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Low Glycemic Biscuits

Here is the recipe for my (Dr. Jim) favorite biscuits. They are low glycemic and Paleo friendly. Just because we avoid grains we don’t have to avoid things that taste good!

Mix: Dry components

2 1/2 cups almond flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

Mix dry ingredients together in bowl

Cut in:

2 tbs butter or ghee

2 tbs avocado oil

Then add:

2 eggs

1-2 tps honey

Make into biscuits (average 6 per recipe)

Place on parchment paper and bake at 350 deg until golden brown.




Avocado Tuna Salad

Avocado Tuna Salad


  • 2 cans of flaked light tuna
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 red apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped, toasted walnuts
  • 2 T pickle juice (or water-if too salty)
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste


In a large bowl, mash up avocado with the back of a fork or potato masher. Combine all other ingredients and mix well. Serve on top of greens or enjoy it all by itself. Leftovers can be kept for several days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information

Serves:  4 |  Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Note: You can substitute chicken or turkey also. Creates same great tasting salad!

Sugar: Hiding in plain sight!

Those that read this blog and keep up with my radio show know that I am an advocate of reducing or eliminating sugar from the diet. What most don’t know is how ‘Big Agra’ and the food processors hide sugar from you. The industry uses 56 different names for sugar. Below I have a link to a great little YouTube video that I think all America should see. Basic, yes, but very important. So, watch and learn……and live healthy and be healthy!!!!!!!




Fluoride labeled a neurotoxin by top medical journal!

The Lancet, Europe’s top medical journal, just dropped a bomb by labeling Fluoride as a neurotoxin! This is something that is almost as American as apple pie, but a lot more deadly!

Americans consume fluoride daily in the drinking water and in toothpaste as well.  We have been told that fluoride is going to save your teeth so you must use it! Our FDA and EPA have been telling us for decades that this chemical is safe and effective. Now, here comes one of the worlds oldest, and most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals telling the truth behind this nasty chemical. This is not Mad Magazine or some tabloid trash, this is one, if not the most, respected  medical journals in the world.

Perhaps you have seen things here on the net that tell you fluoride is not good for you, but you have thought this is some kook ranting about something they know nothing of.  In some cases that may well be what you have seen. Not in this case.

The Lancet, as well as a recent Harvard study, demonstrates that fluoride is associated with ‘drastic reductions’ in the IQ of children.  And what is in your drinking water and the toothpaste that you and your children use?  Yep, fluoride, and some other chemicals that I will mention later. Think Triclosan.

Interestingly the levels of fluoride analyzed in most of the studies was less than four milligrams (4 mg ) per liter. Our EPA, the agency that sets rules for drinking water, allows level that in your drinking water. In some cases your drinking water may contain more because it may contain a naturally occurring amount of fluoride and then have more added to it by the municipality.

To quote the authors of the journal article “Our very great concern is that children worldwide are being exposed to unrecognized toxic chemicals that are silently eroding intelligence, disrupting behaviors, truncating future achievements and damaging societies, perhaps most seriously in developing countries,” and they went on to suggest that exposure could be the cause of such problems as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) and learning disabilities.

They authors concluded that fluoride fits in the category of lead, mercury and other toxins that are toxic to the brain. They stated that “The effect of each toxicant may seem small, but the combined damage on a population scale can be serious, especially because the brain power of the next generation is crucial to all of us.”

Now, go look at that toothpaste you are using and I will wait……….Ok, was fluoride there? If not, Yeah!, you are on the right track. If it was, was there also Triclosan? Ooh. Trash the stuff and get some good, all natural, preferably organic, toothpaste without fluoride and other harmful chemicals and you have made a small, but necessary,  step toward living healthy and being healthy!







Detremental effects of high blood sugar on heart muscle!

Everybody knows that when blood sugar goes too high it is a bad thing, but just how bad can it be? Great question! Let’s look at one of our most important areas, the heart.

Various past research has shown that episodes of very high blood sugar, hyperglycemia, is linked to lower glucose uptake by or cells. In other words, insulin resistance. This is postulated as a safety mechanism that prevents the excessive amounts of glucose (sugar) from causing damage to the cells. Yes, too much of a good thing can be really bad.

Recently, 2014 April 17 to be exact, there was an article published in Life Science journal that shows just how this mechanism works and what happens when we have blood glucose levels that are too high. The authors, Joseph D. et al, hypothesized what they thought happens when we consume excessive amounts of sugar and set out to prove their theory. Some eye opening effects for sure.

They were pretty sure that too much sugar (acute hypoglycemic episodes, AHG) would set off a cascade of events, none of which are very good. They took heart cells, cardiomyoblasts, and exposed them to glucose solution in a controlled setting in the lab. The researchers used two solutions to mimic both normal blood sugar and high blood sugar events. They used the most up to date and advanced scientific methods to gather the results. Again, real eye openers.

The researchers found that the high glucose caused an increase in ROS (reactive oxygen species),  stimulated advanced glycation end products (AGE) {and these things do make us age faster, just thought I would through that in for those interested} and blunted glucose uptake by the cells (increasing insulin resistance).

What can we take from this and apply to our lives to be able to live healthier? First thing we know is that AHG increased ROS, or a need for more antioxidants. These ROS guys cause inflammation and we know that chronic inflammation is a very bad thing. It alone has been implicated in all sorts of disease processes, including heart disease and cancer. That is enough for me to forgo the sugar or high carb diet.

They also discovered something called non-oxidative glucose pathway (NOGP) is activated by the episode of high sugar (AHG) and that takes glucose metabolism away form our normal ability to use the glucose or causes insulin resistance.

One very interesting finding of this research was that the researchers employed a compound, one that we often suggest for those with glucose handling problems, benfotiamine, a specialized formulation of vitamin B1, and found that it shunted the bad NOGP and decreased ROS generation as well as help restore normal glucose uptake by the cells!

All this exciting new evidence points to the fact that we desperately need to change our current dietary factors. All Americans, and others around the world for that matter, consume too much sugar and foods that easily turn into sugar in our bodies. This includes all grains and grain products (cereals, pasta, etc.), fruits, and of course sugar sweetened beverages of all kinds. I know how hard that can be when we are bombarded with dis-information via advertising, but, if we want to live healthy and be healthy, we must do it. In our patients that will adopt the low carb, no sugar diet, we always see drastic improvement in their overall health including weight loss.

Milk, something you really need to know before your next glass!

Milk is often referred to as a super food.  For cows, maybe. For humans, not such a good idea.

You may have read that industrialized milk contains growth hormones and antibiotics. You may have even read that it is over pasteurized, again, not good. But, there is more!

You may have noticed that girls are reaching puberty earlier, and men are all suffering from low T (low testosterone). Why? Could it be the foods that we all eat? Pollution comes in all forms, from the BPA in plastics to the hormones in meats and now we have milk.

Some time back there was a big brouhaha about the rbGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) use in industrialized milk. So much so that a lot of the milk producers started not using it and marketed their milk as ‘hormone free’. That label may not be telling the whole truth, like so many labels these days.  Seems that the cows in these commercial dairies are producing much higher levels of natural sex hormones.

Commercial cows, cows in a modern dairy operation, even organically raised cows, are milked 10 months out of 12 due to being impregnated while still lactating, and during the last few months of her pregnancy the cow’s hormones are extremely high just like any female that is pregnant. How high you ask? Some research done comparing commercial cows in Japan with traditionally grown Mongolian cows showed that the commercial cows milk contained 67% more estrogen, and 650% more progesterone than the traditionally grown Mongolian cows milk.

With this knowledge we can see how it could cause early puberty in girls due to the high estrogen levels, but when you think about the big picture you can see how these increased hormones may be causing other problems. Take for instance the increase in low T in men of all ages.  Could making men more exposed to higher doses of estrogen be causing a lowering of testosterone? And what other problems could it be causing?

Back to Japan for a minute; studies starting back in the early 2000’s as to why Japanese men were getting prostate cancer, a 25 fold increase in 50 years, was linked to milk consumption. In Japan prior to WW ll dairy products weren’t widely available. After the war we imported cows, and our modern technology for dairy production, and that correlated with the increase in prostate cancer. The Japanese even went so far as to pass a law that mandated schoolchildren  drink 200 milliliters of milk at every school lunch. Talk about food Nazi’s. There has been a lot of chatter in the scientific community about the increase levels of these hormones and other cancers like breast cancer as well. So ladies, don’t think you have escaped this one.

By now you are saying “none of my favorite foods are safe”, and you would be correct. This is why we must educate others as to the potentials of the pollutants, PCB’s and others, as well as the contamination of the foods like dairy. Antibiotics are bad enough, giving rise to super bugs,  but now we know that these modern practices of the dairy farmer are putting us at risk due to increased hormones in dairy products, even the organic stuff! Help yourself and others by educating them as to the dangers involved, and while you are at it, contact your representative and let them know that you don’t like being poisoned without knowledge of the facts. Now that you know you can seek out that small dairy farmer that does not use these modern practices, or at least know to avoid dairy all together for health reasons.

Watermelon in the news!

Watermelon made the headlines recently. Actually it is some of the ingredients of themelon that made the news, L arginine and L Citrulline. Florida State University just did some research that proved the validity of or product Amino-Flo. Thank you Florida State!

Watermelon contains many ingredients, some of which are great for health, others not so great. Let me explain, and we will start with the good.

Two of the really good ingredients of the watermelon, L Arginine and L Citrulline, are amino acids that can and do increase Nitric Oxide (NO) production in our body. This is a good thing as we need the NO to maintain proper blood vessel tone, keep the platelets form sticking together, and other good functions of the cardiovascular system. Proper tone is involved in relaxing the blood vessels (vasodilation) and helping maintain proper blood pressure. Many things interfere with NO production in our bodies so we need a constant replenishing of this vital component.


Stress is one of the ‘bogyman’ in blocking our production of NO, and in the world we live in, no one is immune from that. Another bad guy is sugar! Yes, the watermelon does contain sugar. Nobody said it was perfect, just had some good ingredients. Sugar increases the byproduct Uric acid (the same thing that causes Gout) and it blocks NO from doing it’s job. Not good.


Without NO our blood vessels can’t protect themselves from all the bad things that takes place in the blood stream. NO keeps the endothelium, the lining of our blood vessels, from attracting things like cholesterol and other components from sticking in places where they can cause problems like plaque. So we can see a lot of good things going on here in the watermelon.

Back to the Florida State research, they did a study on 13 middle-aged men and women, all of which were obese and had hypertension or high blood pressure. The researchers spilt the group into two. One group got the amino acids from watermelon and the other got a placebo. After 6 weeks, they switched groups. The results showed that consuming the watermelon extract had a positive impact on aortic blood pressure and vascular parameters. “That means less overload to the heart, so the heart is going to work easily during a stressful situation” said Dr. Figueroa, the lead on the research team.

This is great news, but you would have to eat great amounts of watermelon daily to get those results, and remember the sugar,well, you would definitely get way too much of that. Enter Amino-Flo from Doctor’s Nutrition.

We at Doctor’s Nutrition had been using these two wonderful amino acids for a long time for the very same desired results, but our patients were having to consume large quantities of pills. Not good. Two years ago we formulated the product Amino-Flo containing the L-Arginine and L-Citrulline. Knowing the characteristics of these amino acids, and how they can impact other areas that could cause unwanted side effects, we formulated with other amino acids to balance the unwanted effects.

Too much L-Arginine, or L-Citrulline which turns into L-arginine, can cause the latent Herpes viruses to ‘bloom’. This is why it is not uncommon for those who suffer with the cold sores, and other Herpes viral problems, to have out breaks when consuming too many nuts, as many nuts contain large amounts of L-Arginine. These same viruses do not like L-Lysine. It makes them dormant, a good thing. When we formulated Amino-Flo we added the L-Lysine for this reason, to keep down unwanted side effects of too much L-Arginine. We want the benefits, not the side effects.

We also added L-Proline as it acts like ‘Teflon’ in the blood stream keeping some of the fatty globules from sticking to the endothelium. This is definitely something would want to do for the cardiovascular system. we also added L-Glycine as it is used in DNA repair, another good thing.

During the two years we have used this formula clinically, we have seen some very good and promising results with patients on multiple blood pressure meds be able to properly maintain their blood pressure with less medications, and some have had to stop taking meds due to the blood pressure getting too low. A very good thing indeed.

If you, or someone you know, suffers from heart disease and high blood pressure, Amino-Flo is a great adjunct to help keep the cardiovascular system perking along. With this formula you get the great benefits of the watermelon extract, and much more, without the sugar! Maintaining good cardiovascular health is priceless.

Olive Leaf extract, more good news!

Some of you may be familiar with Olivir, our olive leaf extract, and may have used it for various viruses, etc. Well, more good news regarding olive leaf extract, recent research found it to be effective in fighting Leishmaniasis.

Leishmaniasis is a protozoan parasitic disease, that even with modern medicine, remains a world wide heath problem. It is more problematic in developing countries like Africa and the Mediterranean basin, so it is not something you are likely to see here in the U.S.

Since we work with a lot of missionaries traveling to this part of the we have seen this in patients that visit there. Due to this potential problem, along with the many others in third world countries, we always suggest those that travel there start taking the Olivir a few days prior to leaving and continue until they return. This has accounted for many happy travelers over the years.

This new research on the Leishmaniasis interesting in that it showed the effectiveness of the oleuropein, one of the active ingredients of olive leaf extract, “persisted and was even enhanced 6 weeks after the termination of the treatment”. That fact in itself is very promising, and rare for any treatment method. This was determined by parasite depletion of >95% in the liver and spleen of the infected individuals.

We have clinically used the Olivir brand of olive leaf extract for over 17 years and some of the results we have seen have truly been remarkable. Now to find that it can even be effective against something as bad as Leishmaniasis is even more remarkable. This is the reason we suggest it to be a component in everyone’s medicine chest. It is prominent in ours for sure.

Healthcare, whose responsibility is it?

In America, we only think about healthcare when it makes the news, as in Obama Care. Even then it is usually only involved with who is going to pay for it. The other times that we think about healthcare is when our health, or someones we know, falls apart.

Healthcare means more than some number or odd sounding name put on a disease process, and taking care of our health is ultimately our responsibility. After all, it is your health we are talking about, right? Would you really want to turn that over to some government panel or committee at some insurance company? I didn’t think so. But, where do you start?

For the average person to get involved in their own healthcare they need advice. Someone they can ask questions, and get guidance from. This is exactly what Doctor’s Nutrition does, we offer guidance and access to anyone needing it. We provide a knowledge base to help answer your questions, and access to talk to a doctor that is involved in natural methods of healthcare. Also knowledgeable in standard allopathic treatments as well. We provide accessibility to lab work (blood work) without the costs usually associated. Our philosophy is simple, provide information and advice that can help the individual make good choices in the healthcare market place.


Triglycerides, some helpful hints

Triglycerides are a molecule that the liver makes to move fats, and things that can be turned into fats, around the body through the blood stream. These triglycerides can be used as fuel for our cells or stored as fat.

Triglycerides are measured in the lipid panel along with your cholesterol. They are a marker, or indicator, for how efficiently our body is functioning at handling sugars and fats, and increased levels are associated with heart disease, fatty liver disease and diabetes. This test should always be done fasting as the levels vary drastically due to the types of foods we eat. High fasting levels over 100 mg/dl indicate that our body is having a problem.

Elevated triglycerides indicate that our body and our cells are becoming insulin resistant. Insulin is needed to get the triglycerides inside our cells so that it can be processed into fuels. When we become insulin resistant, our cells do not readily allow insulin to do its job. This is one of the indicators that describe what is termed “metabolic syndrome”. This terminology is used to describe a group of disorders including elevated triglycerides, high blood pressure, high blood glucose (sugar), elevated Hgb A1c (marker for diabetes), weight gain in the mid section (tummy fat, beer belly), etc. All of these markers are associated with heart disease.

Sugars come in many forms form simple to complex. By the way, not all sugars are sweet. If we look at table sugar, the white stuff you may be putting in your coffee for instance, we have about 50% glucose, not sweet, and 50% fructose, very sweet. Glucose can be used in its original state and does not need processing. Fructose is another animal all together and has to be processed by the  liver before it can be used. Too much of a good thing, especially sweet tasting things, and we become insulin resistant. The next step is diabetes. Let’s not go there.

Things that will help lower the triglycerides, and and help prevent heart disease and diabetes, are limiting or eliminating foods that turn into triglycerides rapidly. This includes all things that taste sweet, including fruits. Fruits can provide good antioxidants and other nutrients, but too much of a good thing and you know the rest of the story.  Grains are another problem, even though not sweet tasting, as they elevate blood glucose and triglycerides and can lead to that extra belly fat  that is so hard to loose.

What is a person to do? Diet, or as we like to call it, lifestyle changes are the first step. Limiting or eliminating those things that cause the problems. This will include all sugar, grains, cereals, and yes, even the fruits. Fun fact: the average American consumes 2.5 pounds of sugar per week. That works out to 130 pounds per year. Just think about the exercise alone needed to keep that under control!

Once we have the lifestyle under control we can do other things to help manage the problems associated with “metabolic syndrome”. The omega 3 fish oils are one of the best supplements anyone can take. They help reduce insulin resistance, lower triglycerides, feed the brain and are anti-inflammatory. The anti-inflammatory effect is one of the most important effects they can provide for our body, as most cooking oils are omega 6 and can increase inflammation. Oh, and a little exercise is very important too. It is never too late to start, just make sure you start slowly if it hasn’t been part of your routine before.

Something you can do to determine your specific needs is the proper lab work (blood tests). Doctor’s Nutrition can help you with choosing the correct lab testing for you and your condition, and once the results are back, we can help you with the right lifestyle choices, and supplementation specifically for you. We call this ‘evidence based nutrition’. Here is a link to our web page with lab tests: (Copy and paste to your browser)

Doctor’s Nutrition has all the  natural products that you might need to help with any of the sugar handling issues like high triglycerides. All our products are the highest purity available. We offer free consultation to help determine the best methods for you and your condition. Give us a call today and let’s get started on a healthier you.