique individualized nutritional solution developed by Pure Encapsulations, in collaboration with Nathan Morris, M.D. and Kelly Heim, Ph.D. PureGenomics addresses the most important research-based SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms) in the methylation pathway with targeted nutrition supplements to support them. The PureGenomics...

Optimizing Cancer Survivorship with Nutrition

  Both western medicine and integrative medicine have come so far in fighting cancer, keeping it in remission and even eradicating it. Most cancer survivors also known as “Thrivers” have years and full lives ahead of them after conventional treatments like surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.   Cancer Survivorship Nutrition Research clearly shows that Thrivers have unique nutritional needs. Meeting these...