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Natural Support for Cognitive Health

By Beth Baldwin-Lien, ND

More people than ever before are searching for natural ways to optimize brain health and cognitive function, with an eye toward preventing age-related cognitive decline and dementia. This post explores lifestyle strategies for managing cognitive health, including an in depth look at Phosphatidylserine, a naturally occurring nutrient particularly abundant in the brain.*

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Current regulations allow manufacturers to perform “skip lot testing”, which means only a fraction of the raw materials will be tested, since they're allowed to perform skip lot testing at whatever frequency they set forth in their operating procedures. It may seem appealing as a cost saving measure – after all, testing every single batch of raw material and finished product is both labor and time intensive. But is skip lot testing adequate? Are the potential savings worth the risks?

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Supplement Quality Myths

By Beth Baldwin-Lien, ND

When it comes to the nutritional supplement industry, there are a number of common misconceptions, or myths, about quality that continue to circulate among patients and practitioners. Some are simply outdated, others stem from misinterpretations of current regulations, and still others result from marketing claims. This post aims to separate facts from myths about supplement quality.

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An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from “hay fever” or seasonal nasal allergies. Pollen is one of the most common triggers of seasonal allergies, with tree pollen counts being highest in spring, grasses in summer, and weeds (such as ragweed) in the fall. Close to half of the patients who experience said symptoms will try to remedy them with a natural treatment.

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Hawthorn for Heart Health

By Beth Baldwin-Lien, ND

In January 2017, a review of clinical trials reported that intake of certain nutraceuticals - such as Hawthorn, coenzyme Q10, L-carnitine, D-ribose, carnosine, vitamin D, some probiotics, Omega-3 fatty acids, and beet nitrates - may be associated with improvements in functional parameters of heart failure. Improvements in ejection fraction, stroke volume and cardiac output were all observed, with minimal side effects. (1) While most of the nutrients on this list are familiar to integrative and functional medicine practitioners, Hawthorn may be less so, and worthy of an introduction.

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Every day our bodies are exposed to a wide range of environmental chemicals, which may be present in air, water, food, soil, dust, or consumer products such as cosmetics. These chemicals have been shown to bioaccumulate in the fatty tissue over time, and emerging evidence suggests that exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) may have long term adverse effects on human health, including obesity and metabolic syndrome. For this reason, many integrative and functional medicine practitioners recommend regular nutrient-supported detoxification programs for optimal health.

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Vitamin K Update

By Beth Baldwin-Lien, ND

Practitioners and patients are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of Vitamin K for optimal bone and cardiovascular health. This post will address some commonly asked questions on the various forms of Vitamin K, their benefits, and how best to utilize this important nutrient.

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Seasonal Immune Health for Kids

By Beth Baldwin-Lien, ND

Cold weather is upon us, and for many kids the change of seasons can signal the start of cold and flu season, along with the unwanted side effects of missed days of school and work, and sleepless nights for parents caring for sick little ones.

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In the United States, one-third of adults are now obese, and the majority of people – more than two-thirds - are overweight. And the US is not alone - according to the World Health Organization, the number of obese adults and children worldwide has more than doubled since 1980.

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To those outside of the medical professions, metabolic syndrome may seem like a relatively new phenomenon, and indeed the numbers of patients diagnosed with this particular syndrome have skyrocketed in the past decade. Research shows even young people - university students in the prime of life – are now showing signs of metabolic syndrome on a widespread basis.

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