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3 Tips To Reduce Your Risk Of Heart Disease Now

Uncategorized May 08, 2014

Heart disease always seems to come out of nowhere. More often than not, that affected thought they were in rather good health until they exhibit problems significant enough to warrant medical attention. The difficult thing about heart disease is, it can present in those who never move their bodies AND those who exercise all the time. In fact, some types of heart pathology are more apt to present in those who are in “amazing” cardiovascular conditions such as marathon runners and those who do sustained cardio for long periods of time.

That being said, there are a few common lifestyle blunders which dramatically contribute to heart disease and are often mistaken for healthy choices. Avoiding these three will help ensure the longevity of your heart and prevent emergency trips to the hospital.

  1. Cooking with or eating vegetable oils: Vegetable oils were a rather non-existant entity within the world diet until about 1920-1930. The first vegetable oils were byproducts of large...
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The One Word I Wish Every Woman Would Eliminate From Her Vocabulary

Uncategorized May 01, 2014

I dream of a world where women would never utter, lest engage in the D-word.  That’s right, I said it, the most dirty, destructive, despicable word in the language of life…..Diet.  This simple word, so wrought with implied sacrifice and hopeful yet unattainable outcomes.  This word embodies hours of counting, judging, and evaluating food, calories, ingredients, and portion sizes creating pain and immeasurable emotional toil, setting up lifetimes worth of sadness and self-imposed inequality. 

The truth is this word affects women and men differently.  For men, dieting is largely simple, cutting calories, increasing movement and the end result is weight loss.  But for women, this process initiates a biochemical shift of unimagined proportions, which cannot produce what it is intended to nor can it’s metabolic and psychological damage be undone without significant work. The lowered calories often slow the metabolism, the foods chosen are...

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I, Like Most Doctors Used To Treat Only 1% Of The Problem

Uncategorized Apr 23, 2014

I like most doctors used to treat only 1% of the problem, leaving 99% unaddressed. Although I could get good results working this way, there was always something missing, until I realized how our bodies really work and the essential nature of our matrix and how it contributes to longevity and health.

I started practice in 2003, fresh out of Medical School, my approach was like that of many.....look for nutrient disparities, address symptoms, watch for glaringly obvious signs of weakness in key systems like digestive, adrenal and reproductive hormones and make a few adjustments to diet...done. Over time, however, as I have studied physics along with functional medicine, German Biological Medicine, and expanded my understanding and scope of Chinese Medicine, I have come to an understanding that I was missing 99% of the problem.

The simple fact of our biology is we are made up of mostly “empty space”.  This space is everything that is not cells, blood, organs, muscle,...

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The Real Reason You Need Body Work

Uncategorized Apr 04, 2014

Hint: Not for relaxation or Pain!

This past week, I had the unfortunate occurrence of a headache. I tried rolling my muscles, drinking more water, eating a little something, taking some remedies, but nothing was working. Happily, Angelique Sanchez, from Be Present Massage offered to come in and work on me.  Now, I work every day with her, the room she treats clients in is in my office, but in all honesty, it had been months since my last massage. I like many people get busy, I pass off sore muscles, and occasional limitations in my posture as work-related, maybe stress, sitting too long in one place, or not having moved enough that day.  I always move on, drinking my water, stretching here and there, rolling my muscles, and figuring I have it mostly covered.  But as I lay on her table Wednesday, and my body became more relaxed, I remembered what it felt like to be pleasantly in my body.  No tasks, no stress, feeling the enjoyable sensations of muscles being...

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Dr. Julie's Top 7 Misconceptions Of The Health Food Store World

Uncategorized Mar 30, 2014

Dr. Julie Twomoon

Within the world of health, and especially natural health, there are a plethora of misconceptions which lead people to make what I think of as disastrous choices regarding food and medicine. Here are my top 7 misconceptions from the health food store world:

  1. Low fat is better for you
  2. You can eat as much protein as you want, just watch the carbohydrates
  3. Juices are good for you and a great way to get a serving of fruits or veggies
  4. GMO-free means it is close to organic
  5. All the vitamins I get from the health food store are good quality
  6. Alkaline water is great for everyone
  7. Canola oil is ok as long as it's organic

I think it is important to understand why these concepts are flawed considering their prevalence. So, let's break it down:

Low-fat products have no ability to impart fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin D, K, A, or E to your body as, without the fat, these are missing. Of course, manufacturers have thought through this and now add synthetic vitamins to the products to make up for...

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Meals, Mindfulness and Longevity

Uncategorized Mar 22, 2014

Meals are mini-meditations. In an ideal world, every time we take food into our bodies, it would be done with the mindful attention we give to meditation and prayer. Almost every ancient tradition speaks of food in this way, extolling the benefits of taking time, becoming present, enjoying the meal, and chewing slowly. It appears that in our modern rush to do everything expedient, this has long disappeared from our perspective. Yet, the further we have gotten from a mindful meal, the greater our physical distance from nourishment has grown. This distance serves as the primary key in many if not all of our reactions to food, and the illnesses that come as a result of them.

In Chinese medicine, we speak often of Qi. There are many types of Qi in the body, all really treasures of our longevity. However, the two with perhaps greatest importance to an extended and happy vibrant life are the Spleen and Kidney. The Kidney Qi is our pool of longevity, the inherited Qi imparted to us at...

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Is This Normal?? Common Questions About Dietary Change

Uncategorized Feb 22, 2014

Is This Normal?

I get asked this question a lot because as people change diets, and adopt new lifestyle patterns, many questions emerge regarding what should and can be construed as normal. Suffice to say, this varies person to person and rarely in medicine can it be said there is a one size fits all answer, but some generalities do apply.

  1. I just cut out all of the non-beneficial foods from my diet but now I feel bloated and gassy. This happens often because once the offending foods have been eliminated, there is the possibility of restoration of beneficial bacteria in the intestines. The growth of these bacteria can initially cause gas due to their re-colonization of intestinal tissues and the consequent crowding out of pathogenic bacteria which do not support health and life.
  2. I started drinking more water but now I am thirsty all the time. Truthfully, most people are dramatically dehydrated, as a result, when the body finally finds it's self hydrated, the results are dramatic....
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Nourishing Your Small Intestine

Uncategorized Feb 11, 2014

The small intestine may be one of the single most unappreciated organs in the body.  We give credence to the stomach, the liver, gallbladder, large intestine, and pancreas, but for the most part, little to nothing for the small intestine.  Yet, this organ has jobs essential to our longevity and survival.

Tasks of the Small Intestine:

  • Basic Digestion facilitated by bile from the gallbladder and enzymes from the pancreas
  • Manufacture of essential vitamin substances including B12
  • Immune system information and modulation
  • Nervous system information and modulation including a large degree of biological serotonin synthesis
  • Essential fatty acid synthesis
  • Inflammation modulation via mucosal integrity


Each of these functions is essential, and if they become disturbed, can lead to significant health challenges including but not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritated Bowel with irregular and impaired digestion
  • Insomnia
  • Joint pain
  • Migraine
  • Fatigue
  • Endocrine disturbances


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Better Than Organic?

Uncategorized Jan 17, 2014

To my surprise, these words were used to describe products sold and distributed by a direct sales company and were uttered as proof and testimonial as to the products efficacy and standing. The description was qualified under the banner of our collective decreased time, hectic schedules and increasing demands, mixed in with our ever-growing despair about health, and desire to improve it.  Argument was further made as to the expense of organic food, the likelihood it would rot in our fridge, and that this company’s non-organic but non-GMO products were the “better than organic” solution to the problem.

Considering the dramatic state of our food supply, claiming non-GMO to be in fact better than organic is beyond incredulous.  Non-GMO means only one thing, the products or substrates in question were not genetically modified.  It says nothing about the manner in which a crop was grown, the degree of pesticide application or the quality of ingredients,...

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Coconut Macadamia Nut Chocolate Pie

Uncategorized Jan 10, 2014

Macadamia Nut Crust

1 cup Organic Macadamia Nuts
1 cup unsweetened Organic Dried Coconut
2 TBSP Raw Organic Coconut Oil
4 TBSP Organic Grade B Maple Syrup
2 pinches of Celtic Sea Salt

Blend all ingredients in a food processor and press into a pie pan.  Then refrigerate or put in freezer until filling is ready.


Chocolate Ganache

1 cup Organic Raw Cocoa Powder
1 cup Organic Grade B Maple Syrup
2 TBSP Organic Raw Coconut Oil

Blend all ingredients in food processor until smooth.  This can be used as a filling for a pie, as a topping for ice cream or with nuts, bananas……let your imagination roam!

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