Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Cooking class

    Gluten and Dairy Free Cooking!!!

Soothing Coconut Green Drink

Seared Ahi on a Butternut Squash Coulis

Simple/Refreshing Coleslaw

Turkey Wraps

Berry Tart
(Gluten free, 50% raw)

Saturday, June 9th-11:30 A.M-2:00 P.M.

Class size is limited. Cost is $50 per person. Payment received confirms your reservation.
Visa and Mastercard accepted
Class is held in Newport Beach. To make a reservation please call (949) 370-9843
or e-mail

Prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's lecture

Can Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease be Prevented?

Yes, they can.  Please come to a lecture that I am giving on June 21st to find out what you need to know to prevent these two very debilitating diseases.

As a Functional Medicine Practitioner, I will be explaining the root causes of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.  I will speak on the ways that lifestyle, nutrition, stress, toxins, liver function, overuse of antacids, medications and the health of the digestive system can all play a role in the likelihood of getting these two diseases.

You will come away with the knowledge that you do not have to get either one of these diseases even though you may have a genetic predisposition.  Given the correct tools and knowing where the breakdown or origination of the disease occurs, the body can often heal itself.  You will be given these tools at this lecture.

Who should come?  Anyone who has Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease in their family and therefore genetically predisposed.  The information given here can also dramatically slow down further degeneration of someone who already suffers from either one of these diseases. 

Lecture time and place:
Date: June 21st
Time: 6:30-7:30 P.M.
Where:  Blue Heron Portal Studio 3337 Laguna Canyon Rd.   Suite A, Laguna Beach 92651
Cost: $15 donation is requested

Space is limited....If you'd like to attend, please RSVP to

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Testosterone....and it's role in preventing heart attacks, strokes and depression.

Testing total and Free Testosterone Levels along with Testosterone replacement is important in the prevention of heart attacks, strokes, depression, Diabetes, and even brain function or cognition.

The fact is, aging is accompanied by reduced levels of hormones required to sustain life.  But did you know that Heart Disease, osteoporosis, muscle wastingchronic inflammation, depression, reduced sexual desire and a loss of sense of well-being are all strongly linked to testosterone deficiency. Low testosterone is also associated with excess abdominal fat, loss of insulin sensitivity, and atherosclerosis. 

If this is true, then why have so many doctors shied away from giving their patients testosterone replacement?    It is mainly due to  studies that have shown that it led to increased prostate cancer. And also due to Western Doctors' lack of knowledge/understanding of how hormones work together in the body to create a beautiful choreographed symphony.  The idea of testosterone replacement causing prostate cancer was thoroughly discredited by Harvard professor, Agraham Mortgentaler in his book, Testosterone for Life, published in 2008. In fact, his scientific compilations showed that men with low testosterone levels have an increased percentage of prostate cancers.

What is confusing for doctors and patients, alike, is that testosterone studies have not been consistent and in part, this is due to differing laboratory methodologies, which produce varying result. There has also been conflicting data regarding the safety of giving testosterone to patients mainly due to the fact that mainstream Doctors, conducting the trials,  know nothing about hormone balance.  Clinical trials have been designed  by doctors who have not realized the necessity of blood levels of testosterone and estrogen to be in balance. Yes, estrogen-men have it too.  If there is too little estrogen then men are predisposed to osteoporosis and bone fracture.  If there is too much then there is a bigger predisposition to prostate cancer.

So how do men make Estrogen? Women synthesize it mainly in their ovaries.  Since men lack this female anatomy, they  produce estrogen from testosterone involving an enzyme called aromatase. Some men have too much aromatase (that often comes from too much belly fat) which causes their testosterone to convert to excess estradiol.  This results in the depletion of vital testosterone while spiking estradiol to unsafe ranges.  Some men lack aromatase and suffer an estrogen deficit.  Other  men produce so little testosterone that there is not enough to convert into estrogen which causes low levels of both free testosterone and estradiol.  Some estrogen and testosterone is also produced in the adrenal glands from DHEA.
So let's go back to how men make estradiol and how can excess amounts be prevented from being made from free testosterone.  There are some natural substances, such and DIM and Calcium-d-Glucarate which can inhibit the production of excess estradiol from free testosterone.  I would recommend to all men taking testosterone replacement to also take DIM and have their estradiol levels monitored along with their free and total testosterone, and DHEA levels on a regular basis.

The optimal serum ranges for hormones are:
(these ranges are taken from Life Extension Magazine June 2012)
Total Testosterone  700-900 ng/dl (conventional labs allow as low as 193 ng/dl)
Free Testosterone    20-25 ng/dl (conventional labs allow as low as 6.6 ng/dl)
Estradiol                  21.80-30.11 pg/ml
DHEA                    120-530 ug/dl

  If you would like to find out more how testosterone levels can impact your moods, libido and overall health and to make sure that your testosterone, estradiol, and DHEA levels are in the correct ranges please make an appointment with me.  949-370-9843

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hello All!

Well, you're on the home stretch and I am looking forward to hearing about your experiences and to also feed you a wonderful simple meal. Please let me know if you  will be at the cooking demo tomorrow at 5:30 which will be a bit of a celebration for your hard work and discipline to stay with the detox.  It will also be a place to share what you've discovered about yourselves over the past 2 weeks.  I will also be giving you some tools so that you can continue to move towards any goals that you might have regarding weight loss and feeling good.   I hope all of you can make it.  I'm making quick lentils, coleslaw, and a gluten free berry tart.  I'm trying to get a head count so please let me know if you will be there.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Today is the first day of incorporating the Opticleanse and i5 Shakes into your detox and also the first day that you may add back in some dense protein aka animal protein and some non gluten grains and beans.

I hope all of you are feeling great and I applaud you all for trudging forward here.  Please feel free to post any comments or questions hear.

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Juicing and blood sugar

If you're feeling a bit light headed or in a fog, during the first 3 days of detox throw some chia seeds in your juices, or have a handful of raw nuts (preferably soaked for this part of the detox) 3-4 times a day.  A half of an avocado with a little bit of balsamic vinegar drizzled on top will also help level out blood sugar and energy.  Also during these three days you may want to reduce your activity level to one work out a day-preferably do a hot yoga class daily to help calm you and to sweat toxins out.

Remember to drink lot's of water!!!!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


It's day one of the TCHY 14 day detox and this is being kicked off with 3 days of healthy, yummy juicing.  Prior to today, hopefully, you have been cutting out caffeine, alcohol and junk food so that your body will not go into shock being without them.  I'm very excited to be a part of this process with you!!  The most exciting part for me, is to watch peoples faces become less bloated/puffy, and less red and eyes that begin to sparkle and light up more as your body gets filled with living foods and eliminates toxins.

I am hoping that you will sign up as a blogger here so that you can share your questions and your progress with the whole group.  I will be checking in most mornings during these next 14 days to answer your questions.