Oil Up Your Weight Loss Goals

Higher blood levels of omega 3 (EPA/DHA) fish oil could be the missing link to your weight loss goals. Recent British Journal of Nutrition research findings discovered that overweight and obese people have blood levels that are lower than in healthy weight individuals. The clinical findings showed that increased omega-3 levels were associated with a…

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) *

TOWNSEND LETTER – JUNE 2009 by Chris D. Meletis, ND and Nieske Zabriskie, ND Fortunately, there are many clinical markers that can be used to quantify risk and to measure successful therapeutic intervention when applied in the patient model. The following discussion offers a select review of well-known and more obscure clinical indices along with…

Supporting Gastrointestinal Health with Nutritional Therapy*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Nieske Zabriskie, N.D Digestive disorders are increasingly common and affect millions of Americans. There were 41.3 million office visits to physicians and 15.1 visits to the emergency rooms for digestivesystem symptoms in 2004, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) most recent data. 1 Conditions include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); inflammatory bowel…

Synergy in Nutrients*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Jason E. Barker, N.D. Natural medicine had its beginnings in the use of whole foods at the outset of human history. Prior to the advent of modern encapsulated natural medicine, our ancestors utilized medicines in their natural states without improvements (other than by increasing supply and storage). A central tenet of natural medicine is that…

Functional Foods for Childhood Development*

Jason Barker, N.D., and Chris D. Meletis, N.D. Preventive medicine has undergone great advances, in the last decade alone demonstrating the crucial role of nutrition for preventing diseases, especially those related to diet. The philosophy that food has health-promoting effects beyond its nutritional value has gained considerable acceptance in recent years and the specific disease-preventing effects of nutrition have even led…

Natural Approaches to Controlling Inflammatory Disease*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Jason Barker, N.D. Inflammation is simply a physiologic response process generated by the body in response to injury, infection, or irritation. In acute stages, the inflammatory process is vital to the healing process; however, chronic inflammation can increase disease-associated morbidity. New insights into the chronic inflammatory process now provide evidence that…

Basic Nutrient Support for Proper Immune Function*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D. An ever increasing number of patients are presenting to primary care practitioners with immune dysfunctions and various common infections. Of course, the challenge for a practitioner who is faced with such a patient is to intervene acutely while addressing the underlying cause of the illness to prevent a chronic pattern from developing. Proper nutrition is truly the best approach to preventing…