Author Archives: Janet Chang

Dealing with Depression – Do You Have the Winter Blues (S.A.D.)?

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Kristina Alexanderson

When family and friends come together, we try to put on our best face at the gathering, despite any negative feelings we may be experiencing.

With winter holidays, conditions like depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) often get tucked under the rug.

What is SAD, and Do You Have It?
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You May Be Testing Your Blood Sugar Wrong – Here’s How to Do it Right

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The Missing Pieces of Blood Sugar Lab Tests

Sometimes, standard biomarkers don’t tell the entire story about health risks.

Aside from blood sugar (glucose), consider these two additional biomarkers for assessing risk of diabetes — a chronic elevation of blood sugar that can increase risk of heart disease, and dysfunction with the kidneys, nerves, and eyes — (1) insulin and (2) hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). The tests are performed concurrently on the same individual, and tracked over time.

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Health or Hype: Is Gluten All That It’s Cracked up to Be?

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What is the hype about gluten? There have been many debates about the dangers of gluten in the diet. The gluten-free diet has been discussed by everyone from professional athletes like tennis champion Novak Djokovic to celebrities like Miley Cyrus. Some say it isn’t harmful and is hype while others say it’s very dangerous and everyone should avoid it like the plague.

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Holiday Health Hacks From Our Practitioners

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Holiday gatherings can throw off even the most well-intentioned nutrition plan. Have you ever wondered the best way to get a healthy breakfast that can be grabbed on the go while covering all your nutritional needs? What about the simplest ways to get yourself to actually eat healthy instead of caving to junk food? Or how to make an effective cold prevention tonic?
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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Cold Prevention: Do Vitamin C Supplements Actually Work?

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With the onset of winter, we may reach for cold remedies and vitamin C supplements to boost the immune system and avoid catching a virus. But, do they work?

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Does Meat Cause Cancer? Identifying Science From Baloney

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As holiday meals with piping hot turkey, steak, and burgers ensue in the winter, the dinner table becomes ripe grounds for raising questions like, “Does meat cause cancer?”

According to mainstream news sources like The Guardian, yes, “processed meats rank alongside smoking as cancer causes [according to] WHO (World Health Organization).” However, recent criticisms have questioned the veracity of these claims.

Let’s explore this claim in-depth and provide an alternative to taking mainstream health news reports at face value.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.