Scientific research continues to point toward the benefits of fasting to lose weight and improve your health. Intermittent fasting has becoming increasingly popular and has been shown to induce weight loss, improve immune regulation and slow the aging process. (You can read more about my take on intermittent fasting here.) But for those who find it difficult to commit to a full-on fast, here’s something new to consider.

It’s called the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD), created by Valter Longo, PhD, and it’s an alternative to fasting that allows you consume small amounts of food. Instead of abstaining from food altogether, as in a traditional fast, or even intermittent fasting, ...

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Diabetes is a disease that affects more than 30 million people in the United States alone. An estimated 7.2 million of those cases are undiagnosed. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease and accounts for about 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases.

After eating a meal, the pancreas produces insulin to regulate high glucose. In type 2 diabetes, the body is unable to make proper use of insulin, due to insulin resistance, resulting in spikes in blood glucose levels that can be both dangerous and damaging.

In a healthy body, when blood sugar is low, the liver creates glucose by breaking down glycogen or synthesizing glucose from amino acids. When blood sugar is high, as it is af...

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I had the opportunity at the end of last year to spend a day at Bonton Farms in South Dallas. To say that I was moved would be an understatement. This organization and its mission are changing lives. I know I have made a commitment to help Bonton Enterprises and their friends in the neighborhood of Bonton. I am hoping that you are as moved as I was by their vision and the beautiful people I met.

I made this presentation for you. It has embedded audio and video links.


The Site for the New Bonton Market.

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In my previous article, I introduced the idea that modern changes in wheat processing may change the makeup of wheat, making it more immune-stimulating.

Here are five key ways modern wheat processing has shifted from traditional methods:

Using ungerminated grain — Naturally, wheat, rye and barley contain enzymes that break down difficult to digest wheat proteins (including gluten) after germination. However, allowing the grain to germinate greatly reduces shelf-life of products made from it, making germinated grain less useful for commercial applications.

Replacing long and diverse fermentation with fast-acting baker’s yeast — Fermentation breaks down the proteins of wheat, m...

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The prevalence of celiac disease is estimated to have increased two- to four-fold over the last 50 years. But why? What’s behind the sudden rise in celiac disease and non-celiac wheat sensitivity?

In a discussion about celiac disease, there are a number of factors at play, but let’s take a look specifically at the impacts of food processing on wheat sensitivity. Wheat processing has changed over the last 100 years, and modern practices can alter the makeup of wheat, causing it to be more immune stimulating — perhaps at least partially to blame for the increasing prevalence of celiac, wheat allergy and non-celiac wheat sensitivity.

To understand how processing practices impact...

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You may have seen the recent USA Today article, Coconut oil isn’t healthy. It’s never been healthy, based on a statement released by the American Heart Association advising Americans to replace saturated fat (as is found in coconut oil) with omega-6 rich polyunsaturated fatty acids from vegetable oils. The article quickly went viral on social media, causing a panic among natural foodies, crunchy moms and those who’ve used coconut as a substitute for vegetable oil and other cooking oils.

But here’s why I don’t want you to panic about coconut oil. Coconut oil is an absolutely healthy fat especially when eaten on a low carbohydrate diet.

When coconut oil is added to...

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Too much stress in your life doesn’t just affect your mental well being, it wreaks havoc on your body and could lead to symptoms mirroring those of hypothyroidism.

Types of Stress

Stress comes in a number of ways, some impacting us more than others and at different times in our lives. At some point in time, most of us will experience stress in some (or all) of these forms:

  • Financial stress

  • Relationships

  • Schedules

  • Commutes

  • Raising children

  • The stock market

  • Skipping meals

  • Living a “western” lifestyle

There are other factors not commonly considered when people think of “stress” which also burden the adrenal glands. Fluctuating blood sugar is the most common way that adrenal ...

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Here are five key reasons today’s food contains fewer nutrients than the food of past generations:

1. Monoculture farming (the practice of growing a single crop on a very large scale) over crop rotation has depleted the soil of key nutrients.

2. The Agri-business companies harvest early before the produce has ripened and really assimilated all the nutrients from the soil.

3. Selecting limited food crops for ideal flavor but not variety and nutritional content.

4. More toxins in our food (pesticides, preservatives and even BPA).

5. Environmental chemicals in our air (pesticides, herbicides), skin care, hair products and toothpaste.

Adequate nutrition — including: vitamins, minerals, am...

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What is Skin Cancer?

Healthy cells in our body grow and then at a prescribed time, the cell replicates and then dies in a process called apoptosis. Cancer occurs when cells abnormally grow and no longer get the “die” message. Skin cancer occurs when the skin cells begin to abnormally grow. Any abnormal growth of skin cells is considered skin cancer, but only two are considered malignant.


What are the Types of Skin Cancer?

There are three primary types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and is relatively harmless. This type of skin cancer often appears as red patches, shiny bumps or s...

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Here are the current stats on skin cancer reported in the media:

  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

  • Almost 90 percent of melanomas can be linked to sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) radiation, usually from sunburns not just from sun exposure.

  • Regular daily use of sunscreen (SPF 15+) reduces the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent.

  • One person dies of melanoma every hour.

But are these claims completely true? Skin cancer rates are increasing despite sunscreen use and despite the fact that more people are spending time indoors rather than outdoors. So what gives?

Here are some truths you need to know about skin cancer:

  • The sun does NOT cause skin cancer.According ...

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