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Articles by Dr. Janet

A Rainbow of Phytonutrients

by Dr. Janet Volpe

With so many dietary trends making news these days, it can be overwhelming to figure out what to follow for optimal health.  Paleo or vegetarian? Gluten free or organic whole grain? Raw foods vs cooked?

While there may not be a one-size-fits-all approach for every child or adult, here’s one concept on which most experts do agree- eat more fruits and vegetables.

The Link Between Inflammation and Chronic Illness

by Dr. Janet Volpe

In the United States, chronic illness is on the rise. From 1994 to 2006, the rate of chronic conditions in U.S. children more than doubled, increasing from 12.8% to 26.6% according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010.

The Gut Microbiome

by Dr. Janet Volpe

The adult human gastrointestinal tract (gut) is a tube about a 20-foot from mouth to anus.  The lining of this tube is not a smooth surface but rather made up of tiny but numerous peaks and valleys of intestinal cells. These peaks and valleys are so compact and numerous that if you could open the tube and spread it out flat, its surface area would be roughly 3,000 square feet, or about the size of a doubles tennis court.

Toxins in Our Environment

by Dr. Janet Volpe

Since the 1940's, over 80,000 industrial chemicals have been invented and released in the United States alone. Of those, only about 15% have been tested for safety and of those tested, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has only been able to successfully ban 5. Many of these chemicals are ending up in our water, soil, air, food supply, as well as inside of us. All of us, including newborns...

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Online Resources

The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit, non-partisan consumer advocacy and research organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  This is an excellent resource for evidence based scientific information to assist consumers in making best choices on food, personal care products, cosmetics, and household cleaners.



Print Resources

1. Digestive Wellness and Digestive Wellness for Children, are two books that offer a comprehensive explanation on the importance of healthy digestion in regards to disease prevention and immune system strengthening for adults and children respectively. Written by Elizabeth Lipski, Ph.D., C.C.N.


2. Healing the New Childhood Epidemics - AUTISM, ADHD, ASTHMA, and ALLERGIES, by Kenneth Bock, M.D., and Cameron Stauth. Dr. Bock is a prominent integrative pediatrician who created one of the first biomedical treatment programs for autism, and was one of the first physicians to note clinical similarities in children with the above listed conditions. This book, written in 2008, is about his successful program. 


3. ADHD Without Drugs, is a scientifically based guide to the natural care of children with ADHD. Written by Sanford Newmark, M.D., who is director of clinical programs at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UC San Francisco, and Head of the Pediatric Integrative Neurodevelopmental Program there. 


4. Super Natural Home, by Beth Greer. A very informative and practical guide on reducing toxic exposures in the home and in our bodies. 

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