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Is That Acrylamide in Your Coffee?

By Sara Gottfried, MD | April 5, 2011

  Now that I’ve talked you off coffee, let’s dive deeper into some of the badness of the stuff. Do you recall the debate that surfaced in 2002 about a potential carcinogen found in fried foods, called acrylamide? There was much sound and fury when the discovery landed on front pages nine years ago, and…

Plum Awesome: Clean Food in the Bay Area

By Sara Gottfried, MD | April 3, 2011

Most of you know I’m in the midst of a cleanse with an online, webinar group. I believe we must change radically how we eat, and to dump the toxins that slow our metabolism, harm our bodies and hurt the planet. I’m always interested in where to dine that supports these tenets.

Coffee Hijacks Thyroid Levels

By Sara Gottfried, MD | April 1, 2011

Do you take thyroid medication? Judging from my integrative medicine practice, I believe we have an epidemic of underfunctioning thyroid on our hands. Most national organizations of endocrinologists have issued guidelines that if you have symptoms of low thyroid function, a TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) < 2.5 makes the diagnosis, yet most conventional physicians use…

Meet Your Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

By Sara Gottfried, MD | March 31, 2011

Nothing makes me happier than an anti-inflammatory smoothie with greens, berries, pea and rice protein (very hypoallergenic) and flax. Well, maybe containment of nuclear reactors in Japan, but that’s a topic for another day.

Cravings 101: Fight the Saboteur

By Sara Gottfried, MD | March 29, 2011

Your saboteur (or as Annie Lamott aptly calls it: KFKD radio) is the one telling you that dumping the junk is a waste of time. Why bother? Who cares? Who does that quack doctor think she is?

Detox, Gottfried-Style – Join Us!

By Sara Gottfried, MD | March 28, 2011

It’s never too late to detox. We are tasked with clearing out gluten, dairy, caffeine, sugar and alcohol over the first seven days as part of the “Pre-Cleanse” as well as starting the Detoxification Support Packets to prepare our liver and gut for the job ahead. Did you start your morning today with a cup…

On Cleansing, D#1 – Kicking Caffeine

By Sara Gottfried, MD | March 25, 2011

What is your most irrational fear? As you titrate with us off caffeine, gluten, dairy, alcohol and sugar, what are you most afraid will happen? Let’s start with caffeine. Today is D#1 of the Gottfried Cleanse, and I’m kicking caffeine – or at least I’m starting the process. Why is it so hard to decaffeinate?…

On Cleansing, D#0

By Sara Gottfried, MD | March 24, 2011

A Hindu Scholar named Swami Adiswarananda once said that we must renounce what we’ve been doing for something that feels better. None of us renounces what feels good for something that feels worse. His words frame my entry into the official start of our Gottfried Cleanse tomorrow, which is designed to balance your hormones and…

Natural Health Magazine: Interview on Low Libido

By Sara Gottfried, MD | March 22, 2011

Thrilled to be interviewed in Natural Health, published in the April/May 2011 issue. Most of what I said about hormones and how they modulate libido got cut. My main point that libido is extremely complex (and that 70% of the time there’s a hormonal component) but that there are many other factors including relationship connectivity…

Kicking Dairy: Why Bother?

By Sara Gottfried, MD | March 11, 2011

Throughout my 22 years of taking care of people, I’ve seen a lot of addictive behaviors. Particularly around food. Most common: chocolate, cheese, caffeine, flour, sugar, taken to anesthetize. These babies are drugs. I recall learning in the early 1980s that dairy products contain morphine-like substances. This was published in Science in 1981. Learned this…