Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine

Probiotics are powerful workhorses in your gut, especially for modulating your immune system. Your intestines have 10 times as many microbial organisms as there are cells in the human body. The juncture between your small and large bowel has over 500 different species of bacteria for a total of abou... Read More
Could Vitamin D be the best defense against colds, flu and other infections? Colds and flu abound in winter when Vitamin D levels are the lowest. I had the privilege of attending a lecture on one of the world’s experts on Vitamin D, Dr. Michael Holick and he confirmed a lot of what I have been rea... Read More
Stress suppresses our immune system and can have a major impact on our susceptibility to many illnesses, especially infection such as the cold and flu. Many studies and over 20 years of research find that psychological factors are associated with increased risk of developing respiratory illness if e... Read More
Can you prevent falls and fractures by exercising even if you are over 70 years old? The answer is a resounding yes! I have always been a proponent of exercise and for incorporating balance exercises in routines to prevent falls and subsequent fractures. Exercise can build bone mass, maintain streng... Read More
It’s inevitable. We will all age; the question is how. I saw a poster with 2 pictures on it. One was an elderly woman hunched over a walker and an aide was assisting her. She looked frail, had muscle wasting, a sunken face and a blank stare on her face. The other was a grey haired woman walking up... Read More
You are only as young as your oldest part, so what’s aging you? Is it your bones? Do you exercise; are you weak in one area? It’s that weak part that will fracture with a fall. Perhaps you are losing your balance. The changes are so subtle that you hardly notice until you try to recover from a f... Read More
We are all mortal and some people will go to great lengths to live longer. The quality of life is just as important and telomeres, the cap at the end of each strand of DNA has been associated with both. Telomere length may be a predictor of cancer risk and cancer fatality. One of the theories on ag... Read More
The list of benefits of adequate levels of Vitamin D keeps growing. In a recent article July Archives of Neurology, Participants whose serum concentration of the vitamin was at least 50 nmol/L had a 65% lower risk of cognitive decline than those whose levels were below 25 nmol/L. The lower limit of ... Read More
As we begin to understand the subtle health effects of very low dose herbicides and pesticides in and on our food, buying organic produce becomes more of a necessity. However, in these hard economic times, I get asked a lot if it’s really necessary to buy everything organic. The answer is No. If a... Read More