The most critical function of heme is to serve as a component of a larger cluster of proteins called hemoglobin. You can survive without food and water longer than you can without oxygen. In fact, you have only minutes without it. Hemoglobin helps us take the air we are breathing in and initiate any chemistry that requires oxygen. This hemoglobin is a feature of a member of your internal community you a likely familiar with. The red blood cell. This is why when you are low in iron, your red blood cells and related metrics start to look funny.
This post was written by my dear friend Dr. Rob Abbott MD. he is a functional medicine practitioner that focuses on investigating the root causes of disease. In this post, he discusses one of the hottest topics on the web, sleep. Make sure to visit his website A Medicinal Mind you can listen to his podcast Wisdom and Wellbeing where he has conversations with leading experts, and explores the depths of the authentic human experience.
PaleoF(x) is the world’s largest paleo conference, and for three days in May, I was bombarded with education, community and support from other people that like me, have gained from this movement.
This is a recap of one of the most memorable weekends of my life!
Imagine a group of clinicians on a mission trip to somewhere in the tropics. One day, the well-meaning Samaritans bring some local kids into a sterile looking hut, poke them with needles, examine their blood and find that they are anemic. They give them either a shot of some rust colored liquid or some pills that make them constipated. The kids feel better for a couple of days, but then suddenly they start getting flu-like symptoms and eventually end up with full blown malaria.
Modern diets claim to make you as strong as a caveman, as agile as a fireman and even Bullet-proof! Men and women alike are trying out various diets in hopes of gaining muscle, improving energy, and of course, shedding pounds. But does the question "What should I eat to lose weight?" annoy you as much as it annoys me?
Do you rely on caffeine to be optimal? In this post I discuss some of the literature that looks at the effects of caffeine on reaction time, awareness and HPA axis.
What goes better with BBQ ribs than some Coleslaw? Grilling season is almost over, but Brussel Sprout season just started! Before you start roasting those green nuggets of nutritional density, let's try a different approach and mix them with some tangy and fresh dressing.
I use the food processor to shred the sprouts, but you can find pre-shredded Brussel Sprouts in your grocery store or you can shred cabbage and carrots for a classic picnic side dish.
Recipe: Cuban Pork Shoulder
Cuban food, just like its people is beautiful and resourceful. My dear friend Esperanza (which literally translates to Hope, how poetic), who is a native cuban, would tell stories about the island. When the ration book gave you tough pork, you had to use ingenuity to make it palatable. She taught me to marinate the pork shoulder with the classic Mojo marinade, a mixture of flavors borrowed from Spanish, African and French cuisine.
Garlic, citrus and spices come together to make the perfect balance of flavors that everyone will love. This recipe is simple to prepare, but it requires patience. Trust me, you will not regret it.
Preparation is about 20 minutes, but you'll have to plan ahead to savor this roast. You will need to marinate the pork shoulder overnight, and then cook it for about 10 hours.
Imagine if instead of going to your local butcher for your New York strip, you went to a meat lab. The proof of concept is there, and lab grown meat is a reality. And while cultured meat promises many advantages to conventional grown meat, maybe we should take a closer look.
Do you have some left over chicken from your Labor Day BBQ?
You should try making Winnie's Chicken Salad!