Are you ADDRESSING your health?

If you look up ADDRESS in the dictionary you’ll find – “To direct the efforts or attention of oneself” and “to begin to deal with.”

My question to you is, “have you started to ADDRESS yourself?” Have you began to deal with yourself?

Have you looked at your Attitude and mentality on life? Do you try to make the best out of situations? Do you think positively? Do you actively do things to improve your emotions, your mental health, your outlook on life, and probably more importantly, your outlook on yourself? If you think you need some change in this area, EFT, which stands for emotional freedom technique, is a proven way to improve your emotional and mental wellbeing.

Have you addressed your Diet? Do you consciously decide that you’re going to eat healthy, or do you let social conditioning, advertisements, flashy labels and misguided agencies creep their way into your subconscious and determine what you eat? If you’re not taking control of your diet you know who is in control? Pepsi Co, Nestle, Kellogg, CocaCola. And if you think that these companies have your best interest in mind, you better think again and do some research.

Have you addressed your Direction? What do I mean by direction? I mean your purpose. Why are you here? Don’t know? What are you good at? Nothing? What do you want to be good at? What’s the purpose of having a good diet if you have no purpose or direction in life? Where are you going? What is the reason for you doing the things that you do? Going against the grain and everything that society pushes on us, be it junk food, pharmaceuticals, partying all night, not getting any rest, getting something for nothing, having an attitude that we can do whatever we want without any consequences, saying we should focus on a million things at once, or whatever else society fills our mind with… going against this is hard. It’s difficult. It requires you to stay on point and be consistent with your values, your goals, eating right, getting enough rest, moving your body every day, reducing the stress and noise in your life, and getting in what your body needs on a daily basis. In order to do all of that, you need some sort of direction. If there’s no reason for you to be here then what will be the reason for you to go against the tide and do the necessary things to be great?

Have you addressed your Rest? You go to the gym, you don’t build muscle in the gym. You tear it down when you work out. You build up your muscles when you sleep. When you take a break. When you recover. Are you recovering? Are you resting enough? Are you getting in the 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night? Are you giving your body the necessary rest it needs to heal and function at its best? And are you taking breaks in your life? Some of the greatest people in the world would take week long vacations, stepping away from their multi million dollar businesses, to rewire themselves and recharge themselves so they can step back in and do their job. Are you giving yourself the breaks you not only deserve, but that you need in order to be great?

Are you addressing your Exercise? You can eat the best food in the world, but if you’re not moving your body, forget about being in great health (the opposite is also true). We’re creatures that evolved walking, running, hunting, and constantly moving. Sitting for 5-7 hours a day isn’t our natural state. Being active is. A new study came out saying that sitting all day was worse than smoking. If you sit all day long, consider getting a standing desk. Upgrade it by getting a treadmill desk or something to help you constantly move and not lock your joints like a fluidstance.

Are addressing your Stress? We live in a stressful world. There is constant buzzing all around us. Responsibilities pile up. People do things we don’t like. Stressful events happen. With all of the noise that is being thrown at us, it’s up to us to actively take measures to reduce it. The best way I’ve found to reduce stress and live a more peaceful and centered life is to meditate. I practice transcendental meditation. There are other ways too. Nature walks. Regular walks not in nature. Sunbathing. Massage. Acupuncture. Talking things out. Writing things out. Getting clear with exactly what you are doing and why you are doing it. Many times just bringing some clarity to something reduces loads of stress. Seeing things from other people’s point of view. Playing an instrument. Working out. Practicing yoga. Singing. Dancing. Reading. Doing emotional freedom technique. The list goes on. Although meditation is, in my opinion, the best way to reduce stress after eliminating the energy robbers and needless things from your life.

Are you addressing Supplements? We live in a toxic world. Let’s face it. We’ve royally screwed up our environment. And the way we live our lives is not conductive to health either. From the constant stress we’re under, to the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe, we constantly increase our need for proper nutrition. A hundred years ago I wouldn’t be writing about supplements. And I still think that there might be a few outliers who don’t need them. But because of the toxic burden that’s on our bodies in todays world, and the need for nutrients that we are no longer getting form our food (because the soil has been degraded so much), I’m an advocate for supplements. If you’re healthy, maybe just a multi, omega 3 and some vitamin D will do. But considering that nearly everyone has some form of dis-ease going on, a few more supplements might be necessary. Anyway, supplements are the last part of ADDRESSing yourself. If the others aren’t down first, supplements probably won’t be the thing that really gets you to great health.




Great Analogy of Our “Healthcare” system

The medical model is more of a “disease care” model. It doesn’t actually focus on improving health, but rather it tries to target specific diseases or symptoms and create some sort of relief, usually via pharmaceutical pills or surgery. The functional approach focuses on building health. Instead of treating each specific symptom, Functional medicine and functional nutrition aims to build upon your body’s innate capabilities to heal. When you restore proper functioning to the body, a lot of times symptoms simply go away. The difference between the modern medical or “allopathic” approach and the functional nutrition approach can be explained in this analogy.

Imagine there’s a tree. It’s leaves start to turn brown and fall off. The allopathic medical model would look at the tree and say “the symptoms are that the leaves are brown and falling off the tree.” So they would treat the symptoms by painting the leaves green and reattaching them to the tree. This of course is completely ridiculous because we know that what we really should be focusing on is what is causing the leaves to turn brown and fall off the tree. We should look at the soil quality and see if it’s getting enough nutrients. Look to see what the micro biome of the soil is and if there’s any bugs or pathogens on the tree. We should see if it’s getting enough sunlight and it’s hydrated with enough water.

The symptoms of the leaves turning brown and falling off were the last things to show up after all of these other stressors affected it. The functional approach looks at those hidden stressors and tries to find out what’s really going on instead of just covering up the symptoms. It aims to get to the root of what’s causing health issues.

To take this analogy even further. If we look at painting the brown leaves green, the tree may look better on the outside, but on the inside it’s still not healthy. This system makes a lot of money for the companies that sell the paint to the tree. Unfortunately, other problems will start to happen to the tree because it never really took care of the underlying issue. Maybe the tree might lose it’s ability to make fruit. Luckily, the same companies that makes the paint for the leaves also make a product that can help the tree make fruit. But that product doesn’t really work that well, and it makes the tree start losing it’s bark. So now the tree gets paint to paint the brown leaves green; It gets a product so that it can make fruit, and it gets a cream to help it grow its bark back. The companies that are making these products are making a fortune while the tree really isn’t getting it’s problems fixed.

The same thing is happening every day in our disease-care system. The drug manufacturers are making billions while the people aren’t getting healthier.

But the entirety of the blame definitely doesn’t fall on the shoulders of the companies or the doctors or the disjointed medical system in general.

Image this:

Let’s imagine for a second that the tree from before found out that its leaves were turning brown and falling off because it wasn’t receiving the right nutrients from the soil. It turns out that a giant food company started growing fields of gmo corn next to the tree just a couple years ago. They degraded the soil by mono cropping and using poor fertilizer, pesticides and other chemicals that leached into the soil.

At first, the tree didn’t notice any difference, so it has a false notion that the chemicals and food company has nothing to do with its leaves falling off. And then once it does discover the truth, it realized that in order to actually get better, it needs to uproot itself and move to a place where the soil is of better quality. It would take effort and dedication. Most trees wouldn’t want to uproot themselves, even if it meant that they would be healthier, because that would require change. They’d rather stay in the cycle of painting their leaves green and applying creams to help them make fruit and grow their bark. 

My hope is that you are different.

My hope is that you actually do “uproot” yourself and make the changes you need to make in order to be healthy and get to the root of your problems.

Eat real, whole foods.

Don’t eat processed, sugar laden, highly refined foods. 

Move your body every day.

Get to bed on time and get enough sleep.

Think positive thoughts.

Meditate and be present to the moment.

Drink water.

Avoid stressful situations when possible.

Surround yourself with people you can look up to (or use youtube or social media to constantly look at these people)

Reduce stress as much as you can.

Be honest.

Cultivate Healthy Relationships.

Strive to better yourself.

And Love.

Have you ever broken an addiction?

30 days.

That’s the number.

If you can’t go without something for 30 days then you’re probably addicted to it. This is of course relevant to those things in which we can essentially live without, i.e. water doesn’t count.

But other things do count.

Let’s begin with something obvious.

Cigarettes – we all know of their addicting properties. If going 30 days without a cigarette seems like an impossible task and you simply can’t do it, you’re addicted to cigarettes.

Coffee – Here’s something not so obvious. If you try to end your relationship which fresh brew and find yourself falling for its taste and that pick me up feeling over and over again, you might be addicted. If you can’t go 30 days without it, you’re addicted.

Porn – This is something that affects both men and women. Some people watch porn and masterbate every single day of their lives. Living without porn can reap rewards most people never know of. Try doing a 30 day no-porn challenge. If you fail, guess what, porn addiction may be something that is controlling you.

Alcohol – This might be the largest addiction that affects the greatest number of people. I once turned my friend onto a 21 day cleanse in which she wasn’t allowed to drink alcohol. She couldn’t even make 21 days without it. That’s what we call an addiction. How long can you go without alcohol for?

Television – A complete time-waster, tv is addicting because it allows you to turn off your brain and your thinking mind and numb yourself in front of its colors and sounds for as long as you want. When the last season of breaking bad was over and game of thrones next season didn’t start, that’s when I stopped watching tv. I have to say that the hiatus of time between the only two shows I liked to watch was a miracle in disguise for me, as I haven’t watched tv since.

Videogames – Before my time sitting mindlessly in front of the television screen was over, I would sit mindlessly in front of my computer screen. Sure, I could argue that playing highly tactical rts games like Starcraft 2 requires at least some brainpower, but that doesn’t take away the fact that I wasted countless hours every day clicking away. I was lucky enough to have broke my gaming mouse and decided to get a trackpad instead which is what finally ended my video game addiction. Before then I don’t know if I would have been able to go 30 days without playing them.

Soda/Junk food/Stimulants/buying non necessities – all of these things can be addicting and all of them should be evaluated and checked to see if they are addictions in your life.

The point of this article was to bring some possible light into a situation to which you may never had even thought of. Are the things that you do every day part of a healthy life? Or are they habits baed around addiction?

Try doing a 30 day challenge with any of the above-mentioned things where you go without it, or think of your own and try that out. A good tip is to replace these things with something more meaningful or something that will improve your life. Go for a walk, practice yoga or exercise. Read a book. Listen to a book on audible. Study something. Play an instrument. Meditate. Cook a healthy meal with real food. Call a friend or family member. Write out your goals. These are all options.

All in all, always be working on improving your situation by taking action and investing in yourself and leveraging your time.

Think to yourself, if I do this for the next ten years, how will it affect my life? Will it bring me closer to my goals? If the answer is no, then why are you doing it?

Our Disjointed Medical System and Our Skin

As I learn more about the human body, biology and physiology and biochemistry, I am able to connect the dots between the different systems of the body more clearly. This has got me wondering, why doesn’t the allopathic medical approach follow the same principles of biology as nature?

Each and every one of our systems are connected. The immune system is connected to the digestive system is connected to the skeletal system is connected to our neural system.

If everything is connected, then why is there such a reductionistic viewpoint when it comes to the human body and the medical system?

That answer goes far back a couple hundred years when allopathic medicine overtook homeopathic and what’s now known as “alternative” medicine.

Now, the advancements in medicine is clearer incredible and thank god for what we’ve been able to do. Yet, clearly the reductionist approach where we separate all of our body parts into sections and see no connection between them has caused many a misfortune in those who can’t seem to find answers for their health complaints.

I want to take inflammation of the skin as an example here because this affected me and affects millions of people world wide. The way we a taught to think and the way allopathic doctors and dermatologists are trained is to look at the skin, the pilosebaceous  units and sweat glands and all of the components of the skin and make decisions of what medicine to use; i.e. benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinol, etc…

They look at the skin and that’s it.

The problem with this is that they are not thinking how the other organ systems are effecting the skin. As we now know, there can be a system that is failing which is causing reactions in other parts of the body. Leaky gut is a major contributor to skin inflammation and yet how many doctors or dermatologists even mention gut health to their patients? Most are still stuck in the flawed, outdated, completely debunked myth that diet has nothing to do with acne.

Now, there can be a myriad reasons why the skin is inflamed (leaky gut, congested liver, free-radical damage, nutrient deficiencies, lack of sleep, dehydration, and more) and yet these things are never discussed inside the white walled offices of those sporting lab coats.

So, what can you do if you find that the current medical model has failed you and there doesn’t seem to be any answers?

Take a look into functional medicine. Go to and click the “find the practitioner” button and find someone near you who will give you the right tests to take so that you get to the root cause of your problems.

And if there’s no FM doctor around, go to and hire a health detective.

Get to the root cause of your problems and stop simply covering up the symptoms.

Measure the different systems in your body and uncover healing opportunities, and then take action on them.

Prevent Illness – Even with no symptoms you can still be in trouble

I just read an article that really hones in on how important getting special, functional nutrition tests (unfortunately not covered by insurance) is to your health and wellbeing. Even if you are completely free from symptoms, there can be problems. Find out how your body is functioning.

Check out this article to understand why just getting a regular “check up” won’t cut it when it comes to your health.

Stop treating symptoms. An example why the Allopathic approach is wrong and some philosophical insights

Let’s take a look at stomach acid.

Stomach acid is necessary for the digestion of proteins.

The allopathic “symptom relief” model regularly prescribes antacids for people with acid reflux and heartburn which decrease stomach acid.

Long term use of antacids has been shown to increase the incidences of osteoporosis and many other chronic health concerns. Because pancreatic enzymes require acid from the stomach to become active, antacids inevitably lower digestive enzymes in the body. Sure, the burning sensation symptom of having acid splash up into your throat gets relief, but now you have a hard time digesting proteins, carbs and fat! This can lead to gas, bloating, constipation and indigestion. See how just covering up the symptoms doesn’t work!?

There’s an underlying reason why people have heartburn, most likely poor food choices, eating too much food at one sitting, H. Pylori infection, food allergies or bacterial overgrowth. Take care of the root causes of the problem and that’s how you’ll truly heal.

That’s why I love functional medicine. It digs deep and looks at the underlying factors that are causing the symptoms. It addresses the root causes and heals the body at the most basic level as supposed to simply covering up symptoms that usually lead to a host of other problems springing up down the road.

It takes time, effort, dedication and a willingness on the patient’s part to implement the protocols, but nothing worth while comes fast. We’re in a culture of instant gratification. That’s not the reality of the world. That is an imaginary place portrayed by the media that tries to condition you into thinking that there is a quick fix for everything.

If there was a quick fix for everything, then why the hell is everyone sick and tired and complaining and pissed off and depressed all the time?

It’s because we’ve lost touch with the truths of the universe. We’ve lost touch with nature. We’ve lost touch with our bodies.

Get back in touch with yourself. Seek to get to the root cause of whatever goes on in your life and fix it, whether it’s your health or your relationships or your disorganization or lack of money or lack of confidence.

Did Deep.

There are answers to nearly everything out there.

The Best Test to Improve Your Health (IMO)

Update: I no longer think that this is the best test to get to improve your health. And I also think that if you’re going to do food sensitivity testing you should get both this and the IgG test. 

Imagine you take a test that immediately shows you that every time you eat a tomato thousands of cells release inflammatory compounds into your bloodstream that end up damaging your body. Imagine coming to the end of an elimination diet or a cleanse and knowing exactly what foods to introduce back into your diet and why. This is what my favorite test allows us to do, and it’s what I’d like to introduce to you.

It’s called the Mediator Release Test® (MRT®) and this is one of the very first tests that I recommend

What is this test and what does it do?

The MRT® is a food and food-chemical sensitivity test that measures how your blood reacts to different substances.

How does the MRT® work?

When our cells come in contact with a perceived harmful substance, called an antigen, they release compounds called mediators which helps to fight off the antigen. When a non-harmful substance comes in contact with our cells, they don’t release these mediators.

MRT® measures the amount of mediators that are released by your cells when they come in contact with 150 different foods and chemicals. The more mediators that are released from your cells, the greater sensitivity you have to that particular food or chemical. If something doesn’t release any mediators from your cells when they come in contact with it then that means that you’re not sensitive to it. If something causes your cells to release a ton of mediators then that means that your body rejects that food or chemical and you’re highly sensitive to it. The release of mediators by your cells is a measurement of inflammation. The greater the amount of mediators released, the greater the amount of inflammation in the body.

If we frequently ingest something that we’re highly sensitive to, we will never heal ourselves because our bodies will be in a perpetual state of inflammation. Inflammation is the cornerstone of nearly every disease, and doing everything we can to bring down the inflammatory response is crucial if we want to heal our bodies or perform at an optimal level.

Undiagnosed food sensitivities can affect the following and more:

  • PCOS
  • Asthma
  • GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease)
  • ADD and ADHD
  • Migraines
  • Depression
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • IBS
  • Atopic dermatitis

Why MRT® is the best food sensitivity test to get.

There are a few different tests available if you are looking into food sensitivities. The first one I ever got was an IgG test that showed me that I had a huge IgG immune reaction to eggs. That was great, but the problem was that IgG food sensitivity tests (and other similar tests) only test for reactions involving a single pathway. If you get an IgG test, it tests for IgG antibodies and nothing more. If you get an IgE test, it tests for IgE antibodies and nothing more.

The medical community used to define a toxin as something that created antibody formation from the immune system. Standard food sensitivity tests test for the presence of these antibodies in your blood. These antibodies are a response of your adaptive immune system. The adaptive immune system creates specific antibodies such as IgG for each specific substance it deems harmful. For instance, if you eat an orange and you’re sensitive to oranges, your adaptive immune system will release antibodies specific for oranges. If you’re sensitive to soy, your adaptive immune system will create specific antibodies for soy.

Here’s the thing though, there is a second immune system called the innate immune system which doesn’t create specific antibodies for each individual thing we’re sensitive to. The innate immune system simply attacks everything it deems harmful by releasing cellular mediators. Until just a couple years ago, allergy research has completely ignored the innate immune system in its relationship to food sensitivities. Since most food sensitivity tests only base their results off of the response of the adaptive immune system (the formation of antibodies), food sensitivities can remain unidentified if they don’t effect the adaptive immune system. For example, Fasano et. al. found out that gluten sensitivity, which affects approximately 15 to 20 million Americans, can cause inflammation by triggering the innate immune system without causing IgG antibodies. If someone does a standard sensitivity test and gluten comes back without a ton of antibody activity then they might think it’s OK to eat even though it can be causing inflammation. Things that your body deems harmful can cause your cells to release mediators even if IgG antibodies don’t get released. 

Luckily, the MRT® accounts for the effect something might have on both the innate and adaptive immune systems by looking at the amount of mediators released when certain substances come in contact with your cells.

Another advantage of the MRT® is that it measures chemical sensitivities as well as food sensitivities. Chemical sensitivities can have huge implications in our health. Standard tests don’t account for this.

How does the MRT® determine what you’re sensitive to?

When mediators are released from your cells during an inflammatory reaction, the volume of the cells changes. If the cells are in a sample of blood in vitro, then when the intracellular mediators get released from the cells, the blood volume will rise. MRT® measures this by testing up to 150 samples of blood and the reactions they have to different foods, food-chemicals and other substances.

Why I love It.

2 words. Easy and practical. It’s easy to do and provides practical advice you can start implementing immediately. It will have clinical relevance/benefit because as soon as you take the foods that cause inflammation out of your diet, you’ll immediately lower the amount of inflammation in your body, which should translate into a lessoning or reversal of many symptoms. “This test alone gives miraculous results with things like migraines and skin conditions, things where the foods are exactly what the main stressor was. It’s really important to eliminate those foods.”

– Reed Davis , founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition

How can I get this test?

The only way to order this test is through a qualified personnel. You can contact me at or leave a comment and I will send you the information you need if you’d like to order the MRT® (I recommend it).

Do you want to survive or THRIVE? 

In today’s world, you can survive on foods that cause damage because even if you’re not in a high state of health, modern technology can keep us going. You can make it through the day and get things done, but you simply cannot live out your fullest health potential if you are consistently eating foods that cause massive inflammation in your body. In order to THRIVE you need to be eating a diet that agrees with your unique bio-individuality. This test is the fastest and easiest way to learn about what foods work for you so that you can get more done.

Imagine having more energy, clearer skin, less anxiety and a more calm mind. All of this is possible by eating the right foods.

You see, foods are drugs – we medicate ourselves every time we eat. The wrong foods, even HEALTHY foods can damage your body. It doesn’t matter if you still eat the Standard American Diet or if you’ve already been eating a clean, healthy organic diet for years. Knowing what foods you’re sensitive to gives incredible insight into how YOU can heal YOUR body and THRIVE.

Awesome Idea For an Acne Program

Hey so I was up really late the other night because my brain exploded with ideas and I thought of an awesome idea that will help people to clear their skin problems such as acne.

You might not know this but I suffered from severe nodular cystic acne for a long time. I changed my diet, which helped a lot, but it wasn’t enough. So I changed my exercise routine, which helped some more, but it wasn’t enough. I started taking supplements, which, once again, helped, but didn’t address the root causes.

That’s why I am now in school getting certified in functional diagnostic nutrition. Because I want to help people get to the root cause of their issues.

However, most people will see dramatic improvements, if not complete recovery from their skin problems by implementing some sound fundamental principles such as ditching dairy, going gluten free, shunning sugar, overloading the vegetables, eating the right fruits, getting enough sunlight, breathing deep, getting enough sleep, reducing stress and meditating, eating clean and having a positive attitude.

Because these are so critical, I want to make a program that teaches people these things.

Implementing everything at once is quite the challenge and it’s hard to fully grasp all of the concepts, so I’ve come up with a solution. Implement each habit, one at a time, starting with the most important, and work on it for 30 days, get to understand why it’s important and how to implement it, and then move onto the next habit.

I’m going to call it Clear Nutrition’s Habit-Based 30 Day Challenges to Clearer Skin and a Life Worth Living.

What do you think? Good idea, right? Please let me know if you think it’s good because that will give me more encouragement to keep going with it.

I made a video talking about how I came to this, which you can watch here



Bone Broth, aka Bone Stock and why it’s better than soup

I have been making soup for years. In fact, a delicious soup called Brasco Broth has been a staple in my diet for over ten years. I would get the carrots, onions, garlic, celery, chicken, etc. and put it in a giant pot and simmer it for 12 to 24 hours. I would then debone and deskin the chicken and add it back into my soup and eat the entire thing.

Now I am questioning whether it is worth it to keep the solid matter, such as the vegetables, in my soup.

I just spent the past 5 hours looking at different resources concerning bone broth and have come to the conclusion that the vegetables and meats give all that they have (they release all of their nutrients) after 24 hours of simmering and that there really isn’t any nutritional value left in them. I think that after 12 hours this is probably true. Anything that was in the carrot or celery or onion is now in the liquid portion of the soup. So unless you just want to eat them for the texture and fiber, there’s probably not any reason to do so. And actually it’s probably better to simply toss them and drink the broth that’s left over (I’ll explain why in a sec).

With knowing all of this, I am making SOUP RULES.

  1. If I’m going to cook a soup for under 12 hours then I’ll keep my veggies in there.
  2. If I’m leaving something on the stove for longer, I’m straining only the liquid portion out and just drinking that.


** Soup tastes awesome and is ridiculously healthy and healing. Bone broth also tastes great and is incredibly healing. When we stick to simpler meals and a smaller variety of foods (similar to how traditional people ate) that translates into better digestion. So why not make soup with a whole chicken and a ton of veggies like normal, then de-bone and de-skin the chicken, add the meat back into the soup, and then start to make a broth from the bones in another pot!? That way you’ll have the soup with the meat plus which should last a couple days AND you’ll have broth which should not only last a couple days but will give your system a break from solid foods. If you do it this way, you can have 4 days worth of meals with only a few hours prep time. And because they’re so similar and healing it will be incredibly healing for the digestive system!

Alternatively, you can buy pasture-raised bone-in chicken breasts and cook them for dinner and instead of throwing away the bones you can simmer them in water with some veggies and apple cider vinegar to make a broth. Make two meals in one! I will never throw out bones again! **

I’ve always felt like I should eat the vegetables and leftover meat because I didn’t want to throw them out, but with my new understanding of how nourishing bone broth is and the fact that it frees up energy if we simply drink broth as supposed to eating soup, I am now in favor of tossing the solids after they’ve been cooked and sipping on some liquid deliciousness.

Some plus sides to discarding the solids when you make broth include:

  • Not having to use a spoon when you drink it
  • Being able to put it in a mug, cup or bottle and drink it like coffee or tea
  • Drinking liquids (as supposed to eating), frees up energy that can be allocated for detoxification. This is amplified if the liquid doesn’t contain fiber (like broth or green juice)
  • It takes less time to make because you only need to cut things up into chunks as supposed to little pieces which is what you need to do when you make soup
  • It takes less time to make because you don’t have to de-bone the carcass or bones when you finish. You’ll just pour the broth through a strainer and maybe a cloth or coffee strainer if you want to make sure all of the particulates are filtered out
  • It takes less time to make because you don’t have to de-skin the chicken or meat.
  • You can leave it on the stove and have it cooking for days at a time if you keep refilling it with water
  • I believe it will help repair the intestinal wall even more than just soup because there’s more surface area available in your intestines for the broth (since there’s no vegetables or meat) and because of that, only the gut-healing gelatin and nutrients that are in the broth will gently glide along your intestinal wall, and there won’t be any solids to cause potential harm.

Ok, so I guess I know how I’ll be making my broth/stock from now on.

What I learned about bone broth, in the order of what I deem most important:

  1. Overall, bone broth is basically mandatory if you’re trying to heal the gut. It’s probably the best food you can eat (drink?) if you have digestive issues. And considering that almost everyone has gut problems, bone broth really should be a staple food by almost everyone. I’ve even heard of vegetarians noticing huge improvements when they start implementing bone broth into their diets. The gelatin from bone broth helps your body digest almost everything more easily.
  2. Bone broth has a lot of Glycine in it. Glycine is important for a ton of reasons. It’s an amino acid that helps to regulate blood sugar levels by controlling gluconeogenesis in the liver. It’s a component of glutathione, the body’s number one antioxidant. It helps to detoxify the body by binding to toxins such as bisphenol sulfate (a common preservative found in processed foods) and renders them harmless in the liver. Glycine helps to inactivate excitotoxins in the brain (who wants excitotoxins firing off) and so it helps you to be more stable, think more rationally and controls appetite because you’re not getting crazy signals that trick your brain into wanting more (hello msg and bliss point).
  3. Bone broth has a ton of gelatin and collagen in it, which helps to heal the lining of the gut and heal and repair connective tissues. People with joint pain should absolutely be eating bone broth on a weekly if not daily basis. Broth is also ridiculously anti-inflammatory. One study in the journal CHEST showed that chicken soup can inhibit neutrophils from migrating to mucus membranes, which overall results in less mucus. So chicken soup inhibits inflammatory chemicals in your body. The scientists think that this is why we feel better after eating chicken soup when we’re sick with a cold or respiratory illness.
  4. Broth is great for the skin because it has hyaluronic acid in it which keeps skin moist and plump. And the collagen helps to fight cellulose and repairs scars.
  5. Other than glycine, bone broth contains the amino acid proline, which some believe helps to protect the arteries by releasing cholesterol deposits.

You can make broth out of beef bones, chicken bones and/or fish bones. You can actually use the bones of any animal. It doesn’t only have to be chicken. Just make sure they’re wild/grass-fed/pasture-raised etc. etc. Don’t eat that conventional crap. You’re worth more than that.

If you want it for cheap, possibly even for free, just hit up your local butcher or meat guy at your farmers market. Bone broth is honestly one of the healthiest things you can eat and it’s also one of the cheapest things to make.

Another thing… You’ll want to roast the bones/meat beforehand to give the broth a richer flavor. And don’t forget to add in apple cider vinegar to leach as much minerals and nutrients out of the bones as possible.

Most of the recipes that I looked at said to skim the fat off of the top of the broth. Considering that saturated fat isn’t the ideal food for those with skin issues, and I have skin issues (more like gut issues that manifest on the skin) I’m definitely skimming the fat.

My recipe will be:

all organic

  1. 10 carrots
  2. a stalk of celery
  3. 1 purple onion
  4. 1 yellow onion
  5. 5 cloves garlic
  6. 3 zucchini
  7. 3 inches of ginger
  8. 1 Tbs peppercorn
  9. 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  10. 1 bunch of curly parsley
  11. a bunch of bones with some meat on them that I cook beforehand
  12. 2 Bay Leaves

Roast the bones/meat at 400 for 30 minutes. (side tangent; I just learned this…you say that you roast something in the oven when the food is solid before and after it’s heated, like bones or meat, and you say you bake something if it starts out a liquid and ends up a solid, like muffins). Alternatively you can roast them on 350 for 1 hour. While the bones/meat are roasting, cut up the vegetables and put them in a bowl. Fill the 16 quart pot or slow cooker with water and apple cider vinegar. Add in the meat and bones. Add in the vegetables. Turn on high heat until it’s hot, then turn the heat to low. Skim any stuff that floats to the top while it’s cooking. After 12 hours for fish, 24 hours for chicken or 48 hours for beef, strain everything through a strainer or cloth and put everything in mason jars or tupperware. Put them in the fridge. Throw out everything else (or eat them if you want). There isn’t any more nutritional value in the rest of the stuff after 24 hours. Once the broth gets cold, a layer of fat will appear on top. Scrape this off and throw this outside. Or you can use this instead of oil to cook things in. I recommend scraping off the fat only immediately before eating the broth because it helps lock in the flavor even more than just the mason jar or tupperware lids.

Then heat it up on the stove top and eat it.


Now stop reading and go make some of this magical healing elixir

How to Know What Foods You Should Eat

Listen. There are people who do really really well on the Paleo diet. There are people who do really really well on a vegetarian diet. There are people who do really really well on a vegan diet. Yes, I know that beans are hard to digest and contain lectins and phytates, but you know what? Beans are also a staple food in many cultures, lots of people can handle them just fine, they contain loads of fiber and protein, and they play key components in healing diets such as Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian diet plan. Yes, I know that many nutritional experts consider eggs to be natures perfect food. They contain nutrients such as lutein and zeaxanthin and are a great source of protein. But I also know that eggs are one of the top foods that people are sensitive to. Yes, I know that grains contain lectins and phytates and apparently are difficult to digest. I also know that there are people who can tolerate grains perfectly fine. I can give more examples but I think you get the point. Everyone is different. We each have our unique bio individuality. We each have our own sensitivities and intolerances. It seems so obvious to me now that if we want to know what we should eat as individuals, the only thing we need to do is to test for the foods that cause harmful reactions in the body. I didn’t even know that that was possible open until a couple weeks ago. But now I do. Knowledge without action is useless With that in mind, I got an IgG test a few weeks ago and learned that eggs cause an immune response to my body. The IgG test is great except there’s a downfall in that it only tests for immune reactivity to foods and not necessarily for food sensitivities. And that’s when I did some research and found out about Oxford biomedical’s MRT test. This test doesn’t test for immune reactivity, but it does test for inflammatory reactions that happen in your blood in response to food. If we combine both the IgG test and the MRT test we can come up with an individual and personalized dietary plan that is specifically formulated to cater to our bio individuality. With that in mind, I will order the MRT test and go over the results just as I did with my IgG test. If you are having trouble figuring out what to eat I highly recommend getting an IgG test and a MRT test and discover what foods you are sensitive to. Take the guesswork out of your diet.

A Hugely Overlooked Reason to Run Labs

Right now I am taking the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition course to become a functional diagnostic nutritionist.

The major component of the course is running functional lab work and using the results, along with the client or patient’s lifestyle (we never base our decisions solely off of test results), to uncover healing opportunities that are specific for that person’s bioindividuality.

This is something that I have been looking for for a very long time.

After spending years doing different diets and cleanses, actually being able to see objective data from a lab really helps me to understand what’s going on inside of my body.

And that brings me to one important yet overlooked reason why I will always run labs  on myself and with my clients.

In my studies on human psychology and habit change (a topic I am highly interested in) I’ve learned that if we understand the current situation we are in (which are shown on test results) and we understand why we are there (which can be uncovered during a session of self-reflection with yourself or a coach like myself) and we have a place where we want to go (an objective or goal, such as optimal ranges on lab results based off of your bioindividuality) then that makes actually following a program, protocol, system or plan exceptionally more doable.

When we understand the picture of where we are, why we’re there and where we want to be, doing the things that get us from point A to point B becomes clearer.

The clearer the picture we can envision, the more accurate we can fulfill our duties needed to get to point B.

Lab work helps clear up that overall picture.

Not only that, but it can uncover things that we may have been trying to deal with for years to no avail, such as parasites or SIBO or dysbiosis or candida or imbalanced hormones or a malfunctioning HPA axis.

I plan on practicing functional diagnostic nutrition because I believe that FDN is the best of the best when it comes to using science and technology along with natural and effective protocols for healing the body.

Lab work is a part of that process and it clears up the picture so we can get a better understanding of what’s really happening. You’re not guessing if you’re testing.

Personal Example

I did an elimination diet a few months ago and noticed that eggs made me tired and gave me brain fog. I’ve been eating eggs as part of my paleo-like diet for a long time now and I didn’t realize that they didn’t sit well with me until I did that elimination diet. I wanted to see if I was sensitive to other foods so I did an IgG food Sensitivity Test. And the results showed that I had a HUGE immune response to eggs. This confirmation really cemented in my mind that I absolutely need to stay away from eggs if I want to heal my gut and become the most optimal version of myself.

Before I did this test I knew that eggs made me feel bad, but seeing the huge reaction my immune system goes through from eggs cemented in my mind that I absolutely will stay away from eggs for a minimum of 6 months. There is no doubt in my mind and I actually want to stay away from eggs now. It’s this shift in the psychology that comes from seeing objective data that is why I will always recommend people to get functional medicine testing if they really want to get to change their behaviors and do what is needed to heal.


500 calories from one food is different than 500 calories from another. Eating 500 calories of broccoli (which is a pretty hard task to accomplish) is vastly different than 500 calories from a cookie (not such a hard thing to do).

The nutrients from the foods we eat effect us all the way down to the genetic level. There is an entire field of science studying how food effects our genes called nutrigenomics. I even considered going into this field when I was in college but decided that being in a lab all day wasn’t really my thing).

Foods tell our cells to produce either inflammatory or anti-inflammatory compounds. This is why diet is the cornerstone of a healthy life. Every mouth full of food we eat either helps us or hurts us. And just because a food is supposedly “healthy” doesn’t automatically mean that it will work with your body. Any food has the potential to activate an immune response based off of your personal constitution and bio-individuality.

Functional nutrition makes sure that everything we eat helps us and that we don’t eat anything that hurts us.

Becoming aware of what you eat is probably the best way to create health. Doing detective work on your own and working with a functional nutritionist can help you determine what foods you can tolerate.

Why is this so important?

Because you let the outside world into your body whenever you eat something and it passes through your intestinal wall. Whatever passes through your intestinal wall is now inside of your body and that is when it effects our genes.

In functional medicine there is something called the “Rule of Tacks.”

If you are sitting on a bunch of tacks, the solution isn’t to take Advil… It’s to remove the tacks!

If you are eating foods that are causing pain, discomfort or symptoms, (all of which can be summed up as inflammation) the solution isn’t Immodium or Prilosec; The solution is to remove the damaging foods! 

FOOD ALLERGIES – When your immune system reacts to a food (this shouldn’t happen)

IgE – Immediate. What we think of when we think of an allergy like peanuts or shellfish

IgG – Might not be immediate or as severe.

FOOD SENSITIVITY – You might not have an immune response to a certain food, but it can still cause inflammation in your body!

How do you know if you have a sensitivity to a certain food? EASY. You feel bad after you eat it and you feel good if you stay away from it. To make sure that you are really sensitive to something, make a note after you eat something that makes you feel like crap. Then, eat that food a week later and see if it makes you feel like crap again. Try it one more time a week or two later and if you feel worse after eating it on 3 different occasions then you can be 100% sure that you have a sensitivity to that food.

What are the qualifications of feeling like crap after you eat a food? You experience symptoms such as, but not limited to:

  • Rashes
  • Headaches
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Brain fog
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle pain.

What are the top food sensitivities that we absolutely need to check for?


  2. DAIRY
  3. SOY
  4. CORN
  5. EGGS

To find out if you’re allergic or sensitive to these foods, follow an elimination diet with them.

How to do an elimination diet with the TOP 5 most sensitive foods:

Remove all of these foods at once for at least 3 weeks and reintroduce them 1 at a time every 4 days. Keep a journal and note down any symptoms you have after reintroducing these foods. If you get an immediate reaction to a food and can tell it is causing inflammation, there’s no need to eat anymore of it. This is what happened to me when I reintroduced corn for the first time during an elimination diet I did not too long ago. I ate a bowl of popcorn and for the next three days I had cold-like symptoms of congestion and stuffy nose, fatigue and just an overall feeling of crap. Now I know not to eat corn for at least 6 months. (I probably won’t ever eat it again but who knows).

The reason you have to wait 4 days in between adding in foods is because sometimes these foods have delayed reactions. You can eat 4 scrambled eggs on Monday morning and feel exhausted on Tuesday afternoon. It might be difficult to pinpoint that it was the eggs if you had other potential irritants. That’s also why I like the “rule of 3” where you retest the “not so obvious” food intolerances 3 times total to make sure that you’re intolerant to them. To do that you would first go through the initial elimination diet and then once you’re done you can try adding in the “not so obvious” food again and see if you feel bad again. Then take them out for another week and try them one more time. It should be obvious if that food is a problem for you by the 3rd time. And then you know not to have it in your diet. Usually it only takes 1 time though.

And to make things easier, I like to get an IgG food sensitivity test done before we even start anything. That way we can automatically remove any hidden irritants from our normal diet and not even have to bother reintroducing them.

But beware that tests might not always show every food intolerance or sensitivity you have. They’re just there to let you know of anything that is causing a definite reaction in the body, which can save you time because then you’ll know not to add those foods back in to your diet for at least 6 months (I recommend eliminating them for at least 1 year, and to never reintroduce gluten).

WHY ARE WE DEVELOPING FOOD SENSITIVITIES WHEN WE NEVER HAD THEM BEFORE? A lot of people might wonder how come they developed a food intolerance to something they grew up eating. These are the reasons.


  • GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) foods
  • Super hybridized foods (i.e. wheat)
  • The food we feed animals changes the chemical constitution of the animals.


  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Fungicides
  • Toxins not used up until recently


  • 50 + minerals are normally found in healthy soil. Only 3 (NPK) are found in conventional soil.
  • Less nutrients in the plants = greater susceptibility to intolerance and lowered immune functioning


  • If someone has a leaky gut, it won’t matter what food they eat. Nearly everything will pass through the intestinal barrier without being properly broken down and cause an immune response.
  • First you must heal the gut, which requires a much more restrictive diet than the simple one outlined above. Once the gut is healed you can try reintroducing all of the foods listed except for gluten because gluten causes leaky gut, so it would not be smart to reintroduce it.

If you still consume these top 5 foods on a regular basis and are experiencing symptoms and want relief, I highly recommend trying out this simple elimination diet as outlined above and seeing if any of these common food irritants are causing inflammation in your body. Also, getting a IgG Food Sensitivity Test can be very helpful. To see exactly how to order an IgG test without a doctor, watch the video below or click here

Something That All of the Diets Are Missing

I’ve studied a lot of diets, including raw, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, GAPS, SCD and others. I’ve done a lot of detoxes, including whole foods based detoxes, smoothie and juice cleanses, raw food detoxes and water fasts. And it is the last one that I would like to mention quickly today.

In my studies what I’ve learned is that the human body wants to heal itself. Our cells instinctively know how to work. It is mostly ourselves who get in the way of the healing process. That’s why fasting is so beneficial.

In the beginning phases of the different diets, the menu is extremely limited. This is to provide the body with an opportunity to heal. We stop putting so much stress and energy into digestion so that the cells can regain their composure and our detoxification system has a chance to catch up and remove many of the stored toxins that have been in our bodies for years.

If fasting, or at least eating or drinking nothing but bone broth (for the paleo folks) or green juice (for the vegan folks) is so beneficial and utilized in the beginning of many treatments, why do we stop doing it after the first day or two?

I suggest that we utilize this amazing healing modality and exploit our body’s innate ability to heal itself by performing a fast every week, or at least every month.

I truly believe that by taking a one day fast or cleanse with either bone broth or green juices can greatly speed up the recovery time from an illness. It will allow more toxins to be released from the body and free up energy from digestion. And as an added bonus it will free up time for us because we won’t need to spend hours in the kitchen, so we can use that energy more wisely.

Calorie restriction is the only thing that has shown to increase the lifespan in animals and that’s because of the shifts that happen in the body when we give it a break.

There are even retreats and resorts that people go to where they water fast for several days under the care of a trained health care professional. And these retreats claim to have some pretty remarkable stories of reversing many illnesses.

In conclusion, I believe that fasting with either water, bone broth or green juice for 1 day a week can speed up recovery time, free up time to do other things than cooking, and can give the body a better chance at getting back into 100% normal functioning.

*I want to mention that it may not be the best idea for diabetics to fast or intermittent fast because they want to retain a certain blood sugar level and fasting may disrupt that equilibrium. But other than that, I really don’t see any harm in fasting for a day.

What do you think about fasting?

The GoodLife Project: The Future of Medicine, The Mircobiome and Curious Mindset with Aviva Romm

I just watched an interview from one of my favorite series, The Good Life Project

Firstly I need to say that doctor Aviva Romm’s story is amazing. She was brought up in the projects of New York and drove 2 hours to go to a special school that was for exceptional students. She did so many incredible things you’ll really have to watch the video to get it all.

First the two talk about functional medicine (FM). Aviva likes to use the tagline for FM, “changing the medicine we do, and the way we do medicine,” to describe it. FM looks at connectivity as supposed to separation. The different parts of the body work in synergy with each other. FM looks at the whole person and their environment and puts the pieces together like a puzzle as suppose to separating everything into special components. We are whole beings. Medicine should treat us like it.

Other modalities like Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic look at the entire experience of the person as well, and Aviva mentions how different people will respond to the same treatment differently based off what is going on in their lives. Maybe someone might need something with a little more fire in the morning, such as ginger tea, as supposed to a damp and cool green smoothie. 

Along with the dietary and lifestyle recommendations, there’s also a healing component in connecting with people. That’s why FM, and just good medicine in general, is so important.  Good practitioners and healers take time to listen to their patients and understand them. 

Jonathan talked about something called the Pygmalion Effect, which is absolutely amazing. Psychologist Robert Rosenthal tested all of the kids in a school with an id-like test, then randomly picked out a handful of kid’s names form a hat. He told the teachers that these kids were expected to excel in the coming year, and instructed the teachers to not tell the kids or treat them differently. Amazingly, even though all of the kids that were tested started out the same, the ones who’s names were picked ended up excelling and doing better in every single way by the end of the year.

Jonathan relates that to healers and the relationship they have with their patients or clients. We need to believe in ourselves. And if we are a coach or a healer or anyone who consults with people or influences people, we need to believe in them. And maybe that belief will translate into a better chance of something actually happening. 

This is why I love functional medicine. We create a relationship with the patient. For some people, they are never heard. Functional medicine practitioners do something that most physicians can’t afford to do, and that’s listen.

Dr. Romm  and Jonathan talked about the mind and the attitude and living with something that may be unpleasant. Jonathan says “if this is my reality, how can I be ok with that?” You have to make that shift. If you are going to live with something for life, and you’ve done everything you possibly can, you have to surrender to that fact, and that will shift your mind so that you think of the situation differently. 

They then move onto the micro-biome. The micro-biome is the term that we use to describe the bacteria and microorganisms living in and on our body. The micro-biome is unique for each and every one of us and effects pretty much every aspect of our lives, from our physical health to our emotional health. Bugs in our intestines helps us handle stress better. They help us feel better by producing the “feel good” neurotransmitter serotonin. And if our micro-biome is out of whack, it can produce anxiety, depression and a host of other mental problems.

Our micro-biome begins at birth when we pass through the vagina of our mothers. The bacteria and yeast and microorganism get inhaled spread over our bodies during birth. A big issue in industrialized countries is the rampant utilization of C-sections. When someone is born via C-section, they are cut out of the abdomen of the mother and miss receiving the vital microorganisms they would get if born via vaginal birth. Not only that, but to protect against infection, the mother is given antibiotics, which pass along to the baby. This also ends up affecting the mother’s breastmilk, so the sterile environment continues after birth. We now know that babies who are born via C-section are much more likely to develop eczema and asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and obesity; And that if they’re treated with a probiotic during birth, all of these ill-effects lowers.

Curiosity. Probably the most important part of the talk. People that live good lives are the curious ones. Some people are just born with it. Others acquire it. How can we establish curiosity in our lives so that we live better? We can shape our thoughts and questions and lives to look at things in a different perspective. We need to reframe our thoughts and actions. Every one of us look at our lives based off of our point of view. We all have our own story we tell ourselves. If we want to live a better life, we need to change our mindset. We need to change that story that we constantly tell ourselves. 

At the end of every interview, Jonathan asks the interviewees “what does living the good life look like to you?”

To find out what Aviva said, you’ll just have to watch the video 😉

My IgG Food Sensitivity Test

Our bodies are in a constant fight for survival. Every second, harmful bacteria, mold, fungus, yeast, chemicals, pathogens, parasites, viruses, pollen and allergens are causing our body to initiate and sustain what is known as an immune response.

These threats contain little proteins on their surfaces which cause an immune response in our bodies. These little proteins that cause our bodies to initiate an immune response are called antigens.

Antigens are the bad guys.

When antigens create a problem in our body, our immune system jumps to the rescue and produces things called antibodies.

Antibodies are the good guys. They control and stop threats from killing us and assist in the immune response.

Scientists weren’t satisfied with the name antibodies so they came up with the more scientific name immunoglobulin.

Antibodies = Immunoglobulins, which are abbreviated Ig.

Most of us are familiar with IgE reactions, which are the immediate reactions some people get when they eat certain foods like peanuts or shellfish, but it is the IgG antibody that we should be looking at because IgG sensitivities are much harder to figure out.

People should test for IgG sensitivities because if a food shows up with a major IgG reaction, we will know immediately that that food is causing us damage and inflammation. When we eat foods we’re sensitive to, it can lead to symptoms like acne and other skin issues, digestive complications such as constipation and diarrhea, joint pain and more. And these symptoms don’t show up immediately after we eat the food like IgE sensitivities do. If we eat a food that causes an IgG immune reaction, it can take up to 3 days for symptoms to show up!

Figuring out what foods you’re sensitive to by conducting an elimination diet is something that we should all do, but we can make that process so much easier by getting a test done so that we will narrow down the foods that  we will reintroduce, which will save us time and effort.

Plus, there is a big chance that even “healthy” or “safe” foods are causing a reaction in your body.

Check out the video I made below to find out how you can order an IgG Food Sensitivity Test without seeing a doctor and see what “Paleo-friendly” food was causing me massive inflammation.