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The Link: April 2015 Issue

Monday, April 6, 2015  
Posted by: Elizabeth Pullman
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Our bodies are 70 to 90% made of water. Sufficient hydration with water is critical for health. Few if any patients who come to us drink enough water. For those people who wish to nourish their kidneys and bodies, people should drink only spring water, or reverse osmosis filtered water. Green and white tea is good for your immune system, and the kidneys read these teas as hydration. For however much you weigh, you should drink ½ your body weight in water (in oz.) daily. Ex: 100 lbs = 50 oz. water. This amount of water is without any extra physical exertion. The ideal water purification system for the home is called Reverse Osmosis, or R.O. The R.O. System should be connected to the home at the point where the water enters the home. The reason for the water treatment system location is the toxic elements found in municipal and well water sources. A 15 minute shower in chlorinated municipal water imparts the equivalent of drinking a cup of chlorinated swimming pool water. READ MORE
Q: I just received my genome interpretation and I have hundreds of questions. Right now, I'm most concerned that I'm double positive for all BCMO SNPs. What is this BCMO gene and are these positives something about which I should be concerned? 

Great question! Since there are readers who might not be familiar with SNPs, I will begin with a very brief explanation of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). SNPs are the most common type of genetic variation among people and are found in DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). DNA holds the biological instructions necessary to create every cell, tissue and organ in our bodies and it is passe
d along from generation to generation. While many SNPs have no impact on health or may even reduce the risk of disease, physicians who use genetics to recommend clinical interventions will hone in on the SNPs that could lead to the development of imbalance or disease and then offer recommendations to optimize health.   READ MORE
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The promise of spring is a gift; a gift that instills hope into all of us. March is our gateway month when garden plans are laid down and seeds planted indoors. This month we celebrate heirloom seeds and organic gardening. We are showcasing some of the devoted folks who give us those rare, yet hardy heirloom seeds so that we may harvest vegetables that contain the flavor and nutrient content of plants that have survived and flourished over the long haul. The designation "organic" has largely become a legal term. To qualify as a "certified organic" farm, gardeners must present a ream of paperwork over a three year period. It can be a daunting proposition. But for those of us who are not operating a business but want the best that nature has to offer, there are many inventive methods for "organic" gardening. Is organic gardening or farming really that much better than non organic? Let's examine some of the data to help us make our decision. READ MORE 



Julie, owner of has graciously allowed me to present her recipe for pesto sauce, a wonderful unique sauce with that wonderful basil aroma, perfect for pastas and fish. This is an interesting variation on the classical Italian recipe. Julie uses sunflower seeds and arugula but encourages her customers to "think outside the box" and experiment with different herbs and nuts or seeds.


2 cloves garlic

½ cup packed fresh basil leaves

1 cup packed fresh arugula

¾ tsp. sea salt

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup sunflower seeds

"In a food processor, mince the garlic with the basil, arugula and salt. With the machine on, add the olive oil in a thin stream and continue processing until well blended. Add the sunflower seeds and process until the seeds are finely chopped. Serve over pasta, or as we love it, over fish. Local Michigan Lake Trout is our favorite, but salmon would be excellent as well." Bon appetite!   


Virtually anyone who has been to Dr. Harper's office or been to one of the classes that we have been holding this year has probably heard about the "Metabolic Diet."

So what exactly is "The Metabolic Diet" and why do some call it "crazy", or worse? The Metabolic Balancing Diet is a diet that consists of protein and carbohydrates from select vegetable sources. It is broken out into a three meal a day plan (although I tell patients that it can be divided into 5-6 smaller meals or really into whatever works best for your particular lifestyle.) For our purposes we will look at the three meal a day example. READ MORE 

Dr. Murray Susser is an expert in chelation therapy. He discusses the benefits as well as some of the preferred methods of removing heavy metals from the body. He also mentions some things you need to be aware of before starting a therapy. VIEW INTERVIEW

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