Happy New Year!
As a fresh year begins and we set our New Year's resolutions, we want to share some of our favorite health blogs to support you as you pursue your health goals and wellness intentions in 2023.
The blogs are in no particular order, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
The Environmental Health Symposium
The Environmental Health Symposium (EHS) maintains a fascinating blog that could significantly improve your health and the health of your family this year.
Did you know some baby food has unacceptable levels of toxic metals? You would if you read this blog post!
Did you know aluminum is a neurotoxin that can accumulate in breast milk, the placenta, and unborn babies? Research also suggests a correlation between aluminum exposure and breast cancer. Learn more about the toxicity of aluminum HERE.
Did you know arsenic is the NUMBER ONE most toxic substance in the United States? The CDC and the ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) list arsenic as the #1 most toxic substance because Americans are likely to be exposed to arsenic in their food and water and suffer health consequences as a result of this daily exposure. Unfortunately, the detection of arsenic, even at fatally high levels, can be challenging because it is tasteless, colorless, and odorless. Arsenic is also known as the perfect poison.
You may want to consider asking your doctor to test you and your family for exposure to toxic metals.
Dr. Lauren Deville, ND
Dr. Lauren Deville completed naturopathic medical school at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, and holds a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the University of Arizona, with minors in Spanish and Creative Writing. She puts her creative writing skills to good use in her phenomenal blog and posts on a very regular basis.
Recent blog topics explore methylation defects, including COMT gene mutation and MTHFR gene mutation, the toxic effects of artificial sweeteners, the concerning side effects of NSAIDs, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and intermittent fasting – explore these topics, and more HERE!
Rebel Med NW
Rebel Med NW provides naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, physical medicine, and primary care services to the Seattle community in the Pacific Northwest. Several of the physicians at this medical practice are designated as Seattle Met Top Doctors, and their blog is also top-notch!
Their blog posts offer relevant information about Chinese medicine, cosmetic acupuncture, medical microneedling, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), cryotherapy, infrared sauna, cold laser therapy, biofeedback therapy, neurofeedback therapy, gua sha, myofascial release, breathwork training, cupping therapy, moxa treatment, heart rate variability (HRV), Kinesio taping, mindfulness exercises, and so much more! You can enjoy their informative blog posts HERE.
We love Naturopathic Pediatrics!
The physician who founded Naturopathic Pediatrics invites fellow healthcare providers to submit posts about topics they are passionate about at any time. So, the submissions posted on the Naturopathic Pediatrics website are always well-written, highly educational, and unique.
Recent subjects include sensory processing disorder, hydrotherapy, PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infection), wholesome baking with kiddos, and screen addiction. You can read all posts from Naturopathic Pediatrics HERE.
Southwest Integrative Medicine
We fancy Dr. Robin Terranella’s blog because it’s a blog and a VLOG! Yes, Dr. Terranella embeds a video into each blog, where he shares his thoughts about the blog topic. The blogs are well-written and full of evidence-based information to support your health.
Read his blog and watch his vlog about iron deficiency anemia HERE.
Dr. Scott Buesing maintains a riveting blog that recently highlighted the health-damaging effects of ultra-processed food and the dangers of microplastics. Did you know over 710 billion pounds of plastic are manufactured each year, which is roughly equivalent to the combined weight of every human being on the planet?
According to Dr. Buesing, you could be exposed to microplastics via drinking water, table salt, the air you breathe, seafood, fruits, vegetables, cosmetics, personal care products, and other sources. Once they are in your body, microplastics could cause increased inflammation, heart damage, brain damage, lung damage, and more. Educate yourself about the dangers of microplastics HERE.
Dr. Andrew Neville, ND
We are impressed by Dr. Andrew Neville’s in-depth but easy-to-read articles. A recent article explored the connection between adrenal fatigue and chronic infections, including Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, but it often coexists with several “coinfections,” such as Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia, Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), Cytomegalovirus (CMV), and others. According to the CDC, Lyme disease exists throughout the United States, so Lyme disease and its coinfections are more common than many people realize.
Dr. Neville suggests a dysfunctional stress response system impairs the optimal function of the immune system, which could then increase the risk of being afflicted by these chronic infections. Read more about this fascinating and important topic HERE.
Here are links to two more articles we recommend:
Ultra Wellness Center
Mark Hyman, MD, IFMCP, and his team at the Ultra Wellness Center in Lenox, MA curate a lively and informative blog that does not shy away from controversial topics. A recent blog post asked the question, “Coffee: Good or Bad?” According to the blog, traditional roasted coffee has over 1,000 bioactive compounds that may offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic, and anti-carcinogenic effects.
Most Americans consume more antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source, and research-based evidence links coffee to numerous health benefits, including a healthy liver – read more about the potential health benefits of historically disparaged coffee HERE.
Their blog even taught us about a new food called PUMFU, which is a high-protein meat alternative made from nutrient-dense pumpkin seeds. Check out this delicious recipe for a plant-based, egg-free, dairy-free, and soy-free PUMFU scramble. We also treasure the fascinating conversations between Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. George Papanicolaou – listen to these brilliant physicians discuss the underlying causes and functional medicine approach to treating panic attacks HERE.
While we adore long in-depth blogs bursting with juicy details, sometimes a brief blog that can be consumed quickly is just what the doctor ordered. Dr. Edward Levitan, Dr. Wendie Trubow, and their team at Five Journeys in Boston, MA offer perfectly sized “blog bites.” A recent blog post succinctly reviewed ten tips for improving your sleep hygiene – read their tips for better sleep HERE. They also offer many healthy recipes, such as this one for yummy Paleo Pumpkin Bread.
A few blog posts are a bit longer but worth your time. We recommend reading the thorough blog post about finding and treating the root cause(s) of chronic illness from a functional medicine perspective. According to the blog post, some of the most common underlying causes of chronic disease include nutrient deficiencies, hormone dysfunction, immune system dysfunction, chronic stress, blood sugar imbalance, gut infections or dysbiosis, poor diet, lack of exercise, and food sensitivities. Read the informative blog post HERE.
Vitality Wellness Clinic
The naturopathic physicians at the Vitality Wellness Clinic know all about optimal health! They share their vast knowledge via a lovely blog that offers education about environmental medicine, IV nutritional therapy, natural hormone balancing, spa medicine, Lyme disease, mycotoxin illness, energy-based medicine, women’s health, whole body detoxification, gastrointestinal health, autoimmune conditions, and more!
We enjoyed reading their thorough case study about a patient suffering from estrogen dominance, endometriosis, autoimmune disease, food allergies, high cortisol, insomnia, joint pain, brain fog, hair loss, high cholesterol, acne, and many more symptoms. Labs revealed this patient’s C-Reactive Protein (CRP) and Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR), which measure inflammation, were highly elevated. Her CRP level, which should be less than 1, was 26, while her ESR was 40 and should be less than 10.
Naturopathic treatment quickly reduced her CRP level to 2 and her ESR level to 5. She has more energy and clear skin, and lost 35 pounds in 6 months. Read all about the extraordinary health journey of this patient HERE.
Restorative Wellness Solutions
The blogs composed by the healthcare providers at Restorative Wellness Solutions offer a variety of topics directed toward other healthcare providers. Therefore, the information is highly valuable, scholarly, and engaging! Recent blog posts explore intriguing subjects such as continuous glucose monitoring devices (CGM devices), hidden food sensitivities, and the connection between mold and autoimmune disease. Enjoy all of their blog posts HERE.
Vida Integrated Health
If you have questions about chiropractic care, the Vida Integrated Health blog will probably answer them! There is even a blog post called “What Is Actually Happening When You Hear the Popping Sound at the Chiropractor?” Vida Integrated Health has five locations in the Seattle area and offers acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, chiropractic care, functional medicine, massage therapy, and physical therapy services. Learn more about these topics and read all of their fabulous blog posts HERE.
The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine
Dr. Amar Kalidas is a board-certified family physician, a certified practitioner with The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), a member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), and a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). He generously shares his knowledge and experience via the blog for his medical practice, The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine, located in Orlando, FL.
A recent blog post discusses signs that could suggest your hormones are out of balance. According to Dr. Kalidas, the signs of hormonal imbalance include dry skin, dry hair, weight gain, weight loss, depression, anxiety, fatigue, digestion issues, low libido, and fatigue. Read more about optimal hormone balance HERE. Another blog post discusses the importance of a healthy gut for optimal mental health, immune function, and more. Enjoy his blog post about why gut health matters HERE.
Caplan Health Institute
Drs. Tiffany and Brent Caplan at The Caplan Health Institute in Ventura, CA, collaborate to offer unique blog posts about various topics, including food sensitivities, autoimmune disease, and innovative treatment options, such as pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs).
The Institute for Natural Medicine Health-E-Library
Our last top blog does not consider itself a blog. Rather, it is a “Health-E-Library” that offers an abundance of well-written articles to support your health! The Institute for Natural Medicine (INM) hosts this exciting and healthy online library. INM is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve healthcare in America by increasing public awareness of naturopathic medicine and access to naturopathic physicians.
Here are links to some recent and trending articles for you to enjoy:
- What You Need to Know Now About Long COVID and Naturopathic Medicine’s Approach to Getting Well
- Case Report: A Naturopathic Doctor’s IV Iron Treatment Protocol for Anemia in Pregnancy
- Solving Sleep Troubles with Naturopathic Medicine
- INM’s Ten Second Guide to Meditation
- How Do Naturopathic Doctors Treat Hypothyroidism?
- Prescribing Time in Nature Improves Health
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