What’s wrong with Paleo?

Michael Pollan is featured in a Mother Jones article, the tagline reading:  Michael Pollan Explains What’s Wrong With the Paleo Diet.

Here’s my gut reaction to the piece: It seems like a glorified tag line to lure in readers, but I find it sort of funny that they feature a photo of pickles and bread. Studies show that eating lots of pickled foods increases the risk of stomach cancers and then a photo of insulin boosting sugar in the form of bread to boot–This just goes to show you can expose flaws in every type of diet.

However, I generally agree with Mr. Pollan and it’s probably true that most of us don’t get enough microbes and probably overcook our meat.  He also makes a good point about the quality of meat we are eating and highlights one of the problems with our hybridized agriculture system.  More reasons to build a relationship with food and try to eat locally.

Whether you are eating paleo or not, there are some important nutrition principles to follow.

1.  Eat whole foods.

2.  Eat foods that are fresh.

3.  Eat a rainbow of colorful vegetables–lots.

4.  Eat sustainably raised and harvested, preferably organic and grass fed/finished meat products.

5.  Eat good fats.

6.  Don’t overcook your food.

7.  Avoid sugar.

8.  Share your meals with friends and family in a relaxed setting and don’t forget to chew well!

Tip for Stress

Dr. Kim of the O institute (http://theoinstitute.com/), an expert on stress physiology, shared a great article about stress mechanisms and potential treatment strategies.  The article, written by Ravi Dykema and featuring Dr. Stephen Porges a Psychiatric researcher, points out that the same area of the brain that controls facial expression is also responsible for calming us down and putting us into a more sympathetic state.

This is huge and means that you can actually reduce the impact stress has on the body by having a good conversation, a good laugh, listening to music, or practicing pranayama breathing (http://www.pranayamamamma.com, http://www.artofliving.org/us-en/yoga-breathing-techniques/bhramari-pranayama-bee-breath).  

Not only does this theory give us some simple tools to help us relax, it also speaks for the body’s unique ability to heal itself, and to the power of Nature!

Read the article here.


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Bullet Proof.

You have probably heard of “bullet proof coffee” by now but if you haven’t it describes putting butter and/or coconut oil in your black coffee, recipe here http://www.greenrootshealth.com/how-i-bulletproof-my-morning-re-my-morning-cup-of-joe/ .  This has become a popular weight loss remedy where the appetite is satisfied by providing the body with butyric acid and short-chain fatty acids, allowing people to extend their evening fast.  People will often report they don’t get the jitters while still getting the stimulation benefits of coffee.

Is this healthy?

Although I agree with energizing the body through the use of fats instead of sugars, I hesitate to say the bullet proofing your coffee is ok by itself.  Coffee is a digestive bitter, meaning that it stimulates stomach acid production and the release of bile from the gallbladder.  This makes sense since the fat taken in with the coffee needs to be emulsified by bile.  However, bile is used by the body as a vehicle to eliminate toxins, and when they are released into the GI tract without fiber to bind them they get reabsorbed–recycled toxins.

Here’s an idea!  Eating nuts or seeds with your morning bullet-proof coffee would not only provide you with more healthy fats but provide fiber to bind harmful toxins stored in the bile and encourage their elimination.

Almonds:  11 grams of fiber per cup

Walnuts 5 grams of fiber per cup



Thank you

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog. I would like to take the time to introduce Siskiyou Natural Health Clinic.  This is a health clinic that my friends and colleagues have founded to provide a center for comprehensive and eclectic primary care medicine.  We have chosen to base our clinic in Medford Oregon surrounded by wild mountain streams, national forests, locavore’s, and vibrant people.  We are so excited to bring our unique perspective and training to the thriving natural health community in Southern Oregon. We are intent on putting down roots, building strong community ties, and improving the health of our friends and neighbors.  Please continue to check in for updates on our progress towards opening our doors, health tips, and other generally interesting information that will enhance your life.

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Ketone body

Ketone body Metabolism

I have posted some links to a couple of research articles concerning ketoacidosis.  It is known that when a person is fasting or consuming a high fat diet ketogenesis (making ketones) is activated becoming an alternative fuel source for tissues and the brain.  Ketoacidosis results in increased lipid metabolism being that ketoacids are known to be the last step in lipid energy metabolism (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7554586).

If you would like to create your own ketones and activate lipid metabolism while feeding your brain avoid foods that cause high levels of blood insulin.  This means avoid foods like grains (same as sugar), sugar, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and alcohol, and increase the intake of fats, proteins, nuts, seeds, berries, and vegetables (in that order).  If you are all concerned about becoming acidic make sure to include dark leafy green vegetables in your meals.  The dark-leafy greens contain calcium (needed to buffer acid) and vitamin K that directs calcium into the bone along with Vitamin D.


I would offer that you test the pH of your urine and see how your body responds to the diet I described above.  Furthermore, keep track of how you feel during the transition from primarily burning sugar to primarily burning fat.


If you have any more questions please comment–I absolutely love this topic.


In Health






Cholesterol is crucial for brain function.

Did you read that title right?  Yes you did.  It turns out that cholesterol plays a huge role in brain function via synapse formation.  The brain contains about 25% of the body’s cholesterol and this cholesterol is used to form crucial connections between communicating neurons (Synapses).  Synapses make it possible for you to think and store memories!  Poor cholesterol delivery to neurons may also play a role in Alzheimer’s disease.

What does this all mean?  Eat more eggs!

For more information please visit:   http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com/Memory-And-Cholesterol.html




Book review: Anatomy of an Epidemic

I recently read a great book entitled Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker.  This book discusses the inaccuracies and inconsistencies rampant in the field of psychiatry as it relates to pharmaceuticals and their efficacy in detail.  Mr. Whitaker discovers that popular antidepressants and antipsychotics are not the silver bullet the American Psychiatric Association would have us believe.  In fact, these medications do distort and have been shown to permanently alter brain chemistry, prolonging and in some cases worsening symptoms of “mental illness”.  The drugs pushed by big pharma’s doctors are in most cases a lifetime prescription of misery sold as a certified cure.

Please read for yourself and you decide.

In Health,



I was recently reminded about the importance of healthy digestion; more specifically the importance of proper gastric acid production.  The stomach is an organ of the body that is responsible for the breakdown of foods and maintaining the sterile environment of the gastrointestinal system.  This is done through the production of HCl (hydrochloric acid) by cells in the stomach resulting in a very acidic environment–optimally a pH of 1.5-2.0.  It is imperative that the stomach is producing enough HCl for proper GI health.

Symptoms of decreased HCl production by the stomach may include: anemia, fatigue, brain fog, headaches, anxiety, food sensitivities, cracked finger nails, diarrhea, constipation, early satiety, decreased digestion, hair loss, and overgrowth of candida.

In Health