Soy WHAT? It’s not all that it’s cracked up to be

This post was originally an email that I sent out to my email subscribers that got so much feedback & commentary I thought it really should be a blog, too. Caveat: this post is an overview, a skating over of all the *beef* I have with soy, with some loopholes […]

Gluten Free Alcohol

I get a lot of questions about being gluten-free and which alcohols are OK to consume, and so wanted to put together this guide. A few words first… The National Institute of Health?s Celiac awareness campaign, the Canadian celiac center, the celiac center at Columbia Presbyterian and maintains that […]

How to Reduce Gas and Bloating

An enormous percentage of the population experiences uncomfortable flatulence, gas and bloating on a weekly and sometimes even a daily basis. We think this is normal, but in fact it is not and often gas and bloating are symptoms of something else afoot in either the diet, the gastrointestinal system, […]

Celiac, Gluten Free and still having symptoms?

Being diagnosed with celiac disease can bring both relief – for finally having an answer – and a whole new set of worries ? ?what do I do now?? Learning how to navigate the grocery store, schools, parties, restaurants and venues can be a daunting task. Luckily, due to an […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS as it is lovingly abbreviated, affects nearly 50 million Americans. What is interesting about this syndrome ? you will note that it is not a disease ? its definition describes not what it is, but what it is not. IBS is not an anatomical or […]

A Different Type of Food Sensitivity, Histamine Intolerance

Diamine oxidase (DAO) is an enzyme that your body uses to break down ingested histamine. There are a wide variety of foods that contain histamine, and it is DAO’s job to break this histamine down. DAO also helps with the integrity of the gut lining, protecting us from leaky gut […]

Natural Relief for Acid Reflux

Acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn are terms that describe stomach acid backing up into the lower esophagus from the stomach. Acid reflux can be quite common, in fact, the vast majority of adults will experience reflux at some point in our lives. Typically, reflux is transient and […]

SIBO: small intestine bacterial overgrowth

SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) is a real clinger. . Rarely arising independently on its own, it is found in tandem with a number of other digestive disorders and distresses. . IBS, gallstones & gallbladder trouble, gallbladder removal, fatty liver, Celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disorders/IBD (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis) and […]

I hit my head, parts 1-3

Today is something way off track from my typical messages & musings. February 2017, I fell off a hoverboard and landed forward, smashing the right side of my face. I do not remember the fall. I do not remember 30 minutes after the fall. Short term memory is stored in […]

6 reasons why gallbladder surgery fails 1/3 of the time

A pile of gallstones removed from all of these gallbladders would reach the moon! Gallbladder removal is one of the most common GI surgeries performed yearly in the US. After the advent of the laparoscopic procedure in the 80s, rates of removal went even higher. Currently, 750,000 gallbladders are removed […]

Bile & the Greater Good: are you missing this link?

Bile gets little credence in the health & wellness world; or worse, relegated to the useless and pesky. I get it though – like anyone else who has vomited and dry-heaved so hard bile came up – I can attest that it is quite bitter and leaves an undeniable sting […]

Your genes, microbiome and fake friends

I sat down for a chat with Dr. Ben Lynch a little while ago to chat about our own ability to change our genetic destiny – we are not closeted to the fate of our inherited DNA, but can actively shape it by the way we choose to live our […]

Your Genes are Not Your Destiny: Interview with Dr. Ben Lynch

One thing a bout Dr. Ben Lynch, he is always out ahead of the curve, forging new ground. Another thing, he is strikingly tall :) Ben Lynch and I went to medical school together at Bastyr University in Washington State. At that time – early 2000’s – Ben already had […]