New Hope for Natural Weight Loss

A potential treatment for obesity: pterostilbene, a molecule similar to resveratrol

Nothing drives sales like the promise of a new supplement to help lose weight. I have always said that the best way to lose weight is to eat right and exercise. However, some people still struggle with weight loss.

This article in Medical News Today, discusses research from Spain that shows pterostilbene reduces body fat. Now for the bad news the research was on rats. Which is good news if you have some fat rats at home you want to treat. It does not mean that pterostilbene will work as well for you.

Another question most people will ask is what is Pterostilbene? Pterostilbene is a phenol very similar to resveratrol. It is found in a wide variety of foods including wine, blueberries, peanuts, grapes and more.

This is promising research however, and once it talked about on Dr. Oz you can be guaranteed that it will all sell out overnight.


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AHCC Miracle for Some HPV Patients

AHCC, Japanese mushroom extract, eradicates HPV infections in women For sufferers of the most common STD in the United States there is good news. Up to 70% of sexually active adults will acquire HPV at some point in their lives.

Research presented at the Society for Integrated Oncology showed that there is possibly a natural method to eliminate HPV. HPV is associated with a variety of cancers. Most commonly is cervical cancer, but also esophageal cancer, anal cancer, vaginal cancer, and penile cancer.

In this study, the researchers used AHCC, a mushroom extract, in the treatment of HPV. The patients were treated with AHCC pills used once a day.

The group of 10 women were studied for a period of up to 6 months. 5 had a negative HPV test result, while 3 had confirmed eradication, and the other two responded and continued on the treatment.

This is great news for anyone suffering from this terrible disease and offers hope to millions.   Source:

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Acai Berry Smoothie

acai smoothie

You can’t find acai berries are your local grocery story but they are the superfruit of berries with high fiber content, low glycemic index, and a high ORAC value. However we’ve brought in a new freeze dried acai powder from Organic Traditions. As the name says the product is organic and has an ORAC value of 2390 per 5g serving.

In this smoothie I also add frozen blueberries, protein powder, pecans, and kale to make for a healthy and tasty morning starter.

To Make Smoothie:

Combine all ingredients in high speed blender or food processor.

  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Organic Traditions Freeze Dried Acai Berry Powder
  • 8-10 pecans
  • ¼ cup frozen blueberries
  • Handful of kale
  • 6 oz. almond milk

Acai Berry Powder 3.50 Ounces by Organic Traditions



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Chocolate Banana Smoothie

This delicious smoothie uses the Plant Head Protein. Plant Head is a gluten free protein powered that is gluten free, soy free, preservative free, and raw vegan. Really, this excellent protein comes in chocolate and vanilla flavor.

  • 1 scoop chocolate Plant Head Protein (or other chocolate protein powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 banana
  • 12 walnuts
  • 6 oz. almond milk (or other milk)

Blend until smooth.

Chocolate Bannana Smoothie

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Allergies and Your Gut

Do the Bugs in Your Belly Cause Allergies?


In this article from Dr. Weil he discusses how children with more diverse gut bacteria have a lower incidence of allergies. The diversity of our gut bacteria is being damaged because of diets heavy and processed foods, antibiotics, and other reasons.

In order to help our children develop a larger biodiversity of bacteria, we need to feed them healthy foods for that bacteria to grow on. While you can give your children probiotics, they also need to populate your colons with other bacteria. Breast-feeding and natural childbirth help to populate the baby’s colon with helping bacteria.

Also, do not forget to let your child go out and play. Sometimes a play environment that is to clean will not result in children adding to the bacteria in the colon. Read with Dr. Wilde has to say in the article below.


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Gut Bacteria Related to Health

Gut bacteria

Gut microbiota, probiotics and diabetes.

Psychobiotics can feed gut-brain health axis: ‘It’s really an exciting frontier,’ says professor

In this first article published in Nutrition Journal the authors discuss how our intestinal flora media related to development and prognosis of diabetes. Probiotics may help to reduce the inflammatory response as well is oxidative stress. They may also reduce intestinal permeability, increase insulin sensitivity, and reduce autoimmune reactions.

The second article has a link to recording by Prof. John Cryan talking about psychobiotics is an exciting new field that may be helpful in treating certain mental disorders listen to Prof. John Cryan talk about this field.

As far as natural products go, I feel probiotics will show the greatest growth and expansion over the next decade. A great deal of research is currently being conducted and probiotics are being found to be beneficial in a variety of different medical conditions.

Growing in maintaining a healthy intestinal flora is essential to your health. Studies have found that antibiotics increase the risk of cancer. With so much depending on having healthy bacteria, it is important to not take antibiotics indiscriminately.

Eating a diet rich in natural fibers from vegetables and fruits will help you grow healthy bacteria in your gut.





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Apple, Pineapple and Coconut Smoothie

Try this delicious smoothie recipe. It contains natural anti-inflammatory benefits from the bromelain in the pineapple and the powerful anti-inflammatory effects of ginger.

Apple, Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

Delicious Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

Eat your way back to health with this delicious recipe.

  • a cup of coconut or almond milk
  • 1 inch of ginger root
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple

Add all ingredients to high speed blender and blend until smooth. If you’d like it a little colder add a couple of ice cubes.

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The Sustainable Way to Lose Weight, Feel Better and Stay Healthy

Dr. Jonathan Goodman 

  Do you want to lose weight, feel in control of your health, and get off all the medications you are taking? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Have you been running yourself ragged exercising, punishing yourself to find you’re getting nowhere except sore? There is a better, more sane and sustainable way to harness your body’s own fat burning machine. You don’t have to count every calorie or obsess about portion sizes.  You can eat real, delicious food and know that you’re making healthy food choices. Why not eat this way?  Let’s look at the solution.

Dr. Goodman’s Metabolically Optimized Eating Plan

First step:  Find out your metabolism:

machine   Each of us has a built-in metabolic rate that burns calories even while we’re doing nothing. This is called the resting metabolic rate, or RMR. A simple 10-minute test done in my office will reveal your rate and establish a baseline.

Second step: Find out your body fat level.

The goal is to lose fat, not so much weight, although both will happen. The more fat you lose while retaining or adding muscle, the more metabolically active you’ll be. We’ll use a simple machine to measure the percentage of your weight which is body fat.

Third step:  Lab testing.

We will determine some important values which show how your body handles hunger signals and how sensitive to sugar you are.  We will investigate overall heart health and whether you are on the way to being diabetic or handing sugar ok.  We will test for food sensitivities or intolerances if you have a lot of digestive issues.  These can make it very hard to follow an eating plan that makes us bloated and tired!

After gathering this information, we will sit down and design a metabolically optimized eating and exercise plan just for you!

So, what will I be eating?  If any specific foods show up as problem foods on testing, they will be excluded. Lots of meat, chicken and fish Nuts and seeds Vegetables – that doesn’t include starches! Fruit Grains and sugar are not allowed on the plan as they get in the way of your metabolism.  In order to harness your body’s fat burning potential, you need to cut the carbs you are taking in.  You’ll still get carbs from the fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds you eat, but these are loaded with vitamins and minerals and don’t slow your metabolism down.

What’s Next?

In the beginning we’ll meet either twice or each week for the first month to make sure you are comfortable in your new eating plan.  Most people have lots of questions and need to tweak the ratios of foods they eat to get comfortable.  After a month to six weeks, your body should be adjusted to this new way of eating.  You will be truly amazed to see the pounds coming off regardless of how much you eat. After three months we will retest your metabolism.  Given your weight loss and changes in diet, your metabolism should be slightly lower.  You can help yourself by building lean muscle. That’s where the exercise plan comes in.  Exercise is not the major way you will  be losing weight, but staying active is great for your mood and overall well-being.  We’ll go over specific exercises in the beginning to suit your temperament and capabilities. Depending on how much of your goal weight you’ve lost and where your metabolism is, we may adjust your eating plan.  We may also retest your values to see how they’ve changed and how much healthier you are!


Dr. Goodman can be seen in his office in either Bristol or Bloomfield, CT. To see Dr. Goodman click here.

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Patients Trust Doctors Supplement Advice

Consumers trust doctors’ supplements info

Pills and Softgels

In this survey it was found that dietary supplement users trusted their doctor for reliable information on dietary supplements.

I’ve talked to a lot of physicians and have found that most family doctors have a low dietary supplement IQ. We’ve put people on CoQ10 in our office for their pains and aches secondary to statin medications only to have their medical doctor tell them to stop taking them. They are totally unaware of the use of CoQ10 with statins.

The amount of education in nutrition is very limited in medical school. In fact less than 40% of medical schools give the required minimum of 25 hours of nutritional education.

The medical model of thinking isn’t one of treating wellness. It is about diagnosing illness and then giving a chemical design to change the bodies function to enact a change. This model doesn’t have a wellness model other than the yearly physical.

So while I believe it is important to share information with your doctor about the supplements you are taking, I don’t believe you will always get helpful information from your doctor about your supplement program.

It is even more important to share the information with your pharmacist. They can determine any interactions with medication and supplements. Also many medications can deplete vitamins and your pharmacist can help advise you if this is the case.

Make sure to find a good advisor. Many chiropractors have an extensive background in nutrition. Naturopaths are excellent advisors. Some medical doctors have spent many years learning nutrition and are brilliant advisors. However, it is more likely your doctor may have a very negative point of view on vitamins and supplements.

It is your health and your body so make sure you are the one in charge in charge.

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