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Trans Fats Proven Bad for Your Brain

This article is part of our “In Medical News” series where Dr. Sara Laudani shares a study or article in recent news and offers some analysis and tips about the news, to help patients stay informed. You have probably heard that trans fats are bad for you. Research has linked excessive consumption of trans fats to the development of coronary artery disease, diabetes, and many health conditions. Given these concerns, the...

Is Standing Better Than Sitting?

This is part of our “In Medical News” series where Dr. Sara Laudani shares a study or article in recent news and offers some analysis and tips about the news, to help patients stay informed.   We hear a lot of talk about the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle and we should all be taking this seriously. As far back as 2002, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that approximately 2...

Hormotional Overload: Regaining Balance for Your Body and Mind

Too many women suffer like I did from symptoms I sometimes call “triple hormone hell”. It’s a downward spiral of sleep issues, fatigue and moodiness. I was trying to get through my day with 1-2 hours of sleep at a time and overwhelming fatigue and feelings of despair. I had gained a significant amount of weight and my limbs felt heavy and my breathing constricted.   Many women also experience anxiety,...

Nutritional Science News: “Mediterranean Diet Strongly Tied to Reduced Alzheimer’s Pathology”

A November 20, 2018 article on Medscape.com from Deborah Brauser discusses strong evidence from a recent study in Australia linking the Mediterranean diet to reduced signs of Alzheimer’s disease development. The new research suggests that “adherence to a Mediterranean diet (MeDi) is linked to a reduction over time in Aβ-amyloid (Aβ) accumulation, a biomarker of cerebral Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology”. The lead author of the study, Stephanie R. Rainey-Smith, PhD, shared...

Are All Carbs Bad? Understanding Carbohydrates and Your Health

Changing Diets Starting from our hunter-gatherer roots, carbohydrates have been our main source of food. To thrive, we developed ways to transfer the food available in nature into something edible and easily available for large numbers of people. Therefore, the types of food consumed today look drastically different than those of our ancestors. Today, wheat is the most consumed cereal in the world. In the U.S., each person consumes an average of...

Meet Dr. Sara Laudani, Internal Medicine and Functional Medicine and Human Nutrition Specialist

Tell us about where you’re from and how you ended up in Shanghai. I’ve been living in Shanghai on and off since 2012 and love living in a city that feels like the beating heart of the world. I’m from Italy, born in Sardinia. I spent much of my adult life and did my medical training near Milan. We relocated to Shanghai for my husband’s job and also spent one year...

Triple Hormone Hell: Fatigue, Insomnia, and Depression

Too many women suffer like I did from what we can call “triple hormone hell”. It’s a nightmare combination of symptoms that includes chronic fatigue, insomnia and moodiness (particularly depression). I was trying to get through my day with 1-2 hours of sleep at a time and overwhelming fatigue and feelings of despair. I had gained a significant amount of weight and my limbs felt heavy and my breathing constricted. I...

Functional Medicine: What Patients Can Expect

Functional medicine offers solutions for patients with chronic illness. It enables patients with chronic health issues to identify the root causes of multiple symptoms and address them directly to achieve optimal wellness. What is the process like for the patient? Getting Started A functional medicine practitioner seeks to understand the patient and create a partnership, so the initial visit centers on talking with the patient to thoroughly understand the situation. Testing Functional medicine is...

Turning the Tide of Toxic Exposure by Andrea Brisson

We’re all exposed to various toxins every day. The body has self-protection mechanisms for processing and eliminating these toxins. Water soluble toxins enter via the lungs, skin and GI tract and exit via the lungs, skin, GI, and kidneys. Excess water soluble toxins are stored in the joints, blood, tissue and muscle. Many of the toxins that enter the body are fat soluble. The liver has to convert fat soluble...