Spring is here!
Now that Spring is officially here, it’s time to get out to farms and farmer’s markets, organic restaurants, and “green” stores! Feeling cooped all all winter isn’t good for many reasons: lack of sunlight and Vitamin D conversion, lack of good, fresh air, and less social interaction. It was also more difficult (or impossible) to get to a farmer’s market, and find fresh produce that wasn’t shipped to your grocery store.
But it’s time to get out there and enjoy all that Springtime has to offer! As I began to realize how much really good information we lost by scratching our entire website, and I came to the conclusion that it will be impossible to recreate it, I have slowly come out of my funk! There was just so much information and research that I cannot re-create, so instead, today, I am going to have some fun, and talk about our favorite organic, sustainable, and green places to visit!
My first favorite on the list is the Locke Store in Millwood, VA. The Locke Store is an adorable and quaint purveyor of delicious foods and wines. You open the creeky old front door, and it’s as if you’ve stepped back in time! Built in 1836 by James Clarke, across from the Burwell -Morgan Merchant Mill, it was originally a general store and inn. Through the years, it has remained a store, when Juliet Mackay-Smith took over in 2002. Her commitment to local, sustainable foods is exactly what this doctor ordered!
Juliet’s team offers a variety of freshly prepared and delicious food all day long. It’s all made in the back kitchen, and you can chose from a variety of dishes. We have enjoyed EVERY dish we’ve ever had there! We love visiting in Spring and Summer, when we take our lunch across the street on a tray and we enjoy a picnic! You can sit by the waterfall, or the creek, or on picnic tables around the Mill’s grounds. (The mill, by the way, stone grinds wheat to this day.)
The store’s selection of wines is huge and they have fresh and frozen items from local farms all around the area. Their organic coffee is my favorite around. The staff is always friendly and efficient. I just can’t say enough good things about the Locke Store. I highly recommend a visit. (preferably on a sunny day:)
Well, that’s all for today, and I’ll talk about more of our favorites establishments later. Enjoy Spring!
So, you’ve been hearing much about our “microbiome” lately. Our “terrain.” The trillions of microbes that populate the human body, whose very fine balance is key to our good health.
Science is now showing that our immune systems (80% of which is in the gut) are taking hits like never before in history, due to exposure to glyphosate, and other pesticides and toxins in our environments. Glyphosate use has apparently doubled every six years in the past few decades, and continues to be used throughout the world.
For those of you who read my old blogs, (which we have lost due to our change-over of websites) you may remember my earlier blogs about the history of Lyme, and its scourge on our modern health. In those blogs, I talked about how Lyme became more virulent via higher pesticide use; the very thing that many use to stop the ticks! My take-away back those years ago was that instead of SPRAYING our parks, playgrounds, yards (and of course CROPS) to combat the Lyme spirrochete, we needed to STOP the use of these chemicals, which only made the spirrochete more virulent.
But, as we all know, the big food producers have not stopped using glyphosate, and many municipalities still spray pesticides to get rid of mosquitos, ticks, etc.!
Well, since that time, I have learned a lot more about how bad glyphosate really is, and how it degrades the gut barrier, so that with EVERY exposure, our microbiome is more and more out of whack! Every nasty fast-food meal in which we are exposed to glyphosate, (and lots of other toxins) throws off the tight junctions in our gut, so that eventually, those junctions become loose, and our gut health suffers. With every non-organic meal that we eat, we will get some glyphosate residues, and even with relatively low exposure to glyphosate, you will always get damage to the cell membranes that make up the tight junctions. This permeability is “leaky gut.”
Other things cause damage to the tight junctions, such as gluten. Gluten is not nearly as damaging as glyphosate, but it does cause this damage to the gut lining. I suppose many other toxins directly damage the junctions too. Long-time antibiotic use, and use of anti-inflammatories cause damage.
As we all know, chronic degenerative disease is at an all-time high, and we have disorders earlier in life than we used to. This chronic disease is a direct function of this unhealthy gut disorder.
In our practice, Dr. Del uses many whole foods and herbs to help correct many imbalances; however, this is not the panacea. Even when eating a well-balanced diet of mostly good, sustainable, organic foods, and supplementing with whole food nutrition, it may be very difficult to correct the gut imbalance once those junctions are loose, and the permiability is there. Often times, probiotics, enzymes, and healthy eating have not proven to correct the problem, even if they do help in the short-run.
Now new and ground-breaking research has made it possible to help correct this underlying gut imbalance by “tightening” the gut wall, thereby giving the body the ability to re-balance the bacteria. Scientists think that a healthy gut has 20,000 to 30,000 bacteria strains, and today, most of us eating the SAD diet (Standard American Diet) have between 5000 and 10,000. By strengthening the gut lining, it can re-populate, and balance the microbiome. Once the junctions tighten up, it is possible for the body to do its miraculous work to bring the microbiome back into balance. This is very exciting new research, and we would like to share it with you.
If you would like to understand more about this exciting discovery, please let us know. We have brochures in our office that explain more about it, and how it works. Thanks for reading!