A Very Keto Holiday

You’ve probably heard of the ketogenic (keto) diet by now, but what is it? In a nutshell, it’s a high fat, low carb diet where you are kicking your body into a state of ketosis where it burns ketone bodies derived from fat for energy instead of glucose derived from carbs. Once in a state of ketosis, burning fat and weight loss may be easier. The diet consists of consuming about 65-75% of your calories from good fat, 20-30% protein, and about 5% from low-starch carbs.

With the specifics out of the way, the keto diet is a good opportunity to clean up the way you eat. While the idea of eating bacon and cream all day might be alluring to you this holiday season, keep in mind that eating processed and refined foods will work against you. Here are some good rules of thumb: 

Try to stay plant based. Nuts and seeds should be your new best friends. Coconut and avocado oils are high in the right kind of fats and don’t pose the same threats as do meats with saturated fats. The saturated fat in coconut, for example, comes sans the highly inflammatory arachidonic acid found in meat Cutting the arachidonic acid from your diet allows your internal pH to stay balanced, thus incurring less risk of disease caused by inflammation. A word to the wise: use caution consuming oils like coconut oil at first, you may find yourself running to the bathroom if you consume too much in one sitting.

Quality is key. with animal products. Buy organic, free-range, pasture-raised, wild-caught, and sustainable as much as you can when it comes to animal products. Discount grocery store butter is not the same as Organic grass-fed cultured butter. Meat raised in factory farms and fed GMO grains are not the same as pasture raised organic.

Consider joining in a share with a cow, pig or poultry with other families. You get more for your money and peace of mind knowing where your meat came from.
Many farm CSA’s also offer fresh dairy and eggs. You get fresh products and support local farms.
Just remember, you do not have to eat animal products all of the time on this diet. Coconut, avocado, tree nuts and seeds can go a long way.

Buy organic produce. Non-organic produce is like a sponge for pesticides and herbicides, they are fat-soluble and store in your organs and tissues (fat cells included). Do a little research on what most of the common pesticides are meant to do to insects, then imagine trace amounts of them accumulating in your body over a lifetime. It’s a little scary, albeit we are not trying to incite fear, just an awareness of the potential health hazards.

Avoid refined products. Deli meats, charcuterie and low-quality dairy often have added preservatives and nitrates. Refined foods cause inflammation and you start working against yourself if you’re trying to create an environment for weight-loss and healing.

Watch the fake sugars. It can be very hard to wean yourself off of sugar. Luckily there are great keto dessert recipes, just be cautious you don’t go overboard. Try to stick to natural sugar alternatives like stevia and monk fruit. Erythritol-based sweeteners taste the best, but are internally acidic and can actually cause diarrhea for those who are sensitive to sugar alcohols. If you can, avoid artificial sugar substitutes like aspartame, saccharin and the like.

Keep your electrolytes in check to avoid the flu. Many people fear the keto flu, which is generally caused by a drop in sodium. Make sure you get a mineral balanced salt like Celtic sea salt or Himalayan in your food daily and take good electrolytes while you are transitioning to ketosis. Good salt helps your thyroid and it’s important to keep it in check for proper hormone production.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Nut Mix

Raw nuts are the most nutrient dense, but roasting them adds an intensely good flavor. We suggest buying raw and roasting them yourself to get the best of both worlds, because often nuts that come roasted have been cooked too much and are too high in refined salt.

2 cups assorted raw nuts (we love pecans, macadamia, walnuts, brazil nuts, and hazelnuts)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger powder
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cloves
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ vanilla bean seeds

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients and toss well until the spices and oil are evenly distributed.

Spread the nut mix evenly on a baking sheet and roast about 5-10 minutes until you achieve a toasted nut brown. Allow the nuts to cool slightly and serve!

Ricotta and Winter Herb Endive Leaves

Endives and other greens in the chicory family like radicchio are great vehicles for this. You can also use plain old lettuce or cabbage leaves if you can’t find endive.

6-8 large heads of endive (any color)
1 ½ cups fresh organic whole milk ricotta
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon shallot, minced
1 teaspoon winter savory, minced (you can use thyme if you can’t find savory)
¼ teaspoon rosemary, minced
¼ teaspoon sage, minced
½ teaspoon lemon zest
Fresh cracked pepper and sea salt
High quality olive oil to garnish

Chop the woody ends off of the endive and separate off as many nice full leaves as you can. Wash the leaves well and set aside to dry.

In a bowl add the ricotta, garlic, shallot, herbs and lemon zest and mix well. Adjust the seasoning to taste with fresh pepper and sea salt. Arrange nicely on a platter and chill for at least 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with a light drizzle of high quality olive oil.

Green Bean, Shaved Fennel and Kale Salad with Hazelnut Vinaigrette and Pickled Shallots

Filling up on good fiber and low starch carbs like greens is a good idea so you don’t over-eat the things you shouldn’t. This is a great salad and the fennel will even help your digestion.


For the base-
2 cups green beans, cleaned, ends chopped and sliced about 2”
1 cup fennel, core removed and shaved thin on a mandolin
1 cup kale, stems removed and sliced thin

For the vinaigrette-
¼ cup hazelnuts
1 teaspoon grainy organic mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1 ½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
¼ cup high quality oil of choice

For the pickled shallots-
½ cup shallots, peeled and sliced ¼” thick
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon peppercorn
2 cloves garlic, peeled
¾ cup red wine vinegar
½ cup water
2 tablespoons sea salt

High quality Parmigiano Reggiano or similar cheese to garnish

Get a medium pot of water boiling on high heat. Once boiling, add in a tablespoon of sea salt then the green beans. Cook the green beans until they are just al dente (about 3-4 minutes), strain and set aside to cool.

Lightly chop the hazelnuts and toast in a pan on medium heat (about 1 minute). Be sure to move the nuts around so they do not burn. Set the nuts aside to cool.

In a bowl, mix together the mustard, garlic, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and chives with a whisk. Slowly whisk in the oil to emulsify the dressing. Season to taste with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. Add in the toasted hazelnuts you toasted earlier and mix into the vinaigrette, set aside.

In a pot on medium heat, add in all of the pickling ingredients except the shallots, bring to a simmer. Once the mix is simmering, add in the shallots and cook only 4-5 minutes (you do not want the shallots to over-cook). Remove the shallots and discard the pickling liquid or save and re-use for another pickle.

In a serving bowl, toss together the shaved fennel, finely chopped kale and green beans. Drizzle the hazelnut dressing onto the greens and toss well. Sprinkle the pickled shallots evenly over the salad and garnish with a fresh shaving of Parmigiano Reggiano. Serve right away.

Nutty Butternut, Mushroom, Chestnut and Sage Stuffing

Butternut squash is a little higher on the sugary/starchy carb side, but hey, it’s the holidays. It serves however as a much better keto vehicle than bread of course. Getting some caramelization on the squash is key, it brings out the natural sugars and a great depth of flavor.

¼ cup cooking oil of choice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup white onion, small diced
¼ cup carrots, small diced
¼ cup celery, small diced
1 tablespoon thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons rosemary, chopped
1 teaspoon sage, chopped
½ cup toasted and chopped nuts of choice (walnuts or almonds work great here)
3 cups butternut squash, peeled, cored and large diced
1 cup crimini mushrooms, de-stemmed and quartered
1 cup white mushrooms, de-stemmed and quartered
1 cup seasonal mushrooms, chopped (we love chanterelle for this one)
1 cup cooked, peeled and chopped chestnuts
1 cup organic stock of choice
¼ cup butter
Sea salt and fresh pepper to taste

In a large pot on medium high heat, add in the olive oil and garlic and sweat until just translucent. Add in the onion, carrot, celery and fresh herbs and stir until they start to soften (about 5 minutes). Add in the nuts, diced butternut and mushrooms and season liberally with salt and pepper. Once salt is introduced, the mushrooms will start losing their water and sweat out into the pot.

Continue to stir and allow the squash and mushrooms to get some good brown color and caramelization from the heat. Once the moisture in the pan starts to burn off, add a few tablespoons of the stock to deglaze any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. If the squash is still not fork tender, you can add more of the stock and cook longer.

Add in the chestnuts and season again with sea salt and fresh pepper to taste. Stir and add in the butter. Remove from the heat and fold the butter in until it’s evenly melted. You can add this stuffing to the inside of the turkey if you like, but we like putting it in a baking dish to serve with the rest of dinner.

TIP- You can make this ahead and reheat in the oven at 350 covered in foil.

Brussels Chips with Toasted Pine Nuts and Lemon Aioli

2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, peeled
½ cup avocado or olive oil
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
4 cups Brussels sprouts leaves (remove ends, cut in half and separate out leaves)
3 cups fat/oil of choice for frying
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

In a food processor, add in the egg yolks, lemon, paprika and garlic and pulse several times until well, combined. Add a few drops of the avocado oil and pulse again. Turn the processor on and slowly drizzle in the oil to emulsify the aioli. It should be the consistency of a smoother mayo. Season to taste with sea salt and fresh pepper and set aside.

In a frying pan on medium heat, add in the frying oil and bring up to 350-375 degrees. Test the oil by adding in a leaf, it should sizzle and fry up. If it sinks and doesn’t start frying, your oil is too cool.

Line a baking sheet with a couple layers of paper towels and set next to your pan you are going to use to fry the leaves in.

In about 4 batches, carefully sprinkle the leaves into the hot oil and fry. Using a slotted spoon, gently push the leaves around to ensure they evenly cook. Once crispy (about 2 minutes) remove leaves from oil, drain off excess oil over the pan with the slotted spoon and transfer to baking dish lined with paper towels. Repeat until you have fried all of the leaves. Lightly season the leaves with sea salt to taste while on the paper towels.

Add the aioli to the bottom of a nice serving platter and evenly sprinkle the fried Brussels leaves over it. Garnish with the pine nuts and serve while hot!

Tart Cranberry and Blood Orange Sauce

4 cups fresh cranberries
2 cups blood orange juice (you can sub regular oranges if you can’t find blood orange)
1 cup Swerve crystals
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch sea salt

In a pot on medium-high heat, add in all of the ingredients and stir until it comes to a simmer. Cover and reduce the heat to medium low for 10-15 minutes or until the cranberries really break down and soften.

Remove the lid and stir. Continue cooking on low heat until most of the moisture dissolves and the mix thickens (about another 10 minutes), but use your judgement if it needs to be thicker, then cook longer. Transfer to a jar and cool. Set aside for serving with the turkey later.

Perfectly Herb Roasted Free-Range Organic Turkey

1 whole organic free-range turkey, cavity cleaned and patted dry (½-¾ lb per person is my general rule)
1 cup clean animal fat of choice (bacon fat, duck, goose, lard)
¼ cup garlic, minced
2 tablespoons rosemary, chopped + 4-6 whole sprigs
2 tablespoons thyme, chopped + 4-6 whole sprigs
2 blood oranges, cut into ⅙’s

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

In a bowl, mix together the fat, garlic, and chopped herbs evenly. You are going to “lard” your turkey with it, so you will be stuffing just underneath the skin with generous amounts of the fat mix. Start by adding about a tablespoon in your hand and find a place where you can get your hand under the skin, working to separate the skin from the tissue. Focus on leaving the most fat on the breasts and work your way around the whole bird until all of your fat mix is used up.

Liberally season the top and bottom of the turkey with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. Place the turkey on a roasting rack in a roasting rack breast side down (just at first!). If you are not stuffing the turkey with the Nutty Butternut Mushroom, Chestnut and Sage Stuffing, then stuff with the remaining herb sprigs and orange slices into the cavity. If not, then sprinkle the herbs and orange around the base of the roasting pan.

The general rule is cook 20 minutes per lb of turkey. Cook the turkey breast side down for one hour, reduce the heat to 350 and then flip so it is breast side up. You can baste your turkey with the juices as you go along. If it starts looking very brown and it still has quite a bit of cook time left, add a piece of tin foil over the top. The internal temp of the breast should be 165 and the thigh (put the thermometer in at the deepest part) about 175. Allow your turkey to rest covered in foil at least 10-15 minutes before carving.

Set the roasting pan with natural juices aside for gravy.

Turkey Jus Gravy

Because starches like flour or even gluten-free and paleo options aren’t really great for the keto diet, you can think of this gravy more like an emulsion. You will be using the fat, to emulsify back into the pan juices.

2 cups turkey pan juices (you can use turkey broth here, but it’s just not the same!)
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon cognac
2 bay leaves
1 cup turkey roasting pan fat

Through a fine strainer, strain the turkey juices and fat from the roasting pan and set aside 2 minutes. Allow the fat to separate up to the top.  Skim off the fat and set aside.

In a medium pot on high heat, add the cognac. Allow it to burn off ¾’s of its original volume and add the turkey juices, stir.  Add in the bay leaves and bring to a simmer for 2 minutes.

Remove the pot from the heat and allow to cool slightly, remove the bay leaves.

In a food processor, add in the egg yolk and a few drops of the turkey fat and pulse. Add in the pan juice mix and pulse 30 seconds. VERY slowly drizzle in the fat to emulsify it into the juices. This should take a few minutes and the stream of the fat pouring in should be very thin. The final consistency should be like a gravy, just imagine if it’s something you’d like to top your dinner with.  Adjust the seasoning as needed with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper and serve while hot.

TIP- Because this is an emulsification, do not store it in a very hot oven to keep it warm because it will “break” where the fat separates from the liquid.


Pumpkin Spice Mousse with Fresh Whipped Cream

1 can organic pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 pinch sea salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon clove
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 pack organic gelatin
2 cups swerve sweetener or sugar substitute of choice
2 cups heavy cream

In a pot on medium heat, add the pumpkin, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, swerve/sweetener and ½ cup of the heavy cream and mix well with a whisk.

Sprinkle in the gelatin and mix until gelatin is dissolved. Transfer into a bowl and put it in the freezer to cool rapidly while you make the whipped cream.

In a bowl or standing mixer, whip the remaining 1 ½ cups heavy cream to a stiff peak.

When the pumpkin mix is room temp, fold in the whipped cream with a spatula in ⅓’s taking care to not knock down the whip on the cream. When the pumpkin mix and cream are evenly incorporated, add it evenly into serving cups or ramekins on a tray. Place in the fridge at least 30 minutes to set.

You can garnish with cinnamon sticks, a sprinkle of fresh cinnamon or fresh whipped cream for looks.

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Ayurveda & Cardio Health with Dr. Sodhi

Dr. Sodhi walks us through the basics of Ayurvedic medicine. It is the oldest system of healing in the world with its basic tenant translating to “what is true in the universe is true in our bodies”. We want to create a balance like in nature, but it is constantly changing like the weather. Following the simple laws of mother nature really is what Ayurvedic medicine boils down to.

To treat cardiovascular health in North America, the doctors look at the history of statin drugs. Taking Ayurvedic principles like a vegetarian diet, weight reduction and stress reduction have historically shown to greatly improve cardiovascular health. Following principles like eat foods that are in season because your body needs the nutrients in them for that particular time of year. Dr. Sodhi compares President Bill Clinton who has suffered severe heart issues and recently looks exponentially better after lifestyle changes and switching to a vegetarian diet.

MIndful practices like yoga connect to cardiovascular health because they fight stress levels. Dr. Sodhi states that the body follows the mind and the problem is we have too much clutter in our brains. When you meditate, your mind calms down, therefore lowers stress and incidence of disease. Changes can even be seen in genetic phenotypic expression through this sort of mindful work. The bigger pieces to the puzzle are eating well and not overeating as well as getting enough sleep. These are all effective lifestyle changes that can be a great option over the clinical routine of taking pharmaceuticals and pushing through a stressful and unhealthy life.

We now have statistics available starting from the 1980’s. While some clinical studies may show short-term results, they do not show long term results. For example a drug can help lower cholesterol temporarily, but there can be premature deaths because of symptoms whereas a person who chooses to implement these Ayurvedic practices can reverse many of these common diseases. When looking at using herbs for treatment, Dr. Sodhi recommends Rauwolfia for hypertension because it can help to remodel the blood vessels and helps solve the long term problem. Terminalia Arjuna used in conjunction with Rauwolfia can help make the effects even more potent. What is wonderful is that the safety margin of many of these herbs are excellent. Curcumin is also very effective in lowering LDL’s, increasing HDL’s, and helping to clean the liver. Dr. Sodhi has observed that simple herbs can have a profound effect.

Dr. Virender Sodhi was the first Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician in the United States. Dr. Virender Sodhi graduated in 1980 from the Dayanand Ayurvedic Medical College in Jalandar, India. After arriving in the United States, Dr. Sodhi enrolled at Bastyr University, a nationally recognized school of natural medicine in Kenmore, Washington. He received his N.D. degree from Bastyr in 1988. He was subsequently invited to join the faculty at Bastyr to teach Ayurvedic sciences. Dr. Sodhi finished fellowship in Integrative Oncology with Dr. Mark Rosenberg in 2012. Dr. Sodhi has taught at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon, University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, University of Washington School of Pharmacy, Des Moines University in Iowa

In addition to educating students at academic institutions, Dr. Sodhi has educated the general public about the benefits of Naturopathic medicine both nationally and internationally. He has been featured on several radio and television programs across the country, including an hour-long talk show titled Ayurveda: Wealth of Health featured during the summer of 1997 on KEZX, a local radio station in Seattle, Washington. His recent radio program every Saturday from 1-2 PM on Desi 1250 AM, “ Your body is your Natural Pharmacy”, a very popular radio show. He shares his knowledge of Ayurveda by lecturing in hospitals, conferences, and other universities in the United States, as well as in Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Dr. Sodhi has served on the Panel of Experts with Dr. Andrew Weil for Natural Health magazine, and has been featured in the Ask the Experts column many times. He is the most quoted naturopathic physician in the reference book Alternative Medicine: the Definitive Guide, and is featured in The Textbook of Natural Medicine. His articles have appeared in several publications including the Protocol Journal of Botanical Medicine, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, World & I magazine, India Post and the Ayurvedic News Quarterly. He was also served as the Appointed Advisor for Natural Products to the government of Australia. Dr. Sodhi has spoken at several of AANP, WANP, ONAP, CANP and many more conferences. He even has the privilege to speak at Royal Society of Medicine in London.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women's health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women's Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the 'Daphne Blayden' award for her 'Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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Dr. Decker Weiss on Magnesium and Cardiovascular Health

Doctors Holly and Decker dive deep into supplementing with magnesium. Magnesium covers a wide clinical spectrum and for Dr. Decker is passionate about sharing its benefits, especially in the cardiovascular realm. Initially, magnesium has been effective for getting cardiac rhythms under control. The key principal with magnesium is its absorb-ability. Calcium and magnesium can compete over similar receptors in the calcium channel. While magnesium can calm the system down and bring down blood pressure, calcium can do the opposite wanting faster heart rate and higher blood pressure. The body will actually prefer absorbing calcium and it is very easy for it to do so.

With sleep, as we begin to lay down, if our body’s do not have enough magnesium, it may night get enough signals to help make sleep happen. When looking at magnesium supplements, you should look at brands with a history of clinical success. Also because magnesium depletion is common, you have to give it sometimes weeks to take effect. For sleep and cramps, it’s best to take magnesium at night. For energy and performance, you can take magnesium in the morning or you can do both.

When using magnesium for clinical research, historically a little bit of diarrhea as a symptom was actually considered a success. Today, there are now magnesiums with a slow release technology to help people avoid diarrhea and stomach cramp side effects. To measure magnesium levels, they measured blood serum to make sure it’s getting in the system and how long it stays in the system, they measured RBC magnesium which is the closest way for us to see if it’s in the tissues and lastly they also measured clinical endpoint. In all three parameters, approximately 92% of test subjects had no change in bowel movements.

For cardiovascular issues, magnesium can help regulate where some pharma drugs can force levels too low. Because it’s not a drug, magnesium can help drive levels to normal rates. Specifically for cardiovascular issues and doses of magnesium, 400-500mg can be effective, but if it’s not bound to the right molecule, it can pass right through the patient. The key here is to know your brands and if their products have successful clinical studies. People can be more depleted in magnesium than they think, because many things deplete it such as fluoride in everyday toothpaste. One thing to watch for is calcium as well, because again, the body will take in calcium before magnesium.

Dr. Decker also discusses Peace Possible, an organization that helps treat people who have been constantly exposed to war and conflicts in hopes of helping them regulate and become peaceful human beings. Decker has researched people constantly at war and what medical implications need to be observed with these individuals. For example, Dr. Decker looks at the HPAT axis, lower serotonin, GABA and norepinephrin levels and chronic states of inflammation in people like Syrian refugees, Kurdish soldiers, and recovered sex slaves from ISIS. Helping people sleep through the night, go to school and regulate brain function so that they can live a full life is part of what they do with Peace Possible.


Dr. Decker Weiss is the first Naturopathic Physician to participate in a conventional internship, residency, and fellowship. Dr. Weiss became the first Naturopathic Cardiologist when after hospital-based training in the Columbia Hospital system, the Arizona Heart Institute, and the Arizona Heart Hospital, and became a fellow of the American Society of Angiology. Dr. Weiss kept privileges at the Arizona Heart Hospital, while opening the breakthrough Scottsdale Heart Institute, where he helped thousands of patients reduce medication safely, eliminate the need for angioplasty and bypass surgery, and reverse heart disease and many arrhythmias naturally.

The International Association of Health Care Practitioners and the International Association of Cardiologists named Dr. Weiss, a “Leading Physician in the World” in 2012; a distinction given to under 1000 physicians each year. Dr. Weiss sold his practice to his fellows in 2013, and while maintaining a limited practice and consulting for some of the most prestigious companies in the world joined a think-tank and research organization called Artis Research in order to research and support the people living in zones of conflict and distressed states.

At Chambers Clinic, Dr. Weiss specializes in preventive cardiology that allows for early detection and treatment of cardiovascular conditions such as coronary artery disease and hypertension.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women's health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women's Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the 'Daphne Blayden' award for her 'Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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Healthy Happenings with Dr. Holly Lucille and James Frame on Maca Phenotypes


On this Healthy Happenings, Doctors Holly Lucille and James Frame explore the different phenotypes of maca. Maca naturally grows together in varied phenotypes, which in a balanced ration have traditionally been used for energy and stamina by the Peruvians. About 20 years ago, Dr. Meisner started doing clinical research on the different colors of maca to find they elicit different physiological effects. Some phenotypes are specifically more effective on men’s fertility, women’s fertility, reducing prostate size in men, some have no effect, some can affect cholesterol and even bone density. Because of this, Dr. Frame encourages other physicians to look at maca more like mushrooms because of how diverse the phenotypes are.

Even the Peruvians are starting to shift their research to specific phenotypes. Now research is focusing on what types of maca you want to use for specific conditions. Dr. Meisner published a DNA profile a few years ago which caused sensation in the industry. For more companies to align with this research, more abstracts were published and the USDA came up with very similar results, further validating this research. More detail around this story will be elaborated on down the road. For the future of using maca as an effective medicine, quality is key. Arguably, the best maca still comes from Peru, but stability for maca is paramount for effectiveness. Capsules in blister packs seem to offer the best environment for stability. Interestingly, different types of maca grown in different regions and elevations, it’s effectiveness on specific conditions varies. This is why clinical research is so important, especially because some phenotypes used incorrectly can actually make a condition worse.

James Frame has been working in the natural products industry for 15 years and during this time has set up a global supply network with operations in Australia, Vanuatu, France, Pakistan, Peru and the United States. Over the last 5 years James and the SNH team have created Symphony Natural Health’s distribution network and business in the US and are now expanding around the world to 20 countries by the end of 2014.  James experience spans nutrition, exercise physiology and natural products. He has a comprehensive knowledge of each area of the Global Natural Products Industry from seed to shelf. He has established strong commercial ties with some of the largest natural product manufacturers in the USA - Pure World Botanicals and in Europe – Indena and was involved in the privatization of the kava market in Vanuatu, which up until February 1998 was a prescribed commodity. Since this time he has moved on to become one of the biggest exporters of kava out of Vanuatu, with sales in excess of 300 tons, as well as expanding into Tamanu Oil. James was also instrumental in establishing the St. John’s Wort industry in Australia as a viable alternative to product from Chile and Eastern Europe, supplying 200 tons of St. John’s Wort in the first year. From 1999 to the present he has been involved in establishing and growing SNH’s joint venture operation in Peru which includes growing, harvesting and manufacturing with a capacity of 1,500 tons per annum. James also oversaw SNH’s five years of research into Femmenessence and has since been involved in our continued research into women’s health, men’s health and now mental health. In 2010 he successfully acquired and rolled the leading Himalayan Crystal Salt business into SNH.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women's health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women's Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the 'Daphne Blayden' award for her 'Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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Healthy Happenings with Dr. Holly Lucille and Dr. Nathan Bryan on Nitric Oxide

On this Healthy Happenings, our doctors go into a deep discussion about Nitric Oxide. It can be one of the most important molecules in the human body because it’s a signaling molecule that’s responsible for blood vessel dilation and regulation of blood pressure. It is also a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and even helps our immune system fight off infections and pathogens.

Dr. Bryan worked on methods to detect nitric oxide gas and we’re just now learning about nitric oxide in the body, how we produce it and what can go wrong when people can’t produce it any more. Usually the first sign is blood pressure increasing and many people experience sexual dysfunction, you can lose insulin signaling, and chronic fatigue because of mitochondrial ATP production. People in turn need help “fixing” these nitric oxide pathways. Much of the root cause of disease can come from Nitric Oxide deficiency.

Some of the major pitfalls that inhibit Nitric Oxide production include, using antiseptic mouthwash that kills off good oral microbiota, proton pump inhibitors, and antiseptics that kill off good microflora on the skin. One of the most important factors to consider with Nitric Oxide is education because the general public still doesn’t know how important it is for bodily functions. Educating physicians and practitioners on nitric oxide deficiencies in their patients is very important as well. Besides diet and lifestyle changes, supplementation is very important, but you must look at the quality of the source. For example, a generic beet root product may not provide much nitric oxide, if any at all.

Dr. Nathan Bryan is an industrial researcher and adjunct assistant professor at the Baylor College of Medicine. He received an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D from Louisiana State University. He studies nitric oxide restoration in humans, and he is co-founder of HumanN, a firm developing products to increase nitric oxide levels. Dr. Nathan Bryan has co-edited or written three books: Food, Nutrition & The Nitric Oxide PathwayNitrates and Nitrites in Human Health and Diseaseand Blood & Tissue Nitric Oxide Products.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women's health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women's Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the 'Daphne Blayden' award for her 'Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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Healthy Happenings with Dr. Jared Skowron on the 5 Subtypes of Autism

Dr. Skowron has been a naturopathic pediatric physician for almost 15 years and works in office with children and their families. The majority of Dr. Skowron’s practice is with children with Autism and ADHD. Our doctors discuss the 5 major subtypes that children on the spectrum of autism can generally fit into. Through these groups, it helps doctors develop more effective treatments and assessments of the individual.

The first two subtypes are opposites, under-methylators and over-methylators. Under-methylators are do not produce enough chemicals in their brains where we see low levels of seratonin and dopamine which influences their lack of language and anxious behaviors. Often these kids are sensory seekers always looking for input, bouncing around, watching TV, wanting hugs, etc. and respond well to supplementation with methyl B vitamins, amino acids, 5-HTP, gaba, and sometimes tyrosine.

On the other side the over-methylators make way too much adrenaline, are angry, don’t sleep well, are aggressive and need help metabolizing adrenaline to calm down. Inositol, lithium orotate, taurine, gaba, and theanine are all helpful in helping regulate this brain chemistry.

Recognizing these types by testing the child’s biology are the first steps. For group 3, we have the inattentive or sluggish. Usually these children are unmotivated, hypotonia (low muscle tone), frequent constipation, so things just aren’t “moving” in multiple aspects. These kids are usually very low in dopamine, so we supplement with tyrosine to help dopamine production. Mitochondrial dysfunction is usually a factor and very prevalent in autism. Dr. Skowron treats this with ATP supplementation.

Type number 4 usually includes children who are anxious and nervous. Anxiety can be a huge symptom regardless of their bigger diagnosis. Children who have transitional anxiety are a part of this group and is seen frequently in children with ADHD because of a fear of the unknown. When they’re scared and worried about what’s happening next, kids are not going to be focused at school. This can be seen in kids who have a hard time going from point A to point B, whether it’s from home to school or tablet to no tablet. To treat this type, supplementing with high doses of gaba and licorice (to help boost cortisol levels) can be very helpful.

Type number 5 is the “yeasty” type. This includes people prone to intestinal yeast infections and with autism, frequently immune function can be impaired because of gastrointestinal dysfunction. Interesting yeast symptoms in kids can translate to inappropriate laughter, bad breath, red ring around the anus, spastic movement, big bloated belly and behavioral worsening around full and new moons. To treat this, using probiotics, antimicrobial herbs and prebiotics.

Using these classifications to help treat the specific individuals can make a huge impact on the overall health and behavior of kids. Working with a physician who is willing to dive deeper and not just prescribe OTC drugs and stimulant prescriptions can make a lasting life-long impact and even recovery for many children.

Dr. Jared M. Skowron has been working with children with Autism and ADHD for over fifteen years. He specializes in using natural, non-pharmaceutical therapies to support healthy neurological development. These natural treatments support healthy language development, calm behavior, normal sensory function, regular sleep patterns, emotional stability, and improved memory for children with Autism and ADHD. Dr. Skowron also authored the Amazon best-selling book 100 Natural Remedies For Your Child. Dr. Skowron is a leading innovator in the realm of natural health solutions for children with Autism and ADHD and lectures internationally, educating parents about how natural therapies can help their children reach their full potential. As the creator of Spectrum Awakening, Dr. Skowron aims to benefit all families and children with the same supplement supports for Autism and ADHD that he uses in his private practice. He serves on the Editorial Board of Natural Practitioner magazine and on the advisory board of Autism Hope Alliance, NeuroNeeds, and Chemo & Crayons. He can be regularly seen on his local NBC news station in Connecticut where he serves as their Natural Medicine consultant.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women's health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women's Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the 'Daphne Blayden' award for her 'Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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Healthy Happenings: ADHD Diagnosis and Care with Dr. Charles Parker

Dr.’s Holly and Charles Parker discuss the general diagnosis of ADHD, but how the mechanism behind the diagnosis is more important. What is crucial to ask, is “what’s going on somatically?” so that you can clarify what the brain function issues are. Dr. Parker elaborates on how our executive function has helped people adapt in their environments over time. Typical ADD and ADHD are often blanket fixes that do not treat precise brain function.

Our doctors look at how the traditional stimulant medications for ADHD do not address each patient’s specific needs. There is a whole web of intricacies with neurotransmitters that affect executive function. When assessing ADHD from a function medicine background, there are some important questions to ask. One of them is how many bowel movements do you take a day? This helps physicians look at what’s going on at the most basic level for a general transit time test. With executive function looking at the process of seeing change, dealing with change in a timely manner, and remembering something till the day we die shows working memory is a huge part of executive function.

If your working memory is desynchronized, they may show up as acting without thinking, thinking too much without acting (cognitive anxiety which is more related to dopamine), lastly I’m not going to think or act because I have too much going on, this is classified as “avoidant personality”.

The next part of treatment is how to get medications right. First you have to look at the patient’s metabolic efficiency. Looking deeper at the patient, there are functional medicine interventions for ADHD diagnosis. Frequent neurotransmitter testing is helpful, but Dr. Parker recently looks into molecular and cellular physiology, specifically methylation. If a personal is undermethylated, they are way too active. Overmethylated means the person has a “constipation” of neurotransmitter pressure in the synapse. Often these patients can have an extreme reaction to medication.

Dr. Charles Parker is a writer, nationally recognized speaker, neuroscientist certified for SPECT brain imaging, and practicing child and adult psychiatrist. With more than 43 years of clinical experience, from psychoanalysis to psychopharmacology, Parker brings a unique perspective to the changes that must be made in the current diagnostic and treatment protocols for psychiatric conditions, particularly ADHD. He knows the territory not only from direct experience with clients, but from many years of lecturing to medical colleagues, on behalf of several pharmaceutical companies, on the science and applications of psychotropic meds. With a cutting edge interest in effective brain function, Parker teaches about cognitive and emotional imbalance. His mission is to translate brain science into common sense language. Parker's CorePsych Blog has won numerous ADHD writing awards, and set new standards for the diagnosis and treatment of Executive Function Disorders. Dr. Parker works and lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women's health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women's Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the 'Daphne Blayden' award for her 'Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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Healthy Happenings with Dr. Trevor Cates: The Skin From Within

Dr.’s Holly and Trevor talk about how the gut microbiome impacts our skin microbiome. Many patients visit dermatologists for skin conditions and are prescribed topical medications to suppress symptoms. Our doctors take a holistic approach and look at what is going on internally to be causing an issue externally with their skin. Dr. Cates has realized it takes a two pronged approach with helping your internal environment as well as treating the skin topically. Using topicals and getting the right pH and microbiome balance is key in daily skin care use.

Often with skin issues on the face like acne, it can become a stressful and emotional issue. This is why it’s so important for practitioners to help patients balance their internal environment and help prescribe the right topicals to help people get healthy from the inside out.

Dr. Trevor Cates is the author of the bestselling book Clean Skin from Within. She became known, as “The Spa Dr.” after working in world-renowned spas and was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in the state of California, appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to California’s Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council. Dr. Cates lives in Park City, Utah where she helps patients from around the world achieve graceful aging and glowing skin.
She has been featured on The Doctors, Extra, First for Women, and Mind Body Green. Dr. Cates has her own PBS special, Younger Skin From Within and is host of The Spa Dr. Podcast. She believes the key to healthy skin is inner and outer nourishment with non-toxic ingredients. Dr. Cates’ The Spa Dr. skin care and supplement lines are formulated with natural and organic ingredients designed to help you achieve the clean and natural path to confidence and beautiful skin.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women's health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women's Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the 'Daphne Blayden' award for her 'Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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