Monthly Archives: July 2014

Get Ready for The Skinny Gut Diet in Fall 2014!

Are you still counting calories when it comes to weight loss? What if I told you it’s not necessary—and that the secret to permanent weight loss might just be in the last place you’d ever expect? I’m excited to announce that in just a few months my new book will be available, and what an amazing journey it has been.…

What’s Wrong with Current Dietary Guidelines?

Every five years the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) holds a series of public meetings to incorporate feedback from stakeholders on the next version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are released the following year. The next Dietary Guidelines are slated to be released in 2015, so these meetings have recently been underway. Conflict of Interest within USDA…

Men—Take that Cell Phone Out of Your Pocket

Ninety percent of American adults have a cell phone, 29 percent of which describe their cell phone as “something they can’t imagine living without.” If you are one of these 90 percent, you likely know the convenience your phone offers you. This convenience may come at a price, however. In a recent study published in the journal Environment International, researchers…

Estrogen from Toxins Making Us Fat?

You are likely already well aware that the obesity rate is sky high—two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. That’s over 65 percent. It is becoming clear that there is to more to the equation than simply calories in/calories out. There are a number of factors that are contributing to the expanding waistline of this country, one of which is…

Brain Fog Improves on Gluten-Free Diet in People with Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a condition that involves damage to the small intestines as a result of an inflammatory response to gluten from the diet. People with celiac disease commonly report that they experience brain fog, which can include difficulty concentrating, trouble paying attention, lapses in short-term memory, difficulty finding words, temporary loss in mental sharpness or creativity, and confusion or…

Getting Fat—The Result or the Cause of Overeating?

We have been told that all it takes to lose weight is a reduction in calories and/or an increase in energy expenditure (exercise). So if we eat less calories or exercise more or both, we will lose weight. Supposedly, that’s how it works. And yet, we continue to struggle with losing weight and keeping it off for good. Only a…

Toxins in Plastic Linked to Behavioral Problems in Children

I blog about environmental toxins a lot because their harmful effects continue to be reported in scientific studies, yet little is done to curtail their use or educate the public about their harms. One class of toxins—the phthalates—is particularly troublesome because they are ubiquitous. They’re everywhere. Phthalates are found in: personal care products cosmetics perfumed products adhesives car care products…

3 Foods to Fight Chronic Stress and Obesity

When you encounter a perceived threat, your body reacts by activating the fight-or-flight response—your adrenals pump out stress hormones that put the body and mind into a hyperaware, ready-for-anything mode. Digestion shuts down and the cardiovascular system pumps up in anticipation of, well, a fight or flight. This bodily process is elegantly designed to help save our lives when we…

Prebiotics May Help Reduce Infection in Young Children

On average, children in the United States develop six respiratory tract infections each year. Another infection—gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu—accounts for over 1.5 million outpatients visits, 200,000 hospital visits, and about 300 deaths each year. Together, these infections account for a considerable degree of illness in children. If you are a parent, you are familiar with the frequency…