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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...

Study: Lower Serum DAO in Patients with Histamine ...

The enzyme DAO (Diamine Oxidase) breaks down histamine in the gut. So what happens when you don’t have enough active DAO, or too high level of histamines? Often this leads to Histamine Intolerance, also referred to as HIT. A common symptom is gastric hypersecretion manifested with GI discomfort when eating. Many of my clients with histamine intolerance report relief when taking a DAO enzyme supplement with meals. This...

Unwrapping DNA With Nutritional Biochemistry!

Nutritional Biochemistry and Genomics… One of the ways that I help clients with supporting their health is by looking at their unique genomic blueprint and designing nutrition programs as they relate to biochemical pathways. Do-it-yourself genetic kits like 23andme and ancestry.com are now affordable and more and more people are taking advantage of learning about their own genes. While it’s based on science,...

Scientists: Vitamin B12 Shapes Microbial Communiti...

Of course we are not microbes, but your intestinal tract is the host to about 100 TRILLION bacteria, about three pounds worth. These microbes make up a complex ecological system, that when in balance, provides us with protection from the “outside” elements. So, when I read this article about how Vitamin B12 helps shape microbial communities, I was intrigued. “Vitamin B12 has an importance to microbial...

Got 23andme? Get a PureGenomics Report

Have you seen all the TV commercials for 23andme (at home genetic testing kits) and Mother’s Day? After all, we have a lot to thank our mothers for. We get half of our genes from our Moms. That’s more than just our hair, eye and skin color, stature and weight tendencies, temperament and even natural intellect and talents. Our genes also impact our health, wellness, and own unique nutritional needs. Use 23andMe to...

Depression & Neurological Conditions: Can Vit...

A B12 deficiency often goes undiagnosed. That’s because the symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency can look like a variety of neurological conditions like depression, neuropathy, numbness/tingling, developmental disabilities, balance problems, multiple sclerosis, fatigue, and even early Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Could It Be B12? by Sally Pacholok, RN, BSN and Jeffrey Stuart, DO, explains how a B12 deficiency can be...

Will 2017 be the Year of Personalized Nutrition?

Personalized Nutrition is Already Here in My Practice! A new report published by New Nutrition Business names ‘Personalization’ as one of the key nutrition and health trends for next year, (December 1, 2016). According to Julian Mellentin, director of New Nutrition Business and author of “10 Key Trends in Food, Nutrition and Health 2017,” an increasing number of people see diet as a personal matter...

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...

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!...

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...

Nutrigenomics: Using Genetic Clues to Personalize ...

“One MyPlate Does Not Fit All – Novel Dietary Approaches” – My Presentation at a Nutrition Conference for Registered Dietitians* I was honored to be asked to present at this clinical update for fellow RDs in the NY metro area, about Nutrigenomics and the powerful influence of food/nutrition on genes and their expression. It was very exciting to illustrate how to use the genetic profile to provide...

Wise Thoughts About Food and Health

It’s been known for thousands of years just how important the food we eat affects our health. These quotes say it so well….about how we are all responsible for taking care of ourselves, starting with healthy food and lifestyle. (Read to the end of the article on my thoughts as to how these apply to us in the 21st Century.) Perhaps the most famous quote about food and health…. “Everyone has a doctor in...

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...

Homeopathy and Herbal Medicine – Opposite Al...

Homeopathy and Herbal Medicine are alternative medical treatments. Both use natural plant substances, but follow opposite healing theories. As you can see by the products on my website, my experience is with specific botanicals and herbs. While my understanding of homeopathy is mostly conceptual, there are many who subscribe to this therapy. Herbalism For thousands of years (dating back to prehistoric times), and continuing...