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by Lewis Chang, PhD A Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes predominantly plant-based foods, less red meat, and using olive oil as the main source of fat, is known for its health-promoting properties.1 However, the 21 countries that border the Mediterranean Sea are ethnically and culturally diverse; therefore, a Mediterranean diet is not one eating pattern but can vary in its execution from country to country. For example, Spaniards on average consume more red meat than Greeks.2 In terms of red meat,…

by Lewis Chang, PhD A Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes predominantly plant-based foods, less red meat, and using olive oil as the main source of fat, is known for its health-promoting properties.1 However, the…

Articles, Cardiometabolic, Foundational, Integrative, Naturopathic, Nutritionists, Obesity

by Bianca Garilli, ND Body mass index (BMI) is frequently utilized in clinical practice to assess for risk of cardiometabolic disease (CMD). High BMI measurements are associated with insulin resistance along with other markers of CMD such as elevated blood glucose and triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, and elevated blood pressure.1 By way of review, a BMI > 30 indicates obesity, which is linked to increased risk of chronic illness, particularly CMD; a BMI 25-29 is considered overweight, and a BMI…

by Bianca Garilli, ND Body mass index (BMI) is frequently utilized in clinical practice to assess for risk of cardiometabolic disease (CMD). High BMI measurements are associated with insulin resistance along with other…

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by Ashley Jordan Ferira, PhD, RDN There is a paradox occurring in American youth: obesity and dieting. National statistics confirm that pediatric overweight and obesity rates are high, steadily rising over the past few decades.1 In fact, over 20% of the 12-19 age group in the US are obese, with higher prevalence in Hispanics and blacks.1 Actual weight and the teenager’s perception of their weight can be incongruent. Furthermore, weight status misperception drives intent for weight change.3 American youth are…

by Ashley Jordan Ferira, PhD, RDN There is a paradox occurring in American youth: obesity and dieting. National statistics confirm that pediatric overweight and obesity rates are high, steadily rising over the past…

Scott Bergman, DC; Ryan Lazarus, DC, MS, CNS, IFMCP; and Jeff Volek, PhD, RD Three key opinion leaders touch on the biological science behind ketosis as well as emerging scientific research that suggests the epigenetic benefits of a ketogenic lifestyle. To monitor progress during a ketogenic lifestyle plan, they explain how to check for ketone levels, the optimal range for ketosis, and which biomarkers to measure. To help supplement a meal plan, easy-to-consume exogenous ketones and MCT oil provide a…

Scott Bergman, DC; Ryan Lazarus, DC, MS, CNS, IFMCP; and Jeff Volek, PhD, RD Three key opinion leaders touch on the biological science behind ketosis as well as emerging scientific research that suggests…

Scott Bergman, DC; Ryan Lazarus, DC, MS, CNS, IFMCP; and Jeff Volek, PhD, RD Three key opinion leaders explain the impact the ketogenic diet may have on various health conditions such as epilepsy, obesity, insulin resistance, and neurological disorders. They also explain why keto can be beneficial for athletes and how it may help increase focus and athletic performance. These Q&A insights will provide you with clinical pearls on how to distinguish the appropriate patient for a ketogenic dietary approach…

Scott Bergman, DC; Ryan Lazarus, DC, MS, CNS, IFMCP; and Jeff Volek, PhD, RD Three key opinion leaders explain the impact the ketogenic diet may have on various health conditions such as epilepsy,…

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by Bianca Garilli, ND Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is characterized by chronic inflammation in the digestive tract and can be classifed into two main conditions: ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD). Both of these debilitating diseases involve similar symptoms including bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping, fever, fatigue, and unintended weight loss.1 The two disease processes, although overlapping in many ways, differ in their pathophysiology:1-2 CD: This disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and is…

by Bianca Garilli, ND Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is characterized by chronic inflammation in the digestive tract and can be classifed into two main conditions: ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD). Both…

Scott Bergman, DC; Ryan Lazarus, DC, MS, CNS, IFMCP; and Jeff Volek, PhD, RD Three key opinion leaders share their take on the philosophy behind the ketogenic diet and its therapeutic benefits, including macronutrient ratios, the process of ketosis, and the history of ketosis for human survival. They also provide thoughtful responses to the common misconceptions of keto as well as historical, experiential evidence for long-term use. The insights from this expert Q&A discussion will provide you with a solid…

Scott Bergman, DC; Ryan Lazarus, DC, MS, CNS, IFMCP; and Jeff Volek, PhD, RD Three key opinion leaders share their take on the philosophy behind the ketogenic diet and its therapeutic benefits, including…

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by Bianca Garilli, ND The “breast is best” and “liquid gold” taglines made their return to conventional pediatric conversations in recent years, diverging from a previous school of thought that led Western mothers to believe their naturally produced, free breast milk was inferior to factory made synthetic formulas with a price tag. Interestingly enough, this was not the first time natural breastfeeding had gone out of vogue. A brief history of infant feeding includes the acceptance and widespread use of…

by Bianca Garilli, ND The “breast is best” and “liquid gold” taglines made their return to conventional pediatric conversations in recent years, diverging from a previous school of thought that led Western mothers…

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by Bianca Garilli, ND The Global Breastfeeding Collective (GBC), co-led by UNICEF and WHO, has a mission to rally political, legal, financial, and public support for breastfeeding, which will benefit mothers, children, and society. Seven key priorities have been set forth by the GBC to increase the rate of breastfeeding globally; their most recent data from 2017 evaluated 194 nations and found that, “only 40 percent of children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively (given nothing but breastmilk) and…

by Bianca Garilli, ND The Global Breastfeeding Collective (GBC), co-led by UNICEF and WHO, has a mission to rally political, legal, financial, and public support for breastfeeding, which will benefit mothers, children, and…

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Although the ketogenic diet has been used clinically since the early 20th century, with specific therapeutic use for seizure mitigation in children with intractable epilepsy, the “keto diet” is now discussed more broadly, having even entered colloquial use. With the ketogenic diet’s recent rise in mainstream popularity and increased clinical exposure, we compiled a Q&A with Mark Kaye, DC to answer specific questions from healthcare practitioners. Does a ketogenic lifestyle work for hypothyroid patients? Contributing factors to low thyroid function…

Although the ketogenic diet has been used clinically since the early 20th century, with specific therapeutic use for seizure mitigation in children with intractable epilepsy, the “keto diet” is now discussed more broadly,…

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