Monthly Archives: July 2011

Antibacterial Soap a Good Thing? Think Again

  In this time of scary bacterial infections, antibacterial soap would seem a regular sink-side bottle. We are told that germs are bad—and many are—and that we need to scrub them away with antibacterial soaps, scrubs and sprays. Right? Well, not completely. Handwashing for at least 15 seconds with hot soapy water is very effective at removing germs. All that…

Autism and the Gut—A Need for Digestive Enzymes

  Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by severe abnormalities in communication, social awareness and skills, and behavior. Before the 1980s, autism occurred in 2 to 5 of every 10,000 children. Today about 1 in every 110 children gets autism. This rapid increase cannot only be attributed to improved diagnosis, and also indicates there is more to the disorder than…

Stimulate Digestion with these Moves

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Weekly challenge (I mean, opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us! The digestive tract is about 30 feet long, and it takes anywhere from 24 to 72…

Chemical Exposure During Pregnancy

  A recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives and based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) investigated the exposure of pregnant women to 163 chemicals, revealing, “ubiquitous exposure to multiple chemicals during a sensitive period of development.” The study found that pregnant women were even exposed to chemicals banned decades ago, and some of…

Depressed? Digestive Upsets May be the Cause

  The gut-brain connection is an interesting one because it travels in two directions—from the brain to the gut and from the gut to the brain. For the longest time this connection was thought to only travel in one direction, from the brain to the gut, like when strong emotions trigger an upset stomach. But researchers now know that what…

Dirty Dozen Update—12 Most Pesticide-Laden Foods

  The Environmental Working Group has put out an updated list of fruits and vegetables ranked according to their pesticide contamination. The report, put out annually, analyzes government data on 53 fruits and vegetables. New to the top of the list this year is apples, moved up from number four. Ninety-two percent of apples tested contained two or more pesticides.…

Flame Retardants in Fido

  Dogs are not called “man’s best friend” for no reason. Dogs are wonderful companions, I know. I have four dogs, myself. That’s why I developed a line of supplements for dogs with Dr. Joel Murphy. I know that dogs deal with many of the same issues we do as humans. One of these issues is toxin exposure. In fact,…

Soluble Fiber and Exercise Reduce Belly Fat

  An interesting study published in the journal Obesity points out that eating more soluble fiber, like that from apples and beans, and moderate exercise will selectively decrease belly fat.1 The authors don’t seem to know why it is selective to belly fat, and not subcutaneous fat (fat just under the skin). I think one reason would be that the…

Green Your Surroundings for Health

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right!  Weekly challenge (I mean, opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  Many studies have pointed out the health benefits of spending time outdoors. According to University of…

Listen Up Ladies—Job Stress Can Lead to Heart Disease

  Recent findings by Harvard researchers in the Women’s Health Study (which involved more than 17,000 female health professionals) indicate that women whose work is highly stressful are at a 40 percent increased risk of developing heart disease compared to their less-stressed colleagues. The study also showed that women who worry about job loss are more likely to have high…