Monthly Archives: October 2010

What’s Going on in Your Gut? Two Essential Tests Can Help You Find Out

Doing what I do, I have a lot of folks come to me with problems like heartburn, constipation, gas and bloating—things that make you think right off the bat, “That’s a digestive issue.” But what about problems like fatigue or weight gain? Even allergies, joint pain or skin problems? What a lot of people don’t realize is that all of these things are connected, and they all come back to your gut.

I have a new book coming out called The Road to Perfect Health, and in it I talk about the vast numbers of bacteria in your body, especially in your digestive tract (which is where roughly 80 percent of your natural defenses are found). And when a healthy digestive balance is upset because of things like poor diet, stress or other factors, the result can be not only poor digestion, but a total breakdown in health.

Turns Out Toxins Aren’t Choosy about Where they Live

The other day I read about a recent study that really got me thinking…about toxins. True, I probably think about toxins more than the average person, but this was interesting—especially since when most folks think about environmental toxins, they imagine giant factories polluting the air in big cities. But this study really proves that no matter where you live, dangerous…

More Evidence Linking Toxins to ADHD in Kids

Every time I read about a study like this my heart just breaks. So many kids today are diagnosed with ADHD, and to think that something inside our own homes might be contributing to the problem is really hard to hear. ADHD, or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is one of the most common childhood disorders, and it can seriously impact the…

Conserve Energy—Don’t Waste Your Food!

This week’s “ReNew You” Challenge is about cutting down on wastefulness. It’s estimated that we waste about 27 percent of food in the U.S. That’s nearly 1/3! Yikes! Next time you go out to eat, take a look at all the food that gets tossed. That doesn’t even include the food that was wasted during the preparation and processing of…

Love to Clean? Listen Up!

I can be a little neurotic sometimes when it comes to cleaning. What can I say? I love a clean house! But for all you gals like me who spend a lot of your free time scrubbing, polishing, spraying and sprucing up, this recent study published in the journal Environmental Health might be somewhat of an eye-opener. Scientists looked at…

Eat More Veggies, Boost Immunity

“Renew You” Challenge – Be a part of my Weekly Challenge (I mean, opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot for bringing health to your week. So here we are right smack in the middle of another cold and flu season, and all I can hear in my head is mom telling me to eat my fruits…

More Chemicals, More Bad News

A lot of folks ask me where I find the time to stay up to date with current health news when I’m constantly traveling. The truth is, it isn’t always easy, but information sources like the Environmental Health Perspectives journal are a huge help. EHP helps raise awareness about environmental toxins and their effects on human health—a subject I’m pretty…

Quitting Smoking Boosts Good Bacteria

A study that looked at dental plaque samples from smokers? Yuck! But it just might surprise you to hear what scientists from Ohio State University and Newcastle University (UK) discovered after following several people with chronic gum disease after they quit smoking. Knowing that tobacco use causes harmful bacteria to thrive in the mouth (which can eventually lead to gum…