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4 Great Nutritional Brain Health Boosters for Children


Teresa Fuller MD, PhD

Brain Food for Optimal Concentration, Creativity and Cognition

Now that our kids are back in school, they’ll need all the brain power they can get.  Our brain function is so vitally connected to what we eat that Dr. Scott Shannon, noted psychiatrist says this: 

“In order to ensure that your child’s brain is able to function well…you must first ensure that it is being properly nourished.…Poor diet is without a doubt one of the major reasons we’re seeing such an incredible spike in the number of kids diagnosed with and medicated for mental and emotional disorders.  Even drugs can’t help our kids when they are quite literally being starved of their mental and emotional health.” Scott Shannon from Please Don’t Label My Child

Indeed, more and more studies are showing just how powerful food is in the function and growth of the brain.  On the other hand, the wrong foods are absolutely detrimental to brain function. We as parents need to equip our children with the tools they need for better concentration, creativity and cognition. So here are four great nutritional brain boosters:

1. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables! 

Our children need at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.  Being the parent of a picky eater myself, who only likes corn (not even sweet potatoes, can you imagine?!), I’ve had to be very creative about getting the fruits and veggies in, such as smoothies and milkshakes doctored with hidden fruits and vegetables. 

How do fruits and vegetables boost brain power?

Help for Depression with a Functional Medicine Approach


Dr. Chas Gant, integrative and functional medicine physician, was recently interviewed on TakeBackYourHealth radio on the subject of Depression: What We Can Learn from Robin Williams. What are the causes of depression and what can we do about it?

10 Reasons Why Breast Milk is Nature's Original Superfood


Teresa Fuller MD, PhD

The latest report from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) shows that breastfeeding rates have increased over the past few years to almost 80% from 77%.

This is great news because of the many benefits of breastfeeding to both Mom and baby.

There are dozens of positive health effects from breastfeeding, but here I’ll list just 10 of the well known benefits for breastfed babies compared to formula-fed babies.

Breastfeeding babies have :

  • Far fewer respiratory illnesses than formula-fed children
  • 3 to 4 times fewer diarrheal illnesses
  • Reduced likelihood of ear infections
  • Decreased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Reduced occurrence of eczema and allergies
  • Fewer dental cavities
  • 20 to 30% reduced rate of obesity
  • 34% decreased risk of insulin-dependent diabetes
  • 8 times lower risk of childhood cancer (if breast fed for more than 6 months)
  • Fewer learning and behavioral problems

Breastfeeding is Best for Mom Too

There are multiple benefits for Mom as well. Mothers who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteoporosis.  And breastfeeding Moms lose their extra pregnancy weight faster.

Have You Heard the News Today?


Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

Some GREAT news just came out in the medical and scientific community, which has been widely reported by many mainstream publications like the New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine and NPR.

Low Carb V. Low Fat Diet          

A new randomized controlled clinical study was published in the Sept. 2 issue of the

Annals of Internal Medicine looking at the effects of a low carb vs. a low fat diet.

I have copied the results here:

Conclusion: The low-carbohydrate diet was more effective for weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor reduction than the low-fat diet. Restricting carbohydrate may be an option for persons seeking to lose weight and reduce cardiovascular risk factors.

Primary Funding Source: National Institutes of Health.

After decades of “low fat” and “no fat” foods which never made anybody feel satisfied, and didn’t do much to lower the incidence of heart disease in the United States, this news is welcome indeed!

One Raw Food Weekend May Change Your Life

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Lisa Wilson CHC

I would like to share with you my journey into raw foods.
I was first introduced to the concept over 20 years ago.  My dear friend, Linda Zeller (now almost 60 and in radiant health), healed her ovarian and colon cancer with raw foods.  At that time, I had never heard of such a thing.  However, I was so intrigued knowing that if someone could heal their body from cancer….  I wondered what we could do with this powerful tool, for prevention.
At that time, I purchased my 1st juice machine and started drinking green juices.
I'm going to fast forward my journey to 2007.  That was the year I started working at NIHA, as a Health, Nutrition and Wellness Counselor. Please understand that at this time, my personal clients were among the sickest of the sick.  People with Lyme, diabetes, various cancers etc.  
Getting people off of chemicals, GMO grains, sugars etc is one thing, and is a great thing; but people in a health crisis need the most therapeutic, medicinal foods on the planet.  Raw foods, living foods and green juices are the fastest track to getting someone healthy that I know of.  Consuming green juices daily is the closest thing to giving ourselves an instant blood transfusion.  Need to cleanse your organs naturally? Mmm…  the medicinal sprouts and living foods are the answer.  

Amazing Results

I started working more closely with many of the physicians at NIHA and their patients.  When we coupled their holistic and natural therapies with raw foods, the results were stunning.  I sincerely never thought I would see results like this in my lifetime.  Using raw food techniques, we were able to achieve results some might consider miracles.  People started to catapult their way to super-health.  Even many of the doctors and staff started pulling me aside, happily stunned by the results we were getting with patients.  
My reputation for being a TOUGH, raw food nutrition coach spread….  Quickly.  I soon found myself with a private practice I could no longer handle as there weren't enough hours in the day.  I was seeing clients every day of the week from 7am, sometimes until 10pm.  I realized my model of teaching would need to change or I would become sick myself.  
The Raw Food Institute
I decided to design and launch The Raw Food Institute.  That was in 2009.   Since then, we have grown to become an internationally recognized organization.  I personally speak on stages across the country such as Annie Appleseed Project, The Raw Living Expo, Take Back Your Health and many, many more.  I'm also a contributing author to two different books.  They are:
1.)  The Cure to Cancer
2.)  27 Flavors of Fulfillment  
The Raw Food Institute is located in Simsbury, Connecticut.  We hold four, 7-day retreats per year.  They consistently sell out.  Our participants fly in from around the globe.  They travel in from Australia, Mexico, Bermuda, Bahamas, England, Germany, and all across the United states.
In 2013 The Raw Food Institute won these two awards:
1.)  Best Raw, Vegan Retreat Center
2.)  Medical Awareness for Raw Foods, in honor of the work I do with holistic physicians across the country.


Hey, D.C... The Raw Food Weekend Bootcamp is Back!

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Lisa Wilson CHC

Hey DC….     We've missed you! 

Join us for this rare opportunity to do a weekend retreat with The Raw Food Institute in Washington DC!  

This is an exclusive opportunity, only for the Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland areas.  

Normally we hold 7 day immersion retreats in Simsbury Connecticut.  However, some of you have said you can't get away for a full 7 days, so we are listening….and making it possible for you to join us now for an amazing weekend!

Courses at this 3 day Raw Food Institute Weekend Bootcamp include:

-green juice therapy

-pillars of healing
-therapeutic & medicinal raw
-digestive wellness
-raw entrees
-recreational raw
-sprouting 101, 102 & 103
-essential oils
-medicinal teas
-natural remedies 
-and more!!!

This will be weekend packed with learning.  

Teresa Fuller, M.D., Pediatrician Interviewed on Take Back Your Health Radio

Teresa Fuller MD holistic pediatrician

Teresa Fuller M.D., Ph.D, a Washington D.C. holistic pediatrician at National Integrated Health Associates, was recently interviewed by Robin Shirley CHHC, founder of the Take Back Your Health conference and Take Back Your Health blogtalkradio program.  The subject was, "These Unhealthy Habits are Hurting Your Family's Health".


In her pediatric practice, Dr. Fuller sees the same 4-5 bad habits over and over again. Parents may mean well, but often are not informed as to the negative health consequences of daily habits. And these habits can add up over time to create health issues. It is not uncommon now to see children with obesity, attention issues, sleep problems, stress-related issues or chronic illnesses like diabetes.

Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference in Health

5 Quick Breakfast Ideas for Back to School


Teresa Fuller MD, PhD

It’s that time already! Now that the lazy days of August are wrapping up, we parents have already begun the hustle and bustle of shopping for back-to-school supplies and filling out school forms.  And very soon, we’ll be back to the morning routine of getting the kids ready for school.

Do your children, like mine, often want to run out of the house without having eaten a decent breakfast?  That sets them up for fatigue, irritability, and poor concentration.  Breakfast is a must to kick start the brain, so skipping it should not be an option. Since most of us are pressed for time in the morning, here are 5 quick breakfast ideas to get you through the week:

1)  A breakfast smoothie.  It doesn’t get much quicker than blending fresh or frozen fruit with a good protein source.  The possibilities for a morning shake are endless.  Use a combination of berries with a banana.  Add in fortified almond or coconut milk for healthy fat and calcium.  For added protein, use a vegan protein powder or tofu (non-GMO please).    

2)  Old fashioned oatmeal with fresh fruit and nuts.  This oatmeal breakfast is high in fiber, and very filling.  You get protein from the oats and the nuts.  And the added fruit gives an extra boost of vitamins and minerals.

3)  An omelette loaded with vegetables.  The eggs provide protein, and also are a good source of the brain-boosting nutrient choline.  Add as many vegetables as your child will go for to give a boost of phytonutrients.

Depression: It's Probably Not What You Think It Is.

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Dr. Chas Gant M.D., Ph.D.

I recently had a brake problem in my car, and the diagnosis I made was completely different from the one my mechanic made.  My diagnosis was descriptive, “the brakes squeak and the car pulls to the left,” I said to my mechanic.  The diagnosis he made was that the rotors and brake pads were worn down.  My diagnosis, like the ones often given to patients who suffer from psychiatric disorders, was descriptive of symptoms.  The other meaning of the word diagnosis is to define the cause.  That’s what depression really is; definitive, testable, modifiable causes.  The causes can be immunological (e.g., gluten sensitivity), infectious (e.g., Candida or Lyme), allergic (e.g., pollen), toxic (e.g., mercury), metabolic (e.g., hypoglycemia), psycho emotional (e.g., irrational thinking, or unfinished emotional trauma [PTSD]) and/or genetic (e.g., methylation problems).  Here is a short list of 21 other causes of depression.

Carbs, Belly Fat and Processed Foods: A Link to Diabetes?


Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

In my last blog, “ Is Low Carb for Everyone?”, I spoke about low carb diets and why I believe that everyone can benefit from reducing the amount of carbohydrates in their diet.

As a recap, I said that from my unofficial research, it seems as though Americans eating the Standard American Diet take in anywhere from 250-400+ grams of carbs/day which would be roughly 50% or more of the total food intake/day.

The SAD Diet

The SAD, or standard American diet, is full of flour products like bread, sweets, cookies and pasta, sugar from low fat processed foods and beverages, and starchy grains and vegetables like rice and potatoes - all of which are carbohydrates.

Beware of the Grocery Stores

The food industry, in their quest for sales, finds the “bliss point” in those chips, cookies and ice cream which keeps us coming back for more. In his book, “Salt, Sugar, Fat -How the Food Giants Hooked Us”, Michael Moss writes that we should "think of the grocery store as a battlefield, dotted with landmines itching to go off."

Those “landmines” contribute to the high levels of obesity and chronic disease we see in this country.

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