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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.

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The Site for the New Bonton Market.

Watch the video presentation.

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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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Have you tried every diet in the book, spent hundreds — or even thousands — on weight loss products, specialized foods and fitness products, only to find you’re right back where you began? Maybe you lost a few pounds here and there, but never found a diet plan that really worked for you, and eventually gained back any weight you’d lost.

You are not alone. But what if I told you that losing weight and keeping it off for good isn’t always about food and exercise; that “calories in vs. calories out” is a far too simplified approach to weight loss, and one that doesn’t work for everyone? There’s more to the equation.

Advancements in genetic sc...

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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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Individuals dealing with skin cancer have options when it comes treatment. There are both conventional skin cancer treatments, as well as natural methods for treating skin cancer available.


Let’s take a look at the options.


Conventional Skin Cancer Treatments


The National Cancer Institute recommends five different types of standard skin cancer treatments, including:


• Surgery – cut the tumor out
• Chemotherapy – poison the tumor
• Radiation therapy – burn the tumor
• Photodynamic therapy – drug and laser light therapy to kill cancer cells
• Biologic therapy – using the immune system to fight cancer


In many cases, these treatment options ca...

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How you eat and the personal care products you use can have a direct effect on your skin’s appearance and health. If you want to have clean, healthy skin and to reduce your risk for skin cancer, it’s time to clean up your diet and remove all toxins from your environment.


Use natural or organic cleaning products. Drink filtered water. Use non-chemical beauty products (especially avoid sodium laurel sulfate, propylene glycol, parabens, etc.) Check out the guide from Environmental Working Group to help you choose healthier skincare products. You can also try making your own skin care products out of natural elements (here are some recipes to start with).


Since cancer thrives in an ac...

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