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Want to take a LEAP?

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Have you ever tried to cut foods out of your diet to feel better only to not feel any different? Or, only a little better? Or worse? A lot of people I talk to cut out gluten thinking that’s what’s causing the problems. And, they feel a little better. Or, they cut out…(Read More)

If you have a mosquito biting you, you remove it. Right? If you have an ant biting you, you remove it. Right? OK. You kill the mosquito or the ant. What about if you have a food that you react to? If that food revs up your immune system? Causes you to have headaches? Or…(Read More)

Last week, I talked about how hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach helps break down your food. This week, I’m going to talk about digestive enzymes – the Food Demolition Crew. Digestive enzymes break your food down into carbohydrates, proteins and fats so that you can then absorb them. Digestive enzymes start their job in…(Read More)

Now that you’ve had a tour of your digestive tract let’s talk about what can go wrong in different parts, and some ideas how to fix it. (If you missed the tour of your digestive tract, you can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. We’re going to start with the…(Read More)

I have a hard time including vegetables in my diet. There, I said it. Even with all of my nutrition training, I always think of the protein on the plate first. I blame it on my Dad and his side of the family. They owned a large cattle ranch outside of Albuquerque, NM. Meat has…(Read More)

Careful with Causation

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The media got an early Christmas present this week when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a monograph stating that red and processed meats cause cancer. Woo Hoo! Time to unleash the media feeding frenzy! Unfortunately, the full monograph won’t be available until later. What is available…(Read More)

Our gut is full of microbes! Oh no! What should we do? Shouldn’t we get rid of them? Aren’t microbes dangerous? Actually, those microbes in your gut help you live a long, healthy life. Research on the gut is showing that many diseases – from physical to mental – may originate because of imbalances in…(Read More)

In this month’s Nutrition Call, I talked about fermented foods and why they are important for our health. (If you want to listen to or download the recording, you can do so here.) When we talk about fermented foods, first there are a couple of terms that need to be defined: prebiotics and probiotics…(Read More)

This is the second part of a two-part series on the Glutathione and Food Connection. To read the first part, click here. In last week’s blog post I talked about the importance of raising glutathione levels for health and the three amino acids needed for your body to make glutathione. Today, we’re…(Read More)

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My goal is help you take control of your triggers so you can lead a normal life. I’ve had Irritable Bowel Syndrome for over 14 years. I’ve been told, “It’s all in your head.” And, “You just need to figure out what’s causing your symptoms” without being provided any help to figure it out. I’ve finally gotten my symptoms under control. I want to help you do the same thing. I want to help you get your life back.


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