Organizations such as The Environmental Work Group, www.ewg.org, that are essentially our only sentinels with respect to chemicals in our produce and other foods, have made it very clear.  There are certain foods that carry inordinately high pesticide and herbicide levels and they should only be consumed if organically grown. 

 

 

 

 

 

Functional Formularies’ objective is to educate about the important link between nutrition and health. Our recent webinar, The Crucial Role of Nutrition in Cancer Treatment, received many questions regarding the role of dietary intervention in improving cancer outcomes.

This month is Gastroparesis month and it is unfortunately, a poorly understood condition affecting hundreds of thousands of individuals each year. Sometimes the symptoms are episodic, but often they are chronic. Essentially there is a prolonged delay of gastric emptying and it results in a myriad of issues that range from GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease) bloating, nausea, and vomiting to constipation and additional lower GI abnormalities that can all be significant complications.

The critically and chronically ill patient typically has several biochemical processes that are severely compromised.  These aberrant pathways are the target of pharmacological intervention and are typically the only dimension of patient care associated with the outcome.  Supporting the patient’s most fundamental nutrition needs are equally important, yet this dimension of care receives very little attention.

Gastroparesis is a syndrome that results from delayed emptying of the stomach in the absence of a mechanical obstruction. It can be a very challenging problem with typical symptoms of nausea (93%), early satiety (60-86%), vomiting after meals (68---84%), bloating, and with upper abdominal pain (46-90%). The overall prevalence of gastroparesis is 9.6 per 100,000 men and 38 per 100,000 women.

Sugar and Cancer

Jul 27, 2017

While more and more clinicians appreciate the role of sugar in promoting insulin resistance, obesity, and heart disease, a much smaller number of these individuals would attribute any blame to its role in cancer.  Yet, epidemiological evidence suggests otherwise.  The data clearly indicates that dietary sugar and refined carbohydrates are significant risk factors for a variety of cancers (1-3.).

By now, most clinicians and dietitians have learned to assess patient lab work with at least some new-found appreciation for those markers of inflammation.  These may range from the highly sensitive C-reactive protein (CRP-hs) to the more general erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) or possibly the surrogate marker of renal inflammation, urinary micro albumin. 

In wake of the solstice, summer is here at last!  Whether you’re taking a day trip to the local beach, riding full steam ahead on a cruise liner, or hopping on that big jet plane to explore the vastness of Mother Earth; you may find yourself in need of a few tips on how to travel with Liquid Hope or Nourish.  

“. . . everything can be taken from a person but one thing: the last of the human freedoms . . . to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

~ Viktor Frankl

As certain as taxes and death, we can anticipate adversity in our lives. No one is sheltered from the vulnerability of being human. Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of such adversity.  When it comes to health, quality of life, and longevity, a person’s capacity for resilience is where the rubber meets the road.

A recent Dutch study last month, published in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, revealed that those populations with neurodegenerative diseases caused by mitochondrial dysfunction are most often malnourished in at least a few to multiple macro and micronutrients.

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