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Robert Rountree, MD on Immune Modulators

In this brief video Dr Rountree describes his 4 favorite nutrition supplements for immune modulation: NAC – N-acetylcysteine – which activates immune cells as well as regulates the immune system so that it’s less likely to contribute to an auto-immune process. NAC is a procursor to glutathione, the body’s master antioxidant. Probiotic – to help suppress unhealthy bacteria and promote growth of...

Fantastic Fungi Movie!

I saw “Fantastic Fungi,” an absolutely engaging movie (with beautiful cinematography) about the amazing benefits of mushrooms. Did you know that mushrooms can do so many things — from helping to clean our environment to empowering our immune systems to saving our declining bee populations! I’ve studied the health benefits of medicinal mushrooms and used them with clients, especially those with family...

Microbiome is the New Health Insurance

All disease begins in the gut (paraphrasing Hippocrates)… …and a healthy microbiome is the new health insurance. Slide from my recent presentation on the microbiome and its role in the pathogenesis of diabetes. We can all be healthy, wealthy and wise by supporting a diverse microbiome with key strains that build and maintain the gut barrier. Eat more plant foods! Fruits and vegetables, beans and lentils, roots...

Diabetes + the Microbiota

Did you know that researchers believe that an imbalance of the gut microbiome is the underlying root cause for the onset of diabetes? Here’s a simplified explanation of how diabetes can develop: Chronic inflammation in the gut from microbial dysbiosis and lack of microbial diversity leads to damage to the gut mucosal barrier. Eventually this inflammation leads to gaps in the intestinal lining, known as leaky gut....

Total Gut Restoration

Recondition – Reinforce – Rebuild A New Protocol From Researchers of MegaSporeBiotic An exciting tool for restoring gut health is the Total Gut Restoration program from Microbiome Labs. Read on to learn about these supplements that work to support a healthy gut, including microbial ecology, gut barrier and regulatory immune function. (A healthy gut is the necessary foundation for a healthy immune system.)...

Microbiome + Metabolic Reprogramming

Why do some of your friends or family members seem to eat virtually anything and not gain weight? Why do others eat more healthfully and struggle with unwanted weight gain? This paper from Microbiome Labs, reveals recent scientific discoveries to shed some new light on this matter!  First of all….the Myth.  We typically credit being lean to an individual just being lucky to be born with a high metabolism. But...

Functional Nutritionist Addresses The Body’s...

It’s often difficult for patients to fully grasp how my work as a Functional Registered Dietitian Nutritionist differs from more traditional Registered Dietitian Nutritionists! So I asked my daughter Jessica to design an original an image for me that I could use to communicate how I use functional nutrition to address each person’s underlying root causes (as opposed to masking or managing their symptoms). She...

Detoxification – Pathways and Key Nutrients

The body detoxifies in 2 phases and good nutrition is essential for ridding of these wastes. I work with clients to support these processes by making sure they are getting enough of these nutrients through diet and if needed, targeted supplements. This diagram (enlarged below) is a great summary of the detoxification process and where the various nutrients are needed. Detoxification of metabolic end products,...

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) related to: Methylation Pathway (including MTHFR) Vitamin A Status Vitamin D Status Detoxification and...

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 needs is a...

Juicing – What a Difference a Generation Mak...

Not that long ago, juicers and professional blenders used to be for the “granola” crowd. With so many people juicing or making smoothies and protein shakes today, it’s hard to imagine that a generation ago it was somewhat stigmatized. In the mid-1980’s, I was a consultant to the Acme Juicer Manufacturing Company, a subsidiary of Waring. My job, as a nutritionist and Registered Dietitian, was to...

Common Histamine Containing or Triggering Foods

I love this graphic (credit: Umbrellux DAO) which illustrates foods and beverages that either contain high amounts of histamines or trigger release of histamine. You may be surprised that many healthy foods are included in this list, such as tomatoes, berries, avocados and fermented foods! Histamines are not normally a problem unless your body has difficulty clearing them, which requires an enzyme the body makes, called DAO...