Author Archives: Dr. Jennifer Deir

Pomegranate helps your heart (Need Edit)

A new study by the National Academy of Sciences indicates that pomegranate may very well be good for your heart. Past studies have proven that pomegranate is a substantial antioxidant and a great source of potassium and vitamin C. This new study seems to indicate that pomegranate increases nitric oxide production which in turn causes […]

CoQ10, Heart Health and Cholesterol Lowering Drugs

Coenzyme Q10 was originally discovered in 1958 by Professor Fred L. Crane. Soon after its discovery, CoQ10 was being investigated for its beneficial effects on the heart. As this new molecule was further investigated scientists realized it played a crucial role in running the energy powerhouse of every cell. How CoQ10 works: In each cell […]

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine tries to find answers to the underlying causes of disease, not just focus on the symptoms. Yes, symptoms are important to address, but more important is asking why that symptom is there in the first place. Let’s look at an example. Say for instance, Mr. X goes to a doctor because he suffers […]

Essential Fatty Acids: Omega 6’s and Omega 3’s

Essential fatty acids are named as such because they are not produced by our body but are essential to our health and therefore must be consumed in our diet. There are two main types of essential fatty acids (also known as Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids or PUFA for short). They are the omega 3 and omega […]

The Growing Importance of Fish Oil – From Baby’s to Baby Boomers

Information and statistics regarding the healthy benefits of consuming fish have been around for ages. Within the last 40-50 years these beneficial properties prompted the use of fish oil supplementation in the form of oils and capsules. As modern research starts to catch up with this age old elixir we are starting to learn how […]

5-HTP: Natural Support for Depression and Weight Loss

5-HTP is the amino acid used by the body to make serotonin. It is mainly derived from food in the form of tryptophan which is then converted to 5-HTP and then to serotonin (see diagram below). Tryptophan -> 5-HTP -> Serotonin. Serotonin is a very important chemical messenger in our bodies and is correlated with symptoms related to mood, […]

Vitamin D (The D is for Deficiency)

Vitamin D Related Disease Recent research has shown that upwards of 60% of the population living in Northern climates have a Vitamin D deficiency. This unique vitamin has been implicated in protecting people from 17 varieties of cancer, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth […]

The Importance of Slowing Down in a Fast Paced World: 2

Taking time every day to promote parasympathetic activity is an absolute necessity if one desires good health. The best way to achieve this is to participate in some type of mindful activity that encourages relaxation. Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Meditation or even just 5-10 minutes of deep breathing are some of the best ways […]

The Importance of Slowing Down in a Fast Paced World: Part 1

American society prides itself on staying busy. Long work hours and family responsibilities often keep the average American busy from the minute they wake up until they fall asleep. Typical days include getting up early to get the kids off to school, then running off to work or to run errands for the day. Next […]

Melatonin: The First Step in Getting a Restful Nights Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important things for our health. Without adequate amounts of it, our body quickly looses its ability to function optimally. Sleep deprivation studies clearly show the negative impact on brain function, heart health, immune function, cognition, coordination and health in general. Meanwhile, insomnia is one of the most common complaints […]

The History of Colostrum Usage

In recent decades Western scientists have comprehensively analyzed the various components of colostrum—that incredible “first milk” produced by lactating mammals. Their investigations of this unique product have verified what mothers have known intuitively for thousands of years. That is, it is extremely rich in a large range of immune-boosting and healing substances. Studies have shown […]

Antioxidants: Helpful or Harmful

  A recent study released by the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) claims that certain antioxidants can actually do more harm than good. The massive meta-analysis looked specifically into the effects of beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin E, selenium and vitamin C. The results showed that the consumption of high amounts of beta-carotene, […]

Sub Clinical Hypothyroidism: Fatigue, Depression or Weight Gain

Many people suffer from the symptoms associated with hypothyroidism. Some actually have this condition in a form that a doctor is likely to identify; some have unrelated conditions that can look like hypothyroidism but the majority have a condition referred to as subclinical hypothyroidism. This refers to a situation where the lab numbers are not […]

Alpha Lipoic Acid and Diabetes

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a powerful antioxidant that is currently being evaluated for its ability to treat a wide range of health problems. Anecdotal evidence and results from animal and laboratory studies indicate that alpha lipoic acid is likely to be highly effective in several areas, but more results from human clinical trials are […]