Posts by JLewis

Are Prescription Medicines Depleting Your Nutrients? Part 2 of 2

This is part two in my series on nutrient deficiencies that can result from long term use of medications.  This month I am going to address anti-depressants, antibiotics, cholesterol lowering drugs, and diabetic drugs.  I would like to stress that I am NOT advocating that you stop taking any medication that your doctor has prescribed,…

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Probiotics and Your Microbiome

The health of your gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) affects your entire body.  One of the main supplements that I recommend to my patients is a good quality high-dose probiotic. Why you ask? Let me tell you… Your gastrointestinal tract is a complex ecosystem containing thousands of species of bacteria. These bacteria can be found in…

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Bone Cannot Survive on Calcium Alone

I have quite a few patients that are concerned about their bone health, and the first question they normally ask is “how much calcium should I be taking?” The answer is that amounts vary according to the patient, and you should not be taking calcium alone. The first question you should ask is what is…

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Preventing The Evil…Inflammation

A brief introduction… When most practitioners talk about “anti-inflammatory” they are generally referring to prescriptions that mask swelling such as NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen.  When functional medicine practitioners talk about anti-inflammatory we are referring to the foods and supplements that prevent the cause of inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the beginning of all…

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Prescription Drugs that Deplete Your Nutrients: Part 1 of 2

As patients, we all strive to do what is best for our bodies. We eat well, exercise, and take any necessary medications when needed. However, what is not well known is that sometimes the medications we take can cause a depletion of important nutrients. Don’t get me wrong, prescription medications are a necessity for many…

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Antioxidants vs. Free Radicals

Every so often a patient asks me, “What are antioxidants and why do I need them?”  My answer is always the same.  To understand what antioxidants are, you need to understand what a free radical is. Let’s Start from the Top Free radicals consist of harmful molecules that are missing electrons.  Electrons typically come in…

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