Toxic Planes: Air Travelers Beware

Toxic Planes: Air Travelers Beware

If you’ve ever flown in an airplane, you’re familiar with that musty, stale smell that encircles you as soon as you board. Maybe you’ve also noticed that it can be difficult to breathe normally on a plane: that recirculated air just doesn’t inspire you to take a full, deep breath. This effect is not in your head… the air inside the cabin of virtually all airplanes is a far cry from fresh. It is stale, recirculated air that is loaded with contaminants that may be harmful to your
Toxins in Food Packaging

Toxins in Food Packaging

I’m perfectly happy to be a broken record when it comes to talking to patients about the importance of healthy eating, and a diet consisting of whole, nutritious foods. Food is medicine and eating well is essential to living well. Nobody is surprised to hear that I encourage my patients (and anyone else who will listen) to avoid fast food… it simply does not fit into a health promoting diet. Most fast foods are made with low quality ingredients, heavily processed, stuffed full of additives, and generally no
Sharing Good News

Sharing Good News

In my office, and in my articles, I talk a lot about medicine that does not come in the form of pills. A healthy diet, an active lifestyle, and getting plenty of sunshine are just three of the many examples of the most common (and effective) natural medicine prescriptions. Another important medicine (no pills involved) is maintaining meaningful, supportive relationships with others. The way we interact with those closest to us can dramatically influence our happiness, and in turn, our health. A new study, to be presented
It Only Takes 5 Minutes…

It Only Takes 5 Minutes…

As a naturopathic physician, one of the things I always stress to my patients is the importance of a healthy, clean, whole food diet. Most people know that a meal of vegetables and legumes is a healthier choice than a burger, fries, and a soda. But when hunger strikes… the temptation of a quick, easy, inexpensive meal often wins out. Herein lies the importance of a five minute conversation that was the subject of fascinating recent article. In a new study out of the University of Michigan, researchers underscored