What’s Your Waist to Hip Ratio? Your Health Depends on It

By Tucson Functional Medicine on May 29, 2022 0 Comments

The waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) is a quick measure of fat distribution that may help indicate a person’s overall health.  What does a person’s waist-to-hip ratio say about their health? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), having a WHR of over 1.0 may increase the risk of developing conditions that relate to being overweight, including heart disease and … Continue Reading


Want To Lower Your Blood Pressure By 20 Points? Try This Exercise…

By Tucson Functional Medicine on May 23, 2022 0 Comments

A study shows that isometric exercises, where you contract large muscles without actually moving the body part, may help reduce blood pressure in healthy people. And something as simple as squeezing your inner thigh muscles together while you sit would qualify. That’s right. Isometric exercises can be done anytime, anywhere, and they don’t require you … Continue Reading


Low Oxalates Foods May Help Reduce Auto-Immune Disease Risk, Autism and Fibromyalgia

By Tucson Functional Medicine on May 17, 2022 0 Comments

Oxalate (or oxalic acid) is a compound found in various plant-based foods. Under a microscope, oxalates are jagged in structure and look somewhat crystalline. During metabolism, oxalic acid combines with other minerals like calcium, sodium, magnesium, and potassium to form compounds like calcium oxalate and sodium oxalate in the kidneys. This, in turn, may be responsible for mineral … Continue Reading


SMASH – The Potent Recipe for Increasing Omega 3

By Tucson Functional Medicine on May 9, 2022 0 Comments

The acronym SMASH stands for salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, and herring. These are the fish that are the safest and healthiest to eat. They are nutrient-rich, high in omega-3s, and low in mercury. SMASH fish are all small fish because the more significant the fish and the longer its lifespan, the higher its mercury content. Mercury, in excess, … Continue Reading


Anxiety and Depression-Brain On Fire?

By Tucson Functional Medicine on May 2, 2022 0 Comments

Depression, Anxiety, and other mental disorders have reached epidemic proportions.  In the U.S., the national rate of Anxiety in 2019 tripled from 8.1% to 25.5%, and depression almost quadrupled from 6.5% to 24.3%. What is going on? The present paradigm of treating these mental disorders is balancing the neurotransmitters through pharmaceutical agents like SSRIs (Zoloft, … Continue Reading