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RHR: Methylation—What Is It and Why Should You Care?

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Methylation is a vital metabolic process that happens in every cell and every organ of our body.  Life would simply not exist without it.  It takes place more than a billion times per second in the body. That should give you some idea of how important methylation is.  Anything that’s happening a billion times per second is probably pretty crucial to our survival and well-being.  It happens when one molecule passes a methyl group, which is… Read More

RHR: The Evolution of Medicine—How Medicine is Changing to Treat Chronic Illness

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I’m really excited to have James Maskell from Functional Forum and Revive Primary Care.  He’s also the director of the Evolution of Medicine Summit just coming up that I’m participating in.  I asked James to come on this show so we could chat about functional medicine and the future of medicine in general, because there are some really big and exciting changes happening in the world of medicine and functional medicine in particular, and James… Read More

RHR: How to Gain Weight on a Paleo Diet

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This is a question that I get fairly regularly.  I think in part that’s because the population of people who read my blog and listen to my podcast and follow my work is not necessarily the typical standard American population.  Weight loss is definitely a concern in my world, but it’s not as much of a concern as you would expect, given the statistics on an overall basis in the US.  I probably get a… Read More

RHR: A Sneak Peek into the Future of Food Production

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This week we have Bobby and Yrmis from Mission: Heirloom, which is a new paleo kitchen and soon-to-be café in Berkeley.  I first met them at my book launch party last year and learned that we share a lot in common in terms of our perspective on food and our beliefs about where food production should be headed.  Then I recently had the pleasure of having lunch at the kitchen and was just blown away not… Read More

RHR: 4 Natural Alternatives to Aspirin

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The question here is, does taking an aspirin a day or a baby aspirin a day, which is really just a low dose of aspirin, make sense for preventing cardiovascular disease and blood clots?  In particular, Betty’s question was about polycythemia vera and essential thrombocythemia, and we’re going to call that ET.  That’s what it goes by in the medical world, and it’s going to save me from saying “essential thrombocythemia” every time!  In these… Read More

RHR: Do Raw Vegetables Hurt Your Thyroid Health?

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A goitrogen is a substance that suppresses the function of the thyroid gland by inhibiting iodine uptake, and these things are called goitrogens because they tend to cause goiter, which is a swelling of the thyroid gland. Some foods have been shown to be goitrogenic when they’re eaten in excess or if the person’s background intake of iodine is low. These are things like cassava, which is otherwise known as yuca, that’s how I usually… Read More