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How you make and keep your microbiome healthy.


What are biomes? Teeming bacteria, viruses, and fungi live and thrive in nooks and crannies throughout a typically healthy human body. There are much more of “them” than there are of “us.” In fact, there are nine cells of this “foreign” microbial life for every one of your own cells. These microbes reside in pockets metaphorically referred to as internal “rain forests” or “hidden zoos”—swarming with activity and sending signals to your brain and other tissues, greatly influencing how health unfolds. These pockets of microbial life are called “biomes.” The most well-known biome occupies the warm, moist, nutrient-rich large intestine,known as [...]

How you make and keep your microbiome healthy.2020-02-20T14:48:25-06:00

Food Rules Mood


Food is a necessity of life. It keeps us alive. It sustains us. It’s pleasure you can receive without the muss and fuss of another human. But food also has some shadowy slopes. In fact food can sometimes be downright dangerous. Food can create a filter—good or bad—through which you perceive your world. Your choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and even your portion sizes, can make or break your mood. For example, your menu choices and amounts can contribute to calm and contentment or to anxiety and debilitating depression. Food is powerful. Appreciation of the relationship between food and mood [...]

Food Rules Mood2019-06-28T14:41:16-05:00

What’s in your chicken? How non-organic chicken contributes to hormonal issues like polycystic ovarian syndrome, breast cancer and more!


What’s in your chicken? How non-organic chicken is contributing to hormonal issues like polycystic ovarian syndrome, breast cancer and more. So you’re trying to eat less red meat, and in doing so you are eating more chicken. You eat out often, so you order salads with chicken, or chicken and veggies, and you think that you’re doing good things for your body and health. You may get lunch several times a week at Whole Foods. You assume the chicken at the salad bar is completely healthy, because, hey, it’s Whole Foods! Think again! You are what you eat. Chickens are what [...]

What’s in your chicken? How non-organic chicken contributes to hormonal issues like polycystic ovarian syndrome, breast cancer and more!2019-02-05T13:14:26-06:00

Introduction to Progesterone – Part 1


Progesterone Review. Progesterone is now regarded as so breast protective that there’s a scientific call to add it to breast cancer medications like Tamoxifen! It promotes brain and sleep health in both men and women and works with Vitamin D to reduce inflammation in the nervous system and brain. --Dr. D.L.Berkson Part 1 — Introduction to Progesterone What is progesterone? Progesterone is a hormone. Its name comes from “pro”— meaning tosupport, and “gest” — meaning gestation. It triggers pregnancy and keeps it going. Progesterone initiates birth by helping sperm get attracted to, swim towards, and penetrate into the deeper layer of eggs produced by [...]

Introduction to Progesterone – Part 12019-04-03T10:05:34-05:00

Valentine’s Blog – Getting Love RIGHT


So many people want to fall madly and passionately in love. But few realize that you can’t really have with others what you don’t already have with yourself. If you don’t have a bag of oranges, you can’t give a bag of oranges away. If you haven’t honed your own experience of love with the “self” that nature and nurture have gifted you with, then what you have with others might not be what you’d hope for. Over half of marriages break up. If you are not “self-known,” when you say “I do,” only part of you is saying it. If [...]

Valentine’s Blog – Getting Love RIGHT2019-02-06T13:35:22-06:00

Shadow Side Of Bone Broth (Our Environment Is Part Of Our Food)


The power of food can go either way, good or bad. Even with great intentions. Take bone broth for example. Many practitioners have been recommending bone broth to improve immune function, heal gut wall health and deliver all kinds of beneficial nutrients. But there can be issues that we didn’t plan on, not due to the benefits of the food, but because of the toxic environment, the food comes from. The environment is part of our food. Bones store lead, as well as other heavy metals. When cooked, these metals are released, even from organic bones. All bones, even organic bones, [...]

Shadow Side Of Bone Broth (Our Environment Is Part Of Our Food)2019-02-14T14:10:10-06:00

Sugar is Worse For Your Heart Than Salt


I used to write for the San Francisco Chronicle, an entire page one day a month. I loved it. One day my editor, Michael Bauer, called me in and said he had two comments; 1) “Your most recent article was fabulous and, 2) You’re fired!” What happened? This was in the early 1980’s. I had just written an in-depth, well-cited study about the upcoming epidemic of diabetes. I wrote how sugar, and even the avalanche of hidden sugar, was putting us at risk of many other health problems including depression, anxiety, cognition and heart health. Sounds right on, yes? Turned out [...]

Sugar is Worse For Your Heart Than Salt2019-02-14T12:37:20-06:00

The Melatonin Insulin Link


It’s Complicated I adore that movie with Meryl Strep directed by one of my favorite directors, Nancy Meyers, called “It’s Complicated.” That sums up so much of life. Well, it’s also an accurate way of looking at marvelous melatonin. Melatonin is a multi-tasking complicated hormone. Many of us think of it as a sleep hormone. But it’s much, much more. Just a few examples: Melatonin is one of the most powerful and least damaging anti-oxidants there are. It fights multiple types of cancer as we sleep.  And, it helps prevent, but sometimes promotes, type-2 diabetes! The Melatonin/Pancreas Story When you sleep, [...]

The Melatonin Insulin Link2020-07-22T14:54:38-05:00

The Growing Iatrogenic Epidemic


In medicine, the right hand often doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. You may be taking a drug to deal with an illness or a set of symptoms, but that drug may cause other issues and symptoms. If the link between the first medication and its adverse effects are not recognized, then the adverse effects may be treated as primary problems needing their own medications. You just keep getting more ill and being on more meds. And you end up walking around with a huge question mark over your head. What the heck is happening? The term iatrogenic means [...]

The Growing Iatrogenic Epidemic2019-02-13T11:59:49-06:00

Pancreatic cancer hope


Dr. Burt Berkson, through years of practice and success, has designed a protocol for pancreatic cancer. Dr. Berkson is a specialist in alpha lipoic acid. He and I both authored books for Wiley and they launched at the same time. By mistake we got boxes of each others books as we both lived in New Mexico back then (my book was Healthy Digestion the Natural Way). That's how the fickle finger of fate had me find out about him. I had a friend get diagnosed and told her and her docs. But even though they had no answers for her, they [...]

Pancreatic cancer hope2019-02-14T13:42:49-06:00