Myth: Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease

Perhaps the biggest, most devastating myth to human health is the faulty notion that cholesterol causes heart disease. We have been told for decades there is incontrovertible proof that eating saturated fat and cholesterol raises cholesterol in the blood, and that in turn, excess serum cholesterol causes heart disease. You may be surprised to learn that this theory, known as the “Diet-Heart Hypothesis”, has never actually been proven despite numerous studies. But fueled by bias, vested interests, and institutional momentum, the complete lack of evidence has not stopped the media, health organizations, or pharmaceutical companies from continuing to tout their favored—albeit faulty—hypothesis as fact.

For New NTPs: How to Set up a WordPress Site & Make it Pretty

My boyfriend and fellow NTP, John Fotheringham, is a whiz at website design. He designed this very blog for me, our website for our practice together, Flourish Fundamentals, his own language-learning website, Language Mastery, and a ton others. If you’re a new NTP and you want to know some of the basic information you need to get a website started, here are the providers that he recommends.

5 Tips for Quitting Sugar

Doing a sugar detox can sound like it will be hard, and scary, and you feel like you don’t really know what to expect. In the past, I’ve had varied successes with quitting sugar through doing a three-week sugar detox process. Some have been wildly successful, with great weight loss and better skin and mood, and others, well… I fell off the wagon a few days in. The ones that have been more successful are the ones that incorporated the following tips! Learn from my failures, and know that these are the things that will make quitting sugar easier for you!

Myth: Saturated Fat is Bad For You

We have been told that saturated fat is unhealthy for so long by so many that most of us now just consider it common sense and would never think to question it. The presumption that dietary saturated fat causes heart disease (known as the “Diet-Heart Hypothesis”) is one of the fundamental tenements of major institutions like the American Heart Association, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and The United States Department of Agriculture, so most would assume that their guidelines are based on sound scientific fact. But those who take the time to honestly evaluate the evidence will quickly see that no study has yet to show a solid causal link between consumption of saturated fat and the development of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc.

Myth: Fat Makes You Fat

We’ve all heard the staggering statistics: more than two-thirds of American adults are overweight, with more than one-third considered to be clinically obese. But how did we get here? Ironically, the sharp increase in obesity rates can be tied to efforts by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ostensibly make Americans healthier. Their 1980 report Dietary Guidelines for Americans urged Americans to: Eat less fat. Eat more grains. And this is precisely what most Americans have done over the past 35 years, helped by food companies offering a slew of new low-fat and fat-free products. But since food tastes terrible without fat, they had to replace it with something palatable. The answer? Sugar.

10 Non-Scary Ways to Try Eating Liver

Ounce for ounce, liver is the most nutrient dense food in the world. It’s the ultimate preconception/prenatal food to help build up those nutrient stores and it’s an amazing fatigue fighter! It’s been considered a sacred food in many traditional cultures around the world for thousands of years. But, it can seem a little scary, especially if you don’t know what it’s going to taste like and you don’t know how to prepare it. Here’s a roundup of recipes for the liver beginner, plus methods for adding a little extra liver to food! It’s recommended to get one full serving a week.

Minerals… They Do A Body Good!

We’ve all heard the marketing phrase, “Milk… it does a body good!” But, this is based on the assumption that we aren’t getting enough calcium in our diet, and that we need MORE calcium in the diet for strong bones. It may surprise you to know that most people get enough dietary calcium, but many are not able to USE the calcium in their body – and that the excess calcium could be harming them! In reality, calcium is a game of cofactors, and many people are lacking in the co-factors necessary to assimilate it.

How to Balance Hormones Naturally with Nutritional Therapy: Part 2

Your body is smart. It constantly has to make decisions and tradeoffs based on priorities. The body will always prioritize keeping you alive today. And thank goodness it does: our body can kick in with adrenaline and cortisol (stress hormones) when it needs to so we can survive. Historically, this would only have happened occasionally for very short periods of time, specifically emergency situations, like being chased by a giant moose. In our modern lifestyle, we are chronically stressed. It may be from high sugar intake, which taxes the adrenals, or food sensitivities, or toxic exposure, or psychological stress from grief. This is where problems start to happen: chronic stress throws off the delicate hormone orchestra. Through a series of pathways, stress inhibits reproductive function.