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Vitamin B2 Benefits, Deficiency and Foods

Vitamin B2 Benefits, Deficiency and Foods

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) Vitamin B2 is called Riboflavin but it should it be called The Fat Burner! Why? You need twice as much riboflavin to burn fat than carbohydrate. But your body uses Riboflavin to burn anything for energy and in order to burn...

Vitamin B1 Benefits, Deficiency and Foods

Vitamin B1 Benefits, Deficiency and Foods

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) Vitamin B1 is also called thiamine. It's the first of eight B vitamins overall and the first of seven B vitamins whose primary role is to extract energy from the food you eat to be used for the millions of reactions occurring in...

Vitamin A Benefits, Deficiency and Foods

Vitamin A Benefits, Deficiency and Foods

What is Vitamin A? Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays major roles in maintaining vision, neurological function, healthy skin and immunity. There are two forms that Vitamin A can exist in: Plant forms and Animal Forms. The plant form...

Why Your Digestive System is Where Health Begins

Why Your Digestive System is Where Health Begins

Introduction to the Gastrointestinal System The role of your gastrointestinal (digestive) system and its contribution to health and disease should be the cornerstone of treatment. The average human being will consume 30 to 50 tons of food and host...

What Is Functional Medicine?

What Is Functional Medicine?

What is Functional Medicine One of the most common questions I get asked is, "What's Functional Medicine?" Functional Medicine is a systems based approach of fusing modern medical testing and diagnostics, with the safety and efficacy of natural...

10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor

10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Have you ever been frustrated by the American health care system? Have you ever been so angry at a doctor or upset at how you were treated by a medical facility? If so, you're not alone! There is a growing culture of people who are tired of being...

How to Optimize Vitamin D Levels

How to Optimize Vitamin D Levels

Previously I discussed How to Pick a Good Multivitamin and then continued that conversation with the importance of Probiotics. Today, I'd like to talk about Vitamin D and how to optimize your levels of Vitamin D to improve overall health and...

How to Pick a High Quality Probiotic

How to Pick a High Quality Probiotic

In my previous article I shared How to Pick a Good Multivitamin. Today, I'd like to talk about Probiotics and which ones to take for improved health and immunity. According to the American Nutrition Association, 70 million people experience at least...

How to Pick a High Quality Multivitamin

How to Pick a High Quality Multivitamin

To be honest, I got so tired of reading label after label of the vitamins that my patients were taking that I decided to manufacture my own. Why? Because I know how they're sourced, what exactly is inside them and how effective they are. These days,...

Vitamin & Nutrient Deficiency Testing

Vitamin & Nutrient Deficiency Testing

Do You Have Nutrient Deficiencies? 90% of the time, the answer is YES, you do have vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. Scientists estimate that between 90 and 92% of the US population has a nutritional deficiency. Even more astonishing is the fact...

4 Crucial Tests Needed to Determine Your Health

4 Crucial Tests Needed to Determine Your Health

What's The Best Indicator of Your Overall Health? Your Health should not be based on how you feel. It's not your total cholesterol level. It's not whether you're skinny or fat. It's not your resting heart rate, blood pressure, squat max, how many...

When You’re Doing “All the Things” and Nothing Works

When You’re Doing “All the Things” and Nothing Works

False Wellness and the Pursuit of Health Let me preface this article by saying I’m a big fan of Crossfit, Olympic weight lifting, weight or resistance training, interval training, running, cycling and any other form of working the body. I love all...

When Losing Weight Damages Hormones

When Losing Weight Damages Hormones

Women Who Lost Weight & Screwed Up Their Bodies in the Process Nearly every female that consults with me regarding nutrition or dietary intake is interested in losing weight or getting lean. There's absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look "sexy" or at least...

Why “When this… Then that” Mentality is Ruining Your Health

Why “When this… Then that” Mentality is Ruining Your Health

Fresh Starts Aren't as Special As You Think How many times have you caught yourself saying something along the lines of: As soon as the kids start school, then I will.. As soon as I'm done with... then, I'll Once mom is feeling better, then... As soon as dad get's out...

The Rising Costs of Crap Care

The Rising Costs of Crap Care

The Broken Medical Model  The only thing more dangerous than the threat of chronic disease itself is ignorance, resistance, and flat-out denial. If there's anything we can gather from the past 50 years of modern conventional medicine attempting to treat chronic...

How to Beat Weekend Overeating

How to Beat Weekend Overeating

Weekend Overeating (and booze) are Commonplace I live in Austin, Texas - and let's face it... everybody around me becomes a foodie monster and professional wine/spirits taster over the weekend. "It's just what people do" right? It certainly feels good to work hard all...

GMO’s: Are They Bad For Your Health?

GMO’s: Are They Bad For Your Health?

Are GMOs Good or Bad for Your Health? Genetically modified foods (GMOs) are highly controversial. With so many people debating the pros and cons, it's hard to know what to think. So i'd like to offer a few thoughts on the subject. Despite the debate, GMOs are found in...

Are Detox Diets Good or Bad?

Are Detox Diets Good or Bad?

Are Detox Diets Good or Bad? Those colorful, expensive bottles of juice goodness look healthy. But are the detox diets they promote good for you? Like most things related to diet & nutrition... it depends. In this article we'll cover what science says about...

Should I Eat Grains?

Should I Eat Grains?

Settling the Grain Debate Can wheat and other grains fit into a healthy - and sane - diet? Are grains saving your life, or are they silently destroying it? This article aims to discuss both sides of the debate and offer some actionable steps for you to start eating...

10 Ways to Boost Metabolism

10 Ways to Boost Metabolism

What Can You Do To Boost Your Metabolism? The physiology of weight loss and muscle building is complex; but there are proven strategies that have stood the test of time. In this article I share with you 10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism. 1. Eat Enough Protein Hands...

Understanding Metabolism and Metabolic Damage

Understanding Metabolism and Metabolic Damage

Can Eating Too Little Damage Your Metabolism? There's a lot of discussion in the fitness and health industry about whether crash dieting can cause metabolic damage. In this article I'd like to help separate fact from fiction and finish up by teaching you exactly why...

Why Calorie Counting is Flawed

Why Calorie Counting is Flawed

Calorie Counting is a Flawed Science Today I want to share with you some information on The Surprising Problem with Calorie Counting!Most people who count calories for weight loss or weight management assume it's an exact science. It's not. In this article you'll find...

Nutrition is Not a Religion

Nutrition is Not a Religion

Nutrition is Not a Religion. When it comes to nutrition, What You Believe Wont’ Get You Results, but Science Can. When people start talking about diet and nutrition; it’s often in the context of a belief system. In other words, the answer to “What should I eat?” is...

3 Characteristics Every Doctor Needs to Embrace

3 Characteristics Every Doctor Needs to Embrace

You already know this problem: Humans are in the midst of the worst chronic disease epidemic ever faced in our history. Americans are the biggest consumer of weight loss products (80%) in the world, yet still lead the world in obesity and unhealthy lifestyle. More...

How Can Functional Medicine Help Me?

How Can Functional Medicine Help Me?

As many of my patients know, I run a busy chiropractic office in Austin, Texas... but I also have a thriving Functional Medicine practice that allows me to consult with and help people all over the US and abroad. Still, many of my you have been...

The Most Common Worst Supplements You Might be Taking Part 3

The Most Common Worst Supplements You Might be Taking Part 3

In previous articles I discussed 2 of the most common, but worst supplements you could be taking for your health. These supplements included Iron and Calcium. Certainly these 2 nutrients are important for our health... but when it comes to supplementing with iron and...

The Most Common Worst Supplements You Might be Taking Part 2

The Most Common Worst Supplements You Might be Taking Part 2

I make numerous recommendations with respect to what nutritional supplements, herbs and botanicals a patient should take to improve their health. In many cases, supplements are necessary for therapeutic treatment and I believe that many people cannot heal their bodies...

The Most Common Worst Supplements You Might be Taking Part 1

The Most Common Worst Supplements You Might be Taking Part 1

I have many patients who ask what supplements they should be taking. The answer to that question is largely dependent on that individuals current health status, health goals and lifestyle. But what about the supplements you most likely SHOULDN'T be taking? In this...

Are You Deficient in Vitamin B12?

Are You Deficient in Vitamin B12?

40% of Americans have low-normal B12 levels B12 deficiency is much more common than the conventional medicine establishment and general public realize. Data from the Tufts University Framingham Offspring Study suggests that 40 percent of people between the ages of 26...

7 Fatigue Provoking Foods We Consume Every Day

7 Fatigue Provoking Foods We Consume Every Day

7 Fatigue Provoking Foods We Consume Every Day Have you been experiencing a noticeable decline in your energy? Does it bug you that you’re not as productive and active as you used to be? This is not your fault. Sounds crazy right? But it is true. The modern diets and...

High Blood Pressure & Natural Solutions

High Blood Pressure & Natural Solutions

Do you have high blood pressure? If so, don’t worry (too much)! While blood pressure, or hypertension, has recently been found to be the most important risk factor for premature death [1], there is good news. We now know that a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle is...

The 1 Thing You Need to Achieve Deep Sleep

The 1 Thing You Need to Achieve Deep Sleep

In my health journey of now over 20 years, I have found that a large part of our problem with sleep is the abnormal brain pathways we’ve built up by Not Sleeping and Poor Behavioral/Lifestyle habits. Through repetition, these brain pathways have caused sleeplessness...

What Do Liver Function Tests Tell Us?

A group of liver function tests are often performed as part of routine laboratory testing. However, as you will learn in this article, these tests may also highlight dysfunction or disease in systems other than the liver. As a functional medicine practitioner, I don’t...

Blood Biomarkers and What They Mean for Your Performance

Blood Biomarkers and What They Mean for Your Performance

Blood Biomarkers and What They Mean Biomarker is a shortened name for biological marker.  Biomarkers are used as an indication that a biological process in your body has occurred or is ongoing.  Biomarkers have to be something that can be measured accurately with...

Normal Bloodwork is Not Optimal

Normal Bloodwork is Not Optimal

This article applies to almost anyone who's ever had blood-work ordered by a doctor. I will always ask on an initial visit at my Austin office, if you've recently had bloodwork and 99% of the response I get is: “Oh I’ve already had a blood test done and my doctor...

How to Sleep Like a Pro

How to Sleep Like a Pro

Sleep deprivation can lead to many health problems such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, anxiety, and more. To feel your best, it’s vital to get proper sleep. Make Sleep a Priority Before mentioning any other suggestions, it’s important to note...

Statin Drugs: Are They Worth the Risks?

Statin Drugs: Are They Worth the Risks?

Statin Drugs: Are They Worth the Risks? Statins (cholesterol lowering medications) are one of the most commonly prescribed medications in America. Approximately one in every four adults over age 40 take these drugs to lower their cholesterol levels. It is no secret...

Cholesterol – Friend or Foe?

Cholesterol – Friend or Foe?

Cholesterol has earned quite a mighty reputation over the last few decades; and not in a good sense. Synonymous with plaque formation in the arteries and heart disease, high cholesterol has possibly become one of the most dreaded words a doctor can bring up. But do...

Bad Facts or Bad Fats? Saturated Fat & The Diet Heart Hypothesis

Bad Facts or Bad Fats? Saturated Fat & The Diet Heart Hypothesis

Bad Facts or Bad Fats? Just how bad are saturated fats for the body? According to 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update from the American Heart Association, heart disease remains the primary cause of death in the United States, even as the death rate from...

Why Your Saliva or Blood Hormone Test Results Mean Sh!t

Why Your Saliva or Blood Hormone Test Results Mean Sh!t

Physicians have three options for hormone testing – serum, saliva or urine. Each of these testing methods is a viable option, but by themselves they are nearly useless for clinical recommendations. As a long time chiropractic physician, I have spent the vast majority...

Are you gluten and wheat sensitive?

Are you gluten and wheat sensitive?

How to know if you're gluten or wheat sensitive In my opinion, the best way (and least expensive) to determine gluten or wheat sensitivity, or any food intolerance for that matter, is to simply eliminate the suspected food for at least 30-60 days and then reintroduce...

Autoimmune Disease: A Functional Medicine Approach

Autoimmune Disease: A Functional Medicine Approach

Rheumatoid arthritis. Lupus. Celiac disease. Multiple sclerosis. Graves disease. Psoriasis.  What do all these widespread diseases have in common?  They are all examples of an autoimmune disease and there are over seventy more (at least), that we know about. An...

How to Ease Joint Pain Naturally

How to Ease Joint Pain Naturally

Joints form the connections between the 206 bones in the human body. They are a crucial part of human movement.  Without them, we’d be unable to move. Joint pain is a frustrating and oftentimes debilitating symptom with a wide range of underlying causes.  Joint pain...

Dangers of Chemicals in Cosmetics

Dangers of Chemicals in Cosmetics

Dangers of Chemicals in Cosmetics Using an array of cosmetics and personal care products is all about feeling confident and beautiful. But could they be making you sick?  Do you thoroughly scan ingredients lists on the food products before buying? You should be doing...

4 Factors that Contribute to Fatigue and Sleeping Problems

4 Factors that Contribute to Fatigue and Sleeping Problems

Do You Experience Fatigue and Sleeping Issues? Here’re 4 Biggest Contributing Factors If you have a lack of focus, get tired only a few hours into starting the day and can’t seem to get enough sleep you might be experiencing chronic fatigue. Worse is when you don’t...

How to Prevent Heart Attacks & Sudden Cardiac Death

How to Prevent Heart Attacks & Sudden Cardiac Death

TV’s most likable dad died from sudden cardiac death last week. Alan Thicke’s massive heart attack was quick and unexpected and many of his closest friends have already come out saying there were no signs whatsoever. As tragic as this is, it’s equally upsetting to...

How to Create High Performance Health Habits for New Years

How to Create High Performance Health Habits for New Years

Every year, New Year’s has a way of smacking us in the face. We get through an entire year, manage to survive the hectic holidays, and then have to think about which resolutions we want to make before New Year’s Eve comes around. For most, this is a time to set the...

Spine Hygiene: What’s It all About?

Spine Hygiene: What’s It all About?

Most people don’t equate the word hygiene with bones or muscles, ligaments or tendons. The word hygiene means sciences, conditions or practices that promote and preserve health. We observe the meaning of this word when we maintain personal hygiene, dental hygiene as...

FDA Bans Triclosan Plus 5 Do It Yourself Cleaner Ideas

FDA Finally Bans Toxic Triclosan from Antibacterial Soap & Toothpaste The federal Food and Drug Administration finally announced that Triclosan, a toxic chemical ingredient associated with hormone disruption in humans, will no longer be allowed in antibacterial...

Struggling With Back Pain? Don’t Put Exercise on Pause.

Struggling With Back Pain? Don’t Put Exercise on Pause.

If you’ve ever suffered from back problems, then you know that chronic pain can make exercise feel intimidating. However, you also probably know that back pain can easily become a vicious cycle: Pain makes us feel as though we should rest, which eventually leads to a...