Category Archives: NEPT Clinical Pearls

Amla for Cardiovascular Health – May 10th, 2019

 

Nutritional Endocrinology Practitioner Training (NEPT)
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May 10th, 2019

Amla for Cardiovascular Health

A recent study compared Amla supplementation with statins in a group of 60 people of both sexes with plasma total cholesterol more than 240 and LDL greater than 130.

Amla performed as well or better than the statin drug.

The dose administered of Amla was 500 mg per day.

Treatment with both Amla and the statin drug produced significant reduction of total cholesterol, LDL, triglyceride, and VLDL, and a significant increase in HDL.

Both produced significant reduction in blood pressure, more markedly in Amla patients.

With this in mind, Amla seems a more reliable and safe substitute for statins, and for other natural statins like red yeast rice.

Read the study here

The Polyvagal Theory – May 6th, 2019

 

Nutritional Endocrinology Practitioner Training (NEPT)
Clinical Pearl

May 6th, 2019

The Polyvagal Theory

When we speak of the autonomic nervous system, we talk of two branches – the sympathetic and parasympathetic.

imageThere is now evidence that there are actually 3 branches of research to support the polyvagal theory emerges.
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The two branches of the vagus nerve, the dorsal (back) and the ventral (front) appear to have very different functions, and improving the functioning of the central branch can help people with anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, chronic pain, and much more.

The book, Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve, by Stanley Rosenberg, includes lots of activities that people can do on their own to activate the ventral vagus nerve. It’s a fascinating book, and I recommend it if you are working with clients with anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, chronic pain, and trauma, and even those in the autism spectrum.

Insulin Resistance – April 26th, 2019

 

Nutritional Endocrinology Practitioner Training (NEPT)
Clinical Pearl

April 26th, 2019

I’m buried in Sweet Spot stuff, so all I can think about is insulin resistance.

My pearl of wisdom this week is to encourage all of you to show your clients, friends, and family members the benefit of having and using a glucose meter.

Have you brought someone through the Sweet Spot Solution program? Have you created a blood sugar balancing program of your own?

If you have, know that is part of the certification process for the Insulin Resistance Solutions Practitioner Training program. You can learn more about what you need to do to fulfill the requirements to become a Certified Insulin Resistance Practitioner on the INE Members site.

I would love to hear how you work with your clients with blood sugar issues on the NEPT Practitioners Facebook page. We can all learn from each other.

Insulin Resistance – April 19th, 2019

 

Nutritional Endocrinology Practitioner Training (NEPT)
Clinical Pearl

April 19th, 2019

I’m buried in Sweet Spot stuff, so all I can think about is insulin resistance.

My pearl of wisdom this week is to encourage all your clients to, at a minimum, get their fasting insulin and hemoglobin A1c tested, along with fasting glucose. If anything is out of range, encourage them to get a glucose meter, and teach them how to test. If they have a cooperative and well-educated doctor, see if they can get a prescription for the Freestyle Libre Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM).

I put together a lab testing guide they can get as a free gift here.

There’s a video that goes along with it.

Ideal ranges are Fasting glucose below 89.

Fasting insulin 2-3, at most 5.

Hemoglobin A1c 4.5 – 5.

If they are a little outside this range tell them there are things they can do to improve, and it’s best to monitor every year.

If more than a little outside, they need help ASAP!

Book Review – April 12th, 2019

 

Nutritional Endocrinology Practitioner Training (NEPT)
Clinical Pearl

April 12th, 2019

Book Review

I’m listening to an interesting book by Michael Pollan called How to Change Your Mind. It’s on the use of psychedelic drugs in mental disorders, alcoholism, and other conditions. It was recommended by a colleague, or I wouldn't have chosen it. It’s actually quite fascinating to learn about the long history of research on LSD and “Magic Mushrooms” as therapeutic tools.

NEPT Facebook Group – April 5th, 2019

 

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April 5th, 2019

Create your own post to the NEPT Facebook group. Share any tidbits and gems using #NEPTClinicalPearl

Insulin Resistance in the News – March 29th, 2019

 

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Clinical Pearl

March 29th, 2019

Insulin Resistance in the News

Do you like raspberries? A recent article in the journal Obesity reports on research that says that eating red raspberries at breakfast could improve glycemic control.

Britt Burton-Freeman, PhD, director of the Center for Nutrition Research at the Institution for Food Safety and Health, and associate professor of food science and nutrition at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, says “… consuming certain polyphenols regularly could be an effective strategy to manage and reduce the risk of diabetes and other diseases with metabolic underpinnings, including their associated complications.”

Check it out here.

Blood Sugar and Insulin Musings – March 22nd, 2019

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March 22nd, 2019

Blood Sugar and Insulin Musings

I’m in the midst of getting ready for launching Sweet Spot again. If you are certified in IRSPT, reach out to Lynn to apply to be a coach.

I've been getting frustrated by horror stories of people not getting the right testing done.

Download my new e-book that I‘m giving away as part of this Sweet Spot launch.

There’s a video that goes with it too, here.

Insulin Resistance – March 15th, 2019

 

Nutritional Endocrinology Practitioner Training (NEPT)
Clinical Pearl

March 15th, 2019

Insulin Resistance

We’re heading into the launch of our Sweet Spot Solution program, and I know lots of people you meet have early signs. I call it pre-insulin resistance.

Here’s a quiz you can share with your people.

Take it yourself and find out how you score.

www.thesweetspotsolution.com/quiz

The Critical Importance of Sleep – March 8th, 2019

 

Nutritional Endocrinology Practitioner Training (NEPT)
Clinical Pearl

March 8th, 2019

The Critical Importance of Sleep

I’ve just started listening to a book called Why We Sleep, by Matthew Walker, recommended to me by Maria Horstmann.

There are some fascinating stats and statistics concerning the actual physiological and psychological reasons we “waste” ⅓ of our time in an unconscious state.

For those of us who like to “push the envelope” and try to stay awake longer than we should, it's a startling wake-up call.

Check it out and let's discuss on the Facebook Group.