Test Results – Finding Out the Details

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Functional Medicine | 0 comments

I just reviewed my test results with Dr. Deanna and was very intrigued by the results. One of the deficiencies that Dr. Deanna found in my blood was related to a variety of Vitamin Bs. Some of the symptoms of this deficiency include fatigue and nerve pain, both of which I suffer from. However, the nerve pain was of particular interest for me. A few years after my cancer went into remission, I started having nerve pain in the area that my cancer was located. After a series of tests, my doctors really had no recommendations for combating the...

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Micronutrient Testing – What Your Body is Trying to Tell You

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Functional Medicine, Nutrition | 0 comments

Nutrition is at the core of integrative health and SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Testing is one of the most advanced diagnostic tool available. As previously mentioned, micronutrient testing looks inside a white blood cell to see what the your nutritional status is and measures vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, carbohydrate metabolism, oxidative stress levels, and can even assess immune function. While the genetic test can help you understand what diseases or deficiencies you might be prone to and the resulting supplements or lifestyle...

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Genetics Can Reveal Significant Health Information

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Functional Medicine, Genetics | 0 comments

So, you are are really excited about the new testing offered by Dr. Deanna, but also wondering what you’ll actually learn from genetic and micronutrient testing. As mentioned previously, my name is Krista. I met Dr. Deanna a few years ago through working on her books as an editor and graphic designer. So you could say I have read her books cover to cover.  However, my interest extends far beyond a publishing relationship. At the age of 19 I was diagnosed with Melanoma, a type of skin cancer. This form of cancer is one of the most highly...

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Introducing Micronutrient and Genetic Testing

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Functional Medicine | 0 comments

Have you ever found yourself in the nutrition section at the store, staring helplessly at the myriad of vitamin and supplement bottles? You want to help your body and you know it needs something, but after reading label upon label you leave dazed, confused and disappointed. I think at some point, all of us have been there and have been overwhelmed and hesitant because of the pain of pricey selections we don’t know what, if any result we’ll experience in our overall health and wellbeing. Dr. Deanna Holdren, a functional medicine family...

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How to Avoid GMO

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Functional Medicine, Nutrition | 0 comments

Seventy percent of foods sold in the supermarket contain genetically modified ingredients.  Over five million children in the United States are suffering from food allergies, a problem that correlates strongly to the development of GMO processed foods for infants and children.  In spite of the complete flooding of the food market with unlabeled genetically modified food, they are avoidable by eliminating the following food from your family’s diet: Soy (tofu and soy sauce are not GMO, avoid soy lecithin) Corn (all corn products, especially...

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Food Is Less Nutritious

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Functional Medicine | 0 comments

Scientific American published an article in 2011 titled “Dirt Poor” which explains how soil depletion has made our food less nutritious. They report, Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows. Sadly, each successive generation of fast-growing, pest-resistant carrot is truly less good for you than the one before. Perhaps the new reality among such dire reports is this: supplements have become the real food – actual nutrition – and food has become the...

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It’s More Than Genes

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Functional Medicine, Nutrition | 0 comments

I often hear the argument, “Well, Grandma never took supplements and she lived to be 95.” This is based on the false hypothesis that your health depends entirely on your genetic make-up. So, if Grandma was healthy, you will be too. Yes, your genes matter, but the trigger points for chronic illness such as diabetes and heart disease are clearly directed by what you are feeding your body. And it is a fact that the food your Grandma fed her body is no longer widely available to you. Food has changed nutritionally, genetically, and chemically....

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Protein Supplements – Which Should I Use?

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Nutrition | 0 comments

The most common sources for protein powders are whey (a dairy or animal protein) and soy (a plant-based protein).  Research on both soy and whey proteins reveal a number of related health concerns or side effects associated with their use: SOY – National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health, and the Harvard School of Public Health recommend individuals limit their soy intake to approximately 2-4 servings a week (16-32oz of soy milk or ½ cup-1 cup of tofu a week).  Consuming large...

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Eliminate Allergenic and Addictive Foods

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Natural Aging, Nutrition | 0 comments

Many people experience symptoms of premature aging or poor health and have no idea that the solution may be as simple as removing possible food allergens.  This plan includes removing possible allergenic foods like gluten, dairy, soy and processed sugars.  If you cringe at the thought of removing a certain food, chances are you are allergic to it.  Generally speaking, the food you crave is the food that is killing you. Dairy – Despite the widespread notion that milk is healthy, drinking pasteurized milk is frequently associated with a...

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Improving Brain Function by Optimizing Gut Health

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Functional Medicine, Gut health, Nutrition | 1 comment

Serotonin is a monoamine neurotransmitter and is biochemically derived from tryptophan, the amino acid inhibited by glyphosate (the main ingredient in Roundup).  Serotonin is primarily found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, platelets, and in the central nervous system of animals and humans. It is popularly thought to be a contributor to feelings of wellbeing and happiness.  Approximately 90% of the human body’s total serotonin is located in the gut where it is used to regulate intestinal movements. The remainder is synthesized in...

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