All posts from Dr. J. E. Williams

Ebola Ground Zero—Should We Worry?

Friday Oct 17 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

We are no longer at a viral crossroads. Severe viral infections are threatening our health, now. A viral fire is blazing in Africa. Half of every one ... more »

Is Curcumin Really The All-in-One Solution?

Friday Oct 10 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Curcumin extract is an ancient Asian medicine that’s becoming an integrative medicine star. Turmeric is getting lots of press. And I’m not talking ... more »

Citrus Pectin—the New Therapy for Cancer & Heart Disease?

Friday Oct 3 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Pectins (derived from the white part under all types of citrus fruit peels) have traditionally been used as thickening and stabilizing agents for ... more »

Purple Bamboo Salt: Is It The Best Salt on Earth?

Friday Sep 26 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Researchers have found bamboo salt useful for viral infections, allergies, sinusitis, dental and gum disease, and diabetes. First there was the ... more »

Still Sick? When Going Gluten-Free Is Not Enough

Friday Sep 19 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

You’ve gone gluten-free, but you’re still not feeling well. What gives? Every morning when I first come in to the clinic, I look at my ... more »

Five Reasons Why You Don’t Want Your Cholesterol Level To Get Too Low

Friday Sep 12 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Is cholesterol the enemy of heart health? Can our levels get too low? It takes a gigantic shift in thinking to turn the idea of a bad molecule into a ... more »

IBS and Abdominal Discomfort—Have We Incorrectly Blamed Gluten?

Friday Sep 5 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Why is it that after ten thousands of years of agriculture, we don’t know what foods work best? Bethany, a single mother of two, was in pain. She ... more »

Achiote: Does This Peruvian Superstar Plant Medicine Deserve the Hype?

Friday Aug 29 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Though achiote is not yet readily available in U.S. markets, look for it soon in your local health food store. After a jolting, eight-hour dusty ride ... more »

Green Medicine: How the Rainforest Heals

Friday Aug 22 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Mountain rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon along the upper Urubamba River. For urban dwellers, the forest has a sense of otherworldliness. And for ... more »

Zinc: The Keystone to Immunity

Friday Aug 15 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Oysters are one of the best natural sources of zinc. Zinc is the keystone for healthy immune function. Getting enough dietary zinc is required ... more »

Iodine—The Most Misunderstood Micronutrient

Friday Aug 8 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Earth’s oceans are the main repositories of iodine, and nowhere is iodine as highly concentrated as in seaweed. Have you ever wondered what nutrient ... more »

Peruvian Aji Amarillo, the Yellow Chili—Put Soul Into Your Cooked or Raw Foods!

Friday Aug 1 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Natural foods by themselves tend to be flavorless. Why not add flame, flavor, and soul to your vegetarian and vegan cooking? Salsa Recipe Below! Every ... more »

Thyroid Hormone Testing: What’s the Best TSH Level?

Friday Jul 25 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Your doctor says you don’t need treatment, but could he or she be wrong? Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is secreted by cells in the front ... more »

The Original Paleo Fruit: Could Breadfruit Feed The World?

Friday Jul 18 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Breadfruit grows in poor conditions, even in salty sandy soils that can’t support other plants. Experts think it might even survive soils damaged by ... more »

Rice Bran Oil: Is It The World’s Best Oil?

Friday Jul 11 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Are demanding chefs really switching to rice bran oil? Have you ever come across something unexpected, new to you, and too good to be true, but ... more »

Glutathione—Nature’s First Antioxidant & Master Detoxifier

Friday Jul 4 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Raw goat whey is an excellent source of glutathione. Glutathione is one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. It may also be the most useful ... more »

Why Raspberries May be the World’s Healthiest Food

Friday Jun 20 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Raspberries have shown in studies to help prevent cancer and heart disease and to slow aging. Raspberries, along with blueberries and blackberries, ... more »

The Ancient New World Diet: Is it Time to Eat Like a Native?

Friday Jun 13 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Have you tried the New World Diet? The standard American (S.A.D.) diet is so bad for health that few have explored the culinary bounty and health ... more »

Why Am I Tired All the Time?

Friday Jun 6 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Though we know more about sleep problems than we used to, we need more research on supplements, lifestyle changes, and other therapies to find real, ... more »

Incan Golden Berries: 10 Benefits of a Peruvian Super Food

Friday May 30 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Golden berries—also called “Pichuberries”— are making their way in to American health food stores as the newest super food. Golden ... more »

The Way of the Mountains: Thoughts about Whole Food in the Woods of West Virginia

Friday May 23 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Though the worldwide trend is towards greater urbanization, these people still cling to the land and small town living. I am in southern West ... more »

Why Doctors and Patients Have Different Priorities

Friday May 16 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Just as lab test numbers are not human patients, codes are not diseases.” Traditional doctors love algorithms. Patients X, Y, and Z have A, B, ... more »

Treat the Cold & Flu with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Friday May 9 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

““I’ve found that it pays to learn a little Chinese wisdom to better handle respiratory viruses and boost your immunity.” Medical ... more »

The Future of Wearable Health Monitors

Friday May 2 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

“Accelerometers do a good job at measuring forward motion, but they can’t sense all types of motion.” I’m fascinated by cutting-edge ... more »

Microbes—the New Superfood Revolution

Friday Apr 25 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

I consider yeast-derived beta-glucan one of the most effective immune-boosting natural medicines, and have used it with thousands of patients for at ... more »

Optimal Wellness: When to Retest Your Blood Work

Friday Apr 18 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

If your last test revealed abnormal levels, when do you test again? Patients often ask me when should they get new blood tests. The answer is ... more »

Healthy Bones? You Need More Than Just Calcium

Friday Apr 11 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

“Taking calcium carbonate, the most common form of calcium supplement, is also not effective for increase bone density.” New research ... more »

Testosterone Boosters: Is the Latest Supplement Safe for Men?

Friday Apr 4 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

It’s selling out at GNC, and it comes from a plant, but is it safe? If you haven’t heard the clamor yet, you will. There’s a new supplement ... more »

Your Health On Plastics: Endocrine Disruptors in Your Body & the Environment

Friday Mar 28 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Even if it says “BPA-free,” might your plastic containers contain hormone-altering phthalates? Endocrine disruptors are a class of ... more »

Your System On Nature’s Original Super Food

Friday Mar 21 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

“In Argentina, yerba mate is made in a gourd and sipped through a silver straw a little at a time all day long.” If caffeine is common in ... more »

Polyphenols for Life, Health, and Longevity

Friday Mar 14 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

“When the first frost turned cranberries crimson, we gathered these low-lying berries…. I didn’t know it then, but these winter treats ... more »

All You Need to Know About Your Health—from One Drop

Friday Mar 7 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Forget the needles—you can learn all you need to know about your health with a single drop of blood. No one thinks that lab testing is a positive ... more »

Your Brain on Bugs—Will Bacteria be the Next Treatment for Anxiety and Depression?

Friday Feb 28 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

New research suggests that certain types of probiotics may help improve your mood. First we had yogurt, then antibiotics, and then probiotics. Next ... more »

Peaceful Sleep: 22 Natural Ways to Wake Up Refreshed

Friday Feb 21 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

If you’re having trouble sleeping—like at least 60 million Americans are—these tips may help. One of the most important things you can do ... more »

Paleo Sweeteners: 3 Alternatives to Toxic Sugar and High Fructose Syrups

Tuesday Feb 11 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Are paleo sweeteners any better than standard, white sugar? Our Paleolithic ancestors didn’t eat sugar. Other than naturally occurring complex ... more »

Clean Your Brain While You Sleep

Friday Feb 7 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

We are vigilant about our children’s sleep. We let sleeping dogs lie. Why don’t we value our own sleep? When I was young, I fell asleep instantly ... more »

Is Your Fish Oil Supplement Safe?

Friday Jan 31 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

A recent study of fish oil supplements found that 21 of the 30 products had omega-3 levels that varied by over 10% off their label claims, and 15 were ... more »

Is Agave Syrup Good for You?

Friday Jan 24 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Agave syrup comes from the natural agave plant, but does that mean it’s good for you? Agave syrup, or “nectar,” is a commercial natural ... more »

10 Reasons Why You Need Vitamin B12

Friday Jan 17 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Mussels and other shellfish are a great natural source of vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that keeps the body’s nerve and ... more »

Activate Your Daily Water—5 Ways to Enhance the Water You Drink

Friday Jan 10 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Green tea is often a healthier alternative for hydration to pure water. Recently, I began to question how good water is for health. It makes sense to ... more »

Your Personal Health Code: How to Start Your Year Without Resolutions

Friday Jan 3 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Rather than make resolutions you may not keep, why not create your own health code for 2014? Are New Year’s resolutions necessary? We make them all ... more »

New Guidelines on Blood Pressure Drugs—10 Ways to Lower Yours Naturally

Friday Dec 27 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Cutting back on sodium is still a good, natural way to lower high blood pressure. The New York Times was recently abuzz with multiple articles and ... more »

Radiation Protection: Broccoli and Red Wine May Increase Survival from Exposure

Friday Dec 20 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Compounds in broccoli may help protect body cells from radiation exposure. The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster catapulted radiation concerns to center ... more »

Sugar On The Brain: Glucose Levels Related to Risk of Alzheimer’s

Friday Dec 13 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

High blood sugar levels not only increase risk of diabetes and heart disease, but can also lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Score ... more »

Blue Green Algae: Five Ways Pond Scum Makes for an Anti-Aging Super Food

Friday Dec 6 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Blue green algae can make a great addition to smoothies, but it’s important to buy from reputable sources. Some plants grow in the earth ... more »

Ten Ways the E.U. (More Than the U.S.) Protects Its Citizens Against Toxic Foods

Friday Nov 29 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

A number of other countries have placed restrictions on GMO foods. Which countries ban GMOs? Not the majority of nations, but many won’t allow GMO ... more »

A Look Ahead at the 2013–2014 Flu Season

Friday Nov 22 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

What kind of flu do you need to watch out for this season? Influenza season is back. And so is the concern for the next pandemic. What’s ahead for ... more »

Seasonal Health in Peru: Camu Camu

Friday Nov 15 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) is a small riverside tree found in the Amazon rainforest of Peru and Brazil. Peru is rich in amazing super foods. From the ... more »

Eating Exotic Foods in Peru

Friday Nov 8 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

“Peruvians have their own way of eating sea urchins.” Anthony Bourdain produces a great show, but he’s got nothing on what I eat on a ... more »

Grow Your Own: the Home-Grown Fruits on My Personal Menu

Friday Nov 1 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

“Papaya is considered one of the healthiest fruits on the planet.” I was raised on an old-fashioned working farm in New England. Food was ... more »

Chemical Sensitivity: Genetically Vulnerable to a Toxic World

Friday Oct 25 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Chemical sensitivity can cause headaches, stomachaches, and even chronic disease. My family was planning for a festive Thanksgiving Day. I decided a ... more »

Telomere Update: Healthy Lifestyle Choices Slow Aging

Friday Oct 18 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

What are telomeres and how do they affect your life? Getting your telomeres tested is the latest way to check how fast, or slow, you’re aging. ... more »

The Barcelona Diet: Is It the Most Delicious, Healthy Diet on the Planet?

Friday Oct 11 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Is the Mediterranean diet really the best for your health? Barcelona, with its mild climate and sea breezes, is a wonderful place to visit. They have ... more »

Might Probiotics Be the Next Big Thing in Oral Health?

Friday Oct 4 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Don’t be surprised if you start to see probiotic products for oral health soon in a store near you! Probiotics are traditionally used to support ... more »

Finding Good, Healthy Food When Eating Out: The SPE Certification

Friday Sep 27 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

How can you tell when a restaurant is serving healthy and super tasty food? Look for the SPE seal. Modern foods are making you sick. Choosing good ... more »

Dragon Fruit—A New Super Food

Friday Sep 20 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

I grow this unusual fruit for my own use—it has a number of health benefits. The first time I ate dragon fruit was in Hong Kong, and then in ... more »

The Four Stages of Healing—Managing Your Doctor-Patient Relationship

Friday Sep 13 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

When is it okay to take over your own care from your doctor? The ancient Chinese believed that life is change, and gave the world the I Ching to help ... more »

Worried About Mercury Exposure? Arsenic May Be Worse—How to Test Your Levels

Friday Sep 6 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Could your health symptoms be caused by a toxic blood level of arsenic? Read on to find out how to tell. Do you fear heavy metal toxicity? If so, you ... more »

Might a Fitness Tracker Help You Reach Your Goals?

Friday Aug 30 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Dr. Williams tries out a new fitness tracker to see how it works and whether it motivates him to reach his fitness goals. From my personal experience, ... more »

How About a National Campaign on Prostate Health?

Friday Aug 23 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

It may not be fun, but prostate checks are important. PSA level tests, however—that’s a trickier matter. The prostate gland is geographically ... more »

Nature’s Wireless Communication System—Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Friday Aug 16 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Communication between cells is important to overall health. And omega-3 fatty acids are important to cellular communication. Clear communication is ... more »

Sugar Wars: Should You Give Up Fresh Fruit?

Friday Aug 9 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Wait! Before you eat that apple—could you be getting too much sugar? As the sugar war rages on with fructose as its main target, natural fruits have ... more »

Should You Get a Stool Test?

Friday Aug 2 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

With all the research on gut health, should you submit to a stool test to see how you’re doing? What’s the next best step toward optimal ... more »

How Yoga and Acupuncture Enhance Health—New Research on “Vagal Tone”

Friday Jul 26 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

How does all that twisting and bending benefit your health? New research shows it may have to do with the biggest nerve in the body. It’s possible ... more »

The Next Super Food: Bugs

Friday Jul 19 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Chapulines are grasshoppers that are commonly used for food in southern Mexico. Don’t knock it until you try it! When I’m in Oaxaca, the state ... more »

Five Ways Sitting Down Can Kill You

Friday Jul 12 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Studies show that too many hours of sitting down each day can lead to an early death. I’ve been sitting too much. Here’s the break down. There ... more »

What’s The Ultimate Weight Loss Diet?

Friday Jul 5 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

What are the best tips when it comes to weight loss? In a recent blog, New York Times columnist and the best-selling author of Food Matters, Mark ... more »

Superorganism You: The Role of Gut Bacteria in Health and Disease

Friday Jun 28 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Your digestive health, and even your overall health, could be dependent on the bugs in your gut. Why is it that up until recently, medical theory was ... more »

Top Five Medicinal Mushrooms

Friday Jun 21 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Several different mushrooms have health benefits—read on for more details on which may help you. Fungi are integral to the planetary web. The lives ... more »

Like Your Coffee? Check Out the Protective Effects of Caffeine

Friday Jun 14 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

You’ve heard the good and bad about coffee—Dr. Williams gives you the real scoop. Coffee has been with us a long time. The energizing effect ... more »

Could You Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease with Vitamin B?

Friday Jun 7 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Could vitamin B supplements be the key to preventing Alzheimer’s disease and preserving brain health? I value loyalty. It’s a principle worth ... more »

Smoothies, from the 60s to Today: Tips to Make Them Super Healthy

Friday May 31 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

We’ve come a long way in how we make smoothies, but many are still too full of sugar. Here are some tips for making yours healthier. Being from ... more »

Overload: Why Taking Too Many Supplements May Be Bad For Your Health

Friday May 24 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Where do we draw the line with vitamin and mineral supplements? Have you ever wondered if you’re taking the right supplements for you? Is your ... more »

Should We Be Concerned About the New Bird Flu?

Friday May 17 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

With only a few hundred people infected so far, the death rate from the new bird flu strain is high—at 20%. I’ve been accused of overplaying ... more »

Should You Try a Juice Fast?

Friday May 3 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

The celebrities are doing it—should you jump on the juice-fasting bandwagon? How do you swim against the current of a $5 billion dollar industry? ... more »

All About Honey: Raw, Wild, Manuka…What Kind is Best for Health?

Friday Apr 26 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Honey is supposed to be good for you, but then again, it adds sugar to your diet. Which is the best kind to use for good health? I grew up on a ... more »

Astaxanthin: Is This a New Super Antioxidant Or Just a Hyped-Up Nutrient?

Friday Apr 19 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

You may have heard about it on Dr. Oz, but should you really be taking astaxanthin supplements? When a celebrity doctor teams up with great media ... more »

Prostate Health: Should You, or Shouldn’t You, Get a PSA Test?

Friday Apr 12 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Today’s cancer screening recommendations can be confusing. What’s the best way to protect your health? Prostate cancer is the most common ... more »

Outbreak of the “Gastric Flu”—Should You Be Worried?

Friday Apr 5 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Could this particularly nasty form of the stomach flu become a pandemic? The cruise ship virus jumped ship. After I moved to Florida, several of my ... more »

Sleep It Off: How The Body Instinctively Heals

Friday Mar 22 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Consistently getting too little sleep can leave you at an increased risk for modern-day diseases. When you have a cold or flu—or even a ... more »

Alcohol: Might a Healthy Buzz Be Good For You?

Friday Mar 15 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Could that mug of beer be good for you? How about two of them, or three? After decades of vegetarianism and strict abstinence, I started to pay ... more »

Toxic Sugar: Sweet, Dangerous, and Deadly

Friday Mar 8 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Seriously, is sugar that bad? Do you really need to cut back? What is the single most important thing you can do to safeguard your health and prevent ... more »

Man Versus Mercury: Toxic Metal Sensitivity and Your Health

Friday Mar 1 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Do you know how much mercury you’ve accumulated over the years? What’s an acceptable level of mercury in your body? I tell my patients ... more »

4 Steps to Keep Hair Luxurious and Strong, Naturally

Friday Feb 22 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

If your hair is thinning or falling out, here are some natural ways to reinforce strength and vitality. “Doctor, my hair is thin and falling out. ... more »

Chronic Fatigue: We’re Still Not Sure What Causes It

Friday Feb 15 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Could you be constantly tired because of a virus? I had only been in clinical practice for about a year when Incline Village, Nevada became ground ... more »

Coffee: A 5,000 Year Old Superfood Goes 21st Century

Friday Feb 8 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Is coffee really good for your health? Is coffee good for your health? The answer is maybe. The 21st century buzz is that coffee stimulates and heals. ... more »

Rethinking Cancer Treatment—What’s Best?

Friday Feb 1 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

If we are to improve cancer treatments, we must think about the disease in a new way. Like aging, cancer is more a process than a disease. In fact, ... more »

Going Viral: Tracking Influenza 2013, and Test-Your-Immunity Quiz

Friday Jan 18 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Are you at risk for the flu? Here’s how to track it in your state, with tips for staying well. The 2012 fall flu season was very mild. Was it ... more »

Test Your Hormones: Which One is Best?

Friday Jan 11 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

When checking your hormone levels, is a blood test always best? There are three bodily fluids used for measuring hormone levels: blood, urine, and ... more »

New Year’s Resolution: Make Time for the Sacred

Friday Jan 4 2013 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

In America, we have no Machu Picchu. Where do you go to return to the sacred? I’m in Austin for New Year’s. I’ve had meetings with colleagues, ... more »

How to Find the Right Holistic Doctor

Friday Dec 28 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Finding a holistic doctor isn’t easy with the state of American healthcare today, but with a little effort, you can track the good ones ... more »

Iodine—Are You Getting Enough? Many Americans Aren’t

Friday Dec 21 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

If you’re not getting enough iodine, you may have symptoms similar to those that come with thyroid disorders. Have you ever wondered what ... more »

Occasional Starvation: Why Fasting Is Good for You

Friday Dec 14 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

When ancient man had to go without food, he didn’t panic—back then, it was life as usual. Chronic starvation, or long-term suboptimal ... more »

Why You Need Probiotics When Taking Antibiotics

Friday Nov 30 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Taking antibiotics can destroy your natural gut flora unless you take preventative measures. My mother was healthy, even as she got older, until a ... more »

The Flu Shot—an “Over-hyped” Vaccination?

Friday Nov 23 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Is that flu shot going to help you or hurt you in the long run? Vaccines work because they follow a simple principle of the body’s intelligence. The ... more »

December 12, 2021: Transitions as Opportunities in Our Lives

Friday Nov 16 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

What do transitions mean to you? Monday was Nov 12, 2012. Call it the first day of a 40-day countdown to Dec 12, 2021. It’s the winter solstice, and ... more »

Book Review: The Empowered Patient

Friday Nov 9 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Elizabeth Cohen has written a book you really should read if you want to be sure you’re getting the right healthcare treatments. There are lots ... more »

Cuban Health Care: A Good Example of Integrating Alternative Therapies

Friday Nov 2 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

This little critter is only found in Cuba, where its venom is used as a natural, homeopathic remedy. At the time of the Cuban revolution, the largely ... more »

Drink Your Way to Good Health

Friday Oct 26 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

The secret to living longer may be in what you drink every day. People in traditional cultures all over the world drink their way to healthy, long ... more »

Boost Your Immune System and Avoid the Flu This Season

Friday Oct 19 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Want to avoid feeling like this? Boost your immune system! Across the northern hemisphere the temperature is cooling, and viral activity is ... more »

What Natural Supplements for You? Here’s How to Decide

Friday Oct 12 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Is that supplement really helping you? Here’s how to tell. Prescribing supplements can be difficult. Even for a doctor trained and experienced ... more »

Active Ingredient in Barberry Helps Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

Friday Oct 5 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

This little berry could help a lot of people to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Remember goldenseal? We took a lot back in the ’60s ... more »

Where to Find the Best Info on Wellness

Friday Sep 28 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Even doctors can get confused with all the health information out there. Where does that leave you? In paper, on television, or on the web, you can ... more »

Finding Treatments for Cancer, and the Long Road from Plants to Drugs : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Sep 21 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

An extract from the leaves and branches of this tree holds promise in the treatment of liver cancer. Liver cancer is a very severe condition and not ... more »

Treatments Not Working? Look for Different Answers : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Sep 14 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Sometimes, it’s clear as mud how best to treat a health condition. In those times, it’s best to take a step back and re-evaluate. There is ... more »

I Used to Hunt for Cures in the Amazon — Now You Can Do it Online! : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Sep 7 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Used to be you had to get out in the field to find natural remedies, but now a new Internet site offers a faster and easier way. The rain was pouring ... more »

Doctor Visit? There’s An App for That! : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Aug 31 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Need to see your doctor? There’s an app for that! Technology is encouraging a new patient-centered approach to health. The proactive e-patient ... more »

GMO Corn—A Long Way from the New World Original : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Aug 24 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

In Peru, they grow purple corn, which is naturally full of anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties. Corn is the New World grain. At the time ... more »

A Typical Breakfast Buffet Shows Us Where We’ve Failed : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Aug 17 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

A standard hotel breakfast buffet, though it looks nice, displays many of the non-food items that are making Americans sick. Over the weekend, I was ... more »

Modern Medicine and Alternative Therapies for Everyone—Cuba Did It, Can We? : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Aug 10 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

In Cuba, whether you need antibiotics or acupuncture, it’s covered. Why not in the U.S.? The plane left Havana under clear skies, flew low along ... more »

Patients Taking a More Active Role in Healthcare: A Good Idea? : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Aug 3 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

You have a suggestion. Will your doctor listen? Should he? People guzzle concoctions of worms and inject poop implants to relieve immune ... more »

Are You Eating Real Food? : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Jul 27 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Juicy, tasty, succulent tomatoes…not likely you’ll find these in your grocery store. When large-scale commercial farming became the ... more »

What We Can Learn from Cuba: Music, Dancing, and Coffee Even Amidst Hardships : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Jul 20 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Despite hardships, Cubans know how to enjoy the good in life. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, along with numerous barrier islands and ... more »

Cuba On My Mind—from Natural Healing to Organic Farming : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Jul 13 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Dr. Williams flies to Cuba again to see what’s new in medicine and organic foods. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and the closest ... more »

Ever Wonder Why Modern Produce is So Tasteless? : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Jul 6 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

They look great, but the taste is lacking—why? After living in Peru, where the food is drenched in flavor, American fare, even organic fresh ... more »

Human Disease — Much More Complicated Than We Thought : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Jun 29 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

We thought we had human disease figured out. Turns out we haven’t even started. For centuries, the focus of modern Western medicine has been on ... more »

Do You Need a Dirt Detox? : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Jun 22 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Admit it. You ate dirt as a kid, too. Turns out you may have been smarter than you thought. We’re always looking for the perfect solution: diet, ... more »

Revisiting the Purity of Ancient Spirituality : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Jun 15 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

“What brings me back to Peru is the Amazon and the Andes—places where tribes still carry on traditional ways, and where the Earth and forest, ... more »

Changes in Peru Serve as a Warning to Us All : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Jun 8 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Today, the sacred mountain Apu Chicon has lost at least 60% of it’s ice cap. The world is transforming in radical ways. According to ... more »

High Levels of HDL “Good” Cholesterol Protective? Maybe Not Anymore : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday May 25 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Here’s a general rule: Never let any doctor put you on any drug for more than one year without questioning the consequences or without regular, ... more »

The Good and Bad of Statin Drugs—When Might They Actually Help, But at What Cost?

Friday May 18 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

You’ve got high cholesterol…is a statin drug really the answer? For high cholesterol and LDL (“bad cholesterol”) there is one sure ... more »

Next Generation Science Shows Us—Pomegranate Can Protect Your Cholesterol : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday May 11 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

We know pomegranates are good for us, but next generation science shows that it can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Nature’s secrets are ... more »

New Science Shows Infants are Born with Gut Bacteria — How Do You Make it Healthy? : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday May 4 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

New studies show that babies are born with intestinal flora already in place, which can greatly influence later health and personality. What goes on ... more »

Allow No Charlatans When Rebuilding Your Personal Health : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Apr 20 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

We seek out the best professionals to build our houses—but what about those who help us rebuild our health? You wouldn’t let an unlicensed ... more »

Your Gut — As Damaged as the Earth’s Environment? : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Apr 13 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Are probiotics the answer to your indigestion? When I first started practicing three decades ago, we had only yogurt and kefir for gut repair. Things ... more »

Don’t Get the Flu This Season! : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Apr 6 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Why suffer? You can prevent the flu this season. Up to now it’s been a relatively mild year for seasonal influenza. There were no pandemic threats ... more »

Celiac Madness and the Gluten-Free Diet : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Mar 30 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Are so many people really allergic to wheat? Separating medical fact from fiction is one of the roles of any good clinician. It helps to have a ... more »

To High Protein or To Low Protein? : Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Tuesday Mar 27 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

The protein shake—it looks yummy, but is it really good for you? What’s the best protein supplement? Should you take it, and if so, how much? Do ... more »

Exercise—It Gets Your Genes Working for You: Exclusive Article by J. E. Williams

Friday Mar 23 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

How do you get those genes to bite? I was an avid trout fisherman when I was younger. I knew the woods and streams, the shape of the beaver dams, and ... more »

Why Random Diseases Happen to Healthy People : Exclusive Article By Dr. J. E. Williams

Sunday Mar 11 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

I bet visualizing this in your bloodstream might actually do some good… Resident Medical Authority: J. E. Williams, OMD, FAAIM To assure maximum ... more »

For Some, Health Changes Just Come Too Late — Don’t Let it Happen to You (Plus, My Stressed Out Week of Unhealthiness) : Exclusive Article By Dr. J. E. Williams

Friday Mar 2 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

This image has a double meaning… (1) It represents what can happen to your health if you don’t take it seriously and (2) it’s what I ... more »

The Best Natural Ways to Defend Against Radiation Damage : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Tuesday Feb 21 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

An antioxidant compound called anthocyanin, found in wild blueberries, is shown to protect against radiation damage and slow down cellular ... more »

Is Treating the Root Cause of Disease Always the Best Place to Start? : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Monday Feb 13 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Traditional Chinese Medicine suggests that the patient is like a tree; the disease symptoms are the branches, but the root cause is deeper, even in ... more »

Do You Know Your Total Radiation Exposure? : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Tuesday Feb 7 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Radiation is everywhere. In fact, natural radiation has been part of our environment since the planet was born. This chart shows the sources of ... more »

The First Step to Replacing the Old Doctor-Patient Model (The Proactive Patient II) : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Saturday Feb 4 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

The first step to becoming a proactive patient is to stop consuming the standard American diet of processed foods and instead eat a diet of whole, ... more »

The Health Book That Never Made It to The Market — It Was Too Far Ahead of It’s Time (And Still Is) : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Friday Jan 20 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

To be a proactive patient, find a cooperative practitioner who will work with you as a partner, not as an authoritarian representative of the ... more »

PROOF: Studies Show the Flu Vaccine Effectiveness is “Lacking” for the Elderly : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Friday Jan 13 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Studies that show getting a universal flu vaccine isn’t effective in preventing seasonal illness may raise the question: Is vaccination right ... more »

The Breast Health Diet : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Sunday Jan 8 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Fresh oranges, limes, tangelos, and other citrus fruits (except for grapefruits) are fantastic foods for promoting breast health. Resident Medical ... more »

The Joy of Stillness : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Friday Jan 6 2012 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Yoga and meditation are great ways to ‘unplug’ from our digitally connected world, which leaves us little time for quiet. Resident Medical ... more »

Where Can I Get B12 Shots… (Do You Even Need Them?) : Exclusive Renegade Health Q & A with Dr. J.E. Williams

Thursday Dec 15 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Healthy oils and fats, like avocado and raw nuts, can help make the thyroid gland healthy. I get lots of great questions and many interesting ... more »

Eating Local Foods Feeds Your Genes : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Saturday Dec 3 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Buy organic, locally grown when possible, and plant a garden. Eating a fresh, plant-based diet will help ensure microRNA modifies your genes in a ... more »

Amazing Amazonian Superfood, Aguaje : An Exlusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Friday Nov 25 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Aguaje (Mauritia flexuosa) is a rich source of energy and nutrients, containing one of the highest plant sources of vitamin A as carotenoids – with ... more »

Peruvian Fresh Fruit Juice Bar and Special Smoothie (A Crazy Combination!) : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Friday Nov 25 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Visit any of the Quechua women at the San Pedro central market and have them make you the ‘Especial.’ Sit and relax, strike up a ... more »

How to Ensure Your Probiotics Are Working For, Not Against You : Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Wednesday Nov 23 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Getting enough fiber is necessary for building strong probiotic colonies. Consume at least 20-25 grams daily, and more if you have digestive ... more »

Where to Get Plant Based Protein, Plus Thyroid and B12 Questions Answered : Q & A with Dr. J.E. Williams

Wednesday Nov 23 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Even if something is labeled ‘natural,’ do not assume that the producer has your best interest, or the planet’s, in mind. Always read ... more »

Quinoa Wisdom From Peru : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Monday Oct 24 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Quinoa is rich in amino acids and minerals and is a common food in the Andes. Resident Medical Authority: J. E. Williams, OMD, FAAIM Quinoa ... more »

The Amazing, Open-Air Markets in Cusco, Peru : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Sunday Oct 23 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Eating a high raw, plant-based diet like this is easy in Peru, especially if you shop at the open air markets. Resident Medical Authority: J. E. ... more »

Is The Next Wave of the Bird Flu Coming? : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Friday Oct 21 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Millions of ducks are now flying south from Siberia, and some are carrying a virus that could lead to a resurgence of H5N1 bird flu in poultry – ... more »

The Missing Piece to Women’s Health : An Exclusive Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Sunday Oct 2 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Is it possible to get back to the time when the secrets of plants and healing were passed from generation to generation? Resident Medical Authority: ... more »

Do You Have a Sluggish Thyriod? Here’s How You Can Find Out! : Exclusive Article by Dr. J. E. Williams

Saturday Sep 24 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

This photo has no relation to the article that I can think of, but it’s pretty awesome, huh? Resident Medical Authority: J. E. Williams, OMD, ... more »

Protein Math: How Much to Eat and Symptoms of Protein Deficiency : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Saturday Sep 3 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Quinoa has the best overall amino acid profile, and makes a healthy addition to all plant-based diets. Thus, as a vegetarian, it’s a great way ... more »

Top 10 Blood Tests for Vegetarians and Vegans : An Exlusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Thursday Aug 25 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

If you eat a vegan or vegetarian diet, you’ll most likely boost your folic acid and antioxidant levels; but, you could be vulnerable to low B12, ... more »

Seeds of Deception at Every Level When It Comes to GMO : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Friday Aug 19 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

“Seeds of Deception” by Jeffrey Smith is a worthy read, which makes clear that we should wary of many common GMO foods, like ... more »

Cortisol Fighters: Curb This Stress Hormone Naturally : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Sunday Aug 14 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Managing your stress will help keep your cortisol levels balanced. This is important, as chronically elevated cortisol levels accelerates aging ... more »

Can Edible Mushrooms Boost Vitamin D? : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Monday Aug 8 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

A new study lends credibility to the belief that mushrooms are not only good for health, but can be a source of vitamin D. Resident Medical Authority: ... more »

I Know Blueberries are Good For Me, But Why? : An Exlusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Wednesday Jul 27 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Studies show that the phenolic compounds in blueberries can lower the risk for cancer, exert liver protective effects, reduce inflammation, protect ... more »

Blood Test Q & A from the Doctor (Program Q & A) : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Wednesday Jul 20 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Standard lab tests like the complete blood count, chemistry panel, and lipid profile are usually very reasonably priced. These should cost well under ... more »

The Colon: The Forgotten Organ System : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Wednesday Jul 13 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Trillions of bacterial cells live in our gut. This microbiome of flora have beneficial effects on resisting viral and bacterial infection, lowering ... more »

Does Soy Interfere with a Healthy Thyroid (Thyroid Health Q & A) : An Exlusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Wednesday Jul 6 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

An estimated 13% of the population is deficient in iodine. For these people, thyroid function can be disrupted by eating high doses of soy ... more »

The Inflammation Connection to Disease (Why You May Not Feel Like You Used To) : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Wednesday Jun 29 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

camping in weather this cold can easily reduce inflammation on the short term – because it’s like sleeping in an icebox. (Long term, it ... more »

The Thyroid – Diet Connection : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Wednesday Jun 22 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Iodine is a key food for a healthy thyroid. For vegetarians, kelp is the most common vegetable seafood and a rich source of the essential ... more »

Two Book Ideas for Detoxing Naturally : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Friday Jun 17 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

While there are countless good arguments for healthier living and a cleaner body, detoxifying from decades worth of poor diet choices and invasive ... more »

The Future of Longevity Medicine : An Exclusive Renegade Health Article by Dr. J.E. Williams

Saturday Jun 4 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Getting your numbers checked regularly confirms whether or not you’re on target, because it’s not good enough any more to simply go on faith ... more »

Chinese Health Jargon Goes West : An Exlusive Renegade Health Article from Dr. J.E. Williams

Thursday May 26 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Understanding some basic concepts of Chinese medicine – like energy, essence, strength, balance, and peace – can help guide us towards ... more »

Stand Up for Your Health, Literally! : Exclusive Article from Dr. J.E. Williams

Thursday May 19 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Sitting at your computer – or anywhere in a chair – for too long could be keeping your body’s fat from burning off. Resident Medical ... more »

Protecting Telomeres – The Secret to Life Extension?: An Exlusive Article from Dr. J.E. Williams

Wednesday May 11 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Juice fasting with nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich foods may have a positive influence on telomere length. Resident Medical Authority: J. E. ... more »

Lessons from the Blue Zones : Exclusive Article from Dr. J.E. Williams

Thursday May 5 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Planting a salad and herb garden and tending it daily brings greens to the table and promotes health and wellness. Resident Medical Authority: J. E. ... more »

Chaya, A Super Green of The Mayan Diet : Mayan Diet Series Part I from Dr. J.E. Williams

Wednesday Apr 27 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

The levels of Chaya leaf nutrients are two to threefold greater than most edible leafy green vegetables. Resident Medical Authority: J. E. Williams, ... more »

Top Five Vegan Cholesterol-Lowering Foods: Exclusive Article from Dr. J. E. Williams

Thursday Apr 21 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

These tasty nuts are a heart-healthy superfood, as they not only help lower cholesterol but lower blood pressure, too. Resident Medical Authority: J. ... more »

Fixing the Broken Cholesterol Paradigm : Exclusive Article from Dr. J. E. Williams

Wednesday Apr 13 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Cholesterol is transported to and from the cells by special carriers proteins called lipoproteins.The two main types are low-density lipoprotein (LDL) ... more »

The Health Benefits of Vitamin D : Exclusive Article with Dr. J. E. Williams

Thursday Apr 7 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Light-exposed (wild) mushrooms can provide up to 100% of the recommended allowance of vitamin D. Resident Medical Authority: J. E. Williams, OMD, ... more »

Your Questions Answered on Zinc and the Immune System : Dr. J. E. Williams Q & A

Friday Apr 1 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Can you name some other sources of zinc? Resident Medical Authority: J. E. Williams, OMD, FAAIM [Kev's Note: Two weeks ago, Dr. Williams published an ... more »

Updated! Plant Based Sources of Protein : Additional Commentary from Dr. J. E. Williams

Friday Mar 25 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Red quinoa has never been easy to digest for me… regular, no problem. From a Clinical Perspective: Dr. J. E. Williams [Kev's note: This is an ... more »

What Are the Best Sources of Protein? : Q & A with Dr. J. E. Williams

Wednesday Mar 23 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

You can get protein from just about anything, but what are the best vegetarian sources? Resident Medical Authority: J. E. Williams, OMD, FAAIM [Kev's ... more »

Zinc: Keystone to Immunity : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

Wednesday Mar 16 2011 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Pumpkin seeds are a good source of plant based zinc. Guest Author: J. E. Williams, OMD, FAAIM With so much natural health buzz about new herbs, exotic ... more »