wellness

All You Need to Know About the New Gluten-Free Labeling Rule

We see the words “gluten-free” on labels all the time. But until very recently, there wasn’t a universal agreement about what that legally meant in the US. While the upcoming rule isn’t perfect, it finally offers some protection for the gluten-free community. Let’s talk about what’s covered, what’s not and what you need to know... Read More

Are Gluten & Dairy a Cause for Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Many medical doctors, nutritionists, dieticians and parents alike swear they have witnessed results, in some cases miraculous ones, through eliminating gluten and dairy from the diets of children diagnosed with autism and spectrum disorders. There are documented cases where recoveries have occurred to such a degree that the label of autism spectrum was completely removed... Read More

Are You Eating Healthy…Or Just Gluten-Free?

Miley did it. So did Kim K. And let’s not forget Lady Gaga. What am I talking about? Did they all sell their souls to maintain their notoriety? Well ... yes, actually... Read More

Children with Spectrum Disorders: Benefit from Special Diets

Has your child been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder? If such conditions have not touched your family, it’s likely that you know someone for whom it has. The incidence of autism has risen from 1 in 150 American children in 2007 to 1 in 88 in 2012 according to the Center for Disease Control... Read More

Could It Be Gluten? Your Body’s Many Reactions

Could It Be Gluten? Your Body’s Many Reactions Think that your problem couldn't be caused by gluten sensitivity? Think again. If you're still under the impression that people who react to gluten always have diarrhea, then you're still old school. If you think that it has to involve any digestive symptom at all, you're behind the times. Gluten sensitivity comes in all shapes and sizes... Read More

Cross-Reactive Foods: Gluten-Free Foods That Mimic Gluten and Make You Sick

Discovering if you are gluten intolerant, whether it’s from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, is a very big step in regaining your health. Initially, it is common for patients to feel an incredibly positive change in their health when they initially remove gluten. To say they are happy and excited is an understatement... Read More

Food & Supplements for Healing

With the advent of a new year, there’s a good chance you’re feeling inspired to make 2014 the year of getting healthier. If so, you’re in the right place! Whether you have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or are just trying to optimize gut health, the plan that follows is for you... Read More

Food Allergies, Intolerances & Sensitivities: What’s the Difference?

Are you confused by the words allergy, intolerance, and sensitivity? Almost no one uses them with any consistency. Even doctors use these words with far more authority than they can logically explain, if you can ever pin them down to give you an explanation... Read More

Gluten and the Effects on Physical Performance

A dialogue with world champion triathlete Lesley Paterson Over the last several years, a number of world class athletes have reported a significant improvement in their endurance and physical performance after beginning a gluten-free diet. Some recognizable names include tennis player Novak Djokovic, Olympic gold medal swimmer Dana Vollmer, and top ranked pole vaulter Jenn Suhr... Read More

Gluten Intolerance & Rheumatoid Arthritis

The story on gluten and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) began almost 50 years ago when Australian physician Dr. Ray Shatin of Alford Hospital in Melbourne published several reports on his successful treatment of RA with a gluten-free, high protein diet including supplements... Read More

Healthy Children at Home, at School & On the Go

A gluten–free diet can be a big transition at any age and there are certainly unique challenges for children. However, it also encourages an awareness of food and nutrition from an early age, often leading to greater maturity, responsibility, and ownership of personal health... Read More

Is Gluten Making You Fat?

It’s a bright new year and perhaps you started yours with some resolutions. For many Americans, at the top of the list is losing weight. January is a busy month at gyms and weight loss clubs. But alas, by February the “glow” has worn off and attendance wanes. But just because resolutions don’t frequently result in success doesn’t mean that yours need to fail. In this article, Dr... Read More

Is Gluten Sensitivity Worse Than Celiac Disease?

How many times have you read that celiac disease is the worst form of gluten intolerance? Or maybe you’ve heard that celiac disease is the potential end-stage of gluten intolerance? And I know that you’ve read that gluten sensitivity isn’t nearly as severe as celiac disease, right? These statements sound fairly logical... Read More

Is Going Gluten-Free Enough…or Should We Avoid All Carbs?

New York Times #1 best-selling author and board-certified neurologist David Perlmutter lays out groundbreaking evidence about how our dietary choices – and dependency on carbohydrates – are leading to an epidemic of brain disease. The gluten-free diet – and who should follow it – is a hot topic of debate these days... Read More

Nourishing Healthy Gluten-Free Children

Feeding a child well is an art as well as a science even in the simplest of circumstances. The value of food goes far beyond nutrients and is a part of crucial development, from oral motor skills to social skills. Early food habits have a huge influence on lifelong food preferences. So it’s a balancing act for parents and children, especially on a glutenfree diet... Read More

Spring Super Foods

Arugula Although it is a leafy green, arugula (also called rocket) is classified as a cruciferous vegetable, joining the ranks of broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. Cruciferous vegetables are known for their beneficial glucosinolates, compounds that appear very useful in protecting against cancer... Read More

Strengthen Your Immune System Naturally

As the weather cools and we spend more time indoors, colds and flus become more frequent. If you ask most people what causes a cold or flu, they’ll tell you a virus. Well, I’d like to correct that viewpoint. Yes, colds are a leading cause of visits to the doctor and missed days from work and school... Read More

Super Foods

Almonds Perhaps nature’s ultimate portable snack, almonds deliver protein, healthy fat, and fiber in one convenient package. Almonds are a natural source of vitamin E, a nutrient that plays a critical role in heart health and promotes glowing skin... Read More

Supplements: Helping Or Hindering?

Why Liquid Supplements Might Work for You If you are thorough in following a proper gluten-free diet and you take supplements but you still feel like something is off, it could be that your body is not getting what it needs from your supplements... Read More

Suspect Gluten? Get the Right Tests

There is a lot of talk about gluten these days. You’ll hear many terms bandied about such as celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance, and wheat (gluten) allergy. What do they mean? What should you do if you suspect gluten may be a problem contributing to your health issues? Read on... Read More

The Brain & Gluten

Discovering the connection between gluten and behavioral changes in children Gluten intolerance is considered one of the most common ailments affecting humans. Nevertheless, it is still one of the least diagnosed medical conditions... Read More

The Disobedient Gut Restoring Health Naturally

My patients and friends often ask me the same question: Why does a rheumatologist, who treats autoimmune ailments, chronic inflammatory diseases, and arthritis, spend so much time dealing with diet, gastrointestinal issues, and dietary supplements? My answer is that without fixing the gut you cannot restore immune balance (homeostasis) and effectively treat chronic illnesses... Read More

The Low FODMAP Diet

Got Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? You’re definitely in good company. Twenty percent of Americans have it, and for many it's a lifelong struggle. Some try out a wide range of diet therapies - gluten-free, high fiber, low fiber, Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), probiotic-rich, and many others - and often they still suffer from discomfort... Read More

Tired? Exhausted? It Could Be Gluten.

If you’re tired of feeling tired, consider gluten as a potential culprit.There are many studies that cite fatigue as a common and prevailing symptom associated with both celiac disease and gluten sensitivity... Read More

Understanding Probiotics & Prebiotics: The Complete Guide

The human gut contains a myriad of microorganisms which form a well-orchestrated ecosystem known as microbiota... Read More

Weight: When You Have the Will, But Not the Way

Have you ever tried to lose weight but couldn’t? Does it seem like no matter what you eat or how little you eat, you still can’t lose weight? Or do you have trouble gaining weight? Does it seem like you can eat and eat, but you still don’t gain weight? I know what many of you are thinking: “I wish I had that second problem.” But I urge you not to belittle this issue... Read More

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