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One of my favorite times of day is sitting with my cup of Joe and looking over the science and pondering a blog and writing it. For me it’s a lot of fun wordsmithing together my life knowledge with what’s new. Having been in functional medicine, nutrition and practice now, yikes, for almost 43 years, I have a perspective that has, what we would say about a wine, ‘legs’.

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Issues for Tissues – Don’t Be Nonchalant About Steroids


Research on Steroids Research is piling up that steroids can have adverse downstream issues. We used to think this was mostly from extended use, but in some of you it can occur from even using steroids for a few days. A population-based study of more than 2.6 million people found that taking corticosteroids for 14 days or less was associated with a substantially greater risk for gastrointestinal  bleeding, sepsis, and heart failure, all which can occur up to 30 days after you stopped taking the steroids. Patients were tracked from 5 to 90 days before treatment for various conditions when steroids [...]

Issues for Tissues – Don’t Be Nonchalant About Steroids2020-07-13T08:32:29-05:00

Self Compassion – Berkson Blogette (#8)


Self-compassion Self-compassion is a critical nutrient many of us are deficient in. We are all going to school every day, every moment, if we notice our curriculum. Self- compassion is a continual day-to-day curriculum. Loving yourself no matter what. You still take action, out of self love. But you love yourself when you perceive you fail or you just can't find your way. Self-compassion is about "not abandoning yourself" and learning what that is and how to live it. Your own life is often filled with your best curriculum. IF...Then If... you have tools to learn, to notice, to go within, to love yourself [...]

Self Compassion – Berkson Blogette (#8)2020-06-22T09:07:44-05:00

Coffee Perk for Women – Berkson Blogette (#7)


My Morning Cup of Joe Keeps My Waistline Smaller! Those of you who have followed me over the years know that I love to sleuth the latest science each morning while drinking my cup of joe. How exciting to learn about this perk of my daily routine!   Women coffee drinkers,those who drink 2-3 cups daily, have less total body & belly fat vs those who drink less. (This is due to non-caffeine bioactives.) Healthy Coffee is a Healthy Food Coffee contains over 1000 polyphenolic healthy compounds. Best Practices Consume organic mold free coffee. Start with whole beans and grind them [...]

Coffee Perk for Women – Berkson Blogette (#7)2020-06-08T09:30:42-05:00

Hormones Help You Avoid Type-2 Diabetes & Keep Your Waist Thinner


As Women Age, So Do Their Bodies Within 10 years of menopause, women’s physiologies accumulate metabolic disturbances, including: visceral obesity, systemic inflammation, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, loss of muscle mass, and hypertension. All of these issues increase the risk of blood sugar issues and diseases such as insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes. Much of these physical abnormalities are partially explained by estrogen deficiency. Not all of aging, but much of it, is caused by waning of sex steroid hormones. But, there is a nasty synergism between aging and estrogen deficiency. The two together put aging women at higher risk of type-2 Diabetes, bigger [...]

Hormones Help You Avoid Type-2 Diabetes & Keep Your Waist Thinner2020-02-12T16:04:46-06:00

We Are What We Eat – Berkson Blogette (#6)


We Are What We Eat If you eat too much, you are too much. Remember, the bigger your waist line the smaller your brain! Why? Gut fat releases molecules that cross the blood brain barrier and inflame and shrink your brain tissue. Watch your portion sizes (eat off of smaller plates/no more second helpings) and ditch the obesogenic junk food (eat organic foods whenever you can)! It is important for the whole family to develop better, more mindful eating habits. Practice hara hachi bu, I explain this in my book Retraining Your Tongue (available on Amazon). Here is a scary fact, [...]

We Are What We Eat – Berkson Blogette (#6)2020-01-05T10:07:11-06:00

Better Listening Helps Find the Root Cause – Berkson Blogette (#5)


What is Up? Your life often tells you what is up but, you have to practice listening. Listen. Ponder. Ask Questions. Want to be Healthy and Live Your Best Life? You must be congruent and true to yourself by not abandoning yourself. Make sure to listen to yourself: your body, mind and spirit. Take note of what your life is trying to tell you, your life is your biggest curriculum - Learn from it! True Health equals waking up refreshed & ready to go! If this is not you then something is wrong.   If you are ill, it's for a [...]

Better Listening Helps Find the Root Cause – Berkson Blogette (#5)2020-01-05T10:07:48-06:00

Clean Labels Project – My Opinion


The following is not shocking news, it is old news, but what are YOU doing about it? The Study: The Clean Label Project, a nonprofit advocating for transparent labeling, tested baby food, infant formulas, toddler drinks and snacks purchased within the past 5 months. The group, which did not publish findings in a peer-reviewed journal, looked at top-selling formulas and baby food using Nielsen data, and also included emerging national brands. After about 530 baby food products were tested, researchers found 65% of products tested positive for arsenic, 36% for lead, 58% for cadmium and 10% for acrylamide. All of these [...]

Clean Labels Project – My Opinion2019-10-18T10:06:41-05:00

Stuff Happens – Berkson Blogette (#4)


Accidents happen, things wear down and break. To fix things we need the proper tools to get the job done. For most, growing older may mean more breakdowns, more going "wrong" with our health and sometimes broken stuff. The more tools you have in your 'tool box' means faster & better fixes to achieve "younger longer". I am no spring chicken. Plenty of stuff happens. In the past few months I have painted my 506-foot garage and hurt my thumb, I re-injured my back and just recently I hurt my toe (the jury is still out on if it is actually [...]

Stuff Happens – Berkson Blogette (#4)2019-10-09T08:21:45-05:00

Beware of Antibacterial Mouth Wash – Berkson Blogette (#3)


You Might Want to Ditch the Mouth Wash. University of Plymouth scientists have shown that the blood pressure-lowering effect of exercise is significantly reduced (cancelled out) when people rinse their mouths with antibacterial mouthwash!!!!! Compared to rinsing with water. YIKES. This screams out loud about the critical importance of oral bacteria in cardiovascular health!!!!! Oral mouth wash doesn't only rinse out the bad, it rinses out the GOOD bacteria, that help protect your heart. This study showed that the blood pressure-lowering effect of exercise was diminished by more than 60% over the 1st hour of recovery, and TOTALLY abolished 2 hours [...]

Beware of Antibacterial Mouth Wash – Berkson Blogette (#3)2019-09-06T08:50:27-05:00