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Heartburn? Heal With More Acid.

Most people believe that heartburn or acid reflux is the result of too much stomach acid. Nothing could be further from the truth. Counterintuitively, these conditions are the result of too LITTLE stomach acid. The Role of Stomach Acid We need our stomachs to maintain a highly acidic environment to properly digest food, particularly proteins. When food doesn't get broken [...]

September 3rd, 2017|

Are YOU Worried About Your Health?

A couple months ago, I asked my email subscribers and social media followers to answer a single question: What’s your biggest health concern? I asked because I have a deep desire to solve health-related problems, and I was interested in knowing what people might be struggling with. I’m fascinated by the fact that almost all [...]

August 28th, 2017|

Why Gluten May Not Be Good for Anybody

If my friend, Susan, ingests even a trace of gluten, she'll likely need to make a mad dash to the bathroom or she'll double over in pain for hours. Susan has celiac disease. If my daughter, Emma, ingests gluten, she hears voices. But what about the rest of us? Those of us who don't have a celiac diagnosis or [...]

July 16th, 2017|

Vibrancy: Yours For the Taking

Over the long weekend, I hiked a trail I’d never hiked before. It was a perfect summer day, the kind of day that Mainers dream about in the dead of winter: when the wind howls through the windows, the snow swirls in frenzied circles, and the fireplace doesn’t throw off nearly enough heat. The sun [...]

July 4th, 2017|

Quinoa Salad Even Teenagers Like

Last night I had a gaggle of teenagers—my daughter’s friends—at my house for dinner. At times like these, I struggle with what food I should offer. The “health coach side” of me wants to serve up boatloads of hearty nutrition while the “practical side” of me knows I can’t push too hard or they’ll never [...]

June 21st, 2017|

When Anxiety Creeps Back In

My daughter, Emma,* recently admitted to me that she's been experiencing a fair number of anxiety symptoms lately. Anxiety and depression plagued her a couple years ago during high school. (Anxiety kept her from doing things she wanted to do. Depression caused her to sob uncontrollably—curled into a ball on her bed—for days and nights on [...]

May 21st, 2017|