Why Functional Formularies is Non-GMO And How to Avoid Glyphosates

By: Dr. John Bagnulo, Director of Nutrition

Let’s start from the beginning: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are plants or animals that have had genetic material inserted into their inherent or natural DNA. These processes can create new traits in the food or offer a plant a new level of resistance to a chemical used for weed or pest control. In some cases, as with Bt crops, this addition of genetic material allows a pesticide found in certain bacteria to be produced directly by the plant. Continue reading

The Ketogenic Diet: How and Why Ketogenic Interventions Can Improve Outcomes

The Ketogenic Diet: How and Why Ketogenic Interventions Can Improve Outcomes

The ketogenic diet refers to a high fat, low carbohydrate style of eating. In recent years nutritionists and other professionals have begun recognizing the potential clinical benefit of ketogenic interventions. To many though, its implementation and use still raises concern – often because it is used incorrectly, misunderstood, or like other eating styles, may be followed in an unhealthy way. It is important to understand what constitutes a true ketogenic diet, how it is impacting the body, where might it be beneficial, and especially emphasize the importance of maintaining quality food choices. Continue reading

Why Peptides?

Why Peptides?
Katherine Wohl, RDN, LD, CLC, IFNCP

Whether you are part of the enteral nutrition or the mainstream nutrition conversation, peptides are being referenced more and more. Yet what they are and the myriad of reasons they can be beneficial are often overlooked. It’s important to understand both of these when considering if or how one should incorporate them into their life – especially when we consider their ability to maximize nourishment to those who might need it most. Continue reading

Fatty Acid

Fatty Acids in Health and Disease

Fatty Acids in Health and Disease
Katherine Wohl, RDN, LD, IFNCP, CLC
John Bagnulo, MPH, PhD

Fats are an essential part of any diet. From the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and maintaining blood sugar balance to their role in brain health, immune function, mitochondrial health – their importance as a foundational aspect of one’s diet cannot be emphasized enough. There is a growing body of evidence that supports not only its inclusion, but that they may be required for optimal health. Still, with a long history of being vilified in public health messaging, the important role they play is often misunderstood or poorly accepted within the broader community. Continue reading

Diet and Nutrition

New Research Confirms Link Between Diet and Depression

A recent investigation among an Australian Islander population, the Torres Strait Islanders, confirmed those aspects of a modern diet that contribute to major depression and highlighted two specific fats that are highly involved in the development of the disease (1).  The Islanders that ate more fish, less take-out and fast foods, and subsequently had higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids, had the lowest risk for depression and depression-related issues.  Those Islanders, typically younger and following a less-traditional diet, that ate more processed food, less seafood, resulting in more omega 6 fatty acids, were at the highest risk. Continue reading


Turmeric and Compatibility with Chemotherapy

Turmeric is increasingly being shown to have favorable influences on various cancer treatments, primarily through its ability to increase rates of apoptosis and with its unique effects on AMPK levels.  Numerous investigations within the field of oncology have demonstrated improved chemosensitivity and reduced chemoresistance in tumors with co-treatments of turmeric and chemoagents such as DFMO, a polyamine regulating drug, cisplatin, and others that target DNA damage.  These favorable interactions increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy interventions with lymphoma, colorectal, glioblastoma, and breast cancers, among others (1,2,3). Continue reading