The “Wanted dead or alive?” debate rages on in the world of probiotics and microbiome research. Functional medicine MD’s like myself already apply microbiome principles in the care of our patients. On the other hand, many detractors in conventional medicine claim that the probiotics we swallow in capsules either cross the threshold of our mouths already dead or die in our stomachs.
Broccoli protects some kidneys better than others apparently. Recent research out of the American Society of Nephrology compared the effects of broccoli intake in those with and without the GSTM1 enzyme.
In 2 human cohorts and mice models the GSTM1 – glutathione S transferase M1 – enzyme correlated with increased kidney disease progression.
I have said a million times that there is no perfect diet for everyone. Each person begins life wired differently, and individual persons need individualized nutrition. For that reason, I have not jumped on the ketogenic bandwagon like many who sound like it fixes everything. However, I have to admit this research is pretty intriguing.
Honestly, this is not shocking. Multiple studies have already revealed a list of benefits from tea drinking. In this case, researchers from the National University of Singapore reported what appear to be beneficial structural changes in the brain of human subjects who drink tea on a near daily basis. Prior studies had focused on neuropsychological testing but not actual structural or functional imaging techniques.
As with many areas of functional nutrition, vitamin D stirs up a lot of controversy. Despite numerous studies showing its benefits, many still try to malign its character and urge patients to avoid it. The current study adds further support for the maintenance of adequate vitamin D throughout life as it looked at vitamin D levels in childhood having effects in the later adolescent years.
Pediatricians rightfully urge parents to limit the intake of sugary drinks to small children (even if the doctor’s themselves indulge in their own soft drinks). On the other hand, this research may encourage doctors to recommend some pomegranate juice daily for expecting mothers whose babies are not growing fast enough. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital carried a small study suggesting benefits for pregnancies diagnosed with Intrauterine Growth Retardation (IUGR).
The pros and cons of ketogenic diets alternate turns in the lime-light of scientific headlines. One study purports the wonders of ketogenesis (fat burning metabolism) while the next smears it as faddish and harmful. At Sanctuary we always answer “yes” and “no” when asked about paleo and keto diets for the simple reason that such a diet is not a perfect fit for everyone.
Come on… don’t we all already recognize that eating lots of fried food is bad for you? Just in case you don’t, here is one more study to add to your list. Researchers studied the effects of adding canola oil cooked at 325 F in a local eatery’s commercial fryer to the diet of lab mice.
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup brown lentils
4 cups vegetable broth or bone broth
1 tablespoon thyme
1 large bunch Swiss chard, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
½ roasted chicken,
2 large boneless and skinless chicken breasts diced, about 1.5 pounds
1 cup plain full-fat yogurt or compliant plant-based yogurt if dairy-free
1 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 tablespoon lemon juice (about half a lemon)
2 teaspoons black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried ginger
4 tablespoons ghee or butter (1/4 cup)
1 medium white onion diced
1-2 serrano chiles minced
5 garlic cloves minced
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger grated
3 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon paprika
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1 green bell pepper deseeded and sliced into strips
1 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves
lots of salt to taste
2 cups coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk,
Spiced Beef Buddha Bowl
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 pound raw flank steak
1-inch piece of ginger, grated
1 teaspoon garam masala
Sea salt and black pepper
½ bunch cilantro,
1.5 lbs chicken breast
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 cloves garlic crushed
1/4 cup chopped rosemary
10 oz Brussels sprouts stem
cut off and cut in half
2 apples cored, peeled, and
6 slices of bacon chopped
Salt + Pepper to taste
Cut chicken breast into smaller chunks or pieces.
carrots, roughly chopped
of fresh ginger
coconut water OR
cayenne powder (optional)
carrots, ginger, celery,
avocado, coconut water,
Day 3 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas”
“The Three Macronutrients That May Impact Your Relationships This Holiday Season”
“During the Holiday Season, our patients generally struggle to participate in the festivities due to a variety of health issues. A large portion of those health issues involve dietary restrictions.
Guest Blog by Dr. Potter’s Wife, Jennifer
There it is again. That old saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”. Well, as I have said before, sometimes it takes awhile to get to the lemonade stage. Sometimes the sugar is in short supply and you are doing good to decrease the tartness of the lemon by making lemon water.
Guest Post by Dr. Potter’s Wife
You know the saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” Well, I have mixed feelings about that trite saying. While it does contain a nugget of truth, it can often be used wrongly and greatly injure someone who at the moment just doesn’t have the ingredients for a fully satisfying,
As a Functional MD, I dig the gut. It took me a while to buy into the fact that our guts really do play a crucial role in many illnesses that are seemingly separate from our intestines, but now, I regularly seek out more gut related research to sharpen my clinical care to a razor’s edge.
- Heat oil over medium high heat in heavy bottom pan.
- Add all burger ingredients to a large bowl and combine – be sure not to over mix!
- Form chicken mixture into large balls – about the size of the palm of your hand.
1 lb grass fed ground beef
1 tablespoon ghee or avocado oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 large garlic clove, chopped
1-inch piece of ginger, grated or finely chopped
1 bunch broccoli rabe, chopped
1 cup grated carrots
sea salt and black pepper to taste
Place a large sauté pan on the stove over medium heat.