We spend a third of our life in bed, but unfortunately, that does not always mean restful or sufficient sleep. Sleep deficiency is a major factor in health status. Lack of sleep has been linked to increased obesity due to lower leptin levels which control the appetite, it lowers immunity, interferes with cell repair, and increases cognitive and emotional impairment.
Enteral nutrition feedings (EN) save lives and help patients maintain their weight and nutritional status when eating by mouth is not possible, sometimes for long periods of time. However, many patients complain about the flavor (when regurgitated) and the medicinal nature of the feedings. Mark was a patient at our local cancer center who was unable to take foods orally, and he asked for alternatives to the typical processed tube feeding. He wanted meals with his family and similar foods to what they ate, so his wife considered blending home meals.
Forty years ago, most physicians believed autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, fibromyalgia, and Graves’ disease were incurable, irreversible, potentially debilitating or life-threatening, and progressive once they began. Today, we know that although genetics plays an estimated 25 percent role in their development, environment and lifestyle play larger roles in both triggering and reversing the autoimmune continuum.1
You may wonder why we offer so many courses written by physicians and dietitians that deal with gut health. The facts are in the research that confirms what clinical observation and practice have been saying for years:1-7
After looking at over 1,200 studies, book author, Dr. Amy Lanou, PhD, challenges us to look at bone health differently. Is osteoporosis really caused by a deficient calcium intake? Are high calcium foods and supplements the answer to restoring bone calcium?