Your email:

top holistic nutrition resource online 3


Integrative Health Blog

Current Articles | RSS Feed RSS Feed

Methylation Webinar: The Road to Wellness Requires Understanding Methylation


Free Methylation Webinar:

Understanding MTHFR, Methylation and Inflammation

Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Eastern Time) 5PM Pacific
Location: on-line webinar
Presenter: Chas Gant MD, PhD

"How the Perfect Storm of Methylation Defects, Oxidative Stress
and Inflammation Predisposes You to Chronic Medical & Psychiatric Disorders"

Many immunological, hormonal, structural, energetic, metabolic, nutritional, toxicological, infectious and genetic stressors conspire to exacerbate fight/flight, degenerative, sympathetic dysautonomia, the root cause of chronic medical and psychiatric disorders.

This first of three webinars will introduce practitioners to practical applications of functional medicine and nutrigenomics to mitigate fight/flight, degenerative, sympathetic dysautonomia, and thus help to address the root cause of chronic medical and psychiatric disorders.

Future webinars (August 12 & 26) hosted by the Academy of Functional
Medicine & Genomics will introduce specific technologies to overcome
methylation defects, decrease glutathione demands through lessening
inflammation and oxidative stress from toxins (e.g., mercury) and
chronic infections (e.g., Lyme and candida), and the use of precursor
loading and mindfulness-based psychotherapeutic techniques to activate
prefrontal cortex activity to further diminish fight/flight, degenerative,
sympathetic dysautonomia.

Space is limited.


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the Webinar.

Holistic Nutrition: Avacado Cacao Pudding Recipe

avacado cacao pudding BAM

Brooke Mader CHC

Avocado-Cacao Pudding 1 minute

This takes healthy pudding to a whole new level.


1 Ripe avocado

2 tbsp cacao

2 tbsp honey

(stevia optional)

1/2 cup thick coconut milk 


Place all ingredients in blender. Amounts are optional. If you need more liquid in the blender, add more coconut milk.

Place in the refrigerator for 5 minutes and enjoy. 

So why is this pudding healthy?

Avocadoes are filled with monounsaturated fats that help aid in brain health, blood pressure and weight management. It is the perfect superfood. And thanks to it's's perfect for pudding.

Raw Cacao: A healthy, non processed chocolate that is as close to natural as possible (coming from the cacao bean). Since cacao is not heavily processed, it retains it's flavonoids, boosts brain health and our mood. I sure do feel a lot happier after this meal!

Coconut milk is a healthy fat which contributes to smoother skin, better heart health, lowered cholesterol levels, and coconuts are also a natural antibacterial.


Brooke Mader CHHC, is a certified holistic health coach and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Working at NIHA, Brooke is gaining an understanding of the complex role of food and nutrition on our health. She loves to share holistic health tips and integrative medical news from NIHA and around the country via the NIHA facebook page. Follow us and share your health tips!

Why Choose a Biological Dentist?


The health of your oral cavity has an extensive effect on the health of your body. 

Stated in another way:   “You cannot have a healthy body without a healthy mouth.”

The factors in the mouth which affect overall health are:

1)   Infections of the teeth,  gums, jaw bone and tonsils

2)   Toxicity or incompatibility of dental materials placed in the mouth

3)   The physical orientation and contact of the jaws and teeth.

The effects of these three factors affect the brain, heart, liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal system, the blood,  lymphatics, immune system, our sensory organs and more.

Dentistry as taught in traditional dental education requires that dentists are mechanical in how they practice. 

Holes in teeth should be filled, tartar and plaque removed from teeth to stop gum bleeding and infection, diseased or impacted teeth must be extracted and crooked teeth straightened with orthodontics - are strictly mechanical dental approaches.

Despite this orientation our overall health may be profoundly affected (positively or negatively) by remaining or developing dental disease and in most ways how mechanical dentistry treats these conditions.

Help for Memory with Neurofeedback


Ana Vargas MD (Mex.), MS

Among the many changes inherent to aging, losing our memory ranks at the top of the most feared events. 

Where Are My Car Keys? 

Most people close to their 50's are familiar with occasional forgetfulness and foggy thinking. Recalling names, words, and location of objects, may start becoming a challenge even for those once-called brightest minds (car keys, anyone)? Glimpses of our thinking skills on the decline alert us to pay close attention. However, memory difficulties not only may affect the golden generations, but anyone from young to old. 

How to Stave Off Memory Loss 

It has been recognized that the ability to "think well" in middle age depends greatly on our lifestyles. Normal brain aging can be delayed, and the risk of developing dementia can be decreased by keeping healthy habits and been physically active throughout our lives1. Imagine that, exercise helps the brain too! Indeed, the improvement of cognitive performance through healthy habits and physical activity applies also to those in the younger years including children. 2

Whichever the case, (decrease age related memory decline or improve memory in younger years) there is more we can do.  A clinically available technology has shown promising results for those of us reaching (or passing) middle age, as well as for those in school age:   Neurofeedback, also called EEG Biofeedback. 3

How Does Neurofeedback Work?

The Challenge of Lyme Disease and the Co-Infections


Chas Gant MD, PhD

Lyme Disease, the "Sneaky Masquerader"

Successful treatment of Lyme disease can be very challenging for the patient and the clinician because of many factors.  First of all, the spirochete which causes Lyme Disease, Borrelia Bergdorferi (a type of bacteria), is unusual and extremely adaptable in finding ways to work around our defenses.  The Lyme germ damages the same immune system which fights it, causes the immune system to inappropriately generate too much inflammation which weakens the body and can cause autoimmune diseases.  It masquerades into many forms (spiral, cystic, granular) to evade detection and attack by the immune system, is “sneaky,” and grows very slowly to stay under the immune system’s radar.  This clever spirochete changes its immune expression about every 4 weeks keeping the immune system off balance and can go into hiding and become dormant for long periods of time (but nevertheless continue to produce toxins).  It can wiggle its way into the body’s nooks and crannies and generate protective slime (biofilm) to hide.  No wonder Lyme disease has become endemic in the Washington DC and surrounding regions and many parts of the U.S. and the world – it is a vicious, crafty adversary.

Co-Infections: Other Insect-Borne Illnesses

Lyme is often accompanied by “co-infections” which can also be injected into humans through tick bites and other insects.  We are finding a high percentage of co-infections with babesia, a malarial-like parasite, rickettsias and we suspect Bartonella (e.g., cat-scratch fever), a bacteria that can turn off antibodies to Lyme so that the diagnostic tests are not even positive.  Diagnostic tests are helpful however but not always reliable, and clinicians and the public should maintain a high index of suspicion for these slow-growing, sneaky and potentially devastating infections. Basically, the cause of any new medical or psychiatric problem that develops without an obvious explanation, that is persistent and often does not fit any known pattern of a conventional disorder, and that baffles conventional doctors, may be caused by Lyme disease and/or related co-infections. Especially anyone suffering from unusual skin disorders, psychiatric disorders of any kind, neurological problems (autism and dementia), autoimmune disorders and unexplained arthritis deserve to be tested for Lyme and/or co-infections. 

Holistic Nutrition: The Thing About Fruit Is...


Anita Capizzi RN, CH


Summer is here!

One of the biggest reasons I love summertime is the fruit!  Beautiful berries, watermelon, cherries, peaches, nectarines and plums - all make my mouth water. They also bring back memories of trips to the local farm when I was a kid to buy fresh produce, long before farmer’s markets were “en vogue”.

Now that I am older, I am also wiser when it comes to eating fruits.

As you know from reading my blogs, I am interested in helping people understand how blood sugar problems can lead to insulin resistance, pre-diabetes and Type II diabetes.

You’ve heard the phrase “work smarter, not harder”, right?

I want to remind you of a tip I have given you before to help you make smart decisions when it comes to enjoying all the beautiful and luscious fruits that are in season now.

Here is my healthy tip:

A New Dental Weapon to Help Prevent Cavities


Bob Johnson DMD

Plaque Causes Tooth Decay

I am asked nearly every day why cavities are formed and what can be done to prevent this dental decay.

The inability to remove the plaque (90% bacteria) from teeth is the cause of decay on your teeth.  The bacteria in the plaque produce acid which removes minerals from the teeth.  This demineralized tooth structure is in fact decay.

The pH is the measure of how strong or destructive an acid is in causing decay.  The measurement of pH ranges from 1-14 with pH7 being neutral (neither acidic nor alkaline).  A pH of between 1 and 7 is acidic (1 is the most acidic or destructive)  while greater than pH 7 is alkaline.

As this relates to decay the closer to neutral or alkaline pH the less likely decay will form.  Normal sugar (sucrose) produces a pH of 2 or 3 (extremely acidic) in the mouth,  ultimately resulting in significant decay.  The more this acid is reduced or buffered the less decay is able to form.

Xylitol, Can a Sugar Help Reduce Tooth Decay?

The one preventive measure that most dentists utilize is fluoride which makes the superficial tooth structure more difficult to remove minerals.

What is Colonic Therapy?


Jaymie Weidenfeld            

Colonic therapy goes by many names, such as: colon hydrotherapy, colonics, colon cleansing, colon indignation, high enemas, and colon therapy.

Disease begins in the Gut

A toxic bowel is the source of many health problems. Colonics rejuvenate every cell of the body. Colonic sessions hydrate and cleanse the colon, exercise the colon muscles,  and stimulate reflex points. In addition, colonic therapy helps cleanse the blood, release toxins, build up the immune system, and rehydrate the whole body.

Why do people receive colon hydrotherapy?

  • Many receive the treatments as a preventative measure or a lifestyle change.
  • Other groups have symptoms of intestinal distress, constipation, indigestion, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, gas, bloating, IBS, colitis, diverticulitis, parasites, skin conditions, such as, shingles and eczema, inability to lose weight, and scar tissue from surgery.
  • Others receive colonics to relieve their pain from headaches, migraines, lower back and shoulder pain, aching joins, and gout.
  • Colon hydrotherapy sessions are also medically used for stool samples, pre/post surgery, geriatric and barium x-rays.
  • Many people come for colonics while they have been fasting or on a cleansing program, a liver or gallbladder flush, or recovering from an accident.
  • Others might have emotional issues which they feel are related to their backed up intestines.

What are the symptoms of constipation?

Several signs of a toxic colon are:

5 Toxic Food Choices and Simple Ways to Trade Up


Teresa Fuller MD, PhD

Over the past few decades, a lot has changed about food and about our food choices.  The food industry is constantly trying to keep up with our changing lifestyles by offering us foods that are easily eaten on the run, or that have longer shelf life.  Recently, the food industry has been offering solutions to our childhood obesity epidemic by offering low-calorie and low-fat food.  But most of the time, these foods contain toxic ingredients that are contributing to disease rather than improving health.  If you’re trying to improve your child’s health by replacing regular soda with diet soda, encouraging “low cholesterol” refined carbs, or “low-fat” dairy products, read on to find out how such choices are detrimental to your child’s health. 

Artificial sugars: More and more children are using artificially sweetened foods and beverages in an attempt to curb the obesity epidemic.  But aspartame, and other forms of artificial sugars are toxic chemicals.  Aspartame is associated with numerous symptoms, such as headaches, joint pain, fatigue and even seizures.  Moreover, the main reason for its use, weight control, often doesn’t work.  A recent study showed that regular consumption of diet soda actually is associated with weight gain.

Trade up: If you want a low- or no-calorie sweetener, switch to Stevia or Xylitol which are natural.

Methylation 102: A Deeper Look at the MTHFR Gene


Chas Gant  MD, PhD

Given the exuberant response to the article Methylation 101: What it Means for Your Health, I have been encouraged to write a second article to continue the discussion.  In the first article, I introduced the idea that those with “methylation defects” are relatively less capable of methylating away the fight/flight neurotransmitter noradrenalin and are thus likely to incur a more heightened and sustained stress response from stressors of any cause (emotional, metabolic (e.g., low blood sugar), infectious (e.g., candida), toxic (e.g., mercury) or energetic (e.g., wi-fis and microwaves).  Having a heightened tendency to be motivated by extra stress, the up-side of having methylation defects can compel such people to have increased drive to succeed and be more productive.

The Good and Bad of Genetics

The same argument has been made for another common genetic quirk which you may be more familiar with, sickle-cell disease. The genetic abnormality which causes hemoglobin to be made in a different way provides protection against malaria, a disease which has been so devastating that some medical anthropologists suggest it has killed more human beings in history than all other diseases combined.  Those who have one sickling gene from one parent and a normal gene from the other parent – called sickle-cell trait - have the best of both worlds.  Their hemoglobin is fairly functional because the normal gene from one parent covers up the expression of sickling gene.  The sickling gene however, gives protection against malaria.

All Posts
This is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease.