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This article has been a long time coming.  Because I’ve struggled with what exactly to say. How much do I share? Does anyone really care? At times, when I thought about writing it, I was embarrassed and ashamed that with ALL the training and knowledge I have, that I was even in this position…(Read More)

1 Way I Manage Stress


  I first heard about the health benefits of HeartMath at an IFM conference. Then I heard it again. Even again at this last IFM GI module I just went to. Well one day this past summer, when I found myself WAY too anxious, I finally got on the HeartMath train. I was so anxious…(Read More)

  Just because a symptom is common, doesn’t mean it’s normal.  For example, a lot of people have reflux or heartburn.  Many have high blood pressure.  Even more have fatigue.  Know someone with a fungal infection their toenails?   These are all common symptoms but just because they are common doesn’t mean it…(Read More)

As a nutritionist, I’m big on poop.   I want to talk about it for sure.  And I might want you to do a stool test.  Why? Your poop can tell me a lot about 2 things:  the health of your GI tract as well as clues for overall health…(Read More)

Earlier this month, I met a man who has MS (Multiple Sclerosis).  It’s an auto immune disease with progressive outcomes.  As we visited, he mentioned he was a welder.  Ahhh.  It’s starting to make sense.  I haven’t even seen his full medical history but I can already…(Read More)

It almost doesn’t matter what disease they’ve labeled you with. If we “take out the bad and put in the good”, your body can heal.  80% of disease in America today is “chronic” disease.  Chronic means it took time.  It didn’t happen overnight.  We might as well call…(Read More)

This week we have a guest blog of sorts.  I didn’t actually do the interview but it came across my desk (thanks Leigh!) and I think it’s worth sharing. I’ve been following Dr. Alessio Fasano for years.  I lovingly call him the Celiac God.  He has well over 200…(Read More)

Methylation 101


Methylation.  What is it?  Who cares? Well, I’m here to tell you methylation (methyl – A – shun) reactions are involved in some pretty important processes in the body. For example, methylation is critical to in the citric acid cycle which is how we make fuel for our cells.  No fuel ultimately equals…(Read More)

There are many causes of mental health disorders.  For example, anxiety is pretty common right?  Most of us have experienced it at one time or another.  But if you suffer from anxiety enough to see your doctor about it, he/she will probably prescribe you an anti-anxiety medication.  You trust…(Read More)

Nutrition isn’t the first treatment that comes to mind anymore.  But it should be. Medications and surgery are now front-line therapy.  But, if (poor) diet, (lack of) physical activity, (too much) stress, etc. are the initiators of chronic disease, how do we think we are ‘fixing’ them with pharmaceutical drugs?&nbsp…(Read More)

Me, In the News!


It was a big media month for me!  I did 2 segments on KTVQ – our local news channel.  And, I was the ‘expert’ of the month with The Gluten Free Life Coach! Listen in! KTVQ-2 on food and its relationship to chronic disease KTVQ-2 on food and label reading – why its so frustrating…(Read More)

How would you like to seriously reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, auto immune disease (Celiac, Hashimoto’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 1 diabetes), Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, arthritis, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes and more? Well, one of the answers is to increase your body’s production of Glutathione…(Read More)

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic compound used to make polycarbonate  plastic and epoxy resins, along with other applications.  Polycarbonate plastic, which is clear and nearly shatter-proof, is used to make a variety of common products including baby and water bottles, sports equipment, medical and dental devices, dental fillings and sealants, eyeglass…(Read More)

So, why detoxify?  Is it really science-based or just a bunch of hoo-ha? Illness used to be more external.  Meaning, microorganisms were a common cause of illness.  We didn’t have heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, or Alzheimer’s all that long ago.  Back in…(Read More)