Nutrition & Lifestyle

Paraprobiotics: A New Approach for Immune System Support

By Erik Goldman

The last decade’s worth of microbiome research has taught us that much of our “human” physiology is actually regulated by microorganisms in our digestive tracts.  It turns out that some of these organisms need not even be alive to exert their influence. Welcome to the world of paraprobiotics—an emerging category of health products containing heat-killed […]

Environmental Medicine 101: Practical Guidance for Leveraging Environmental Medicine in Your Practice

By Erik Goldman

Environmental toxins are ubiquitous, and a rapidly growing body of evidence confirms that they are adversely affecting our health and longevity in myriad ways. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), bisphenol A (BPA), arsenic, lead and mercury are just a few from among the thousands of environmental toxins to which we are routinely exposed. These exposures are direct […]

Improving Clinical Outcomes with Paraprobiotics

By Erik Goldman

Paraprobiotics could be just what your patients need for a better life. Pre- and probiotics have become mainstream solutions for improved overall wellbeing, but research has revealed that paraprobiotics–heat-killed probiotic strains–can also have very specific benefits. Paraprobiotics also deliver the added advantage of a longer shelf-life without the need for refrigeration. In this free webinar, […]

Want Better Rest? Ditch Your Sleep Tracker

By Ktristen Schepker, Contributing Writer

If a better night’s rest is what you’re after, think twice before using a sleep tracker. An abundance of modern health and wellness technologies promise benefits like improved sleep and relaxation. But research indicates that sleep tracking devices can actually reinforce some users’ sleep-related stress, making peaceful slumber even harder to attain. Sleep Aids Gain […]

Food-Induced Autoimmunity: Tips for Taming Immune System Anarchy

By Erik Goldman

Chronic systemic inflammation and autoimmune reactions underlying many common metabolic, digestive, respiratory, and musculoskeletal disorders. Delayed type food allergies and sensitivities are major drivers of inflammation. Left unchecked, allergies and sensitivities can lead to immune system “anarchy.” The challenge for clinicians is that sensitivity patterns are highly individualized, and many common foods which are not […]

The Aging Brain: Evidence-Based Interventions for Brain Health

By Erik Goldman

Age-associated cognitive decline is one of the nation’s most pressing health issues. Every day in the US, roughly 10,000 people reach their 65th birthdays. People over 65 years of age now represent almost 15% of the total population. Octogenarians are the fastest growing age bracket. As these trends continue, the need for effective clinical strategies […]

New Studies Affirm Core Tenets of Functional Medicine

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

Among the core tenets of holistic and functional medicine are the ideas that lifestyle-based interventions aimed at mitigating root causes of chronic disease will improve clinical outcomes, and that this can reduce healthcare costs. These premises makes intuitive sense. But proving them on a healthcare system level has been challenging. Two recent studies provide significant […]

Building Youthful NAD+ Power with Precursors, Sirtuin-Activating Compounds & Methylation Support

By Erik Goldman

The depletion of Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD+) over time has emerged as a central driver of much of the degenerative decline associated with aging. Depletion of NAD+ can negatively impact a multitude of core biochemical functions that may influence healthspan. Because NAD+ levels steadily drop with age, the repletion of this vital metabolic cofactor has […]

When the Going Gets Teff…. Discovering an Ancient, Gluten-Free Grain

By Sally Lamont, ND, LAc

Many Americans had their first “taste” of teff—Ethiopia’s ancient cereal staple– through the writing of Abraham Verghese, MD, the beloved Stanford surgeon who authored the 2009 novel, Cutting for Stone. The story begins in Verghese’s childhood homeland of Ethiopia, and in it, the author describes his love of injera, the traditional sourdough flatbread made from […]

A Revolution in CoQ10: Advancing Energetics through Cellular Metabolite Optimization

By Erik Goldman

Co-enzyme Q10 is among the most widely purchased dietary supplements worldwide. Yet many people who take it don’t get the optimal benefits they seek from this important metabolic cofactor.  New research suggests that Geranylgeraniol (GG), a naturally-occurring substance in the seeds of the Annatto plant (Bixa Orellana), can increase the body’s natural production of CoQ10, […]