Category Archives: General Health

Guacamole, Chocolate and Nuts are NOT Off-Limits

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 31, 2019

T.J. has struggled with weight for most of his life.

Yet somehow, every time he gained an extra 20, 30 or 50 pounds, he managed to drop them again. Usually using drastic measures… like fad diets and extreme workouts.

Once T.J. achieved his weight loss goals, he would revert back to his regular habits. His weight would creep up again. And a couple of years later he would go through the entire weight loss process all over again.

It was like a Merry-Go-Round. Up and down… up and down. Continue reading

3 Ways to Heal Your Leaky Gut

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 22, 2019

Today there are a large number of health conditions that mainstream medicine doesn’t recognize.

One of the most disturbing of them is abnormally increased intestinal permeability, commonly called leaky gut syndrome.

I’ve been evaluating leaky gut patients for decades. And I’ll tell you right now. It’s not a “mystery” illness. It’s not a gray area, fake disease or hypothetical condition.

It is a very serious health concern that is overlooked daily by health professionals all across the U.S. Continue reading

The Scary Truth about Impossible Burgers

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 15, 2019

Last month there was a lot of hoopla about Burger King’s latest fare: The Impossible Whopper.

The big news? Burger King started testing these plant-based burgers at certain locations in the St. Louis area. And since it was well received, they’ll start rolling them out nationally.

As far as I was concerned, this was “non-news”… just another way for a fast food chain to make their food sound healthier than it really is. Other chains like White Castle and Wahlburgers have already done it.

So imagine my surprise when I went out to eat at a relatively upscale Italian restaurant last weekend and came face-to-face with a menu that included… yes! An Impossible Burger. Continue reading

Surprising Ways You Might be Harming your Kidneys

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 13, 2019

In the May 3rd issue of Advanced Natural Wellness I talked about COPD, the 3rd cause of disease related deaths here in the U.S.

Today I’d like to talk about another killer that ranks in the top 10 leading causes of death. And just like lung disease, it’s something people don’t think much about until they’re diagnosed with it.

I’m talking about chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Now, the problem with kidney disease is that you can’t see it. In fact, you may not even feel ill or notice any symptoms until it has reached advanced stages. But once you reach that point, there is no turning back. Continue reading

Go Ahead: Eat More Salsa and Guacamole

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 10, 2019

I’m busy. I work hard all day long. At closing time I’m often stuck in the office doing paperwork for two or three more hours. I’m worn out by the time I get home. And when I get there, the last thing I want to do is cook.

Sound familiar?

I hear this same litany from my patients, day in and day out. But for some reason, they seem to think I don’t “get it”. Continue reading

Here’s a Lung Bombshell you NEVER Expected…

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 3, 2019

Here’s an odd and random statistic…

COPD is third highest cause of death here in the U.S., following right on the heels of heart disease and cancer. This means more people die from chronic respiratory disease each year than from stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes or influenza.

So I find it strange that people aren’t talking about it.

My patients sure aren’t. Continue reading

Surprise! Popular GERD Testing Doesn’t Actually Work.

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 1, 2019

The number of patients I have who think they have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is startling. Some of them received the diagnosis from their previous physician. Others have self-diagnosed their heartburn as GERD.

And most of them slug down heartburn meds like they’re candy.

Well let me tell you a little-known fact about how most doctors diagnose gastric reflux.

In a large number of cases, primary care providers perform something called a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) test. It’s a super easy test. But it’s extremely unscientific. Continue reading

Is Organic Produce really all it’s cracked up to be?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

April 26, 2019

Most of my new patients are in for a surprise the first time they visit my office.

After I examine them, take their blood pressure, draw blood, so on and so forth, they expect me to pat them on the shoulder and send them home with a prescription.

That doesn’t normally happen at my clinic. Continue reading

The Fungus that Could Change Your Life

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

April 22, 2019

I savor mushrooms.

I eat them raw, stuffed, grilled and marinated. I sautee them with onions. I put them in salads, wraps, soups and stews. I chop them up and toss them into dips and sauces.

And every time I munch on these delicious fungi, I’m doing my body a world of good.

Now, you might think it’s because mushrooms are a pretty good source of proteins, vitamins and minerals. (They are! And I’m sure my body puts them to good use.) Continue reading

Are You a Victim of Inflamm-Aging?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

April 15, 2019

I can’t tell you how many times a day I hear the same, common thread among patients in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

“I guess this is what I can expect now that I’m getting older.”

“Everybody my age has these kinds of problems, right?”

“If this is what I feel like now, I can’t even imagine how I’ll feel in 10 years.”

“Getting old sucks!”

Well I’ll share a little secret with you. Aging – the passing of years – isn’t the reason most people start feeling older and sicker. It’s chronic inflammation.

The connection between inflammation and poor health is so closely linked that today there’s even a term for it: Inflamm-aging. And it’s a scourge that’s running rampant here in the U.S.

Persistent inflammation plays a role in almost every chronic degenerative disease associated with getting older. Arthritis is a prime example of inflammation run amok. It’s also linked to heart disease, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s and asthma, just to name a few.

Like most of my patients, you probably already know that sugars, packaged foods, processed meats and fried foods all produce an inflammatory response in your body.

What you may not recognize is that many healthy-sounding foods do the same.

Omega-6 fatty acids sound like they’re good for you, but they aren’t. These inflammatory fatty acids compete with inflammation-fighting omega-3s to take up space in your tissue. And when they outnumber omega-3s the consequences can be devastating – promoting heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, autoimmune disease and premature aging.

Tip: Give up the omega-6 rich vegetable oils and opt for EVOO, extra virgin olive oil instead. Increase intake of omega-3 fatty acids to offset the inflammatory response generated by the abundant amounts omega-6’s found in today’s modern foods. But…

Choose your sources of omega-3 rich fish carefully. There is a huge difference between wild-caught and farm-raised fish. When you buy farm-raised, you expose yourself to all sorts of inflammatory compounds. The most common are polychlorinated biphenyls, which have a direct link to obesity and diabetes.

Tip: Always invest in high-quality, wild-caught fish for your meals.

“Nourishing” whole grains may not be as wholesome as they sound. These days everyone is rushing out to buy more nourishing whole grains as if their life depended on it. If you’ve been caught up in this craze, I urge you to stop right now. Sure, they sound so wholesome… if only they weren’t loaded with an inflammatory protein that you’ve heard a lot about in recent years: gluten. Plus the use of glyphosate on the soil pre-planting or on the wheat itself is widespread on U.S. farms.

Tip: Grains that contain gluten include wheat, barley and rye and should not be a part of your diet. Amaranth, buckwheat, millet and quinoa are much better choices if you want to slash inflammation.

Dairy is not the healthiest source of calcium in your diet. I notice that a lot of patients still place a lot of faith in dairy products to supplement their calcium needs. But that’s a bad idea.

You may not realize it, but your body was designed to quit digesting milk somewhere between the ages of two and five. (That’s when it probably stopped producing the enzyme that digests the main sugar found in milk.)

As a result, all of those undigested sugars end up fermenting in your colon where they create a state of chronic inflammation.

Plus, commercial dairy products are full of drugs, hormones(rBGH) and antibiotics that can easily provoke an inflammatory response.

Tip: Almond, coconut or rice milk are all great alternatives to cow’s milk. Broccoli, kale, turnip greens and arugula all have high calcium content, too.

This is the short list. And clearly, making just a few simple changes in your diet can count for a lot when it comes to fighting off inflammation and slashing your chances of age-related disease.

But while you are doing that I have a quick, easy and inexpensive way to help you soothe inflammation at the source. It’s a simple tip that puts smiles back on my aging patient’s faces… and helps them feel young again.

Slash Inflammation at it’s Root

One of my favorite spices is turmeric. This vibrant yellow spice is loaded with a powerful antioxidant called curcumin that can help you put the brakes on all sorts of health problems associated with aging. And medical science is proving it, over and over again.

It shuts down inflammation by blocking enzymes that produce pain. It improves endothelial function, which is vital to your heart health. It helps clear out amyloid plaques that are so common in Alzheimer’s disease. It improves the function of beta cells, which are necessary for proper insulin function

Curcumin also shows great promise in the fight against cancer. Research suggests it might prevent precancerous cells from turning into full-blown cancer. That it could even kill cancer cells in their tracks, and stop more cancer cells from growing.

When you combine this life-giving spice with other herbs like rhodiola rosa and ashwagandha, it goes to work even further to reduce your inflammatory response.

These two adaptogenic herbs slash stress and anxiety levels that spur your body’s production in inflammatory compounds. They keep you calm, cool and collected.

If you need a little help shutting down the fire that is burning inside of you… the chronic pain, inflammation and stress that may be contributing to your health issues… check out this ultimate anti-inflammatory compound that I helped my friends at Uniscience Group produce.

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