Dig IN and Dig OUT: A Long Winter Contributes to Inflammation


A long winter is pro-inflammatory. In this podcast Dr. Mark Pettus explains why and how to dig yourself out of a long, cold season.

Inflammation is at the center of many chronic, complex diseases e.g. diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, autoimmunity, and depression. Dr. Mark Pettus has some science-based and really helpful self-care tips to approach inflammation. In this podcast, he teaches us some ways to take the N=1 [that’s uniquely you!] and turn an “inflammatory burden” into an “Anti-inflammatory garden”.

Be your own gardener and landscape architect and learn new methods of self-care that change the “soil” of your health. When we redesign and reconstruct our life structure and fill our lives with mindful, healthy choices, we make our lives better.

Lifestyle strategies are greatly under-utilized yet simple lifestyle considerations are mighty effective in reducing Inflammation and allowing the body to regain its Health Edge.

Tune in to you and tune in to Doctor Go! For more on Inflammation, read Dr Pettus' accompanying lecture in Doctor Go! To hear more podcasts from Mark Pettus and John Bagnulo, visit The Health Edge.



How Food Choices can Lead to Illness: Get The Health Edge with Mark Pettus and John Bagnulo

John Bagnulo and Mark Pettus continue their discussion in this latest podcast from The Health Edge.

This week they talk about the fundamental changes in our modern diet over the last 2-3 generations and how those changes are driving the current epidemic of chronic complex disease.

Growing rates of obesity, diabetes, inflammation, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, autoimmunity are all linked to dietary choices we make. Mark and John will explore the specific role poor quality carbohydrates are playing in disease and a diminished quality of life.

Tune in to you and Tune in to the podcast link below for top tips on self-care, what foods to avoid and why. Conventional wisdom to "eat everything in moderation" just doesn't work in this day and age.

If we were working out in the fields haying all day, it might still apply - but we're not...we're sitting at desks, behind steering wheels, stressed out and eating the wrong things.

It's time to CUT.IT.OUT. Listen to this helpful podcast to understand how and why to make some simple but profound changes to your diet.

To accompany this discussion, Mark's lecture Understanding Metabolism from the BHS Creating Health and Wellness series provides excellent additional reference. 

Almond Joy

Photo courtesy of the adorable  Road to Less Cake

Photo courtesy of the adorable Road to Less Cake

I now love almond milk thanks to a recipe I found on nutritionist Kathie Madonna Swift's website.

For a delicious breakfast smoothie or snack, I prepare my own almond milk using the recipe below. I then add 1-2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil, a ripe organic banana or two [not over-ripe or under-ripe], and some organic cinnamon.

Soaking the almonds overnight in water is a must, but I don't bother to strain them with a cheese cloth. While I like the chunkier texture, not every one does.

I didn't know why almonds should be soaked so I emailed Kathie Swift and asked her why. She explained that "Almonds have toxic enzyme inhibitors which protect them from sprouting too soon. By soaking almonds you release these inhibitors and allow the almonds to begin the sprouting process. A sprouted nut additionally provides extra nutrients and soaking them greatly aids our ability to digest them."   

Now, that's a swift reply! Kathie lives and works right here in Lenox, Massachusetts as a registered dietitian nutritionist in the field of integrative and holistic nutrition. She is one of the many trusted health and wellness super-stars that "we locals" are lucky to know.  

Almond Nut Milk recipe by Chef Caroline Nation

This is a FODMAPs - Foundation Recipes [Click here, if you'd like to learn what a FODMAP is.] 

Fresh homemade almond milk is easy to make from scratch. Use your homemade almond
milk in smoothies, shakes and soups if you like.
Servings: 3 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes plus soaking time

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • Water for soaking nuts
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Soak the almonds in water overnight or for at least 6 hours.
Drain water from the almonds and discard. Blend 3 cups water, almonds and vanilla until
well blended and almost smooth.
Strain the blended almond mixture using cheesecloth or other strainer.
Homemade raw almond milk will keep well in the refrigerator for three to four days.

Variation: Once coconut milk is made, add in blender 1-2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil, a ripe organic banana or two [not over-ripe or under-ripe], and some organic cinnamon

Paradigms Change: Get the Health Edge with Mark Pettus and John Bagnulo

This is the inaugural podcast of The Health Edge. Mark Pettus and John Bagnulo introduce their reasons for The Health Edge and share some context for their professional journeys toward a more holistic, integrative, systems biology approach to lifestyle and health. In this episode, Mark and John introduce the themes of evolutionary biology and epigenetics and how they shape human biology and health.

Paradigms change. You are not a prisoner of your DNA. Here John and Mark talk a bit about that: