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Part 2: Gut Permeability and Chronic Inflammation 

By Carrie Rutledge, Nutrition Therapist Master 


Gut Permeability and The Immune Response  

Hippocrates once said that “All disease begins in the gut”. Studies are increasingly showing that eczema  and gut health are linked and when there is an imbalance of gut or skin flora, we now have an  inflammatory condition called dysbiosis. This occurs when there are too many pathogenic species, not  enough commensal species, and not enough diversity of species. Hence, if you want to heal the skin; you  must heal the gut.  

Gut permeability is a theory that explores intestinal permeability or impairment as a cause of letting  toxins into the bloodstream and as a result, an inflammatory response occurs. Our intestinal barrier  performs many critical functions, most importantly, regulating the absorption of nutrients from the gut  into the blood while preventing the entry of toxins and microorganisms.  

The digestive tract is considered outside the body as both openings of the digestive tract are connected to  the outside world. A strong, robust immune system in the GI tract will prevent these pathogens from  entering the bloodstream. In fact, 70-80% of all immune cells are found in the GI tract ready to fend off  the multitude of pathogenic organisms that enter our body every day. 

The digestive tract has a unique job of killing off the pathogenic bacteria while protecting commensal  bacteria and antigens which can induce an immune response. IgA antibodies (SIgA) are important for immunotolerance or the immune system’s ability to stay unresponsive to substances that would otherwise  elicit an immune response. They can also prevent mass bacteria invasion and intercept invaders that have  passed into the intestinal barrier. The microbiome and IgA antibodies have a synergistic relationship as  commensal bacteria are an important facilitator of IgA and probiotic supplementation has shown to  increase IgA production. 4Low IgA is associated with an increase in allergies, eczema, asthma, food  intolerance, UTI infections and gut dysbiosis (imbalance between pathogenic and commensal bacteria).  Therefore, if we are seeing these symptoms in ourselves or our children, we can begin taking steps to heal  and seal our gut to decrease the inflammatory response.  


Healing and Sealing the Gut with the 5R Approach 

Step 1: The Removal Process 

The removal process consists of getting rid of food items and environmental allergens that are causing toxicity.  Finding food intolerances can be tricky; therefore, a more expensive approach is to go through food sensitivity  testing and to strictly avoid those foods. You can also do an elimination diet in which you remove the most  common allergens from your diet and gradually add them back in after four weeks. The most common allergens to  remove will be eggs, dairy, gluten, soy, legumes, nuts, and seeds. After four weeks you will introduce one new food  per week and keep track of your body’s response. If you notice a new symptom or previous symptom return, then  that food is not tolerable for your system. During the elimination period, acceptable foods include meat, all  vegetables expect nightshades, all fruits except citrus, organic white rice, and healthy fats except butter. Removing  toxic shampoos, pesticides (especially glyphosate) and sanitizers will also be important to healing the skin and gut  microbiome.  

The removal process also consists of removing parasites and fungal overgrowth. This can be done with food, herbs,  or supplements.  

Antimicrobial Foods and Herbs to be Added to the  Diet Daily  

  • Pumpkin seeds 
  • Coconut oil  
  • Raw Garlic 
  • Manuka Honey 
  • Thyme, Clove, Rosemary, and Ginger

Anti-Parasitic Tea Recipe:  


  • 1 Teaspoon Clove
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Sprig of  Rosemary
  • 1 Teaspoon of fresh Ginger  

Instructions: Boil all ingredients in purified water for 30  minutes 


Step 2: Replace the Digestive Enzymes that May be lacking from Gut Dysbiosis  

Once we start to remove foods, toxins and parasites that are causing dysbiosis, we need to start replacing enzymes, vitamins, and minerals for optimal digestive function. For those with heartburn you may not be producing enough  hydrochloric acid or HCL, therefore, you may need to supplement as the digestive tract heals. Ox Bile (if you have  had your gallbladder removed) is good for supporting the liver and digestion of fats and adding in protease, lipase  and amylase will help break down the nutrient dense foods you are now eating. 


Foods That Increase Stomach Acid: 

  • Apple cider vinegar  
  • Celery juice  
  • Sauerkraut juice  
  • Bitters-stimulates HCL, pancreatic enzymes and bile production 
  • Warm lemon water, dandelion root tea or ginger tea with meal


Foods that Contain Digestive Enzymes 

  • Honey (amylase and protease)  
  • Ginger (contains protease)  
  • Kimchi (contains lipase, protease, and amylase)  
  • Mango (amylase)  
  • Papaya (protease)  
  • Avocado (lipase)  
  • Pineapple (bromelain, protease)  


Step 3: Replacing the Gut with Probiotics and Prebiotic Foods to Increase  

Because eczema is an inflammatory disease, our goal in treating the root cause is to lower inflammation internally.  Once we have removed pathogenic bacteria and replaced nutrients and enzymes for proper digestion, we want to  begin replacing the commensal bacteria with probiotic rich foods and supplements. As we begin to replace, we also  want to make sure we are feeding the microorganisms in the gut prebiotics. To qualify as a prebiotic a food must  benefit the commensal bacteria as well as benefit you, the host of the bacteria.  

Live Probiotic Foods to Include 

  • Unsweetened yogurt (if you can tolerate dairy add raw honey for sweetener)  
  • Sauerkraut (for babies you can give a tablespoon of juice daily or use as a salt substitute for  meats and vegetables)  
  • Kimchi, Pickled vegetables, Kombucha, or Kefir, Sourdough 

Prebiotic Foods to Include 

  • Beans, Lentils and Peas 
  • Raw Garlic  
  • Leeks  
  • Apples
  • Unripe Bananas  
  • Cooked and cooled potatoes or white rice


Step 4: Repairing the Lining of the Digestive Tract from Long-Term Inflammation 

To prevent toxins and foods from entering the blood stream, it is important to start repairing the mucosal lining of  the digestive tract. Two nutrients that help to restore gut health and the epithelial lining are L-Glutamine and  Glycine. Herbals to consider including in the diet to support a healthy digestive tract are Marshmallow Root,  Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL), and Slippery Elm.  

L-Glutamine: Is an amino acid that acts as a building block for protein. The body relies on L-Glutamine to   facilitate healing in conditions of severe metabolic stress, to reduce gastric inflammation, make  neurotransmitters, and repair muscles. It also serves in protecting the tight junctions of the gut. Dietary  glutamine is found in animal foods such as beef, chicken, pork, raw cheese, milk, and yogurt. A supplement  may also be necessary in cases of severe inflammation, poor gut health and lowered immunity. 5 

Glycine: Even though glycine is a non-essential amino acid, supplementation has been shown to reduce the  development of chronic inflammation and reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines. Glycine is synthesized in the  body from choline, threonine, and serine. Foods to incorporate to ensure adequate synthesis of glycine are  gelatin, bone broth, poultry skin, dried seaweed, wild caught salmon, and oxtail. 

Marshmallow Root: Marshmallow root has been shown to restore a protective lining around tight  junctions in the gut as well as treat irritated tissue in the mucous membranes. It is typically consumed  through a capsule or tea form and is often used for a wide range of digestive disorders including  constipation, colic, and heartburn. Marshmallow root has also been shown to treat atopic eczema. 

Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL): DGL has been shown to maintain and rebuild the intestinal lining of  the gut. In studies, DGL is shown to increase the protective mucus in the stomach and esophagus. and  protect the liver from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. 

 Slippery Elm: Slippery elm is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and helps to form a protective  coating in the digestive tract. Studies show that when combined with Glycine, Aloe Vera, Pectin,  Peppermint Oil and Glutamine, individuals were able to reintroduce food triggers after 16 weeks of  consumption without provoking original symptoms. 


Gut Healing Recipes  

Bone Broth Recipe 

  • 1 chicken carcass or marrow bones 
  • 3 medium carrots 
  • 3 stalks of celery 
  • Fresh herbs 
  • Apple cider vinegar  
  • Keltic sea salt  

Directions: Roast the bones in the oven for 30-45 minutes. Take the bones and add to a dutch oven.  Add 2 Tsp of apple cider vinegar, vegetables fresh herbs and sea salt. Cover with filtered water and  bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 12-24 hours. After cooled, strain the broth into mason  jars. Use the broth to cook rice, soups, and stews.  

Jell-O Recipe  

2 cups of organic fresh juice 

2 TBSP of gelatin 

Raw honey 

1/2 -1 Cup of raw fruit or 2 TB of fruit rind (Optional)  

Directions: Pour juice into a saucepan and add 2 TBSP of gelatin and stir until it’s dissolved. Turn  on heat to medium and let simmer for 5-10 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit for 1 minute. Add in  honey and pour into a glass tray. Put into the refrigerator for 3-4 hours. 


Step 5: Rebalancing the Gut 

Rebalancing is all about following a healthy, long-term goal of reducing stress and supporting a healthy nervous  system. Studies show that genetics lay the groundwork for eczema, but it’s the environment that contributes to the  expression of the gene and both play a key role in the dysregulation of the nervous system as well as the immune  system. A dysfunctional nervous system can contribute to inflammation of the gut as well as the skin. In fact, recent  studies show that the skin is a target of the stress response. Psoriasis, mast cell activation, acne, and eczema have all  been tied to psychological stress, anxiety, and depression.

The 9 Essentials to Rebalancing your Life for a Healthy Happy Gut: 

  • Quality Sleep (Adults 7-8 hours, Teenagers 8-10 hours, Children 10-12 hours) 
  •  Food (make sure you sit down and avoid screens for your largest meal)  
  • Water (filtered from chlorine, pharmaceuticals, and fluoride)  
  • Exercise  
  • Healthy relationships  
  • Mental Health  
  • Spiritual Health 
  • Nature  
  • Have Fun  

Do Not Underestimate the Power of Relaxation

Modern American society is too focused on its definition of “success”. Our culture has us believing that success is  measured in achievement. It has us running from here to there, competing for this and that all to the detriment of our  health. Children today are pressured to perform at levels unseen in history. Driving from activity to activity and  rarely getting time to decompress. Being indoors all day and in front of screens has damaging effects on our  hormones, especially cortisol. With phones and computers contributing to increased cortisol and acting as a  psychological stressor, it is important to wean ourselves and our children off the addictiveness of the screen.  

Current studies are showing the power of mind-body therapies as treatment for many chronic diseases including  eczema. In fact, stress is the common risk factor for up to 90% of all diseases. When we are stressed, we release  more cortisol. High cortisol contributes to increased inflammation. 10,11 Therefore, it is important to practice  relaxation techniques. Whatever that looks like in your world, I encourage you to go outside, walk barefoot in the  grass, take day trips, explore, meditate, laugh, and have fun 


*If you would like to learn more about healing your body through nutrition and lifestyle, please contact me at carrierutledge@gmail.com and set up a free 15-minute consultation to see how we can tailor a plan for you.  


**Disclaimer: The information on this website has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness. I am a certified Nutritional Therapist Master practitioner, therefore, the information and material in this post is for informational purposes and not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any illness. Please seek advice from a qualified medical professional regarding any medical condition or diagnosis.


When we talk about the gut, we often hear about a variety of diet advice and maintaining a healthy weight. The truth is, your gut has a deeper story.

There’s more to it than just digestion. It’s intricately linked to our brains, commonly known as the gut-brain connection.

Your gut health influences your emotions and thoughts. Beyond food, it’s about nurturing this internal harmony to enhance our overall well-being.

If you want to improve your mental health and get rid of chronic pain, healing your gut is the best way to start.

Here’s everything you need to know to lay a strong foundation for your gut health and, in turn, your holistic health.

Understanding Your Gut Microbiome

Microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, and viruses live in your gut and form a complex community. 

This ecosystem is vital for breaking down food, making nutrients, protecting against dangerous pathogens, and producing neurotransmitters such as serotonin that send chemical signals to your brain. 

Why does the gut microbiome matter?

We have a mutually beneficial relationship with the microorganisms that live in our guts. We give them food and shelter, and in turn, they uphold our health and connection to the earth.


You can compare the gut microbiome to a rich native garden that has a variety of plants. When the soil is in good health, the plants thrive and are good to eat. When the soil health isn’t the best, it leaves more room for harmful organisms to take over your garden, and the plants suffer.


Gut bacteria (microbiome) produce hundreds of neurochemicals that the brain uses to regulate basic physiological processes such as learning, memory, and mood! 


Your gut bacteria produce 90%–95% of your serotonin (happy hormone) supply, which influences your mood! This can explain a lot when it comes to anxiety and depression.

Common health issues caused by an unhealthy gut

Dysbiosis is when your delicate environment is out of balance. 

Lots of different health problems can happen because of it, from stomach problems to more serious conditions like autoimmune diseases and even mental health problems.

The Cleveland Clinic shared a list of health conditions and disorders that relate to dysbiosis:

  • Infections: Harmful germs can cause gut infections, leading to diarrhea, gut inflammation, and damage.
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO): Bacteria from your large intestine have moved to your small intestine and settled there, even though they don’t belong there. 
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): autoimmune conditions like Crohn’s disease are linked to gut imbalance.
  • Atherosclerosis: Certain gut bacteria increase heart disease risk by producing harmful byproducts affecting arteries.

Other than that, here’s a list of health conditions that may be indirectly related to gut dysbiosis:

  • Allergies.
  • Anxiety.
  • Asthma.
  • Autism.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
  • Colon cancer.
  • Diabetes.
  • Depression.
  • Fatty liver disease.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Liver cancer.
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS).
  • Neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Obesity.
  • Pancreatic cancer.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

For good health, the microbiome in our guts needs to be varied and balanced. This shows how important it is to take care of this complicated system.

The 5 Signs of an Unhealthy Gut [and How to Deal with Them]

Aside from chronic illnesses, some signs can disguise themselves as “simple problems” we encounter daily. Spotting these early can make a huge difference to your health and happiness.

Here are the five signs your gut might be trying to get your attention:


Warning Signs What’s happening What you can do:
Constant Stomach Trouble  If you’re often dealing with gas, bloating, or an upset stomach, it’s your body waving a red flag. Try eating more slowly, adding more fiber to your diet, and drinking plenty of water.
Your Weight’s on a Rollercoaster Gaining or losing weight without changing your diet or exercise habits? Your gut might be the reason. Keep a detailed food diary to spot any patterns. Reflect on how you feel after you consume your food and beverage. Once you spot your troublemakers, slowly remove them from your diet. 
Feeling Tired All the Time If you’re sleeping enough but still feel exhausted, a troubled gut might be disrupting your sleep. Eat a lighter meal for dinner. Give yourself three hours between your meal and bedtime. Take magnesium glycinate before bed. 

(Quick note: If you have a medical condition, please consult your physician before making any changes to your diet.)

Skin Issues Won’t Go Away Persistent skin problems like acne or eczema can sometimes be linked to gut health. Start your morning with 16–32 ounces of warm spring water, using 2-3 freshly squeezed lemons or key limes. 

Follow up with fresh celery juice 30 minutes later. Start with 8 oz. and work your way up to 32oz.

Consistent Sugar Cravings A constant, uncontrollable craving for sugar and junk food. Start your morning with 16–32 ounces of warm spring water, using 2-3 freshly squeezed lemons or key limes. 

Fruit is nature’s candy that heals! Eat fresh, whole fruit for the first 6 hours of the day and increase your vegetable intake.

Supplement recommendations: amino acids, such as Purium products. Use the code thehealthymove1 to get a discount. 

(Quick note: If you are taking medication, please consult your physician before taking any supplement.)


Did any of these signs sound familiar? 


Knowing what’s up is the first step to feeling better. But figuring out what to do next can feel overwhelming.


That’s why I want to share something with you that’s helped many people get their gut health back on track.


Caring for Your Gut

Caring for your gut is not just about what you eat; it’s about nurturing your entire being. Rejuvenate your gut health with these three transformative steps.

Step 1: Basic Detox

Kickstart your journey with a foundational detox to purify your gut from the inside out. Embrace these key practices:

  • Mindful Eating: Slow down and savor your meals to enhance digestion and absorption.
  • Plant-Based Whole Foods: Fill your plate with a rainbow of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables.
  • Hydration: Drink plenty of clean, spring water to flush out toxins and keep your digestive system running smoothly.

Step 2: Take Healthy Supplements

Incorporating high-quality supplements into your gut health regimen can significantly enhance your gut microbiome. 

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Each pack is meticulously crafted to nourish your body with vegan protein, greens, healthy fats, and organic superfruits, providing a comprehensive approach to gut health. The best part about these whole food supplements is that they come from farmers who practice regenerative farming. Meaning the health of the soil is their priority. Healthy soil equals a healthy body! 

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Step 3: Lifestyle Transformation

True wellness extends beyond diet; it encompasses every aspect of life. I incorporate holistic lifestyle practices to cultivate lasting gut health.

  • Mindful Practices: Engage in yoga and meditation to reduce stress and enhance mental clarity.
  • Restorative Sleep: Prioritize quality sleep to support gut repair and rejuvenation.
  • Physical Activity: Stay active to improve gut motility and overall health.

Introducing “Reboot”: Your Path to Holistic Health

True wellness goes beyond a healthy diet. It’s about creating harmony between your mind, body, and spirit for a holistic approach to well-being. 

I’ve witnessed the silent battles that hard workers often face: stress, body pains, gut problems, and the quest for work-life harmony.

“Reboot” is a transformative 90-day detox program designed exclusively for dedicated people like you. 

It’s a comprehensive mind, body, and spirit rejuvenation tailored to fit busy schedules. My approach focuses on foundational health, aiming to align your lifestyle with your deepest values and purpose, ensuring you don’t just survive your days but truly thrive. 

What’s in it for you?

  • Holistic Gut Healing: Discover strategies to nurture your gut health, laying the foundation for a vibrant life free from chronic discomfort.
  • Work-Life Harmony: Learn techniques to balance your professional ambitions with personal well-being, leading to improved sleep, heightened confidence, and a profound sense of fulfillment.
  • Sustainable Wellness Transformation: Learn about habits that will improve your health and make you feel good for a long time. Make your good changes a permanent part of your life.

This program is your gateway to where your health propels your success, not hinders it. This program is an investment in your most valuable asset, yourself. 

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Part 1: Lowering Inflammation

By Carrie Rutledge, Nutrition Therapist Master 


The “Why?” Behind this Series

I am the proud mother of a healthy five-year old girl who began struggling with Atopic Dermatitis, or Eczema, at 3 years of age. I approached this chronic inflammatory disease by exploring the root cause, instead of with topical steroid creams that may relieve symptoms but never address the fire inside. Although the Eczema took almost a year to heal (True healing is rarely a quick fix), with many setbacks, we have finally gotten to a place in which her body can withstand assaults and not break out into an itchy, uncomfortable rash. 

Over the course of this 4-part series, I will share with you my protocol for healing my daughter’s Eczema through diet, supplements, and herbs. Although there are other parts of the protocol that I will not cover, I will be giving you some wonderful tools to get you on your way to healthy skin. 

As always, everyone is biochemically different; however, my hopes are that this information will set the stage for recovery from a chronic inflammatory state. 


What is Eczema? 

According to the National Eczema Association, Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition that causes dry skin, rashes, blisters, or skin infections and can leave someone at a higher risk for developing asthma or food allergies. The cause is unknown, but is attributed to genetics and environment, or epigenetics. Epigenetics is when our genes are “turned-on” by an environmental influence such as mold, heavy metals, fragrances, or chemicals.  Currently there is no “cure” for Eczema and can only be managed by avoiding triggers and using topical creams or immunosuppressants. 

My first question is: What is the “root cause”? As a nutritionist, I am always investigating the root cause. When my daughter was struggling with Eczema I asked myself, “Is it an allergy or an inability to detoxify appropriately?” “Is it because she was born via C-Section or because I had antibiotics when breastfeeding?” “Do we have a moldy house?”

I don’t subscribe to the idea that chronic disease happens by accident or purely through a genetic disposition. And if Eczema is an inflammatory condition, what is causing the inflammation?  We all want the best for our children, and my biggest concern for my daughter was Eczema turning into asthma. I was determined to heal this condition to the best of my ability, and not by masking it with long-term creams or steroids, but through a holistic means of nutrition and herbal supplements. 


The Top 4 Foods to Avoid When Combating Inflammation

When my daughter was 3, she broke out in a rash on the backs of her knees and in the creases of her arms. As a Nutritional Therapist I was already feeding her a healthy diet, so how could this happen? Was it even Eczema, or could it be some sort of allergy? I went down the rabbit hole into a year-long battle of getting a diagnosis, a prescription cream (or a band-aid if you will) and still no answers as to why my healthy child had inflammation of the skin. 

I quickly learned that Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition and can range from mild to severe. There is no “cure” for Eczema, and experts are not aware of the cause, but they do believe it is a combination of genes and environmental triggers or epigenetics. The skin is the largest organ of the body and is involved in many important functions including protection from the external environment and as an excretory organ. That’s right, many of the toxins your body is harboring (heavy metals, pesticides, drugs, steroids, and cytokines) are excreted through the skin. For this reason, having healthy skin is going to require the body to be less toxic. 

Nutrition is of the utmost importance when healing Eczema. In fact, healing any skin condition requires a nutrient dense, whole-food diet. According to an eighteen-year study, the consumption of ultra-processed foods in America, consisting of fast food, ready-to-eat meals, sweets, salty snacks, canned soups, and breakfast cereals, has increased from an already high 53.5% in 2001 to 57% in 2017%.  Although my daughter did not eat an ultra-processed diet, she did eat many of the foods that would be under a list of common allergens such as, wheat, dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts, so I began the process of removing these foods from her diet. 

I do not suggest removing all the above foods at once, especially if you are trying to help a small child with Eczema. I am going to briefly touch on the four most important foods to eliminate when you are trying to bring down inflammation quickly. 



Gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease is on the rise and has seen a drastic increase since 1990. The wheat grown in the United States has changed drastically in the last 70 years. We now grow a genetic variant called Semi-Dwarf wheat. This type of wheat is grown so that farmers can harvest more product in less time and under tough conditions. This may be why someone with a gluten sensitivity may have symptoms in the United States, but not in Europe. Furthermore, gluten upregulates Zonulin which is a protein that regulates the tight junctions or barrier in the cells of the gut. When the tight junctions of the gut become disturbed, the permeability of the gut lining allows for foods and toxins to pass into the bloodstream causing a whole host of problems. This is called “leaky gut” and can result in chronic inflammatory disease. 

I strongly recommend anyone with an inflammatory condition to remove gluten for at least ninety days. When you remove gluten, you will also be removing many processed foods and foods sprayed with pesticides, precisely glyphosate. The great news about removing gluten is it is extremely accessible to find healthier, gluten-free options. It should be noted that many gluten-free foods are still heavily processed; therefore, you will need to read labels thoroughly. 


Conventional Dairy

Not all dairy is created equal, and replacing dairy with a vegan beverage that is ultra-processed and high in oxalates isn’t the answer either. For this reason, it is important to choose your dairy wisely. Look for dairy in which the animal is pasture raised, organic and preferably raw. If we look to the French, who have diets high in saturated fats, but low incidences of chronic inflammatory disease, we learn that dairy stimulates an enzyme in the digestive tract called alkaline phosphatase (IAP) that is responsible for detoxifying lipopolysaccharides, a pro-inflammatory microbe.  Furthermore, dairy raised responsibly has a high nutritional value as it is a complete protein with vitamin A, D, folate B12 and butyrate which stimulates intestinal IAP. Butyrate plays an important role in the digestive tract by supplying the colon cells with energy lowering inflammation and supporting immunity. 

Dairy that is acceptable when targeting Eczema and inflammation would be imported raw cheese, raw milk from a local trusted farmer, and butter or ghee for cooking. In fact, pastured ghee and butter is a much better choice for cooking as opposed to vegetable oil because saturated fats are more stable to heat and are not prone to oxidation. If you do choose to avoid dairy altogether, I suggest making your own almond milk from organic almonds or finding a brand such as MALK that does not have synthetic gums, nutrients, or stabilizers. 


Artificial Dyes and Flavors

Last summer, I got my daughter’s Eczema under control and then she started pre-school. It wasn’t long until the Eczema showed up all over the back of her legs. The teacher sent a note home one day saying that my daughter couldn’t focus, not only that she was always crying within an hour of picking her up. I finally asked the teacher if they were giving her any food at school besides what I was sending in for snacks and was told students get a skittle every day when they leave the classroom. That alone was enough to send her into a skin flare up, as well as emotional outbursts. For this reason, I don’t budge when it comes to artificial dyes for my child. Not only are artificial dyes banned in Europe, but studies also show that they are linked to hyperactivity, hypersensitivity, and tumors in children.   Luckily, there are plenty of treats available that use safe ingredients for coloring. Some of my favorites are Giggles, Unreal, Black Forest Organic, Trader Joe’s Gourmet jellybeans, TruSweets Candy Canes, King Arthurs Frosting and YumEarth Organic Lollipops. 


Vegetable Oils 

When we want to know which oils to cook with, we can once again look to the French, who use lard, tallow, ghee, butter, and olive oil. The fact is, the French, Italians and Spanish are the biggest consumers of saturated fats, but are leading in health outcomes. In the U.S. vegetable oils have replaced butter, ghee, and animal fat as the most used cooking oil in the last century, and we have never been sicker. 

The refining process of vegetable oil is a process that requires bleaching, degumming, and deodorizing to make these oils edible. Studies show that cold-pressed vegetable oils contain pesticides, PCBs, and PAHs which are all considered to be hazardous chemical contaminants.  Furthermore, vegetable oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids which promote the inflammatory response. Studies show that reducing omega-6 fatty acids and increasing omega-3’s is effective in combating inflammation. Unfortunately, most Americans have a high ratio in favor of omega-6’s, which is associated with increased inflammation, allergies and autoimmune issues. 

Ways to reduce your omega-6 intake and increase your omega-3’s: 

  • Eat more wild-caught fish, including salmon, sardines, anchovies, scallops, shrimp, and bass.  
  • Plant-based sources such as flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts are good, but not as bioavailable.
  • Avoid vegetable oils by cooking with animal fats, ghee, cold pressed olive oil, butter, and coconut oil. 
  • When eating out, use a restaurant tracker to find better choices such as Seed Oil Scout or Localfats.com, which will guide you toward restaurants that cook with healthy fats.
  • Avoid fast food whenever possible. 
  • When traveling, pack healthy snacks and research healthy restaurant options. 
  • Read labels for added fats such as canola oil, soybean oil, or sunflower oil. 
  • Buy pasture raised eggs and meats.
  • Take a quality Omega-3 supplement such as Barleans, Cod Liver Oil or OrthoMega. 

Keep in mind that healing from inflammation is not a quick fix. It takes patience and a dedicated commitment to looking and feeling better. If you begin by taking steps to eliminate gluten, conventional dairy, artificial dyes, and vegetable oils, you will begin to reduce the inflammatory load on the body and skin will begin to heal. 


Tune in for Part 2 of this series on Gut Permeability and Chronic Inflammation


Here at Longevity, our mission is to love God and serve people, and we love hearing stories from patients who have experienced amazing transformations with their health. Enjoy this interview with our patient, Philip, as he shares his story of improved health and quality of life!


Describe your primary health concerns when you first started at Longevity. 

After 12 years of symptoms, I had finally been diagnosed with Lyme and several coinfections by a pioneer in the Lyme field. After a year and half of multiple rounds of highly damaging and ineffective antibiotics, I was told that the Lyme would never be eradicated and I should expect to be on antibiotics for the rest of my life. I had a level 10 headache from the moment I woke till I fell asleep, crippling fatigue, and paralyzing Herxheimer reactions every two weeks. In addition to that, the bacteria had spread to my brain, and begun to cause brain fog. The absolute lack of any hope began stirring up suicidal ideation.


What was your first visit to our office like? What was your initial and ongoing response to the treatments?

I was treated very kindly by the founder, Seneca Anderson. He sat across from me, looked me in the eyes, and said “You’re not going to die.” I cried, because it was the first time anyone spoke so confidently towards me and what seemed like an absolutely hopeless situation. I began the treatment plan, and within six months saw significant changes. I continued to return to Longevity for follow up evaluations as my body slowly healed.


Describe your overall health picture today. What improvements have you experienced over the years?

I have not tested positive for Lyme for over 3 years. My headaches have disappeared. My fatigue has diminished significantly, and the debilitating Herxheimer reactions are no longer recurring. Most importantly, the hopelessness that engulfed me is now gone. I realized that my condition is not permanent and I am able to live a life that not only has energy, but hope for a vibrant future.


What is your overall impression of Longevity Health Center, the practitioners and staff?

From the receptionists to the founders, every person was so incredibly patient, kind, and professional. When first arriving at Longevity, I had many questions, all of which were answered thoroughly, giving me a high level of confidence that my treatments were being carried out by highly competent practitioners.

If you have a testimonial to share, we’d love to hear from you and use your story to encourage others!


By Mariela Amiri, Traditional Naturopath & Patient Coordinator


In part 1 of this series we dove into the world of parasites, looking at the types of organisms that can infect humans and the symptoms and havoc they can wreak in the body. Now let’s take a look at the holistic steps we can take to treat these infections and prevent these creepy crawlers from invading in the future. 


Bioenergetic Testing & Parasites

Bio energetic testing is a form of  testing that measures the energy frequencies of the body and looks for disturbances. It is used to detect many imbalances in the body including parasites. Bio energetic testing also customizes a more personalized approach to the client’s healing journey. We are all unique, so what works for one person may not work for the next. 


Parasites and the Detox Pathways 

Parasites hold onto, or “house” 6-8 times their weight in other toxins and  pathogens. They carry  mold, metals, Lyme pathogens,  viruses, pathogenic bacteria, retroviruses, chemicals, EMF and radiation! It is imperative for our detox pathways to be functioning properly in order to release parasites. 

When parasites poop, ammonia builds up and creates stagnation in our detox pathways, primarily in our lymphatic system. Once the lymphatic system gets congested, it will excrete build up wherever it can causing illnesses such as psoriasis, hives, acne, viruses etc. It’s super important to have those detox pathways working properly otherwise allergies, histamine intolerances, herxing and mast cell activation symptoms will occur.


Anti-parasitics To Detox and Support 

Here at Longevity, your practitioner can personalize a homeopathic remedy to detox from specific  parasites and give you drainage support. Certain homeopathics such as Drainage Tone will help detoxify and open up your detox pathways. Additionally, herbal remedies from Marco Pharma (Lymphonest, Bucco and Hepatica), will assist your liver, kidneys and lymphatic system in the detoxification process.  Binders such as GI Detox by Biocidin Botanicals or CellCore Biotoxin Binder (CellCore) are systemic binders that actually go into the  cells, glands, organs, tissues, blood, and mop up toxins such as  amonia (toxic byproduct of candida, yeast lyme, parasite and mold). 

Anti-parasitic herbs are essential for addressing parasites. We have various herbal combinations in our nutrition shop to choose from (both capsules and tinctures).


Supportive Detox Therapies for Parasites 

  • Coffee Enemas
  • Light Frequency
  • Ionic Foot Baths 
  • Ozone Rectal Insufflations 
  • PEMF 
  • Castor Oil Packs 
  • Detox Herbal Teas 
  • Electro-Lypmhatic Therapy 



Parasites & Diet 

Parasites love to eat, therefore they rob our vital nutrients. They love to steal our vitamins and nutrients, creating major nutritional deficiencies, leading to a whole bunch of issues and chronic illnesses. 

Diet plays a huge role in keeping parasites at bay.  In order to eliminate parasites, one must reduce sugar, which is the primary food source for parasites. Parasites secrete enzymes that make you crave the exact foods that they want (sugar, refined carbs). It is also recommended to avoid dairy, pork, grains, alcohol and raw fish. Strong stomach acid is also very important when addressing parasites.

Interesting fact: the top dairy-loving parasites are Intestinal flukes, Tapeworms, Hookworms, and Roundworms.  



Anti-parasitic  Foods and Herbs                                  

  • Pumpkin seeds                                      
  • Beets                                                           
  • Raw Garlic                                                 
  • Carrots
  • Pomegranate 
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove 
  • Papaya
  • Turmeric 
  • Papaya seeds & honey mixture                   
  • Green Tea
  • Ginger 
  • Rosemary 
  • Cayenne Pepper 
  • Thyme
  • Coconut Oil                        
  • Pomegranates                      


Parasites & the Full Moon 

What does the lunar cycle have to do with the creepy crawlers inside our bodies? Your circadian rhythm is synced with the moon cycles. During a full moon, you produce less melatonin and  more serotonin. 

Parasites love this shift in biochemistry! Melatonin is the neurotransmitter that helps control your immune system and keep pathogens and parasites in check/balance. With a lack of melatonin down regulating the immune system and a spike in serotonin enabling parasite mobility it’s the perfect time to implement a parasite cleanse.

During a full moon parasites are extremely active & defend themselves by producing more biofilm. This is why some people experienced heightened symptoms during a full moon. All of this makes a full moon a perfect time to target them. 

Before doing a full moon parasite cleanse, make sure your detox pathways are working! It is equally important to optimize stomach acid, address biofilm. Once a parasite cleanse is done , a protocol to support the immune system and strengthen the gut is recommended. 



By Mariela Amiri, Traditional Naturopath & Patient Coordinator


Nobody likes to think about worms, amoebas, and other creepy crawlers living inside our bodies! But unfortunately, this is a very real and common health concern. In fact, parasitic infections are quite common in the United States, affecting millions of Americans through new or chronic infections. However, these diseases typically go undiagnosed due to lack of awareness among health care providers, as well as the relative inaccessibility or unavailability of the right diagnostic tests.

So let’s educate ourselves on this health issue to learn all about parasites, the havoc they can wreak in our systems, and the detoxification, nutritional, and lifestyle steps we can take to eliminate or prevent parasite infections in our households. 


What is a Parasite? 

A parasite is a plant or animal that lives upon or within another living organism at whose expense it obtains some advantage. Parasites include multi-celled and single-celled animals, fungi, and bacteria, and some include candida and viruses. Without a host, a parasite cannot live, grow, and multiply. For this reason, a parasite rarely kills its host, but it can spread diseases, ranging from the mildly annoying to the severe or even fatal.


Types of Parasites 

Roundworms are typically found in warmer climates but are common worldwide and can grow to about the size of a pencil. (Anclastomic, Ascaris, Dog heartworm, Pinworms, Strongyloides, Toxicara, Trichinella, Whipworm,)

Flatworms-Tapeworms Family (Bladder Worm, Beef Tapeworm, Dog tapeworm, Dwarf tapeworm, Fish tapeworm, Pork tapeworm, Rat Tapeworm) Infections from tapeworms usually occur from ingesting undercooked or raw meat or from contaminated food, water, soil, or hand to mouth contact. 

Flatworms- Fluke Family (Blood Flukes, Fish Flukes, Intestinal Flukes, Liver Flukes, Lymph Flukes, Pancreatic Flukes) 

Single-Cell Parasites (Amoebas, Anaplams, Babesia, Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora, Giardia, Leishmaniasis, Neospora, Plasmodium, Sarcocystis, Spinal Fluid Parasites, Toxoplasma, Trichomonas)


What Are the Symptoms of a Parasite Infection? 

Parasites can negatively affect any part of the body and immune system. One can experience a range of  neurological symptoms, gastrointestinal symptoms, to inflammatory symptoms. There is a parasitical connection and neurological disorders- narcissistic behaviors, schizophrenia, dissociative disorders, paranoia, PTSD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, MS, epilepsy, seizures, ADD, ADHD, brain and spinal cord issues, brain lesions, poor balance. 

Parasites can also live in the sinus cavities (Ascaris Lumbricoides-nematode roundworms) causing nasal discharge, nasal obstructions, facial pain, headaches, allergies, and chronically swollen tonsils. The most common parasitic symptoms are in the gastrointestinal tract causing diarrhea, slow bowel movements, stomach upset, slow digestion, gas bloating, food intolerances.  

Roundworm Symptoms: allergies, sinus issues, anemia, asthma, digestive disturbance, grinding teeth at night, intestinal gas, restlessness, lymphatic issues, snoring and weight gain. Calcium deficiency often accompanies roundworm infestation.  

Flatworm Symptoms: feeling toxic, dizzy, foggy thinking, hunger pains, poor digestion, allergies, bloating, high and/or low blood sugar, gas, jaundice, mineral imbalance, thyroid imbalance, disturbed sleep and teeth-grinding. Infections from tapeworms usually occur from ingesting undercooked or raw meat or from contaminated food, water, soil, or hand to mouth contact. 

Blood Flukes Symptoms: blood clots, high blood pressure, stroke, The bone marrow may also be affected. Blood flukes take up amino acids, especially arginine, which may cause a protein imbalance. 

Fish Flukes Symptoms:  skin issues, liver and intestinal disturbances including feelings of pressure and gas.

Intestinal Flukes Symptoms: sinuses, mucus, indigestion, intestinal problems, prostate problems, issues associated with dioxin poisoning. 

Liver Flukes Symptoms: Liver disorders, pain near the liver. 

Lung Flukes: anemia, dry cough, coughs that persist, shortness of breath, impaired breathing, redness in the whites of the eyes. Lung flukes may cause oxygen starvation to the entire blood system. Keep in mind that weakened lungs may lead to other lung illnesses such as repeated flu, pneumonia, and fungal infections. 

Lymph Flukes Symptoms: lymph disorders, including breast cancer, lymphoma and leukemia. 

Pancreatic Flukes Symptoms: autism, sugar imbalances – both low and high, candida overgrowth in the liver, and pancreatic disorders of any kind.


Parasites and Testing 

Why lab stool parasite testing is unreliable & inaccurate: 

  1. Parasites have a self-dissolving mechanism. They can excrete an enzyme that makes them dissolve in about 24 hours after being purged from the body/die. 
  2. The skill level of the individual examining the microscopic specimen is critical to accurate results. Parasite ova can be easily missed if the sample is not examined thoroughly, & false positive results can occur because other substances – pollen, insect ova, & plants can look similar to parasites & their ova. 
  3. Parasites live throughout the body, not just the colon. They love living in the brain, sinuses, lungs, pancreas, joints and many other organs. This is just one more reason why parasite stool testing is an unreliable source to confirm if you have parasites. 



A Few Fun Facts about Parasites 

If you’ve ever had a parasitic infection, you know there is nothing fun about them! But here are a few interesting facts: 

  • Worms can grow more than 3 feet long.
  • Hookworm transmission transmitted by walking barefoot on contaminated soil.
  • One can get roundworms and whipworms by ingesting parasite eggs, through uncooked food.
  • 200 roundworms are considered a moderate infection in a child’s intestines. Each worm can be 8-12 inches long.
  • Adult worm parasites can live up to 30 years inside the human body!
  • Malaria causes the most deaths globally (400,00 per year)
  • Parasites can lump together in the human body in balls and appear as cancer tumors.
  • The largest recorded human parasite extracted to date is 37 feet long!!
  • Toxoplasma gondii is linked to ADD, schizophrenia, suicidal behaviors.
  • Follicle mites can live directly on the human body. Up to four mites can attach to one hair follicle.
  • The second cause of blindness in the world is caused by a parasitic worm called Onchocerca Volvulus.
  • Hookworm infection is linked to low blood count.
  • The Naegleria Fowleri amoeba is responsible for brain inflammation/meningitis.
  • Approximately 50 million children in the US have a parasitic infection.
  • Chagas is a parasitic infection considered to be “the new AIDS.”
  • A square foot of a single carpet houses about 10,000 dust mites.
  • Parasites multiply quickly. They can have their own parasites, and they can have even more parasites!


In part two of this series, I will dive into the ways we can test for parasites, how to detox them from our systems, and the holistic nutritional and lifestyle steps we can take to treat and prevent future infections.  


Read Part 2 


By Carrie Rutledge, Longevity Patient Coordinator 

Who are the largest consumers of saturated fat in the world? It may surprise you to know that Spain, France, and most European countries are some of the biggest consumers of dietary saturated fats[1]; yet are leading in health outcomes.  In reference to the 2019 global report on healthiest countries in the world based on a range of factors (the United States didn’t make the top 20), Spain is in first place, with Italy right behind and France at number 12 [2].

It’s important to understand that European countries currently ban several types of pesticides and artificial ingredients; France, Italy and Spain also cook their foods with olive oil, butter, and animal fats. In fact, a roux in France is commonly made with butter, bacon drippings or lard. The most common cooking oil for Americans is vegetable oil. Soybean, canola, safflower, sunflower, corn, rice bran, and grape seed oil have been spouted as “healthy” but may be causing Americans to suffer from inflammation including high rates of autoimmune disease. Moreover, it is nearly impossible to dine out in America without consuming these oils.

Longevity in the United States has not improved much over the last few centuries. In fact, if you look back at the signers of the Declaration of Independence, 23 out of 56 lived past their seventies and 35 of them lived into their sixties. This was in 1776, before plumbing, infrastructure, antibiotics, and the numerous medical interventions we have today. One would assume with all these interventions that Americans would be some of the healthiest people on the planet. So, the question remains why are Americans still suffering from chronic inflammatory diseases including high rates of autoimmune disease? Could it be the highly processed, industrialized vegetable oils we are ingesting daily?


The History Behind Vegetable Oil  

Americans slowly began introducing vegetable oils for cooking in the early 1900s, and we began replacing animal fats for cooking in the 1980s. In 1990 McDonalds replaced beef tallow with 100% vegetable oil. Today, most restaurants will use highly refined vegetable oil for cooking and frying.

The refining process of vegetable oils includes bleaching, degumming, and deodorizing to make these oils edible[3]. Once these oils are bottled and shelved, they still contain many inflammatory and toxic components. A study done by the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, showed that cold-pressed vegetable oils contain pesticides, PBDEs, PCBs, and PAHs.  All are regarded as hazardous chemical contaminants.[4]

Moreover, Global Data, found that the United States and the United Kingdom have a higher prevalence of inflammatory autoimmune diseases compared to other countries.[5] The use of vegetable oils in America, specifically soybean and canola oil, may be contributing to the rise in the various inflammatory conditions we see today. Specifically, the rise in auto-immune disease and allergic conditions.


The Necessity of Essential Fatty Acids

 It’s important to understand that the human body requires Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) to function. EFAs are Polyunsaturated Omega 6 (Linoleic Acid and Arachidonic Acid) and Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA, DHA and ALA (Alpha-linolenic acid)) that must be acquired from the diet because the human body cannot make them on their own. While scientists say that EPA and DHA are not essential because the human body can convert ALA into EPA and DHA, the conversion rate is low to none for most individuals. EFAs are precursors to eicosanoids which are cell signaling molecules responsible for building cell membranes, regulating many inflammatory processes and vasodilation. [6]

Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and are the primary component of neurons in the brain and extremely important for fetal and infant brain development. Sources of Omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are human milk, oysters, and fish. Sources of Omega 3 Alpha-linolenic acid are flaxseed, wheat germ, walnuts, and chia seeds. Omega 3 also comes from canola oil in the form of Alpha-linolenic acid; however, it is highly processed, oxidizes easily and the conversion rate is very low.[7] Omega 6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory meaning they are required for the inflammatory response. Omega 6 linoleic acid and Arachidonic acid sources come from most vegetable oils including soybean oil and sunflower oil, poultry fat, meat, eggs, nuts, and seeds.

The problem we are seeing in the United States today is an imbalance of these essential fatty acids. History shows that 100 years ago humans had a ratio of around 4:1 in favor of omega-6 fatty acids. Today, due to the overuse of industrial seed oils, nut milks, nut butters and the decreased consumption of seafood, many Americans have a ratio of 20:1 or higher. [8]


Maintaining a low Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio in Relation to Autoimmune Conditions

Studies are showing that maintaining a lower omega 6: omega 3 ratio at a level of 4:1 is effective in reducing inflammation; whereas a higher ratio is associated with increased inflammation, allergies and autoimmune disease.8 Scientists estimate that our ancestors in the Paleolithic era consumed anywhere from 660mg to 14,250mg of omega 3 fatty acids per day. Today, the decreased consumption of marine omega-3 and an increase in the consumption of omega-6 through industrial seed oils which contain a ratio of 60:1; we have seen a dramatic increase in pro-inflammatory autoimmune conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, asthma, and allergies.8,10

Clinical studies are showing that Omega-3 fatty acids are able to reduce inflammation and may improve symptoms in individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis, a condition in which the immune system attacks the lining of joints causing inflammation and pain. In one study composed of 68 Rheumatoid Arthritis patients, 34 were put on an anti-inflammatory diet with less than 90mg/day of arachidonic acid (omega-6), the other group followed a standard American diet and patients in both studies were given placebos or fish oil capsules. The study showed that those who had a diet low in arachidonic acid, supplemented with fish oil and followed an anti-inflammatory diet saw a significant decrease in pain and inflammation. [9]

Furthermore, Crohn’s patients also saw a decrease in inflammation when lowering omega-6 fatty acids in their diet. The primary mechanism for which Omega-6 fatty acids contribute to the inflammatory response in a Crohn’s patient is through the activation of Nuclear Factor-Kappa Beta (NF-kB), a transcription factor that promotes inflammation. The cells and macrophages of Crohn’s patients have an increase of TNF-alpha and Interleukin-1, which may promote further activation of NF-kB. Studies show that oxidative stress is increased in Crohn’s cells exposed to omega-6 (linoleic) fatty acids. The data from the study implies that dietary restriction of Omega-6 fatty acids in the form of oxidized vegetable oils along with arachidonic acid inhibitors while increasing antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, may provide relief for Crohn’s patients.8,[10]

Likewise, studies are showing the increased consumption of oxidized omega-6 fatty acids are correlated with an increase in allergies such as asthma and eczema because alpha-linoleic acid and linoleic acid compete for the same enzymes. Moreover, the increased intake of omega-6 fatty acids, provide high amounts of linoleic acid, which competes with EPA and DHA in the membrane of the cell. A low intake of omega-3 fatty acids will lead to an increase in omega-6 fatty acids and a large production of inflammatory cytokines and recruitment of mast cells. Additionally, Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) are shown to reduce the breakdown of Arachidonic acid into pro-inflammatory compounds while increasing the anti-inflammatory response. Because allergies are characterized by a chronic inflammatory state, the reduction of omega-6 fatty acids and increase in omega-3 fatty acids, may help the body to heal chronic inflammatory conditions.8,[11]    


 Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation in Pregnancy Outcomes

Fish Oil Supplements in Pregnancy Reduce Asthma Risk in Offspring

Clinical studies are showing that the consumption or supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids in pregnancy may reduce allergic diseases in offspring. In one randomized placebo-controlled study, 154 women who were affected by allergies or had previous children with allergies, were given 2.7 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids.  They supplemented with EPA and DHA at 25 weeks gestation until 3-4 months of breastfeeding. The results showed that the risk of food allergy decreased by over seven-fold and the risk of food related eczema decreased by three-fold.8,12 Likewise, the observational data showed that mothers who didn’t eat fish during pregnancy had an increased risk of having a child with asthma. In fact, a low intake of ALA and omega-3 fatty acids coincided with a 66% increase in offspring with asthma. 8,13

Additionally, a review of 10 cohort studies and 5 randomized controlled trials showed that women who consume or supplement high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids may be taking the first step in preventing allergic disease in future generations. In fact, more than 70% of observational studies found a significant decrease of inflammatory allergic conditions in offspring with an increased consumption of fish or omega-3 supplementation during pregnancy. Ensuring an optimal omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio before the fetal immune system develops, may be an important step in preventing allergic diseases in children.8,12  


How to Safely Consume Omega 6 and Omega 3 Fatty Acids

 Omega-6 fatty acids are essential to the diet and serve to promote the inflammatory response in the human body, but we should be getting them from healthy whole-food sources instead of highly processed oils. By eating pastured meats, eggs, olive oil, nuts and seeds you can be assured that you are getting enough omega-6 fatty acids. Lowering the ratio can be easily done by enjoying these foods daily and by increasing the amount of seafood in the diet. While consuming walnuts, chia, and flaxseed oil will increase the ALA in the diet, the conversion rate to EPA and DHA is low; therefore, it is imperative to eat wild caught seafood such as salmon, sardines, shrimp, oysters, and anchovies while taking a quality fish oil or algae supplement. Omega-3 fatty acid supplements can be in the form of fish oil, krill, cod liver oil, and algae (for vegans or seafood allergies). 11

Additionally, the quality of seafood does matter as farm raised fish do not contain omega 3 fatty acids. Fish rely on their diet of algae to make EPA and DHA and farm raised seafood is often fed grains, soy, corn, and plant proteins making them high in omega-6 fatty acids.14 For this reason, it is crucial to purchase wild-caught fish as opposed to farm raised. 11,14



 Without a doubt, Americans are lacking in their consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, and this results in a high omega 6: omega 3 ratio. Studies are showing the imbalance of these fatty acids may be contributing to the high rates of autoimmune disease in our country. Currently, the benefits of omega-3 supplementation are being studied for several inflammatory conditions including obesity, cancer, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, and depression. While studies show that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids can reduce inflammatory autoimmune diseases overall, more research needs to be done. Some studies were observational or used questionable methods to substantiate evidence such as using lower doses of fish oil capsules which proved to be ineffective. The optimal ratio of omega 6: omega 3 is debatable, has not been clearly defined, and may be specific to the individual. Other limitations such as environmental and nutritional factors must also be considered when evaluating research.




1)  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/02/these-are-the-world-s-healthiest-nations/ 


2)     https://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g2272 


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5)     GlobalData (2016). EpiCast Report: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) – Epidemiology Forecast To 2025, December 2016, GDHCER144-16

6)     Medicine, The National Academies. Dietary reference intakes for energy, carbohydrate, fiber, fat, fatty acids, cholesterol, protein and amino acids. J Am Diet Assoc. 2002 Nov;102(11):1621-30. doi: 10.1016/s0002-8223(02)90346-9. Erratum in: J Am Diet Assoc. 2003 May;103(5):563. PMID: 12449285.


7)     Gerster H. Can adults adequately convert alpha-linolenic acid (18:3n-3) to eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5n-3) and docosahexaenoic acid (22:6n-3)? Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 1998;68(3):159-73. PMID: 9637947


8)     DiNicolantonio JJ, O’Keefe J. The Importance of Maintaining a Low Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio for Reducing the Risk of Autoimmune Diseases, Asthma, and Allergies. Mo Med. 2021 Sep-Oct;118(5):453-459. PMID: 34658440; PMCID: PMC8504498


9)     Adam O, Beringer C, Kless T, Lemmen C, Adam A, Wiseman M, Adam P, Klimmek R, Forth W. Anti-inflammatory effects of a low arachidonic acid diet and fish oil in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatol Int. 2003 Jan;23(1):27-36. doi: 

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11)   Lundeen KA, Sun B, Karlsson L, et al. Leukotriene B4 receptors BLT1 and BLT2: expression and function in human and murine mast cells. Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md: 1950) 2006;177:3439–47.


12)    Maslova E, Strom M, Oken E, et al. Fish intake during pregnancy and the risk of child asthma and allergic rhinitis – longitudinal evidence from the Danish National Birth Cohort. The British journal of nutrition. 2013;110:1313–25.


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An Interview with Dr. Kathryn Hale, Abundant Health Life 


Here at Longevity, we love partnering with and promoting like-minded practitioners in the community as we come alongside our patients on their wellness journeys. One of those practitioners is Dr. Kathryn Hale. 


Dr. Hale is a board-certified OBGYN with specialized training in Functional Medicine and Integrative Women’s Health. She has nearly a decade and a half of experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed her internship and residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, receiving valuable high-risk experience at The Regional Medical Center in Memphis. She served at a community health center in South Carolina before moving to North Georgia, where she practiced for over seven years as part of a single specialty group. She has also spent the past few years working as a Diplomat OBGYN Hospitalist with OB Hospitalist Group. 


Dr. Hale believes we are designed to live a whole and vibrant life now, and we can achieve an abundant, healthy life through a holistic approach to wellness. The conditions she treats include hypothyroidism and other endocrine disorders, and hormone imbalances. She also provides preconception/fertility and weight loss support. 


We interviewed Dr. Hale to learn more about her practice and the integrative services she offers. 


What is the heart and mission behind your practice and the work you do?  


I want to empower women to achieve the health and vitality they deserve to live life on their terms. 


When it comes to their reproductive and hormonal health, what do you think is the biggest obstacle or risk factor facing women today? What do you wish more women knew when it comes to their overall health and wellness?


The biggest obstacle facing women’s health is that women are often just not heard when they seek care. I wish more women knew that they deserve the time and investment it takes to make their health a priority. If they are well, the benefits trickle down to those they love and care about. They deserve to be well nourished and have the strength and energy to meet the demands of their lives. Achieving better health doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple sustainable shifts can alter  the trajectory of your health journey.


So many of our female patients come to us with insomnia issues. What are your recommendations for getting more restorative sleep? 


I recommend that women treat their sleep like they treat babies learning to sleep at night. Establish a consistent sleep schedule.  Develop a wind down routine that includes blue blocking  glasses from sundown, shutting down electronics at least an hour before bedtime. Create safety in your body through relaxation practices such as epsom salt baths and yoga. Release the day by dumping thoughts into a journal. Some women also benefit from natural progesterone supplementation, magnesium glycinate and herbs and supplements that help to calm the nervous system like Lavender and L-theanine. Cut out the afternoon caffeine if you struggle with sleep. 


What are some simple steps women  can take today to manage stress, prevent disease, and feel more whole and vibrant in mind, body, and spirit? 


Slow down. Many women that I see are burned out and suffering the consequences of hormone dysfunction and autoimmune disease. Prioritize hydration, a nutrient dense diet, regular movement and spiritual/mind body practices. I’ve also been discovering more and more that women suffer from lack of meaningful connection and prioritizing joy. 


Our practice takes a preventative approach to women’s health, utilizing proactive testing to assess disease development and holistic supporting therapies to promote detoxification. How can our practices work hand-in-hand to help our clients feel their very best?  


I love that. I am definitely a fan of regular comprehensive detox and taking a proactive approach to wellness. I have the knowledge and experience to support the whole woman when situations arise that require more expertise in terms of hormonal health and women’s health in general. Abundant Health Life can come alongside Longevity Health when Functional Testing is needed to dig deeper and get to the root of what is impacting a woman’s health. We also offer a wide range of nutrition, hormonal, herbal and if need be pharmaceutical therapeutics to help a woman heal from the inside out. As a telemedicine practice, we also bring this type of care to women who, due to the logistics of life or geography, have challenges in accessing whole body wellness services.


To learn more about Dr. Hale and her practice, visit https://www.abundanthealthlife.com/ 

By Janelle Bertler, Traditional Naturopathic Practitioner, Longevity Health Center


As parents we all want what is best for our children! Whether your child is an infant, toddler, elementary school aged, or a teenager, it’s important to put some conscious thought into making a safer and healthier environment for our “little men” to thrive. (A lot of these suggestions can also apply to your Little Princesses too, so don’t shy away from the pointers below.) 


As we begin re-establishing school year routines, it’s a perfect time to look at cleaning up our home environments as well as adopting some naturopathic approaches, to set our little men up for healthier adulthoods. 


Endocrine Disruptors


The biggest hidden danger for our boys these days is an ever-increasing exposure to estrogen mimickers, also called endocrine disruptors. These compounds mimic estrogen in the body, disrupting the natural balance of hormones within the system. The cumulative effect of exposure to multiple sources of endocrine disruptors can be significant. Young boys are particularly vulnerable during critical periods of development. Exposure to these substances can have a significant impact on our kids’ delicate hormonal balance and can interfere with normal growth and maturation. These chemicals are commonly found in plastics, pesticides, personal care products and even some foods. 


Since our home environment is the space that our children spend most of their time in, adopting a toxin-free lifestyle has become increasingly important in promoting overall health. Let’s explore practical steps in creating a toxin-free home:


Choose Organic Whole Foods

Conventionally grown fruits and vegetables often contain pesticide residues; some act as estrogen mimickers. Choose organic produce whenever possible. Also, avoid processed food containing additives and preservatives, which are hidden sources of endocrine-disrupting compounds. Remember to avoid those harmful food dyes, too.


Food Safe Storage

Plastics, BPA’s, and Phthalates are sources of estrogen mimickers. Not all plastics are created equal. Some contain more hormone disruptors than others, yet when storing or heating food, avoid using plastic containers of any kind. Glass or stainless steel will always be the healthier options. Also be mindful of using plastic wraps. There are eco-friendly alternatives like beeswax wraps.


Personal Care Products

Many personal care products like shampoos, soaps, and lotions contain harmful chemicals, which can also act as estrogen mimickers. Choose natural and organic personal care products free from synthetic compounds. Since anything put on your body is absorbed through your skin, make very conscious decisions in this arena! Make sure your kids are using fluoride-free toothpaste as well.


Filter Your Water

Since public water supplies may contain trace amounts of estrogen mimickers, chemicals (such as chlorine & fluoride) and/or pharmaceutical medications, and even lead, installing a quality water filtration system can go a long way in reducing your toxin exposure. Use filtered water for your “little men” to drink as well as for any family cooking needs. If you want to take it a step further, look into shower filters too!


Avoid Synthetic Fragrances

Air fresheners, cleaning products, and personal care products with fragrances are all toxin building. Opt for naturally scented or essential oil scented products. If you want to take it one step further, entertain the idea of creating your own cleaning or personal care products with natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, and lemon juice. 


Air Filtration

Indoor air can be more toxic than outdoor air. Many indoor items, such as furniture, carpets and cleaning products release volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). VOC’s negatively impact respiratory health and contribute to indoor air pollution. To improve the air quality of the home, think about: 

  • Increasing ventilation by opening windows or using fans
  • Using HEPA filters to remove airborne pollutants
  • Incorporating indoor air purifying plants, such as peace lilies or spider plants
  • Choose low-VOC paints, adhesives and building material when renovating or redecorating

Mindful Pest Control

Common pest control methods involve the use of toxic chemicals that can harm both pets and humans. Keeping a clutter-free home can reduce pest attraction and when needed opt for natural and non-toxic approaches. Natural repellents like diatomaceous earth, vinegar or essential oils are great at deterring pests. My hidden weapon of choice for the wasps that hide around entrances of buildings is WD-40. The extended nozzle lets you aim up high under building overhangs. (It’s a great solution for single mothers terrified of bugs!)


Now that we have reduced the toxic load of the home environment, let’s look at other holistic principles in regards to raising healthy men. 


Balanced Nutrition

Sometimes this is easier said than done. If you need a little extra support in this area, take a look at a greens powder for increasing nutrient intake. Or one of my favorite nutritional supports for my boys is IntraMax or IntraKid. It has a broad range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids like Omega-3s, and even some food based toxin binders!



Water plays a crucial role in optimal health and proper cellular functionality. Have your kids focus on drinking plenty of water for their size. Typically 1/2 of their body weight in ounces of water (For example, an 80-pound boy would need 40 ounces of water per day.) Avoid sugary liquids since they play a role in high blood sugar levels, obesity, and behavioral issues. 


Regular Body Movement

Physical activity is vital for boys’ health as it promotes healthy growth, improves cardiovascular health, and aids in maintaining a healthy weight. All little men need to engage in regular exercise. It supports mental well-being as it releases endorphins. Encourage them to find activities they enjoy – this can simply be outdoor play!


Mindfulness & Stress Management

Teaching boys mindfulness and stress management skills can have a profound impact on their emotional and mental health. Teaching them meditation, yoga, deep breathing, or even spending time in nature can help them better cope with stress and anxiety more effectively. Meditation apps and podcasts are an easy way for kids to learn these techniques. Some of these programs even come with tracking so you can see that they have been completing sessions.


Sufficient Sleep

Sleep is when the body heals, repairs, and consolidates memories. Adequate sleep is essential to support physical growth, physical health, and cognitive development! Aim for a consistent sleep schedule. Limit screen time/blue light before bed. Assist them in creating a calming bedtime routine to promote better sleep quality. Getting kids to bed a little early is really supportive on days when they are learning lots of new information. A few of our favorite kid-friendly sleep support products are Calms Forte and Melatonin


Emotional Well-being

The interconnectedness of the mind and body is recognized in Naturopathic medicine. Encourage your boys to have open communication. Validate their feelings. Teach them healthy ways to express their emotions. Help them to build resiliency by teaching them healthy mindsets and emotional intelligence, so they can develop resilience and grow up effectively navigating life’s challenges.  


Nutritional Support

Herbal remedies can be an excellent part of your home’s first-aid kit. ImmunoBerry and Echinacea can support the immune system. Olive Leaf is a wonderful herbal antimicrobial. ViraKid is excellent for cold or flu symptoms. Droscera is my go-to for my kids’ cough. There are so many options, and as always consult with your child’s naturopath about herbal remedies before using. 


My Challenge to You


Put some thought into these practical steps. Take this list in a slow and steady manner and begin making changes in your life to create a healthier future for our world’s children.  Try to make one change every week (or even every other week) so you don’t become overwhelmed. Another method of integrating these changes is this: As each product runs out, replace it with a healthier version. You will be surprised at the compounding results these little swaps will create over time.


In today’s fast-paced world, it’s essential to prioritize the health and well-being of our boys. As they grow and face various challenges, it becomes crucial to instill healthy habits that will serve them well throughout their lives. From infancy into adolescence, adopting a whole and healthy lifestyle can provide practices that promote physical, mental, and emotional health of our little men. Reducing exposure to hormonal disruptors, lays a foundation for healthier hormonal balance supporting their growth into healthy and resilient men. 


Remember that each child is unique, and it’s essential to adapt these principles to their individual needs. Let’s prioritize our young men’s health for a brighter and more vibrant future. If you desire personalized guidance and support, feel free to consult with one of our naturopathic providers. We are here to support you every step of the way!