The Hunt – Luke’s Fatigue and Severe Indigestion.

By | 2013-09-04T18:35:15-04:00 September 4th, 2013|Articles, Functional Medicine, Nutrition|


I love a good Who-Done-It. This attraction to solving mysteries extends beyond my recreational reading. When I was introduced to functional medicine about 10 years ago, my immediate reaction was to ask why they didn’t teach that to me in Medical School!

The core belief of functional medicine is that all our maladies are from breakdowns in one or more of the basic physiological components of our body. Each of these components takes care of a part of what keeps us healthy. Here are the core domains: breakdown, […]

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10 Important Ways to Change your Diet with Susan DeLaney, ND [Video]

By | 2013-04-29T16:54:13-04:00 April 29th, 2013|Events and Announcements, Functional Medicine, Nutrition, Type II Diabetes, Video, Whole Medicine Health Forum|

Based on the work of Dr. Weston A. Price.

Susan DeLaney, ND

About Susan DeLaney:

Dr. Susan DeLaney graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a registered nurse and practiced, for 8 years, in various clinical settings. She then entered the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland Oregon, one of the three accredited schools of Naturopathic Medicine in the United States. Dr. DeLaney received her medical degree from the four-year program. She then completed her residency training with a Homeopathic physician in India where homeopathy is a standard medical practice, as […]

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Life After Cancer Treatment with Mark Mead MSc [Video]

By | 2013-03-28T10:26:09-04:00 March 28th, 2013|Functional Medicine, Nutrition, Video, Whole Medicine Health Forum|

Nutritional & botanical strategies for life-long remission maintenance.

Mark Mead, MSc 

About Mark Mead MSc:

Through his work as a health coach and nutrition educator, he has come to recognize the life-giving importance of obtaining nourishment on multiple levels—physical, emotional and spiritual—for optimum health.

“Much of what we call disease may stem from a fundamental disconnect from these diverse sources of nourishment. My primary focus is to help people reclaim their health, heal more effectively, and live more fully.”

Mark Mead 

Part of the Whole Medicine Health Forum

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Modern Plague

By | 2011-01-27T20:06:38-04:00 January 27th, 2011|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles, Functional Medicine, Nutrition, Type II Diabetes|

In the last few weeks I have seen a 9 year old with frequent colds, a middle aged man with depression, tight hamstrings and debilitating knee pain, a menopausal woman with fatigue and anxiety and an overweight woman with insomnia. Each of these individuals has seen at least three different physicians and one of them has seen 10 different physicians – in each case their primary symptoms have been almost completely resistant to a wide range of treatments. Three of these four individuals are thin or at least of normal […]

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Bone Health

By | 2010-11-11T20:47:34-04:00 November 11th, 2010|Functional Medicine, Nutrition|

What is a person to do? Most of my patients are aware of the risks of bone fracture with aging. The statistics are indeed pretty frightening. Fractures in old age are the kind of thing that sends us to bed and from which we may never get up. Most women routinely get bone density testing and many of my patients know their “T-score” by heart. It is also my experience that many women are leery of the medications that are often recommended for women at risk of fracture.

Risks of Medications: […]

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The Myth of Cholesterol, Part II

By | 2010-08-17T20:51:45-04:00 August 17th, 2010|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles, Nutrition|

In my previous post I reviewed what I consider to be an inappropriate focus on cholesterol in the effort to alter risks for preventable diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, and peripheral artery disease.  Although statins may be effective in reducing the risks for these diseases, it is now clear that they are the result of complex metabolic changes associated with poor nutrition, physiological changes associated with exposure to stress, and sedentary life styles. Virtually all national health advocacy groups agree and call for addressing these diseases (and many […]

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The Myth of Cholesterol, Part I

By | 2010-08-17T20:19:12-04:00 August 17th, 2010|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles, Nutrition|

In my experience there is no current area of medicine that provokes stronger objection by many patients than the recommendation to use a statin, the family of medications that help lower LDL cholesterol (for example Lipitor or Crestor).  It seems that lots of people know someone that has had a painful muscle reaction to one of those medications.  There also seems to be a widely held opinion that the focus of so many doctors on cholesterol as the bad guy is a myth – perpetrated perhaps by drug companies.

There is some truth in that.  More than 75% of people who […]

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A Good Dinner

By | 2010-08-17T01:47:30-04:00 August 17th, 2010|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles, Nutrition|

A few weeks ago, friends invited Kathleen and me to dinner. They live out in the country and have a neighbor who has a small farm, grows vegetables, and sells them to lucky people who live nearby. We were served cooked spinach that night that tasted like something new to me. It was deep green, velvety, rich and satisfying in a way that surprised me, especially in comparison to some I had a few nights earlier at one of my favorite restaurants.

I remember beginning to get a new kind of tomato in the grocery store 30 years ago. This was […]

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The Art and Craft of Nourishing Yourself, Part I

By | 2010-08-09T19:04:39-04:00 August 9th, 2010|Integrative Health Coaching, Nutrition|

Here are two organizing principals for making your eating life satisfying, health-promoting, and easy to manage.

1.  Low glycemic load foods:

Build your food habits around low-glycemic index choices.   Glycemic index is a measure of how fast the carbs you eat break down and release sugars into the bloodstream;  you’re aiming to feed yourself the kind that break down slowly and release glucose more gradually.   Simply stated, this keeps your blood sugar low and even throughout the day and thus positively modulates energy and appetite.  Over the long run keeping your blood sugar steady will promote healthy function of all your biological […]

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