Health Notes

November's Health Genie: Sleep

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Dear Health Genie,

What tips can you give me for healthy sleep? Sometimes I experience a night when I feel restless or do not sleep very deeply most of the night even though I am tired. It frustrates me throughout the night and my lack of sleep drags me down the next day.  

Sleepless in Shelburne

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Mushrooms: Medicinal Confetti

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

To learn more: Sign up for our "Medicinal Mushrooms for Health and Vitality" class on Saturday, November 3 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

by Robert Luby, MD

Mushrooms have been used for over 4000 years in Chinese medicine, but their value has only been recognized in the past few decades in modern allopathic, or mainstream, medicine. A significant reason for this delay concerns what I have dubbed the “Magic Bullet vs. Magic Confetti” conundrum.

Allopathic medicine is prone to develop therapeutic medications with a single, potent, and well-characterized “active ingredient”. Each of these agents tends to exert one of the following three effects 1) kill cells (e.g., cancer drugs and antibiotics), 2) block the function of a physiologic pathway (e.g., any of the “anti-drugs”, anti-hypertensives, anti-inflammatory, antacids, etc.), or 3) replace a deficient substance (e.g., thyroid hormone).

October's Health Genie: Essential Oils

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Dear Health Genie,

I heard another customer asking about essential oils. I enjoy different scents but I am not sure I understand exactly what essential oils are. Are these perfumes, extracts or something else? Can you suggest a few practical uses for essential oils I could explore?

Thanks,
Nosey Josey

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September's Health Genie: Breakfast Protein

Dear Health Genie,

Can you help me convince my family to eat breakfast rich in protein? I think it would improve their mood and help them have better energy, performance and lunch choices.

Thanks,
Margie Marmalade

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Protein Primer – Protein Principles

By Robert Luby, MD

On September 25, City Market is offering a free class entitled “Protein 101.” Dr. Luby offers up some additional information to help you understand the difference between plant-based and animal-based proteins.

Note:This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before making any major changes to your diet or using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

In recent years protein has received much less emphasis in the media than fats and carbohydrates.  Together, these three categories of nutrients are known as “macronutrients”.  This is to distinguish them from vitamins and minerals (“micronutrients”).  Proteins are composed of amino acids, 22 of which are considered “standard” amino acids.  Of these 22, nine are considered “essential”.  That is, they are required in our diet because the human species is incapable of synthesizing them.  All living things contain protein, therefore every plant or animal-based item in your diet will contain some protein.  The focus of this article is the main differences between plant-based and animal-based proteins.

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