Healthy Shoes for Every Day Use

As you may know, I'm a big supporter of minimalist or "barefoot" shoes that let our feet work the way they were designed to. This also lets the rest of the body align correctly and improves the mechanical and neurological experience of walking, leading to better overall health. I wrote a series of short articles [...]

Increasing Telomere Length

At the recent ICAK-USA (International College of Applied Kinesiology USA chapter) there were many cool new aproaches to improving our health. One of the most interesting presentations was on telomere research. Telomeres are the ends of our chromosomes, a little of which are lost every time a cell divides. When the telomeres got too short, [...]

Dangers of Proton Pump Inhibitors

I posted this on my office Facebook page but thought it was important enough to post here too. Did you know that taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI) like nexium, prilosec and aciphex commonly prescribed for heartburn, acid reflux and ulcers have a very dark side? They work by interfering with your normal stomach secretions of hydrochloric [...]

Folates and Colorectal Cancer

I recently had a patient come in expressing concern about folate, a B vitamin and colorectal cancer. A relative had told her that recent research had suggested the connection. She was concerned because she was taking a nutritional supplement I had recommended, 5-MTHF which is what your body converts folate or folic acid into before [...]

Antibiotics Can Do More Harm Than Good

A study published in the most recent Journal of The American Medical Association (JAMA) documented another area where antibiotics can do more harm than good. "Researchers at Washington University's med school worked with a bunch of primary care doctors around St. Louis to test whether an antibiotic was any better than a placebo for the [...]

Flawed Multivitamin Study?

Some of our patients have expressed concern regarding a recent study that makes a (fairly weak) association between post-menopausal women who take multivitamins and increased death rate. The short article below from Thorne Research addresses several flaws in the study and talks about why we should be careful about drawing conclusions from this study. Some [...]

Get Your Feet Turned On!

In my last post I talked about the need to gradually build up the strength in our feet and ankles if we want to switch to minimalist or "barefoot" styles of footwear. Highly supportive shoes and orthodics (arch/foot supports) deprive our foot and ankle muscles of exercise and cause them to atrophy if worn too [...]

Shoe Review

For the last few weeks I've been writing about my research and experimentation with minimalist or barefoot shoe and ambulation. I feel that there are some benefits to spending at least some time each day on our feet without heavy supportive shoes or orthodics. There will be at least one more post in this series [...]

Minimalist Transition

I'm going to write a short series of posts on my experience and research into minimalist and "barefoot" styles. Today I'll talk a bit about the transition to minimalist footwear. The first minimalist shoes I tried were a pair of martial art shoes I already had. They fit the definition for "minimalist" since the sole [...]