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On Friday October 5th, 2018 a 95-year wise woman with a striking wit and fire for life left this world. My grandma, Mary Elizabeth Walls Eshelman, also known as Polly, was a mother of four and a matriarch with which to be reckoned. She served as a WAVE in WWII, earned a business administration and math degree from Albright College in 1944, hosted foreign exchange students as her own, was a lo...

Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE) and multiple sclerosis (MS) cause chronic morbidity and disability in addition to negative psychological and socioeconomic effects on individuals (1).  Understanding how to manage these illnesses through aggressive nutrition intervention offers alternative methods to patients and practitioners.

 

Currently, res...

The holidays are an emotionally charged time of year. Physical demands aside, the mental and emotional expectations can be enough to sideline you during the season. Whether you yearn for the place you call “home,” wish for a life companion, or dream of healthier days -- the nostalgia can catch you off guard. Every. Single. Year.

 

Even if you anticipate these natural inclinations and make a point to...

Have you ever considered what’s in the moisturizer that you apply to your skin daily?

 

I didn’t for the first 30 years of my life, but once I learned that my body was accumulating unwanted toxins which were burdening my system - I decided to begin reading labels. Not just food labels, but all labels of any product that goes in or on my skin.  

 

As we’ve all heard, the skin is not only our larg...

It’s been six years since I received my lupus diagnosis and at least ten since my health began a slow decent. Within the past decade I’ve experienced many highs and lows surrounding my health, but it’s these unsung heroes and the silver lining that keep me growing in the pursuit of wellness... 

 

One benefit of my health quest has been working with a wide variety of practitioners and learning someth...

Everyone enjoys a treat. Especially those of us who don't readily find goodies we tolerate away from home. Whether you're avoiding gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, flour, or all of the above - I think you'll find this recipe pleasing.

 

Not only can the ingredients be thrown together in a pinch, but they're rich in beneficial fats like Medium Chain Trigylcerides (MCT's) from the coconut butter and coconut...

Autoimmune diseases are highly individualized conditions varying from their root cause, length of onset, type and severity of symptoms, response to treatments, and even inflammatory triggers.

 

What might set off a cascade of inflammation in one individual might not phase another. By examining the scientific literature, patient trends, and anecdotal evidence certain commonalities stand out - partic...

You’ve likely heard that inflammation, a damaging process whereby the immune system releases ongoing inflammatory chemicals, is at the root of all disease. But what does this mean for you?

 

It’s common to recognize inflammation when we blatantly see or feel it. You might deal with sore joints, swollen ankles, skin rashes, mouth ulcers, or even a flushed face after drinking wine or exerting energy....

 

These days it’s tough, but not impossible, to consume an anti-inflammatory diet when eating away from home. It might be just as difficult eating "in" depending on what types of ingredients fill your fridge and line your pantry. 

 

If you're looking to reduce inflammation in your body, tweak your daily routine bit by bit with the following suggestions.

 

Choose those ideas that resonate with you most...

It's been a while.

 

Last July when I wrote about taking my life offline, I knew I needed some time to step back and reflect. I'd been struggling with pain, old viruses and chelation (frequent oral dose via the Andy Cutler protocol due to chronic heavy metal poisoning) for months. What I didn't realize was that nearly a year would pass before I wrote much else. 

 

In an attempt to make up for lost ti...

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Registered Dietitian Nutritionist -- Integrative & Functional Practitioner

Autoimmunity - Food and Chemical Sensitivities - Reducing Toxin Exposure

Professional Nutrition Consulting, PLLC

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