Changes in our physiology during light and dark | Is artificial light disrupting our rhythm?

By | December 5th, 2017|disease prevention, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Sleep|

Our body is designed to have a rhythm. Several rhythms, in fact. Some rhythms are seasonal, some relate to the moon (monthly), others coincide with the light and dark cycle of day and night. Let’s look today at what effects changes in light and dark cycle (our circadian rhythm) have on our body. Is messing with this natural cycle affecting our health? […]

Acknowledging and dealing with lingering distress after a disaster

By | November 21st, 2017|Community, disease prevention, Empowerment, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning, Sleep, Stress reduction|

It’s been six weeks since the wildfires in Northern California. For those who lost their homes and all their possessions, they are dealing with the major task of how to go forward and rebuild their lives. For others who didn’t lose their home, there are feelings of enormous relief. We tell ourselves we are lucky. But physical signs are showing up in people suggesting continued distress that is frequently not being acknowledged.  […]

Your appendix: A safe-house for microbiota

By | November 7th, 2017|Cancer prevention, colon cancer, disease prevention, Immune system|

In school biology classes you probably learned that your appendix is vestigial – i.e., a structure that has remained through evolution but has no function.  Now we know different, and this weekend, I’ve been grateful I have mine.  […]

Chicken liver pate recipe | Great source of vitamin A and B vitamins

By | October 20th, 2017|disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Immune system, Lunch, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Recipes, Snacks, vitamins and minerals|

I’ve written a couple of times these past few weeks on the great nutritional value of liver as a food. It is an excellent source of vitamin A and methylation nutrients.  Today I share a chicken liver pate recipe with you. […]

Liver : A key food source of Vitamin A for immune support

By | October 17th, 2017|Food, Immune system, vitamins and minerals|

Liver is an excellent source of many nutrients. A couple of weeks ago I discussed how it is an excellent food source of methylation nutrients, especially B vitamins. Today I want to explore what liver is often better known for, and that is its Vitamin A content.  […]

Liver : A key food source of methylation nutrients

By | October 3rd, 2017|detoxification, disease prevention, Food, Immune system, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, vitamins and minerals|

It’s seldom that I write about meat. All those lovely vegetables that have great vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients in them. Then there’s fish for anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats. But today I’m focusing on a meaty nutrient powerhouse – liver.   […]

Immune booster | Curried lentils recipe | Foodie Friday

By | September 1st, 2017|Dinner, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Immune system, In remission, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, Lunch, Recipes, vitamins and minerals|

Several of my clients are dealing with viruses right now.  Today’s recipe is, therefore, one to boost the immune system.  Apart from that, it’s delicious,  so anyone can enjoy it! […]

Is there an increased risk of shingles after cancer?

By | August 29th, 2017|disease prevention, Immune system, Research|

A friend of mine who had cancer a couple of years ago just got shingles.  It piqued my interest into whether there was a link between cancer and shingles, as both conditions are associated with reduced immune function, and immune function may be further affected by cancer treatments.   […]

Using stewed apples as a therapeutic food | Reduce inflammation and improve immunity

By | June 27th, 2017|disease prevention, Food, Immune system, In remission, In treatment, Recipes, Research|

My last few blog posts have all been about apples. Therapeutically, the most common way I recommend apples in my practice is as stewed apples. If you have been watching the BBC TV programme Doctor in the House, this might all sound very familiar as Dr. Chattergee uses this approach in episode 4 of series 2.  Let’s look at what beneficial effects eating stewed apples can have on the body. […]

Melatonin for palliative care | Melatonin & cancer

By | October 25th, 2016|Breast cancer, chemotherapy, colon cancer, Immune system, prostate cancer, Research, Sleep|

Melatonin is seen to have anti-cancer effects, as we saw in last week’s blog post.  In addition to those benefits, it may also have other effects which could be useful in palliative care of cancer patients, when there are no other treatment options.  […]

Movies boost natural killer cells | Immune system

By | July 26th, 2016|Community, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Play|

Can we really boost our immune system simply by watching a movie? We might think movies just affect our mood, but they can also have physiological effects on the immune system. Not surprisingly, it depends on the movie – so what are good immune-building movies?  […]

Country mushroom paté, three ways |Foodie Friday

By | July 22nd, 2016|Foodie Friday, Immune system, Lunch, Snacks, Uncategorized|

From a humble fungus comes one of your strongest allies – the mighty mushroom! Read on to see how you can enjoy some delicious country mushroom paté and at the same time benefit from what these fabulous fungi have to offer… […]

Try forest bathing to support your immune system

By | July 19th, 2016|Immune system, Stress reduction|

In 1982, the Forest Agency of Japan first proposed that ‘forest bathing,’ was good for your health.  No, forest bathing is not dragging a bathtub into the woods and having a soak – although that does sound good!  Rather it is visiting a forest or wood for relaxation, and gentle recreation, and breathing in the volatile substances from the trees. When did you last forest bathe? […]

Improving lymph circulation to support immunity

By | July 12th, 2016|Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Movement, Play|

We all know about our blood circulatory system and how the heart pumps blood around the body, but fewer of us know much about the other part of our circulatory system – the lymph, or lymphatic system. Good lymph circulation is crucial to our immunity and thus integral to our health. And it has a significant role in prevention and recovery from cancer. Let’s look further at this important transport system and how we can improve its function to improve our health. […]

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