Research has proven the impact diet has on our health. Yet our current medical system is still basing recommendations on antiquated science. I am here to tell you that what (and how) you eat, is a vital component to your health, and can go so far as influencing the expression of your genes.
However, eating healthy involves so much more than calorie-counting and reducing sugar. It involves understanding your unique dietary needs and empowering you with knowledge about how our food affects our biology.
That is why my work as an integrative functional medicine physician is to start with the gut and what we put in our bodies.
We are part of the laws that govern nature. What we become and how we heal depends on what we eat and digest. I emphasize that this is both physical food, and mental thoughts.
Functional medicine (and now conventional medicine) is learning more and more about the impact our gut has on not only our brain but our entire body’s health (see The second brain written by neuroimmunologist Dr. Michael Gershon). Over 70% of our immune cells are made in our gut, and over 90% of our serotonin is made in our gut as well.
Additionally, Bruce Lipton, stem cell biologist, and author of “The Biology of Beliefs,” said that nutrition is the number one culture medium for physical health. (A “culture medium” is what things grow from -- it’s your biologic soil).
Without proper nutrition, the brain and mind cannot align in health. If we choose to ignore the very foundations from which our body’s function, how can we expect to live a healthy life full of vitality and joy?
Thus the first physical step to optimal health is to heal our gut and optimize its role in keeping us healthy, and you can do this by starting with an organic and clean diet.
What does that mean?
Whether you are vegan, paleo, or keto, etc., you have to understand that organic is vital.
The entire job of our immune system is to recognize what is foreign and mount an immune response to protect us from what is sees as non-self, and thus a threat to the body. The chemicals in nonorganic foods, along with the chemicals in processed foods, will be seen by our immune system as foreign. This creates inflammation. Inflammation is the breeding ground for disease, leaky gut, and impairments in brain function like anxiety, insomnia, and ADD.
Dean Ornish, MD, illustrated the impact a healthy diet has on gene expression. In a study he conducted on Prostate cancer, he found that more than 500 genes changed expression, in just 90 days with nutritional changes and meditation.
Meaning that harmful genetics became silenced, as the patients became less inflamed and healthier.
This impactful research was done over 20 years ago. So why are hospitals still serving Jell-O and macaroni and cheese? Rather than focus on the problems in today’s healthcare, we are here to offer science-based effective solutions.
That’s where YOU come in!
We are here to empower you to be part of a movement that will revolutionize not only your health but the health and survival of our species.
The way you live and the knowledge you possess will have a great impact on your health, as well as influence your family, friends, and medical providers.
Our medical system is slow to change, and typically standards of care are roughly 10 years behind what is being shown in research. Many of my patients bring their family members to me in hopes that they will heal in the way they did; however, with a medical system that is not up to date with diet and toxins, they question this “new” (not new at all!) science.
Diet is just the start. But it’s the absolute foundation to any healthy life or healing.
We believe you have all the ingredients needed to heal and are committed to empowering you to be part of a movement towards great change in our healthcare system and the health and vitality of our species.
Our upcoming topics are focused on both the newest treatments and trends in medicine as well as helping you navigate online information regarding supplements and testing, and a health series focusing on women! (We love you too men, and will absolutely speak to you as well, but there is still a gap in medicine and biohacking that is not addressing women’s health needs.)
We have lots of things in mind to share with you, but want to know--what do you need? We are here to help and want to hear from you.
Together we can move this mountain and help more people take charge of their health so that as a species we can not only survive but thrive!
We are so excited to share this journey with you.
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