Naturopathic and Alternative Medicine Blog

Dr Travis Elliott Naturopathic Physician in Burlington, VT

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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 […]

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Being “hangry” too often ages the body and brain

Do you crash when you go too long without eating, losing energy and becoming “hangry?” Hanger—hunger plus anger—is that explosive combination of low blood sugar and irrepressible irritability that turns a normally nice person into a multi-headed hydra. People joke about being hangry, but when it happens regularly, it means your body and brain are […]

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Scientists confirm gluten sensitivity is a real thing

Research has confirmed what many people have long known: Gluten sensitivity is a real thing. A Columbia University Medical Center study found gluten sensitivity is not an imagined condition, as many seem to think these days, and that celiac disease or a wheat allergy are not required to react to gluten. Although people with gluten sensitivity […]

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How to prep for Cyrex Labs tests so you don’t waste money

It’s a frustrating but not uncommon scenario: You struggle with food or chemical sensitivities, suspected autoimmunity, and leaky gut symptoms. You plunk down hundreds of dollars (or more) for state-of-the-art testing from Cyrex Labs, eager for specific guidance. And all the results come back negative. Or they all come back positive. Either way, you’re poorer […]

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Is your diabetes diet worsening your diabetes?

If you have diabetes, whether it’s type 1 or type 2, your doctor likely recommended a diet endorsed by the American Diabetes Association. But did you know the diabetic diet recommends foods that could be slowly worsening your diabetes condition? Turns out there is more to a diabetic diet than grams of carbs and sugar, […]

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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, […]