• Annual road to weight-loss nowhere.  What is a ketogenic diet?

     

    Merry Christmas.  Happy Hannukkah.  Happy New Year.  Tis the season to celebrate.  Tis the season to give.  Tis the season to receive.  Unfortunately, when it comes to the waist line, the season tends to gives back more than it receives.

     

    The average American will gain up to 7 pounds over the extended Holiday season.  As a result of the Holiday bulge, many will engage in the annual pilgrimage.   Each New Year, Americans pay homage to tradition and bring a resolution of a new diet to start the new pilgrimage to trim the waistline.  Each year, Americans start down the road to weight-loss nowhere.

     

    I would love to say that there is one diet that will fix all waistlines, but there is no perfect diet to fit all metabolic needs.  The key in weight loss is to differentiate fad from science to promote healthy, long-term fat loss and muscle growth.  Many weight loss fads promote water loss, muscle loss and short term weight loss only.  These types of weight loss programs actually set the body up for long term weight loss failure.   I want to take this opportunity to review a well recognized, well researched, but often misunderstood dietary strategy: the ketogenic diet–the diet with benefits beyond weight-loss.

     

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    Dr Goodyear speaks at AFMA 2016

    Dr. Goodyear was honored to again speak at the American Functional Medicine Association annual meeting in Atlanta, GA.  Dr.img_2523
    Goodyear joined an outstanding list of speakers at the 2016 AFMA meeting.  Dr. Goodyear spoke on the topic of ‘Physician Burnout’.

     

    The first literary reference to physician burnout was a novel written in 1960 with the first definition of physician burnout originating in 1975.   Over 40 years of research on physician burnout has focused on defining physician burnout, identifying the components of physician burnout, and obtaining statistics of physician burnout.  Despite 40+ years of research, the trend of physician burnout is headed in the wrong direction.  In 2001, the rate of physician burnout was 22%.  The most recent statistics, from 2016, put the rate of physician burnout in excess of 55%.

     

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  • Natural therapies and the flu–what does the evidence show?

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    The influenza virus

    My previous post focused on the evidence of the flu vaccine and the prevention of the flu via the flu vaccine.  As the evidence consistently shows, the flu vaccine does not prevent flu transmission and/or prevent complications from the flu.  That is in addition to the historically very low match rates.  This is not my opinion; this is not marketing; this simply is what the evidence shows.  If you haven’t read that post and the evidence, I encourage you to stop and read the previous post on the evidence against the flu vaccine now.

     

    If the the flu vaccine doesn’t prevent the flu, then how can you protect against the flu?  Do we simply run the immune system roulette table every cold/flu season?  How can you treat the flu if you are unfortunate to welcome the influenza virus into your home?  Is all hope lost in our ability to protect ourselves and our loved ones against the cold and flu?

     

    All hope is not lost.  Below, I list natural, evidence-based therapies to prevent the influenza virus invasion and treat the influenza virus if the invasion does occur.  The therapies listed are some of the more evidence-based therapies out there.  These therapies will also work well against the other encountered viruses so prevalent this time of year.

     

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  • Tis the Season for Lighting up Your Nucleus Accumbens

     

    It is estimated that Americans consume 22 teaspoons of sugar a day.  Studies have shown that sugary, processed foods trigger a special region in the brain called the nucleus accumbens.  This is the pleasure center which when activated can lead to addictions.   In other words, once this pathway is stimulated, the intoxication from the sugar high, makes you feel as if you can never get enough.

     

    Take for example, a 20 ounce bottle of soda with 65 grams of sugar.  Your gut quickly absorbs the liquid sugar which causes a domino effect of high blood sugar leading to high insulin levels.  Insulin increases storage of belly fat and inflammation.  Insulin blocks your appetite –control hormone, leptin.  Now the brain never gets the message that you are full.  Instead it thinks you are starving.  This lights up your nucleus accumbens driving you to crave more sugar and processed foods.

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  • Keep on Track with your Health–Simple Nutrition

     

    Keeping On Track With Your Health- It Really Can Be Simple.      

     

    January, February, March have passed by and we are now moving into April.  So, how is your health?  How are your new year resolutions to improve your Health going?

     

    By this time each year, many have fizzled in their efforts to improve their Health (whether it is to eat healthy, exercise, lose weight or just stay fit).  Healthy nutrition seems to be extremely difficult with convenient (food that is quick and lacks nutritional value) and tempting foods so easily accessible.  Living in Knoxville, with so many eateries, it seems so easy to pick up fast food, or eat at a quick line restaurant or even a sit down restaurants.

     

    At what cost?

     

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  • Seasons of Farragut ~ Clinic

    Balance your body. Balance your life. It’s more than just a couple of phrases. Seasons of Farragut is a wellness center with a refreshingly different approach toward health and wellness. Why the focus on health and wellness these days? At Seasons we believe that wellness is the body’s natural state, and giving your body the support it needs is the key to a vibrant and healthy life.


    Seasons blends state-of-the-art testing and medical knowledge to design an individualized treatment program for each patient. Using saliva, blood and GI tests, actual levels of hormones, vitamins, amino acids, toxins, bacteria, and more can be determined. Identifying and addressing food and chemical sensitivities can dramatically improve complaints of weight gain, fatigue, mood swings, joint pain, headache, IBS and more.

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