Naturopathic and Alternative Medicine Blog

Dr Travis Elliott Naturopathic Physician in Burlington, VT

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The key to staying youthful is to embrace aging

Aging can cause us to feel invisible and unwanted in a society that worships youth. However, the key to staying youthful into your latter years doesn’t lay in the hands of your hair stylist or medical spa, but instead in your attitude. Research shows internalizing negative stereotypes about aging harms your health, which speeds up aging. However, […]

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How to use functional medicine to boost your libido

We often think of good health in terms of blood pressure or cholesterol levels, but your libido is also an important indicator. If yours has gone missing, it could be a red flag that important underlying health issues need to be addressed. People who turn to functional medicine for other health issues, such as low […]

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Glutathione: A power tool in autoimmune management

Our bodies have to work hard to deal with hundreds of toxic chemicals in our daily environment, in our food, and our water. Even if you eat a clean, organic diet and use non-toxic products, it’s impossible to completely avoid them. Thankfully, certain natural compounds can boost levels of our most powerful antioxidant, glutathione, in […]

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A hidden trigger of autoimmunity: Too much salt

Those with high blood pressure and heart disease know to avoid salt, but researchers have learned salt comes with another risk — too much alters immune cells in a way that promotes autoimmune disease. Examples of autoimmune disease include Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, and type 1 diabetes. Autoimmune disease rates have skyrocketed […]

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Trapped in a hostile marriage? It’s healthier to be alone

Although we’ve all read the stories about marriage being good for your health, a bad marriage is bad your health. In fact, bad marriages are far worse for you than healthy marriages are good for you. In other words, if your marriage is a constant stressor, you’ll lower your risk of chronic disease either going it alone […]

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Your gut bacteria can play a role in anxiety and PTSD

New research has found a link between gut bacteria and anxiety — the diversity and quantity of your gut bacteria can affect your anxiety levels. Scientists believe this could play a role in treating PTSD, or post-traumatic stress syndrome. In the study, researchers subjected mice to stressful conditions until they showed signs of anxiety and stress: shaking, […]

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Want to get fat? Go on a diet

It’s an addiction to insanity in our culture, one of the most overfed populations in human history — the weight loss diet. Despite plenty of scientific evidence that diets don’t produce lasting results for most people and despite countless numbers of dieters, most of them women, thrown into a lifetime of damaging despair, low self-esteem, […]

Omega 6 and 3 fats: Which to eat and which to avoid

<p><img style=”float: right;” title=”omega 6 and 3 fats copy.jpg” src=”http://functionalhealthminute.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/omega-6-and-3-fats-copy-1.jpg” alt=”omega 6 and 3 fats copy” width=”320″ height=”250″ border=”0″ /></p> <p>For decades, media experts have promoted a diet high in omega 6 fats — found in corn, soybean, canola, and safflower — to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. We now know […]

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Stable blood sugar is the key to stable moods

You’ve probably heard that depression and other mental health issues are based on a lack of brain chemicals such as serotonin and GABA. Conventional treatment is to give medications that trick the brain into thinking it has enough chemicals. But new research shows in many cases mental health issues are related to chronic inflammation, not […]

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Use nitric oxide to tame inflammation in body and brain

If you have an autoimmune disease, chronic inflammation, or signs of brain inflammation (such as brain fog), you may have noticed it can be tough to tame the inflammation. This is because the body can get trapped in vicious cycles that feed the inflammation. Luckily, researchers have pinpointed what perpetuates these cycles and ways to […]