Get Out and Live: Benefits of Enjoying the Sun

With so many messages telling us to avoid direct sun exposure to protect our skin from harmful UV rays, it's easy to miss out on an important nutrient. Vitamin D is responsible for helping our bodies use calcium from our diets, making it essential for strong bones. Traditionally, vitamin D … [Read more...]

Surprising Benefits of Vitamin D

We have all seen foods in the market that have been fortified with vitamin D, but too many of us don’t understand how this powerful nutrient can enhance and protect our health.  Vitamin D is produced by our bodies when bare skin is exposed to sunlight.  Widespread sunscreen used to prevent … [Read more...]

Vitamin D Deficiency? Look at Your Health Issues

At steadily increasing rates, Americans report they feel achy, sick and tired.  If you are among those dealing with daily pain and fatigue,  there is a simple but important nutrient you may be missing.  Mayo Clinic researchers looked at the vitamin D level of patients who had … [Read more...]

Shooting Down Vitamin D Myths

The debate surrounding the proper dosing and the importance of Vitamin D has been ongoing for decades.  Research has shown that Vitamin D has tremendous health benefits, including helping to prevent and alleviate chronic disease like diabetes and, elevate mood, regulate digestive function and … [Read more...]

A Look Inside ‘The Vitamin D Cure’ by Dr. James Dowd

Through his groundbreaking research with the Arthritis Institute of Michigan, rheumatologist Dr. James Dowd discovered that many of his patients suffered from vitamin D deficiency,  and that most of us need far more vitamin D than previously believed.  When Dr. Dowd wrote The Vitamin D … [Read more...]

Dr. Dowd and the Arthritis Institute of Michigan: Making a Difference

When Dr. James Dowd founded the Arthritis Institute of Michigan, he made it his mission to create a treatment center that is focused on the specialized needs of patients with rheumatologic diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system, and systemic autoimmune conditions that affect the bones, … [Read more...]

How Dr. Dowd and the Arthritis Institute of Michigan differ from Traditional Rheumatologists

Rheumatologists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal system and systemic autoimmune conditions that affect the bones, joints, muscles and spine; these disorders have been commonly referred to as rheumatoid diseases. Autoimmune diseases … [Read more...]

Iodine Questions

Here is what the data shows. According to the World Health Organization, the USA is on average borderline 'excess' in iodine for all but a subset of people. [4] This is due to a combination of excess salty food … [Read more...]

Aging Metabolism Understood

There is a change in our metabolism with time. Why does our metabolism slow down with aging? We used to attribute the slowing of our resting metabolic rate with loss of lean body mass, muscle and bone. More recent data tell us that loss of lean body mass only accounts for about 20% of the … [Read more...]

Frequently Asked Questions About Water

How much water should we consume? A rule of thumb is ½ ounce per pound of lean body weight. This commonly used estimate is how we get to 8 x 8 oz of water a day but is not based on any science.  What we know is that some foods are higher in water content than others. Those foods tend to keep us … [Read more...]