Gut Health

Our Gut Health Impacts Our Response to the Coronavirus


Hello, Patients, Families, and Friends of Holistica!   I was on a long run this weekend and contemplating the state of where we are. I am sure many of you are doing the same. After a period of time, I realized we have all traveled a through some of the stages of grief as defined [...]

Our Gut Health Impacts Our Response to the Coronavirus2020-04-08T06:28:23+00:00

CoVid19 (Coronavirus infectious disease 19): Should you be anxious?


This virus is dominating the news and captivating everyone who is planning to travel, has elderly parents, or who is reliant on supplies for their business coming from China.  My phone is busy buzzing all day long with friends and family checking in to see what they can do to prevent becoming infected. They are contacting [...]

CoVid19 (Coronavirus infectious disease 19): Should you be anxious?2020-03-12T03:18:08+00:00

Is Gluten Sensitivity Legit?


by Mary Shackelton, NDIn light of May being Celiac Awareness Month, I thought it was a perfect time to address celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. It remains a consistent request from patients, “Can I test to see if I am gluten sensitive?”  Typically, we perform a genetic blood test that indicates the presence or absence [...]

Is Gluten Sensitivity Legit?2014-05-30T20:35:39+00:00

Mood Disorders and Food Allergies


Depression is one of the most common symptoms that bring patients to seek medical attention. Many of the patients, who use alternative medicine, are looking for a diagnosis beyond the symptom, and this yields a greater understanding of the problem. In assessing patients who report symptoms of depression or mood imbalances, it is important to [...]

Mood Disorders and Food Allergies2012-10-19T08:00:50+00:00

Hail Kale!


Without kale, I do not know where I would be. I grow it, saute it, bake it, puree it, chop it, massage it and most importantly, chew it very carefully. When I am not growing kale, it is always the first thing on my grocery list.  I gauge my need to go to the store [...]

Hail Kale!2019-07-19T11:56:26+00:00

Defining Gluten Sensitivity


Many of you have wondered if you are sensitive to gluten, and unfortunately, the answer is not always a straightforward “yes” or “no,” even with completed test results. Even after a gluten elimination for 4-6 weeks, the verdict is often unclear. If it makes you feel any better, there is no clear way to diagnose [...]

Defining Gluten Sensitivity2012-09-24T18:08:07+00:00

Are you digesting your food and nutritional supplements?


When we see or smell food, our stomach prepares for digestion by secreting hydrochloric acid, or HCL. As we age, as we experience chronic stress, as we take medicines and drink coffee our production of HCL declines. I have recently discovered that a fairly large portion of the population also has a genetic abnormality that prevents [...]

Are you digesting your food and nutritional supplements?2012-09-19T22:30:37+00:00

Anxiety and the Second Brain


With kids back in school and parents getting into the swing of fall schedules, the topic of Anxiety has been coming up a lot. Since 1980, there has been a 1200% increase in anxiety, with 17 million people diagnosed in the US. We hear ourselves and each other saying over and over, all day long, “I am [...]

Anxiety and the Second Brain2012-08-30T21:44:00+00:00
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