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Functional Medicine-Based Dentistry and Nutrition

I believe that taking care of your mouth, gums and teeth is a really important part of maintaining good health. As an integrative and functional nutritionist, I look for underlying root causes for symptoms and illnesses….and that includes your oral health and symptoms. While still not typically part of conventional dentistry, more and more dentists are looking at the connection between oral health and the health of the...

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), Diet and...

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) occurs when body fat excessively accumulates in liver cells of people who don’t abuse alcohol. If addressed early the accumulation of this fat (and hence NAFLD) can be reversed. If not addressed, it can lead to a more serious liver condition (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH). Though not always the case, most people with a fatty liver are also overweight or obese and tend to...

COVID-19 is, in the end, an endothelial disease

Excerpt: “This essay explores the hypothesis that COVID-19, particularly in the later complicated stages, represents an endothelial disease. Cytokines, protein pro-inflammatory mediators, serve as key danger signals that shift endothelial functions from the homeostatic into the defensive mode. The endgame of COVID-19 usually involves a cytokine storm, a phlogistic phenomenon fed by well-understood positive feedback...

Nutrition Supplements and Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy: Can dietary supplements help? (from the Mayo Clinic) A healthy diet is a critical factor in controlling blood sugar, which is key in managing diabetes and preventing or slowing the progression of diabetes complications such as diabetic neuropathy. Dietary supplements also may play a role. Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can happen if you have diabetes. This condition can cause pain and...

Wildfires, Nutrition and Respiratory Health

I live in New York, about an hour north of New York City, so my exposure to the wildfires in California, Colorado and other areas out West are solely through the images on TV and online.  In addition to the terrible loss of forests and property, people (and animals) are left dealing with tremendous environmental pollution. The gases and particles that the wildfires produce can be extremely irritating to the sensitive musosal...