Nutrition & Chronic Disease – Connecting the Dots

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In today’s video blog, I get passionate about our food supply and how it absolutely has affected our health.    I gave several action steps at the end of the video.

One was to visit the recipe section of my website but I forgot to mention to specifically look for Tracy’s Medicinal Smoothie which is my personal strategy to get a head start on eating the rainbow of colors even in my breakfast.    Eating your colors is at ALL meals, not just dinner.

My Medicinal Smoothie supports a healthy liver and detox abilities, lipid membranes and healthy cholesterol, and is packed with omega 3’s and anti oxidants which protect against a plethora of chronic diseases….and the greens – in addition to their role in detox – support healthy methylation pathways which is a subject I am passionate about – both in my own life and optimizing methylation status for my patients.

Pearls from my recent trip to San Francisco to attend the Institute for Functional Medicine Conference.  The topic this year was Nutrition.  In my video, I shared pearls from Dr. Mark Hyman (author and functional medicine physician), Dr. Randy Girtle (Duke U and Agoudi mice), Dr. David Ludwig (professor of nutrition and pediatrician with Harvard) and Drs. Michael and Lesli Stone on the influence of nutrition on the unborn fetus.

I’ve been studying nutrition for 20 years now and  have had a private practice for 15 years.  People ARE sicker today than they were 15 years ago.

Why?  Because we have an enormous disconnect and ignorance of what has happened to our food supply, by the food industry.

Either we’re devolving as humans….or it is Cause & Effect.

I’m voting for the latter.

If you touched a hot burner, you’d learn not to do it again. When we identify triggers for migraines, they go out of their way to avoid the food or chemical.

But when you eat junk food (non organic, non whole foods), it’s a slow poison.  You dont wake up tomorrow with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, or dementia.

The medical system is broken.  Docs aren’t trained in nutrition or lifestyle medicine. They are great at saving you if you have a heart attack or car wreck. They fail at understanding the WHY of chronic disease.

And as a society, we’ve accepted this as status quo.  We accept that drugs are the only answer.

But it’s not.  Solutions you ask?

Start with organic food AS OFTEN as you can.  Not just when you can afford it. Yes, it’s more $.  Sickness costs $.  Huge amounts of $.

Limit eating out to NO MORE than 1/x week and if you can work toward 1x/month, all the better.    Eating in a restaurant is rarely organic, locally sourced, free raised food.  If you do have that option that is great but WHY spend $75 a week on eating out.  Spend time w/ your family and friends.

Find your own local sources for beef, pork, chicken, eggs.  Choose organic dairy if you consume dairy products.

Check out my website which has HEALTHY WHOLE FOOD RECIPES.  It’s the food I eat.  It’s not five star fancy food.  Just every day real organic whole food.

smoothie w straws for tracy's

~Tracy

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 About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN

meet_tracyTracy Konoske is an eclectic clinician and uses a blend of natural, integrative, functional, and personalized medicine to help her patients feel their best.  Tracy understands that there are 4 drivers of chronic disease:  Toxins, Infections, Stress, and Diet.  And it's often a combination of all 4 that lead to a chronic health condition, and thus it takes a treatment plan addressing each of the 4 to resolve and reclaim good health.  Tracy has recovered from 2 "perfect storm" situations which had drastic effects on her health and led to multiple mystery illnesses and diagnosis including Lyme.

By reducing the burden of these triggers, Tracy is successfully resolving:

  • Fatigue (anemia's, adrenals, thyroid-related, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME-CFS)
  • Auto Immune Conditions (Hashimoto's, Lupus, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac)
  • Mental Health Conditions (anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD/ADHD)
  • Cognitive Dysfunction (trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, symptoms of early Alzheimer's)
  • Digestive Disorders (low hydrochloric acid, "leaky gut", Candida Albicans, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth SIBO, IBS, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Migraines and chronic headaches
If you've one or more of the above-mentioned conditions, or have been told you have Lyme or chronic Lyme,  there's a good chance you are in the right place.If you have a history of chronic sore throats, tonsillitis or tonsillectomy, mononucleosis, glandular fever, shingles, and/or cold sores, there's a good chance you are in the right place.

There are no coincidences.  All good things come from God.