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Personal Insights: Q&A with Dr. Alan Gaby, Nutritional Medicine

After dedicating more than thirty years of his life’s work to the study of nutritional medicine, Dr. Alan Gaby is more firm in his belief than ever: nutritional therapy is a vital treatment approach that needs to be practiced as one of the main components in modern medicine.

Give the Gut a Rest with an Elemental Diet

// Christopher Oswald, DC, CNS

Each and every bit of food ingested by an individual must go through the rigorous and well-defined process of the body breaking the food down into usable nutrients, absorbing these nutrients, and ultimately excreting out the waste products for which the body has little to no use. Challenges arise when any of the steps in the digestive process begin to lose efficiency and the body is forced to deal with the sequela of the disturbance.

Berberine Benefits and Dosing Recommendations

// Sarah Cook, ND

In a broad sense, berberine benefits four areas of human physiology: glucose metabolism, lipid metabolism, gastrointestinal health, and cellular health.* The following is a brief discussion of berberine benefits and the associated dosing recommendations.

Probiotic Supplementation for Men and Women

// Anne Thiel, ND

Probiotics are an increasingly important aspect of supporting overall health and wellness as we learn more about the role of the microbiome's influence in health. While there are obvious physiological differences between men and women, there are many similarities and only a few key differences when it comes to considering probiotics.

Personal Insights: Q&A with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald

Within the rapidly expanding field of integrative medicine, Dr. Kara Fitzgerald makes the case that opportunities for physicians are more fruitful than ever. Through her career as an author, blogger, podcaster, and director of her own practice, Dr. Fitzgerald has had invaluable experience in seizing the many opportunities that have come her way.

Exploring the Alarm Stage of General Adaption Syndrome

// Lauren Martin, MS, CNS

The alarm stage of the General Adaption Syndrome is described as the sum of all non-specific systemic phenomena elicited by sudden exposure to stimuli to which the organism is quantitatively or qualitatively not adapted.1 Let’s explore the effects of the alarm stage on the body, defensive mechanisms, and what this means to overall wellbeing.

Nutrient Depletions and Drug Action Phases

// Maxine Fidler, MS, ND

When we hear about nutrient depletions, what may first come to mind is inadequate intake. We don’t always consider that medications, along with their beneficial effects, can result in unintended depletions of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, or other nutrients. To understand how nutrient depletions can occur, we need to understand how drugs are processed.

Supplements to Support the Immune System During Travel*

// Holly Lucille, ND, RN

The stress of travel, the re-circulation of air from planes, the dreaded seat neighbor, and altered sleep schedules can put added stress on our immune system. Luckily, there are several supplement recommendations which can help support a healthy immune system that may often be overlooked.*

Quercetin in Food as Compared to Supplementation

// Lauren Martin, MS, CNS and Anne Thiel, ND

Quercetin, one of the most abundant flavonoids found in food, has become perhaps the most studied flavonoid today. This article identifies rich sources of quercetin and determines how much food needs to be consumed to equal the amount received through supplementation. This distinction has implications when looking to select a nutritional supplement.

Personal Insights: Q&A with Sonia Malani, Naturopathic Medicine Student

As a busy student at Bastyr University, Sonia Malani tries to maximize every moment of the day. On her path to becoming a naturopathic doctor, she stays anchored through the tumult of student life with the simple illuminating principles of integrative philosophy that her time at Bastyr has helped to cultivate.


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†† For homeopathic products: these indications are based solely on traditional homeopathic use. They have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.
* For dietary supplements: this statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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