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Nutritional Optimization


MTHFR Gene Mutation

MTHFR Gene Mutation

If you are a patient of Dr. Parker’s, you’ve probably heard of MTHFR, which is the abbreviation for “methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase”. For those who have not heard of it, the MTHFR gene creates an enzyme that converts folate into a form that can be used by the body.

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Too Much Sugar? 5 Alternatives to Consider

Too Much Sugar? 5 Alternatives to Consider

In the US our addiction to sugar has contributed to the obesity epidemic. The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of added for most American women, to about 6 teaspoons per day and 9 teaspoons per day for men. Considering that sugar is a hidden ingredient in most of our foods, we need to look at alternatives.

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Buying Organic

Buying Organic

As people become more health conscious, the demand for organic food has increased and 2015 had record high sales of organic foods to $43.3 billion. Today almost all grocery stores carry some type of organic food, but you need to be careful because just because a food label implies that it’s organic it,  may not be so. Food labels can be confusing and marketer, but it’s important to read and understand it in order to know what you are really putting in your body. 

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Glutathione Protects Our Cells

Glutathione Protects Our Cells

Glutathione is found in every cell of the body and it’s primarily responsible for protecting the cells. It’s considered one of the body’s main antioxidants and it reduces oxidation in the body. Oxidation or oxidative stress is the result of damage on our cells by free radicals such as toxins, chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis

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Metabolic Syndrome – A National Epidemic

Metabolic Syndrome – A National Epidemic

Metabolic Syndrome is a disorder that represents multiple conditions such as:  elevated blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels, all occurring together. Metabolic Syndrome can put you at risk for diabetes, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, excess abdominal fat and obesity.

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Amazing health benefits of nuts

Amazing health benefits of nuts

 “To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.”  ~William Londen

 

Nuts are a great snack not only because they’re a great source of protein but they also have many other great health benefits. Nuts are filled with heart-healthy unsaturated fats and they’re a good source of fiber as well as other vitamins and minerals too!

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A note from the heart

A note from the heart

Taking care of your heart is a life-long process. Unlike other diseases, heart disease may be preventable if you start taking care of your heart early with the proper diet and exercise. Monitoring your cardio bio-markers is also needed to help you to understand your risks and allow you the chance make any changes needed to maintain a healthy heart.

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Vitamins – Take With or Without Food?

Vitamins – Take With or Without Food?

Some vitamins work better when taken on an empty stomach and others are best taken with food. Why? Some vitamins are fat soluble and others are water soluble.

The fat soluble vitamins should be taken with your heaviest meal of the day since it normally contains the most dietary fat. These vitamins rely on bile for absorption. Bile breaks down the vitamins where the nutrients can be absorbed through the small intestine and the lymph vessels. Any unused nutrients are then stored in the liver and fat tissue for use at a later time.

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Amino Acids- The building blocks of life

Amino Acids- The building blocks of life

Amino acids are organic compounds that link together to form protein. A large proportion of our cells, muscles and tissue us the protein formed by amino acids to break down food, grow, heal, and perform other bodily functions. Without amino acids, we could not survive, for that reason, amino acids are considered "the building blocks of life."

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An Ecological approach to treating Fibromyalgia

An Ecological approach to treating Fibromyalgia

Anyone who has Fibromyalgia will tell you the muscle pain and fatigue are REAL, even though there may be a few physicians who still consider it solely a psychological condition. Other symptoms of those who suffer from Fibromyalgia may include depression, sleep issues and tender muscle points. Pain, lack of sleep, depression-can be a cycle that repeats itself for those who have this condition.

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Summertime Re-Hydration with IVs

Summertime Re-Hydration with IVs

It’s almost summer and it’s hot outside! When it’s hot it’s easier to become dehydrated.

Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluid than is taken in. This usually during exercise and heat exposure but can also occur with an illness that includes a fever, vomiting and or diarrhea. 

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Lyme Disease – An Ecological Approach

Lyme Disease – An Ecological Approach

“Before we can treat you, we need to know who you are. You cannot go into battle without being prepared--having a strategy” – Dr. Lambert Titus Parker

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black legged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.

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Fractionated coconut oil

Fractionated coconut oil

It's different than most coconut oils that are found in your local market or health food store. Many people are familiar with the coconut oil that is solid while at room temperature, but when fractionated, it remains in liquid form making it great for...

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Your Sweet Tooth May Be Genetic!

Your Sweet Tooth May Be Genetic!

If you love sweets and have a harder time than most people in curbing your cravings, it may be in your genes verses a lack of will power.

In a study from May 2008, research shows that people with a variance in the SLCa2 gene ate more sugar than others. According to the research, people with this gene variance feel that they need to eat more sugar to feel full because their brains appear to be less sensitive to the amount of sugar in the blood. 

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Feeling Depressed? Tired? Aches & Pains? Check your Vitamin D

Feeling Depressed? Tired? Aches & Pains? Check your Vitamin D

A study published in 2014 shows that Low serum vitamin D level is a predictor of depressive symptoms. Other symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are sometimes vague and can include tiredness and general aches and pains and overall just feeling down and out.

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The SMART Way to Reach your Goals in the New Year

The SMART Way to Reach your Goals in the New Year

Research shows that people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions. 

Many people start the New Year off with a list of personal goals and they have good intentions to follow through and successfully accomplish those goals. Unfortunately, only about 8% of people actually achieve their goals. These successful people know that there is a planning process that starts with defining the goal, with the successful outcome in mind.

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Weight Loss Options

Weight Loss Options

Fact: More than 1/3 (34.9%) of all American Adults are obese, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as of 2012. The most significant increase in obesity was from 1990- 2010 and these numbers are expected to continue to rise as they have in the past. Obesity is now at epidemic levels.

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