Naturopathic and Alternative Medicine Blog

Dr Travis Elliott Naturopathic Physician in Burlington, VT

The Surprising Adulthood Physical Effects of Childhood Trauma

  Did a parent in your household often swear at you, put you down, or humiliate you? OR Did you lose a biological parent through divorce, abandonment, or other reason? The two questions above are two of the ten questions in a survey that gives participants an “ACE” Score. ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Events, […]

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Gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea? Could be SIBO

Do you have gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, IBS…or maybe all of the above? Then you may have SIBO, or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Doctors have long blamed stubborn gut problems on stress. For the person whose life is dictated by the cruel whims of their digestive system, this can feel like shame and blame. Thanks to […]

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Are you alkaline enough or too acidic? Learn what to do

One of the many downsides to a modern junk food diet low in vegetables is that it makes your body too acidic. The human body must maintain a healthy pH for optimal cellular function. When it’s too acidic, diseases take root. A body that is overly acidic sets the stage for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, […]

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BPA may trigger autoimmune damage to nerves

If you handle store receipts or use plastics (who doesn’t?), brace yourself for some disturbing new findings about BPA (bisphenol-A), the toxin in plastics and store receipts. A new study shows BPA is linked with an autoimmune reaction that destroys the lining of nerves. Autoimmune nerve sheath degeneration is connected to autism spectrum disorders, multiple […]

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Cell phone cancer risk in children finally legitimized

It used to be warnings about cell phone safety were deemed conspiracy theory or quack science. Not anymore — the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now recommends limiting cell phone use for children based on a large government study linking cancer with cell phone radiation. The study found exposure to wireless radiation significantly increased the rates of […]

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Sugar industry funds studies to influence nutrition

Nutrition experts recommend women consume less than 25 grams, or 6 teaspoons, a day of added sugar (9 teaspoons for men). Yet the average American consumes almost 20 teaspoons a day! And that doesn’t even include fruit juice, a known sugar bomb. How did we allow ourselves to stray so far? Powerful lobbyists with deep […]

Not all bull’s-eye rashes are Lyme Disease

Do you know someone who got a “bullseye” rash after a tick bite? It can be scary because it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that the rash mean the tick is infected with Lyme disease. It can be tempting to bypass testing and go directly to a course of antibiotics. This can be especially […]

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Fasting 13+ hours reduces cancer and disease risk

Extended fasting during the night fast may lower your risk of breast cancer or improve your prognosis. Fasting has also been shown to provide decrease the risk for other types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. In the first study of its kind, researchers analyzed 11 years of data from non-diabetic breast cancer patients, with […]

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A functional medicine viewpoint on birth control pills

If you take birth control pills, it’s important to understand how oral contraceptives can affect your hormone balancing, your liver, your thyroid, and your brain. This functional medicine viewpoint can help you make an informed decision about contraception, or give you insight into buffering potential consequences. Birth control pills flood the body with an unnatural […]