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Sugar Really Does Kill

Sugar Really Does Kill

I've maintained for years that sugar (and high fructose corn syrup) consumption is not only the primary cause of diabetes, but also a major player in other conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, ADD/ADHD, and even epilepsy. Sugar causes inflammation, which is the root of many health evils, depletes the body stores of many vital nutrients, including B1, B3, B5 and magnesium, just to name a few.

Before the 1950's, Americans ate FAR more saturated fats and far less sugars. Heart disease and cancer rates were a small fraction of what they are now.

Don't just take my word for it,

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Unproven Cancer Therapies

Unproven Cancer Therapies

Buyer Beware. Especially if you have cancer. More unproven and questionable "natural" therapies are promoted for treating cancer than for any other condition. Many are worthless. Some are dangerous. We naturopathic doctors hear about these 'therapies' constantly from our patients. Sorting through them separating from the good from the worthless is a constant challenge.

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"Organic" Foods May Not Be

"Organic" Foods May Not Be

MAKE SURE YOU READ YOUR LABELS AND use common sense. Locally grown, sustainable agriculture still trumps organic.

See what tricky stuff you need to watch out for even at Whole Foods. Some "organic" foods are being sourced from China where all bets are off:

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=JQ31Ljd9T_Y

Integrative Medicine in Our Office

Dr. Julie Barter Practices Integrative Medicine

What the heck is integrative medicine? Perhaps the common idea is that the practitioner incorporates ideas and practices from more than one discipline. Maybe it means they refer out to someone who provides services that are less mainstream.

What if one practitioner was able to provide just about anything you and your family might need short of surgery? That's what many people believe is the best part of Dr. Julie
Barter's practice.

The symptom is not always the problem!

What if the cause of your knee pain wasn't your knee but your gallbladder?

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Cholesterol is Not the Bad Guy!

Then What About Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is not the bad guy!

No really, it's true. Cholesterol is the duct tape of the body. It is for patching up holes (damage) to blood vessels and internal organs. Cholesterol is actually a structural material for maintaining integrity of vital body parts like your arteries, veins, liver cells, brain cells, and much more. Here are just a few other things for which cholesterol is needed:

Adrenal and sex hormones are made out of cholesterol

The myelin sheath that protects the brain is made in large part of cholesterol

Every single cell requires cholesterol in its wall or it gets leaky

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Beat Allergy Season to the Punch

Beat Allergy Season to the Punch

Allergy sufferers take notice! Did you know that many clients find they no longer have seasonal allergies when they clean up their diet a bit?

It's true. Many a person who has thought they are allergic to dander, dust mites, ragweed, grass pollen, tree pollen, leaf mold, or whatever else, find they have far fewer allergy symptoms and sometimes complete relief when they avoid a few common culprits.

Guess what they are. You probably eat them every day:

  • Wheat products (pasta, bread, cereals, baked goods)
  • Dairy products
  • Soy products

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Spring Cleaning

It's time for spring cleaning!

Toxins are a fact of modern life. It's good to plan on doing one or two detoxes or cleanses per year. A good cleanse will help your body get rid of all the things that make people become sick , tired and overweight. Better out than in!

Good cleanses can focus on cleaning out the bowels, giving the liver some extra help for getting out toxins that we all come in contact with in our food, water, and air, not to mention household cleaning products and hobbies that involve solvents and petroleum products, paints, and other things that eventually cause obesity, heart disease, cancer, and all the things we'd rather avoid.

Rethink the Statin

Rethink the Statin

People who arrive at my office on a statin frequently complain of one of the following things as a direct side effect of the drug:

  • Fatigue, mood changes, or irritability
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations and arrythmias
  • Stomach pain
  • Muscle weakness

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