Join Dr. Habib to learn how powerful naturopathic medicine can be for Type 2 Diabetes!
During this jam packed webinar Dr. Habib will cover: – How to improve blood sugar regulation naturally
– Common supplements for diabetes and related complications
– Diet and lifestyle approaches for Type 2 Diabetes
– A patient who was safely able to go off diabetes medication with ND supervision
To view the archive of past webinar recordings, please click here.
About the Presenter
Educated at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine as an evidence-based naturopathic doctor, Chris Habib, B.Sc. (Hons), ND is the Chief Financial Officer of a highly successful herb company. He is an entrepreneur and investor who has bought and sold numerous businesses. Dr. Habib also manages health clinics, teaches, works in telemedicine, and oversees an online medical publication.
At the same time, the bookshelves, and the “readers also liked” spread at Amazon is crowded with plans that vie for the title of the perfect diet for health. Mediterranean diets have very good evidence, although the role of fish and red wine are not uniformly agreed upon. The Nordic diet has sailed down from Scandinavia to hearten those who like root vegetables and hearty stews. The health benefits of a plant based diet are nigh indisputable but many people balk at the thought of becoming 100% vegan. What about those baby back ribs after all?
Into this ferment of science, pseudoscience, hype, rumor and traditional truths, comes an average North American. Wanting to stay healthy, feel better, outrun a heritable risk factor, or recover from illness, they earnestly want to choose the right diet. It should be fun and enjoyable to eat. Their family and friends should be able to share it with them. It should be affordable. They should be able to prepare it. And perhaps, the dogmatic nature of how some health authors present their advice, while enticing for those seeking clear direction, is a total turnoff for others who want a balanced approach.
This is where a naturopathic doctor can be an incredible guide. NDs know the biochemistry and physiology of the human body. They study various diet plans and program comparatively, that is, they look at the strengths and weaknesses of each. NDs have the education to evaluate evidence and how deep that evidence runs, yet, in the best spirit of evidence based medicine, can include in that evidence studies, analysis of groups of clinical trials, clinical experience, expert opinion and reasoning based on biology. Best of all, an ND is trained to look at each patient as an individual. They have a particular history starting from conception. They had a certain microbiome (the bacteria living in the body, especially the gut) in their family home and that has had many influences. Their genes, while mostly shared with other human beings, do have distinct nuances. The impact of their diet and environment on those genes is divergent from others. And each patient has their own story, their own narrative, and of course medical history.
An ND can work with a patient to create a plan that is right for them, at the present time. They can also look at clinical and laboratory evidence to see if the intended benefits have showed up.
In many countries and cultures, people do not obsess over diet to the extent that North Americans and other developed nations do. They eat a traditional diet, high in plants, with naturally fermented foods (think yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, etc.) and usually eat together. But these are different times. We have successive generations of people who have grown up eating a synthetic diet. The toxin burden in our world is higher than ever. And, we wish to, as the great scientist Linus Pauling would put it, “Live long and feel better.”
About the Author
Fraser Smith, MATD, ND is the chief academic officer for the ND program serving as Assistant Dean of Naturopathic Medicine at the National University of Health Sciences’ (NUHS) College of Professionals Studies. He is a Professor and author of the textbook, Introduction to Principles and Practices of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Smith is also the author of three additional books for the public, Keep Your Brain Young; The pH Balance Health & Diet Guide for GERD, IBS and IBD; and The Complete Brain Exercise Book. He is an editorial board member of the Natural Medicine Journal, and teaches Botanical Medicine, Pharmacology and Naturopathic History, Philosophy and Principles at NUHS. Dr. Smith is licensed to practice as a naturopathic physician in Vermont. He is past president (2008 – 2013) of the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
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Fill your life with regular exercise and nutritious eating, and you could lower your risk of developing cancer by as much as 45%, a new evidence review concludes.
An article on WebMd.com, Healthy Living Slashes Cancer Risk, highlighted the findings of the review, including that people who followed cancer prevention guidelines for diet and activity were up to 61% less likely to die from cancer.
“Overall, we saw there is quite a reduction in getting cancer or dying from cancer if you follow [cancer-prevention] guidelines,” said lead researcher Lindsay Kohler, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
A healthy lifestyle is particularly effective in preventing breast, endometrial, and colon cancer, Kohler and her colleagues discovered.
As part of background information provided by the researchers, nearly 1.7 million new cases of cancer were expected to occur in 2016. Around 596,000 people are expected to succumb to the disease.
Kohler and her team state that poor eating, consuming too much alcohol, being inactive, and carrying too much weight could account for more than 20% of cancer cases.
Understanding cancer-prevention guidelines by the American Cancer Society and the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research
The cancer-prevention guideline outlined by these groups include:
Maintaining a healthy weight
Choosing whole grains over refined grains
Limiting consumption of processed or red meat
Avoid excess alcohol
Eating five or more servings of colorful fruits and vegetables daily
“The benefits really add up,” said Marjorie McCullough, strategic director of nutritional epidemiology for the American Cancer Society. “The guidelines themselves are based on the current evidence of what we know to lower the risk of cancer. Each of these components are important. The more guidelines that are followed, the lower the cancer risk.”
Cancers that did not respond as well as the others
While it’s encouraging to know that natural approaches can reduce the risk of cancer, not all cancers responded the same way.
The guidelines listed above did not reduce the risk of prostate or ovarian cancers, and they seemed to only benefit men in regards to lung cancer.
Findings from the study were published online June 23, 2016 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
You’ve heard us say it before, healthy living starts in the kitchen. Many people find that cooking can be somewhat bland when first starting out, however, that need not be the case! This week we highlight one of our favorites, Garlic – the stinking rose. Garlic is not only a healthy addition to your meal but a very tasty option as well!
Garlic is one of the most widely used seasonings. From meat marinades and soups, to (YES) herbal tea, garlic is a versatile herb that is a fan favorite. Besides being indispensable in many kitchens, garlic is a potent medicine that has been used for centuries dating back to Hippocrates. It has been shown to help the immune system and cardiovascular health.
Where does garlic come from? Where can I find it?
Garlic can be found worldwide though it is believed to have originated in Southeast Asia. You can purchase garlic in its natural form in the produce section of your local grocer or in its powdered form in the spice aisle. Garlic may also be found in oil form. The garlic bulb itself is made up of many cloves. This is important to know so you don’t overkill an entrée when trying a new recipe.
How do I peel garlic?
There are many ways to get garlic out of its skin. If you just need a clove or two you can pick them off, then smack with a large flat blade or spatula and the skin will separate. It’s also fun for kids to try!
It can then be sliced, diced or macerated with a mortar and pestle and a pinch of salt.
How does garlic help my health?
Garlic works primarily through the sulfur component called allicin. Allicin gives garlic its distinct scent and goes through the digestive systems to release its therapeutic benefits.
Let’s try it out with an easy and nutrient dense recipe!
Roasted Garlic and Sun-dried Tomato Spaghetti Squash
Not a fan of spaghetti squash or pine nuts? Substitute with a noodle and/or alternative nut of your choice such as whole grain linguini and walnuts. Dairy free? You can substitute coconut or almond yogurt for organic Greek yogurt.
1 spaghetti squash, cooked and scooped out of the shell
1/3 c canned sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
3 T olive oil from sun-dried tomatoes
¼ c Parmesan cheese or vegan cheese substitute
½ garlic bulb
½ c sliced mushrooms
2 free-range organic chicken breasts, cooked and cut into strips (can be removed for vegan version)
1 c organic spinach and arugula mix
½ c organic cherry tomatoes, cut in fourths
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of parsley
Strain the olive oil from the sun-dried tomato and heat in skillet. Retain sun-dried tomatoes in a separate bowl. Sauté mushrooms, chicken and garlic. Add spinach/arugula mix and sun-dried tomatoes. Stir well and add spaghetti squash. Sauté for an additional 2-3 minutes until the mixture has heated through. Dish and top with Parmesan cheese, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, crushed red pepper and sea salt. Garnish with fresh parsley. Serves 2.
Not sure about this recipe but still want to enjoy the benefits of garlic in your daily living?
Try incorporating garlic into your pastas, beans, steamed veggies, potatoes, and meats for great flavor and even better health benefits! One thing that’s great about garlic is that it isn’t selective with what it pairs with, making it a tasty match for just about any entrée or side dish.
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