Posts by: Elaine Brisebois

Gout is a type of arthritis that is known to occur in approximately 4% of Americans – about 6 million men and 2 million women – and happens as the result of a buildup of uric acid in the body. Uric acid is the natural end-product of the metabolism of purines, a subclass of proteins that naturally occur in human cells a…

Migraine is a disabling neurological condition that impacts 38 million men, women and children in the United States, and 1 billion people worldwide. Although migraines do tend to run in families and have a genetic component, other factors trigger whether or not someone will actually experience a migraine headache. Thes…

Food allergies are estimated to affect 4 to 6 percent of children and 4 percent of adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A food allergy occurs when the body has a specific and reproducible response that demonstrably involves the immune system. In people with food alle…

The benefits of a healthy mouth go way beyond just an attractive smile – although that’s a definite benefit that can positively impact your self-esteem and confidence. The truth is, your mouth is a clear window into the overall health of your body at large. Not only does it show signs of nutritional deficiencies and in…

The liver is our 2nd largest organ (next to the skin) and definitely the most complex. Its duties are plentiful and involve converting food into energy and nutrients, manufacturing enzymes, cholesterol, and bile, regulating blood sugar, filtering harmful substances from the blood, and breaking down hormones and toxins…

Endometriosis is a condition in which the normal menstrual tissue lining the uterus known as the endometrium grows outside of the uterus on other organs such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes and bladder. Each month during your menstrual cycle, the hormones that trigger menstruation, will also trigger the shedding of the…

Want to feel healthier? Lose weight? Improve your digestion? While upgrading your food choices is naturally a great place to start, in reality, it’s only half of the healthy eating equation. Have you ever stopped to examine “how” you eat? In other words, paying close attention to your eating habits. You see, changing y…

As the days become darker earlier and the temperature drops, it’s only natural to crave more downtime spent indoors. But while nesting can be cozy, the lack of sunlight and physical activity can impact everything from our energy levels, mood, and immune health, leaving us more susceptible to the colds and flus that are…

Did you know that April marks IBS Awareness Month? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional bowel disorder that’s estimated to affect 10-20% of North Americans. IBS is the most common gastrointestinal disorder, affecting more women than men, and accounts for up to 50% of referrals to gastroenterologists. Individu…

Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for approximately 90% of all cases. It’s a metabolic disorder, characterized by insulin resistance and fasting elevations in blood sugar levels, and if left untreated can result in a number of serious health complications. The good news is that this form o…