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The Cabral Concept by Dr. Stephen Cabral was created for you, the health conscious individual looking to discover the little known factors to ideal wellness, weight loss, anti aging, Functional Medicine, Naturopathic medicine and detox. We uncover the root causes of why you're feeling stuck and unable to attain your goals and the action steps needed to live the life you always dreamed of. By following the Cabral Concept of "Change Your Body - Change Your Life," our community believes that by first rebalancing your body and mind, you will then be motivated to conquer any goals you set for yourself in life. I look forward to sharing these real world, proven, holistic wellness strategies with you straight from my Boston Naturopathic, Ayurvedic, and Functional Medicine practice!
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Dec 31, 2017

Thank you for joining us for our 2nd Cabral HouseCall of the weekend!

I’m looking forward to sharing with you some of our community’s questions that have come in over the past few weeks… 

Let’s get started!

Cristi: Dear Dr. Cabral, I am a fairly new listener to your program, and I have been slowly catching up on all of your past episodes as they are both fascinating and helpful. I am in my early 40s, live a healthy, busy (two kids, full time job) active lifestyle with daily exercise (yoga, weight training, interval training, stretching, foam rolling) and an anti inflammatory diet similar to what you recommend. My BMI is optimal. Recently I have been able to feel a tendon or something (maybe my IT band) snap over a bone in my hip. At first, I thought it was happening only as I walked up hill and up stairs, but now it is there as I walk as well. From what I researched, this seems to be "snapping hip syndrome." It doesn't hurt, but I do not want it to progress to a point where it does. I do not know what caused it--maybe jumping on a cheap rebounder or doing full range of motion squats with weight (though it wasn't much more than 60 pounds, and I know I used correct form). I went to a chiropractor a couple of times, and that may have started to help, but I had previously used up my other visits in the allotted 12 my insurance allows per year, so I could not continue. I tried to go to a PT, but they wanted a written "diagnosis" from a medical doctor before they would see me. It seems to make sense to avoid motions during which this occurs, but it occurs even walking! I do not want to cut down on my activity level, but I don't want this to progress. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you! 

Amber: I’m on several different medications. I’ve had three failed back surgeries. I have fusion in my lower back. I’m in pain everyday even with the medications I’m taking, also severe anxiety/panic attacks, and nerve pain down my left leg. I had a csf leak after second surgery which caused me to have a PICC Line in for three months. I had to hav Vancomyocin and Cephapine IV in high doses twice a day. That stuff was brutal. The medications I’m on is Dilaudid (2mg 3x day), Gabapentin (900mg 3x day), Klonopin (1mg 3x day), Zoloft (200mg 1x day), and Birth Control (1x day), plus they are currently adding Propanolol (10mg 3x day prn). I feel so sick and toxic inside every day. I’ve been in bed for three years straight except to get up to eat, shower, go to my appointments. I’m 28 now and hate feeling so sick and in terrible back pain. I was wondering how I could cut down on medications and what natural medications I can use. If I had the money to come see you, I would. I think one of my neighbors with chronic pain is going to fly from Tampa, FL to come see you. I’m on workers comp and living with my parents. I don’t have any money coming in and can’t work or even sit because of severe tailbone pain(which could be related to the metal rods and screws in my lower back). I would like to get that taken out, it’s been a little over two years since fusion surgery. Anything you can suggest, even a back surgeon I can see for a second opinion would be great. I really appreciate the your time in reading this. I hope you can help. Btw- I do take your cbd oil. It helps me to sleep, and sometimes helps my anxiety. My pain management doctor wants me to start medical marijuana vapor as soon as he gets his license to prescribe it. Plus, after my emg, I’m going to try acupuncture (workers comp is starting to do more natural things. I’ve been through a lot. Over 250 nights in hospitals since January 2015. I could keep going and tell you more, but the most important aspects are written to you here. Again, thank you so much!!! Amber

Anonymous: Hi Dr. Cabral, I am a 34yo female who is 5’4.5” weighing 120lbs. I have been lifting heavy weights about 4x per week where I alternate days of upper and lower body weight training. I also take a gentle yoga class on Wednesdays. My cardio has been inconsistent 30 minutes here and there of the stair master or an occasional hour long step class once a week. I have also been on a completely vegan diet for over a year with very limited amounts of soy and gluten. Although I am small in stature (size 0), I feel like I am too soft for the amount of heavy lifting I am doing. I really want to see more definition in my arms, legs and abs and change my shape. Do you have any recommendations on how I should change my weight/cardio routine and what foods I should eat to ensure I get enough protein for my goals? Is it possible to get the right kind of body building protein on lentils/beans and vegetables? Should I consider soy? I used to eat tons of chicken breasts, egg whites and Greek yogurt and I do notice that I don’t have as much muscle definition but I wasn’t healthy either and had major digestive issues. I am trying to find a balance and at a loss on what is the best diet for my health as well as physique. I appreciate what you do each and every day. My husband ordered me your candida cleanse and 21 day detox and I cannot wait to begin. 

Teresa: Hello, I would like to know if you have ever treated a child diagnosed with pandas or tics. We have seen tics go away with clostridia treatment but it rises again. Thanks.

Judy: Hi Dr. Cabral, I have just received your 21day detox and your candida cleanse protocol. Which do you recommend I complete first? I noticed that I can have berries in the shake on the candida protocol but not the detox, so I am assuming these protocols should be completed separately. I am a 34yo female with hormonal acne issues and dealing with hypothyroidism and likley adrenal/cortisol issues based on what I have heard on your podcasts. I look forward to completing these protocols and eventually taking your tests to come up with a longer term game plan to achieving health and happiness. Merry Christmas to you, your family and staff! :)

Mary: Hello Dr. Cabral. Thank you for your passion of getting your knowledge out to the masses. I very much appreciate it, as you have kickstarted my return to wellness. I recently got the results of a Genova GI effects test which came back relatively normal aside from a moderate microbe diversity (Euryarchaeota present and high E. Coli) and high Beta-glucuronidase. I know this is incomplete knowledge since you don't have all my labs/symptoms as I am not a patient, however, if only given this information would you consider this a possible dysbiosis that merits the use of your bacterial and yeast overgrowth protocol? Thank you. Also, what are your thoughts on calcium-D-glucarate to lower Beta-glucuronidase levels? Moderate microbe diversity ((higher than normal Euryarchaeota Phylum), (high Odoribacter spp., high anaerotruncus colihominis, high faecalibacterium prausnitzii, high lactobacillus spp. high pseudoflavonifractor app. high Veillonella spp. low collinsella aerofaciens, high E coli.)) low fecal fat cholesterol, low inflammation and immunology levels, high Beta-glucuronidase (9,000). Negative parasitology, non-pathogenic candida and sccharomyces levels.

Thank you for tuning into this weekend’s Cabral HouseCalls and be sure to check back tomorrow for our Mindset & Motivation Monday show to get your week started off right!

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http://StephenCabral.com/695

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Dec 30, 2017

Welcome back to our weekend Cabral HouseCall shows!

This is where we answer our community's wellness, weight loss, and anti-aging questions to help people get back on track!

Check out today's questions:

Alex: Hi Dr. Cabral, First of all, I find your knowledge and willingness to share said knowledge so refreshing. Simply put, what you say makes sense. My question is about your Candida protocol. I've specifically searched all of your podcasts for "Candida" and haven't found this question addressed, so I'm hoping I am not wasting your time. I asked for the Candida protocol for Christmas (yes, seriously) and I’m hoping to start it early January. I’m struggling with the fact that I have 1-2 trips booked every month next year for weddings or for other miscellaneous reasons. I know you’ve said you have an occasional “cheat meal” (pasta, a social glass of wine), but I’m wondering if doing this DURING the protocol will make it less effective. Should I wait to do it when I have no trips planned for 12 weeks? Just want to get the most benefit possible. Thanks! 

Josie: Hi Dr. C, I love your podcasts. I listen daily and I am an annoying voice in my family’s ears about “Dr. Cabral says this... “ 2 questions: My younger sister is 6 months pregnant and her blood sugar has been high and her dr is thinking gestational diebetes. She eats the standard American diet. Her normal activity level is low so we suggested maybe some light pregnancy yoga. Her doctor had not given her any suggested diet or even recommended foods to eat or not eat. I haven’t heard any podcasts on gestational diebetes, but looked up episode 603 where you gave recommendations for type 2 diabetes- workout, blood sugar support supplement, and 2 cups of vegetables at meals. 1-Would you recommend the same for a prego? 2-What do you think about air fryers (for preganant and non-pregnant people)? 

Ceri: Hi Dr Cabral. I am a health coach and I have a question relating to a client. He is a 34 year old male who has sleep apnoea. He has had one surgery for this, though I don't know the exact details. History of high cholesterol (taking statins), non alcoholic fatty liver disease, pre-diabetic and issues with blood sugar. I have been working with him for 3 months to improve his diet/lifestyle and he has lost weight, now to 84kg and has noticed many improvements in his health and feeling better, but the sleep apnoea has not changed. He has had a repeat sleep study and their is no difference. He has big energy drops during the day and needs to nap in the afternoon. It is impacting his ability to work long days. I am unsure if this is something caused by a physical blockage of if there are other changes he can make to diet/lifestyle that will help. I would love your input. Kind Regards, Ceri 

Daniela: I am a big fan of the podcasts and have found the information to be very helpful and interesting. I'm hoping that you/your team can help with an issue I've had for years. I am constantly clearing my throat, even to the point of not realizing it. I know it's an issue, because sometimes my throat feels raw from the throat clearing. I don't have any health issues I'm aware of, so I don't know what could be causing this strange sensation. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Regards Daniela 

Jamie: Hi! This might be a really dumb question, but I can't really find an answer online! When I drink smoothies, I get really, really cold and it takes me hours to get warm again. I love to warm back up quickly in my little infrared sauna (the "tent" kind - my kids call it my spaceship.) However, when I am super cold going in to the sauna, I don't sweat much at all - not even close to the amount I sweat if I am already warm when I start (for example, if I do a sauna after I exercise, I sweat a ton!) So my question is this - am I still getting the detox/health/longevity benefits of the infrared sauna if I am so cold that I don't sweat much during the 30-min session, or are the health benefits pretty much solely related to the deep sweating?? Thanks so much!

Kathy: Hello Dr. Cabral, No words can explain how thankful I am to have found your podcasts and references. Your care and concern for others is a blessing. Gonna try to state the facts in order and short as possible: Me: 51 y/o,no meds (used to take cholesterol meds but stopped 2014), full time Speech Pathologist in Nursing Home, weekend Server at restaurant; high cholesterol, always been active, since mid July: 30-60 min/day workouts (Beachbody member and use Shakeology daily; follow 21 day fix meal plan but choose bulk of my carbs through veggies, 6-8 hours sleep/night Problem: Weight loss from 151# to 130# from March to Current date -don't know if related to stool issues, gut issues or changes in eating habits. Primary concern: very strange looking stool. varies from the following: normal, black, layered 1/2 black 1/2 brown, normal color with white or black dots, fibrous looking sticks, soft floating strings, extremely odd shapes, frequent small poop daily after large,stool is greasy looking at times, every morning-explosive emission. Also have sporadic severe leg cramps at night usually after weekend of waitressing (note: I drink recommended amounts of water first thing in morning and daily with your recommendation for sea salt and lime and love it) History: (don't know if all this started due to dental issues and if you can shed light on this) Dental consult early Jan 2017 with xrays. Found fractured root and 3 tooth bridge needed removal. No antibiotics. Symptoms started about 3 weeks after initial dental appointment (about Jan 26). Symptoms included: frequent nausea, bloating-lots of air in belly, pussiness surrounding stool, stringy stool, explosive stool(everytime went to bathroom),frequent stool, tightness lower abdomen. Extraction not scheduled until a flipper was available and due to this appoint delayed til April. Doc said at time of extraction considerable infection and in larger area than previously thought. No antibiotics post extraction. Multiple tests as per below attachments. March 10-May 1: Fodmap diet started as recommended following Colonoscopy and on my own added ParaGuard (Advanced Intestinal Flora Support-nutrition by Zahler) about 2 weeks later nausea and most of cramping went away, crazy stool continued May 1 was tested for celiac sprue and was told all blood tests were normal-no evidence of celiac sprue or thyroid disease. EGD recommeded and I was told to eat normal foods until EGD. I told CNP that I stay away from gluten and dairy as part of my daily meals and she told me she wanted me to resume them to my diet and that they may do some biopsies as needed with EGD. June 5 EGD-per doc "no evidence of cancer, infection or Celiac disease in biopsies. Biopsies showed evidence of mild non specific inflammation and it is recommended that I do an over the counter acid suppression for a month (Priolosec 20 mg daily). When I responded to her via email asking if the inflammation could be related to a food allergy she told me, "It is unlikely for food allergy to cause this type of inflammation. Medication side effects, alcohol or excessive acid production may be the culprit." I told her I am not on any medications nor do I drink except for maybe on occasion on the weekend, and that I did not want to take over the counter medication unless I absolutely had to. When I confronted her about the inflammation not coming from a food allergy and that maybe I was having trouble in another area of my body that is affecting my stomach, or maybe a parasite infection which is undiagnosed, I asked her if I needed other referrals, if I should change my diet again, if I should do any type of cleanses, etc. HER RESPONSE: Please schedule an office visit with NP to discuss your concerns. NO THANKS! June 12 Began Whole 30 diet after reading book, felt great,and I still stick to similar eating habits. I do eat occasional bean chips for a snack when I want something crunchy. I will also eat an occasional dessert but not part of regular intake. August 1 bought and did your Intestinal Cleanse and Healthy Belly Today: Feel great except for continued strange bowels, fatigue midway through day and have to close eyes for 10 min to get through day, leg cramps Just ordered your parasite protocol and was planning to do this followed by CIBO/Candida Protocol. What else can I do? I admire your knowledge, enthusiasm to help, and look forward to any recommendations. Even if I ordered a test I wouldn't know exactly where to begin. God Bless You and Merry Christmas! Kathy Bruflat LABS/Tests Cholesterol total =350 HDL = 71 LDL = 263 Triglycerides = 78 Glucose 90 TTG IgA Aby 60mL/min/1.73m*2 Calcium 9.5 Glucose 90mg Protein, Total 7.4 Albumin 4.4 Alkaline Phosphatase 67IU/L Aspartate Aminotransferase 29IU/L Alanine Aminotransferase 16IU/L Bilirubin, Total 0.8 mg/dL C Reactive Protein <0.1mg/dL HEMOGRAM/DIFF(COMPLETE BLOOD COUNT): WBC 5.410*9/L RBC 4.48 10*12/L HGB 13.5G/dL HCT 39.2% MCV 87.4 fL MCH 30.1pg MCHC 34.5g/dL RDW 12.1% PLT 234 10*9/L Neutrophils 60.4% Lymphocytes 31.1% Monocytes 6.8% Eosinophils 1.3% Basophils 0.4% Neutrophils Absolute 3.1 10*9/L Lymphocytes Absolute 1.7 10*9/L Monocytes Absolute 0.4 10*9/L Eosinophils Absolute 0.1 10*9/L Basophils Absolute 0.0 10*9/L Colonoscopy: Multiple fragments of colonic mucosa without and increase in lamina propria chronic inflammmation. No acute inflammatory infiltrate identified. Patchy reactive lymphoid folicies are seen. no increase in intraepithelial lymphocytes or thickening of the subepithelial collagen layer is identified. The archicture appears intact. THANKS Again

Thank you for tuning into today's Cabral HouseCall and be sure to check back tomorrow where we answer more of our community’s questions!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/694

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Dec 29, 2017

It's always fun to look back at 2017 and see what big take-aways we can learn from (some good and some not so good)...

I'm a big believer in being open to making as many mistakes you'd like along the way to achieving your goals as long as you don't make the same one's twice...

So on today's #CabralConcept 693 I wan't to look back over the past 12 months and share with you the top tips from 2017 - Enjoy the show!

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http://StephenCabral.com/693

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Dec 28, 2017

Most people get bored of doing cardio really quickly...

After all, there's only so far you can run or bike, and in the Winter this becomes even more complicated since most of your cardio will need to be done indoors...

But, what if I told you there was another form of cardio that could get you the same benefits, if not more?

This is why I call it the forgotten form of cardio and on today's #CabralConcept 692 I want to share with you how it can boost your metabolism, and improve both your anaerobic and aerobic cardio conditioning - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/692

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Dec 27, 2017

Have you ever struggled with over-eating because you just can't seem to figure out the right meals to keep you full long enough?

On today's show I want to share with you why there are certain foods found in nature that have been proven to keep us fuller longer - which means no more snacking throughout the day (and night)!

Tune into today's #CabralConcept 691 to find out the 5 foods that naturally curb your appetite - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/691

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Dec 26, 2017

There's so much talk about Keto diets and how it's the new wave, or the future of eating, but how do you know if you're really following the plan?

After all, most people really aren't eating a Keto diet - They're actually on a low carb plan that they've mistaken as Keto... 

Tune into today's #CabralConcept 690 to discover the BIG difference between Keto and low carb diets and how to know which one your body is functioning on - Enjoy the show!

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http://StephenCabral.com/690

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Dec 25, 2017

Have you ever felt lost in life? Not really knowing if you're on the correct path or not? Or, maybe even trying to come to grips with who you really are as a person and what you want out of life?

These are normal questions that most of struggle with at one point or another, yet no one cares to admit to them publicly...

The problem is that until we really work through these questions, concerns, and preconceived beliefs we'll never find the answer as to who we are, what we're supposed to doing, and what gives our life meaning...

Tune into today's #CabralConcept 689 to learn how to create a new identity and discover what you want in life - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/689

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Dec 24, 2017

Thank you for joining us for our 2nd Cabral HouseCall of the weekend!

I’m looking forward to sharing with you some of our community’s questions that have come in over the past few weeks…

Let’s get started!

Donna: Dear Dr. Cabral, Over a year ago I was experiencing mild to strong feelings of weak sensations equally in my arms and legs. After many medical tests I found a Palmer Specific Chiropractor/Nutritionist. X-rays showed I had no curve in my upper cervical. Through a year of adjustments those sensations went away & a curve is taking shape in my upper cervical. Just this past week I am experiencing these symptoms again. I haven't yet addressed this to my chiropractor. It limits my workouts so I can't lift heavy or the sensations feel stronger. I am 51, at a good weight, exercise daily, paleo/good sourced foods, Your approved supplements, drink more than 1/2 my body weight in oz.of water. I have done the 7 day detox and 90 day cleanse. What are your thoughts? Respectfully & Thankful, Donna

Will: Hi, Can I undergo the 7 day detox while on antibiotics ? (xifaxan) Same for the candida protocol, can I start while on xifaxan ? Thanks 

Vanessa: Hi Dr. Carbal, I have been battling Lyme Disease for numerous years and am always looking to learn more on nutrition and how to support my immune system. Can you recommend any books to read to continue learning? Thanks! Vanessa

Will: Hi, Is the intestinal cleanse mandatory before beginning the candida protocol ? or can I just start with the candida protocol by itself ? Thanks

Tori: Hello! First off I’m very interested in holistic medicine approaches to healing, and I was wondering if you had any advice for a particular problem I’ve been dealing with since coming to college. I am on the Division 1 Cross country and track team and always have had an irregular period since competitively running (essentially absent), however ever since I got mono in the spring of my freshman year (over 1.5 years ago) I have not gotten a natural period.I was on birth control for around 3 months, but t made me feel horrible! Ever since I still haven’t gotten a period after those “placebo” ones. I just got my estrogen levels tested and they are undetectable on a scale of 19 pc/mg, meaning my levels are around a post menopausal woman if not lower. I’m really intent on trying to regain this vital cycle for my overall health, since it has caused discomforting symptoms for me, I’m just not exactly sure how! I’ve been trying to research foods and Supplements I can try, but I was wondering if you had any knowledgeable advice since this is somewhat within the realm of what you study! I’m so sorry for the long message! 

Lori: My son is 7 dx with PANDAS in oct , onset was September 7 however he did develop tics in January that subsided about 2 weeks after onset (given advair and singulair at the time). He had tonsils and adenoids out in July when one of his tonsils began to grow all of the sudden. Biopsy clear but did not culture the tonsil. He has been on antibiotics and anti vitals for about 6 weeks along with it d and Motrin for 2 weeks, charcoal, 5 htp, interfase plus,probiotics and fish oil. Topical cbd and frankenscence. He had elevated EBV/STREP pos ANA speckled at 640. He has made small gains with OCD and tics are gone. Still has rage , food avoidance, hallucinations and can't attend school due to separation anxiety and hand writing regression. I am wondering if he would have better healing with your gut protocol another Mom told me about? Please advise:)

Thank you for tuning into this weekend’s Cabral HouseCalls and be sure to check back tomorrow for our Mindset & Motivation Monday show to get your week started off right!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/688

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Get Your Question Answered:

http://StephenCabral.com/askcabral

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Dec 23, 2017

Welcome back to our weekend Cabral HouseCall shows!

This is where we answer our community's wellness, weight loss, and anti-aging questions to help people get back on track!

Check out today's questions:

Kim: Hi Dr. Cabral - I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism at the age of 47, and have been taking Armour Thyroid medication for approximately 10 years. My levels go up and down and are checked every 6 months. My latest blood work showed: T4=1,0, T3=2.6, TSH =2.45. I have recently started listening to your podcasts (thankfully a friend told me about you)! I'm wondering what your opinion is about Hypothyroidism? It seems that every female I know around my age is diagnosed with it and put on medication! My hair has become so thin...it is scary! If my thyroid levels are "normal" while taking the Armour Thyroid medication, I'm wondering if the hair loss could be caused from the medication itself? I would love to be able to stop taking the medication, but do not know where to go from here and I"m hoping you can help point me in the right direction. My husband and I are using your Daily Nutritional Support powder , greens powder and Probiotic and love it! Thank you so much!!!

Joan: My daughter has been very unwell for over 2 years with IBD and a strange symptom of an inability to warm herself, and consequently goes through a nightly routine of freezing and overheating. Blood tests are normal. I thought it could be Wilson's Temperature Syndrome but it can't be tested. Is this something you are familiar with? Do you think you could help her with this? 

Cara: Hi Dr. Cabral, As always, thank you for providing this House Call service. I share it with everyone! This question is for my husband. -At his annual physical/blood work his cholesterol went up 30 points. -His LDL is 130! His HDL is 73, Total is 276 and his Homocysteine level is 9.6 Note: we are having his blood work re-ran to make sure there wasn't an error because the lab didn't run his Thyroid panel or a couple of other panels the doctor had ordered. -We eat super clean - organic/farmers markets/lots of vegetables/pastured meats/maybe 6 beers a year/no processed sugars/low sugar in general -The only thing that has changed is that we switched out smoothies in the morning after having eggs every morning for probably a year. -We do saute our veggies in ghee or coconut oil which I always thought was healthy until you mentioned you prefer cooking in water and adding olive oil after. -My husband is 45 and does have the MTHFR gene mutation, I think it's homozygous. He has not been tested for COMT. -Doctor thinks this is genetic and provided a food list (although those foods are exactly what we eat). He recommended RYR Synergy to lower LDL - a red rice yeast and COQ10 mixture as well as Berberine Synergy. -My husband has never been one for cardio or weights, but he does go to an hour long yoga class 3 times a week. Some weeks only 1 time a week. I'm wondering if he needs to be incorporating weights and cardio. -He also did your 2 week detox before this blood work I'm thankful the doctor is functional medicine minded and did not recommend a statin, because no way would we go that route. SO, Dr. Cabral, what do we need to do here? In gratitude for your work every day!  

Tina: Dear Dr. Cabral: Thanks for your podcast! My friend and I love to listen and then get together to talk about your advice. You recently answered her question and we were so thrilled!!! I'd love to give you a little run down of my symptoms/ health history and see if you have any advice about which tests/ supplements you might recommend. I'm not sure how successful I will be in making this a "little" run down. I am a 30 year old female, 5'8'', 150 lbs, athletic build. I have weighed about the same for the past 10 years, though I have had varying degrees of fitness. When I was young, I had a history of stomach aches and stomach cramping that would come and go. I ate a poor diet high in refined sugars and processed foods. I was a very nervous, incredibly shy, excessively perfectionist, high strung kid. Starting in 7th grade, I experienced the beginnings of hyperhydrosis. I had extremely sweaty underarms.... I could easily sweat through two shirts and a sweatshirt, and nerves and social anxiety made this cycle worse. Also starting in 7th grade, I was highly active with swimming, dance, and tumbling. In high school, these continued, but as school got more difficult, I was perpetually sleep deprived.... going to bed around 11 and getting up around 5:00 to go to morning practices. In 7th grade, I experienced my first bout of extreme stomach flu.... which included vomiting over 100 times and ending up in the hospital for fluids and anti-vomiting medication. This extreme-stomach response was repeated in high school and in college. To this day, if I get a stomach flu or food poisoning, I vomit far more than the average person, though not as much as I used to. Toward the end of high school, my body sort of shut down on me and I experienced fatigue and incredibly poor performance in my sport. I didn't really do anything about it because I did not have any adults who were particularly aware of my condition, and health wasn't foremost on my mind. In college, the sleep deprivation and over-exerting continued as I was a D1 college swimmer. I was running my body into the ground and it wasn't until junior year that I had the courage to quit my sport and focus on health and things I loved. By this point, I had developed quite a bit of joint pain... in my low back and shoulders, which was continuously diagnosed as "tendonitis", but my body couldn't seem to heal itself properly, even with adequate rest. In college, I transitioned to healthier eating habits until after college when I went gluten-free and learned each year how to cook and eat better real foods. Post-college, I had surgery for endometriosis and I was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (for which I have a sleep appliance). To this day, when get sick, I tend to get sicker than those around me, particularly in regard to stomach illnesses. Injuries - especially joint injuries - tend to not heal properly. For example, I fell off my bike three years ago and my thumb has never been the same. I have knee pain from 6 years ago. My injuries all tend to be rather "vague" joint injuries which do not seem to be helped much by physical therapy or anti-inflammatories. My biggest concern is my constant fatigue and brain fog issues. Last week I was just officially diagnosed with estrogen dominance after doing a dutch hormone test. I don't know what the treatment plan is yet for estrogen dominance. My progesterone and testosterone levels are good, but my estrogen levels are high. I experience so many PMS symptoms, including but certainly not limited to bloating (up to 10 lbs a month), bad body odor - even immediately following a shower, brain fog, anxiety, mood swings, etc. I have a left lazy -eye (strabismus) which contributes to fatigue and focus difficulties. For the past 5 years I have eaten a very clean diet - paleo style, I exercise regularly with mild-moderate effort/moderate length workouts (walking, running, intervals, body strength exercises). These workouts are nothing like the grueling workouts of my past. I have a low tolerance for high-fiber foods like oatmeal and broccoli and quinoa. These create excessive bloating and gas. For the past 5 years I regularly get ~7 hrs of a sleep a night and for the past 6 months I get about 8 hours of sleep a night. I no longer have a stressful job. I have a good prayer life and I am have decreased so many stressors in my life. It seems as though my energy levels and immune system are just not quite balanced. I am a highly sensitive type - and I tend to be very aware of my body and I react strongly to medicines/stimulants/caffeine/etc. I still experience sweaty underarms, clammy hands, and social anxiety. I would love to simply get to my "core" health issue, assuming there is a single issue. I am SO determined to regain my health. I am motivated and I would follow instructions to do whatever it takes to help my body find homeostasis again. It can be so overwhelming to even know where to go next. My body just doesn't "feel" right, my energy doesn't "feel" right, my mind doesn't "feel" right, but I don't know how to go about pinpointing the issue. Maybe it really just is the estrogen levels, but shouldn't there be something that made the estrogen levels too high in the first place? As an interesting side note, I did a 7 day bone broth and coconut water fast last year, and during that time I had no pain in my body, I slept well, and I had insanely high energy levels. This is largely how I know for sure that my not "Feeling" right is a true assessment and there is a better , healthier, happier way to live! Once I started eating again, all the typical symptoms came back. Another side note, I've had bags under my eyes for as long as I can remember! Pictures show they've been there at least since 7th grade. Alas, I have failed to make this question short for you! I apologize! And I thank you for everything you do to educate your listeners on healing! God bless you! Tina

Donna: Thank You Dr. Cabral for sharing your knowledge & research with everyone! I have a brown looking age spot/liver spot/ sun spot just a bit smaller than a dime on my cheek-bone and a few smaller ones on my face. I eat free range chicken/eggs, grassfed beef, ground turkey,occasional good sourced pork, organic fruit/vegetables, kerry gold butter, xtra virgin unrefined coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, nuts (NO peanuts) and seeds and lots of greens. I'm 5'6", weighing 128#'s, I work out, and am 51. This year I have done your 7 day detox, the 90 day candida gut cleanse, a liver cleanse, and an ionic foot cleanse. What else can I do? I also have puffiness/bags under my eyes and dry hard skin at both corners of all my fingernails, the skin at the outside of pinky toes, and skin in front of all toes. I take pharmaceutical grade fish oil, vit. D, calm magnesium, your B complex, probiotic, your ascorbic acid, Great Lakes Gelatin/collagen, Dream Protein, drink at least 64 0z. of water daily with bragg vinegar, or essential oils in it and one-two small cups of organic coffee. Looking forward to new ideas to try! Thank You!!! Donna

Thank you for tuning into today's Cabral HouseCall and be sure to check back tomorrow where we answer more of our community’s questions!

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Dec 22, 2017

I believe there’s no point in getting overly fearful of all the environmental pollutants around us, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be taking measures to protect ourselves…

Today, I want to share with you 8 health issues that can be directly attributed to pollutants and what you can do about combating them…

I also want to review the top cancer causing cookware materials (what to stay away from), as well as the safe alternatives you should be using instead…

And finally, on today’s #FridayReview of the #CabralConcept 686 I’ll reveal a delicious #dairyfree appetizer you can snack on or bring to your next holiday party – Enjoy the show!

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Dec 21, 2017

Our connection with the natural rhythm of the day and seasons runs much deeper than most of us ever think about...

Our energy (cortisol) is intricately tied with the rising of the run and our sleeping hormone (melatonin) is secreted with the setting sun...

This is just one example of ancient Ayurvedic Medicine that is now being proven with modern science...

For more details on how to effortlessly harness the power of nature by following your Ayurvedic body clock of when to eat, exercise, and sleep tune into today's #CabralConcept - Enjoy the show!

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Dec 20, 2017

Often times we talk about how someone just needs to exercise more and eat less to lose weight, but what happens when that doesn't work...

Do they just do more of that same thing? Or do they need to look elsewhere for their weight loss or slow metabolism dysfunction? 

As a Functional Medicine practitioner I can tell you first hand that there are specific reasons why someone may have a slow metabolism that have very little to do with how much they move or eat...

Tune into to today's #CabralConcept 684 to discover the 7 medical causes of a slow metabolism and what you can do about them - Enjoy the show!

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Dec 19, 2017

Before posting on this specific topic, I decided to see what others may be reading on "Dr. Google" for this exact question...

So I typed in, "should I snack before bed," and what I found for answers literally shocked me...

It was some of the worst advice I'd ever seen, which is why I can see why so many people are confused as to what they should be doing in terms of their health and nutrition...

So on today's #CabralConcept 683 I want to debunk all the myths surrounding this topic and provide you with the actual real world science and answers on whether or not you should snack before bed - Enjoy the show!

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Dec 18, 2017

Goals may vary between individuals, but the one thing that doesn't change is the methodologies of achieving them...

High achievers, no matter what the job, sport, health or life goal is, all use specific disciplines in order to make their vision become a reality...

Today, on #CabralConcept 682 I want to share with you the top 2 things you need to do right now to make 2018 your best year yet - Enjoy the show!

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Dec 17, 2017

Thank you for joining us for our 2nd Cabral HouseCall of the weekend!

I’m looking forward to sharing with you some of our community’s questions that have come in over the past few weeks… 

Let’s get started!

Taylor: Hello Dr Cabral, I've learned so much about hormones from your podcast and it has been so helpful. I clearly am showing signs of lower progesterone. Wondering what are the ways to boost these progesterone levels? Thanks! Taylor

Kristine: Hello! My 11 year old was diagnosed with molluscum contagiosum rash. I've been told it is viral and we have to wait it out. It that it could take months and while we wait we run the risk of it spreading. Any suggestions on how to naturally clear this up quickly? Thank you!!

Nikki: Looking into getting a portable infrared sauna. Only looking to spend a few hundred dollars as that's my price range. Can you recommend a cheaper version of the therasage? Also what should I be looking for ? Low emf? Thanks! Love your podcast! Listen everyday

James: I would like to hear your thoughts on fat for fuel and getting your body to burn fat instead of glucose.

Bill: Hi Dr. Cabral, I am 28 yrs old and for the last 5 years I've been battling all sorts of GI issues (bloating, gas, inflammation and spasms). I've had a battery of tests run (colonoscopy, endoscopy, food emptying study, breath test, MRI etc) and the results have all been normal (so frustrating!). Most recently I've been experiencing extremely uncomfortable spasms in my stomach, chest and back AFTER bowel movements. I thought bowel movements were supposed to provide relief ? I am very active, eat salads and fruits daily, but also drank alcohol heavily in college and suspect that might be coming back to haunt me. Doctors say I am extremely healthy but I feel horrible inside. Big fan of your show & thanks in advance!

Thank you for tuning into this weekend’s Cabral HouseCalls and be sure to check back tomorrow for our Mindset & Motivation Monday show to get your week started off right!

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Dec 16, 2017

Welcome back to our weekend Cabral HouseCall shows! 

This is where we answer our community's wellness, weight loss, and anti-aging questions to help people get back on track!

Check out today's questions:

Anonymous: I am having trouble figuring out my body types - kapha, pitta, vata, mesomorph, ectomorph and endomorph. Can you do a show helping us determine our body type or direct me to a show if one already exists?

Roya: I need to lose weight. I’ve tried everything under the sun. I’m an athlete but after having my 2 boys it’s been a struggle. I gain weight evenly all over so I’m proportional and curvy. I know I need to lose 20-30 lbs and I believe my body type is a mesomorph. Where do I start with your protocol? Please help!

Mary: Thank you for all that you do. I very much enjoy your podcast and all the work that goes into making it. What are your thoughts on taking colostrum? Thank you!

Mary: I have been working in a cadaver lab full time for around two years now. There are a lot of noxious chemicals around me at all times, in particular formaldehyde, which I am hovering over while dissecting and teaching. I feel like this is very detrimental for my health but will be in the lab for at least another half a year. Should I constantly be detoxing my body? I have recently been working with a functional medicine physician and have determined that I have hypothyroidism, low WBC (low IgG's), super low hormone levels with amenorrhea since getting off of birth control two years ago. I also transitioned off anxiety medications and adderol two years ago and the underlying anxiety and brain fog/low energy/ poor concentration returned. I also have stomach issues including chronic constipation and bloating. I suppose I would simply like your advise on where to start. For instance, if everything in your system is off unbalanced where do you start? Is it always healing the intestinal permeability first or would you detox heavy metals first? Thank you. P.S. Thank you for your amazing work and podcast. You are so inspiring and contribute to my continued drive to be a functional medicine physician some day. Thank you.

Briana: Hello! I was wondering if being petite/short has anything to do with how much a shorter person should intake in terms of food, as well as exercise and if there was portion advice you could recommend. I am 5’2 and constantly struggle with appetite and keeping weight off. I am about to start your 7-day detox and am looking forward to restarting and moving towards a healthier lifestyle. Love your podcast and what you’re doing! Best, Briana

Gina: Hi Dr Cabral! Just want to thank you for all you do and your help in my daily life! My father was diagnosed with Myastenia Gravis and complains of muscle weakness and double vision along with eyelids dropping. He’s a 65 year old in decent shape and it’s making him crazy that he can barely brush his teeth without getting fatigued. He also takes medication for A-fib, a cholesterol med and an aspirin. I told him he should give up drinking alcohol and eat a better diet. Is there anything else you can tell me about the dis-ease or something I can help him with!? Thank you so much!

Thank you for tuning into today's Cabral HouseCall and be sure to check back tomorrow where we answer more of our community’s questions!

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Dec 15, 2017

Welcome back to this week's #FridayReview where I'll be sharing some of my favorite products & recommendations from my Functional Medicine practice!

But before we get to the product reviews, I want to share with you a phenomenal "vegan eggnog" recipe that will make your Holiday season that much healthier (and tastier!)...

Then, we'll answer the question for those looking to break into the health field of whether they should go back to school for a formal degree or opt for a certification instead...

Finally, I want to share with you a powerful immune boosting supplement package that you can use on a daily basis during the Winter months...

Tune into today's #CabralConcept 679 for all the details and recommendations - Enjoy the show!

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Dec 14, 2017

You'd be hard pressed to find a Functional Medicine Doctor that doesn't believe in supporting your body's natural ability to remove toxins like heavy metals, VOCs, excess hormone metabolites, etc...

However, what often times happens is that life gets in the way after a detox or cleanse and you begin to slide back into previous habits that caused the dis-ease, weight gain, or general "unhealthiness" in the first place...

Tune into today's #CabralConcept 678 to find out how to maintain your results and keep them coming after a detox, cleanse or long fast - Enjoy the show!

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Dec 13, 2017

It finally looks like conventional medicine has seen the light when it comes to using "protein shakes," as a healthy part of a daily diet...

It may have taken a few decades of consistent research for them to come around, but the results of adding in a smoothie or protein shake on a daily basis are hard to refute...

There are dozens of reasons for this, but one in particular is that a protein shake "crowds out" other poor nutritional choices while fortifying your body with the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids it needs to rebuild...

However, not all protein sources are created equal and on today's #CabralConcept 677 I'll share with you all the details of the "Protein Shake Diet" and what you should watch out for - Enjoy the show!

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Dec 12, 2017

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing and it lowers the quality of life of millions of people around the world...

It causes the "Winter blues," low mood, depression, fatigue, weight gain, inability to focus, difficulty sleeping, and many other unwanted side effects...

The bright side of things is that there are natural ways that you can overcome these seasonal mood dampening symptoms, so that you can feel alive again!

Tune into today's #CabralConcept 676 to discover the top 10 ways to beat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) - Enjoy the show!

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Dec 11, 2017
The dictionary defines being in a "funk" as a state of depression or trying to avoid a task or thing out of fear...
 
Simply put, I think we can all relate to being in a funk as feeling like you're stuck in quick sand and that no matter what you do you only seem to sink deeper into the hole you're in…
 
Since none of us want to remain in this state, we need to be able to flip the switch whenever we want in order to get into a flow state where everything in life seems to move us effortlessly to our goals...
 
Tune into today's #CabralConcept 675 to learn how to get out of a funk and into a flow state today - Enjoy the show! 
 
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Dec 10, 2017

Thank you for joining us for our 2nd Cabral HouseCall of the weekend!

I’m looking forward to sharing with you some of our community’s questions that have come in over the past few weeks… 

Let’s get started!

Ellie: I am 20 years old and am very active. I’m wondering if I will lose muscle from fasted cardio? I lift quite a bit and am trying to lean out but not lose muscular progress. I do intermittent fasting and have been doing fasted cardio about 3 days per week. Will this diminish my muscles? Also, is fasted lifting okay to do? Thanks so much!

Rachel: Hello Thank you for your advice! My question is what is the exact brand of the All-in-one greens drink? Where can I buy it? I have terrible digestive issues, would like to try it but am a bit apprehensive. Thank you!

Anonymous: Hi Dr. Cabral, I am a 34yo female and I recently heard one of your podcasts on what an ideal TSH test result should look like. I was horrified to learn that the last 3+ doctors over the last 7+ years have brushed off my symptoms and my high TSH levels. Over 7 years ago I complained about feeling tired all the time, struggling with my weight, peeling brittle nails, and feeling so cold. I wear sweaters year round in central Texas! Over the last 3 years my TSH levels were 1.94, 3.69 and this year it is 2.85. I recently pulled my medical records at past doctors and my results were similar and not optimal based on what I learned from you. When my TSH was 3.69 last year, they finally said I was “border line”. When I asked for natural recommendations from the nurse practitioner going over my blood work over the phone, she simply stated there wasn’t anything I could do on my own and would have to take prescription medication for the rest of my life but the doctor wanted to retest and since it lowered some this year, no meds were prescribed which I didn’t plan to take anyways. What do you recommend I do to get my tsh levels to optimal and feel normal? Also, I heard cruciferous foods and soy were a “no-no” for thyroid issues, is this true? Any suggestions you may have to feel better would be greatly appreciated. I do not want to take prescription chemical especially for the rest of my life.

Catherine: Hi Dr. Cabral, I have been into healthy living for many years now and have thoroughly enjoyed your podcasts since finding them a couple of months ago. I have two symptoms that are puzzling to me even though I follow a healthy diet (not vegan but mostly real food, occasional meat), exercise and get sunshine, social connection and rest. I do have stress in my life from 3 kids ages 12, 9 and 5. I will be 45 years old next month. First, I have very puffy skin under my eyes and pressure behind the eyes. The puffiness does not go away during the day, it is pretty constant. I have tried natural eye drops, limiting salt, eye creams and massage, elevating my head while sleeping, etc. Nothing works. I would expect some puffiness with my age but it is extreme. Also I have a puzzling symptom.....whenever I am frightened by something or drop something I get a tingling sensation in my body, mainly my arms. It passes quickly but it is strange. Any insight you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! 

Danielle: Hi! I’ve recently started listening to your podcast and find them fascinating. I am due to start a round of donor egg ivf in January and I wonder if there’s a way I can prepare my body for it? I have severe endometriosis but minimal pain usually apart from around the time of an ivf cycle when the extra estrogen feeds the endo. Is there anything you would recommend food or supplements etc to help mitigate this but also help to increase chances of implantation and a successful pregnancy? I am already doing my best to eat healthily, cut back on caffeine, low alcohol & also taking a preconception multivitamin vitamin, vitamin d3 spray and Wobenzym for the endometriosis. Is there anything else you’d recommend? Thank you, Danielle

Alix: Hello, I've noticed that a few days before I get my monthly period I start getting a sore throat. Then the day before I get cold sores. I've Googled this and it seems that many women are getting these symptoms but no doctors seem to have solutions. Any ways to stop both these symptoms would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Thank you for tuning into this weekend’s Cabral HouseCalls and be sure to check back tomorrow for our Mindset & Motivation Monday show to get your week started off right!

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Dec 9, 2017

Welcome back to our weekend Cabral HouseCall shows!

This is where we answer our community's wellness, weight loss, and anti-aging questions to help people get back on track!

Check out today's questions:

Sarah: Hello, I'm, wondering if you can help point me in the right direction, I have not been diagnosed with any health issues but I know my body is not supposed to function the way it does. I have had insomnia since for the past 14ish years - it goes up and down, but I mainly manage it to a level where I can function normally (obviously not a "normal" level of sleep) I wake often throughout the night and literally don't remember when I slept through the night, I find it difficult to fall asleep often and this whole cycle creates anxiety for me, as it affects my partner too. I have suffered from constipation since I was little (im 32), I feel like I am constantly bloated - no matter how clean I eat, sometimes only a little, sometimes painfully. I'm pretty sure I retain water and/or I am inflamed. I have a thick coating on my tongue. I move my body - mostly walking and yoga and I work in a physical job, I eat pretty well - mostly plants and wholefoods,I have been vegetarian for nearly 3 years, I will eat the occasional wild caught fish. I don't seem to do well with dairy or gluten. I am a natural worrier and stresser and I just know this is all related! There may be more going on inside that I can't see but I think it is all linked. My main issues are the digestions issues and insomnia, I don't have anything else major going on - but to me they are major! I don't think my body is absorbing any nutrients from the relatively clean diet I eat, when I get unhealthy cravings its generally carbs, chocolate or sweets. I know this is all a bit of a mish mash but just trying to give as much info as possible - If you have any tips/ideas/suggestions please let me know, I just want to sleep well and have my digestion working optimally - particularly for when I start a family.

Stephanie: My question is about root canals. I had one done a year ago, after seeing a holistic dentist who thought I should have the procedure done, and have second guessed my decision wondering if I should of had the tooth pulled instead. I'm now considering having it removed and having a removable denture put in. Do you think most people would be better off having the root canal removed rather than leaving it in the mouth and risking disease? Thanks so much for answering!

Jill: Hi Dr. Cabral, I am 38 year old female and an endomorph. A good friend of mine turned me on to your podcast several months ago, and I listen every morning. I appreciate your heart to share the knowledge you have and to see people get well. I have been on my own health journey for the past 7 years. In 2008, I lost 30 pounds using Weight Watchers. In 2010 I started having massive brain fog. I’ve had digestive issues most of my life. Through a naturopath, I found out I’m allergic to gluten and casein (and a few other things). I have cut both out of my diet (gluten gone as of the end of 2011; dairy gone as of 2013). In 2012, I lost an additional 20 pounds (through calorie counting and a workout plan of 5-6 days a week: 1.5 hours - 60 cardio (treadmill, no running); 30 weights) and was finally at my healthiest weight, still at the high end of my BMI. At the time, it felt like, in order to maintain that weight, I would have to count every calorie and work out hard 6 days a week (or more) for the rest of my life. Overall, I feel significantly better now than I did back in 2010, but I still deal with symptoms: brain fog, my brain feels swollen, fatigue, difficulty focusing/finding words (especially an hour or two after eating), mucus, digestion issues, depression, trouble losing weight. Throughout 2013, I gained back 10 pounds and held there. Toward the beginning of 2016, I gained 20 pounds “out of nowhere” (couldn’t identify a cause) and couldn’t get it to budge. I work from home often and could easily sleep 10-11 hours a night. Even so, some days, my body would shut down during the day, and I would take an hour nap … only to sleep 10-11 hours again the next night. At the beginning of this year, while monitored by a nutritionist, I did a 40-day juice fast: juice, water, ginger tea, and eventually I added bone broth in as well. During this fast, I felt amazing!!!  I was reminded that I could feel vibrant and clear-headed and motivated and positive!!! Plus I would sleep 8-9 hours, wake up on my own and feel refreshed!  I lost the 20 pounds and felt like myself again. For most of the fast, I felt like I never wanted to eat food again. As I started adding food back in (one food at a time), I started feeling “not-so-great” again. For a while, I had daily bms (which I have rarely had in my life), but that didn’t last. When I ate food, I would feel sluggish. My nutritionist suggested perhaps my body can’t handle fiber, so I’ve been on a low fiber diet (no raw veggies; only cooked).  I have gained back much of the 20 pounds.  I feel bloated and sluggish and have a hard time focusing and getting motivated to live my life.  It feels like my body functions best without having to break down food, but juicing for the rest of my life doesn’t feel like an option either.  Do you have any thoughts on why my body thrives on liquid but struggles with food?  Do you have any recommendations on what I can do to help my body thrive consistently?
 An additional piece to the puzzle is that I have arthritis in my knees (the right is worse than the left). This has made cardiovascular exercises basically impossible. (The pain made running impossible starting in 2014.) I recently used an upright bike for 10 min (after you recommended it on your podcast). I didn’t have pain while working out, but within a few hours, my right knee was experiencing pain (initial as sharp, shooting pain when I sat on the couch). For days after, there was pain when going up and down stairs and sitting, as well as catching or clicking and popping in my knee when opening it/straightening my leg. This is consistent with my experience for the past year plus. Do you have recommendations to help burn fat and build muscle … that won’t cause knee pain/worsen my arthritis? Thank you so much for these house calls and for allowing those of us who can’t get to Boston to have access to your knowledge base. I am so appreciative! Jill

Cara: Hi Dr. Cabral... as always thank you for your work! I share your name to everyone. My daughter just had her 2 year check up at the Children's hospital she went directly to about 2 hours after her birth. She was born early and suffered tremendous blood loss and was a "whole body cooled" baby - hypothermia treatment for 72 hours. She is PERFECT. She was either at 24 months or beyond for her development at her assessment today. However, the same dietician who rubbed me the wrong way at her 10 month high risk infant follow up appointment, giving me a hard time for choosing not to give her iron enriched "baby" cereals, was back at it again when asking if I give her dairy. I do not give her dairy. If/when I do it will be raw dairy but we're not there yet. The dietician was saying how I need to keep an eye on her calcium. She said we can get calcium from dark green leafy greens, but how we'd need to consume 10x the amount of greens as dairy to get the same amount. I know she's not correct, but I chose to get through the appointment and save her my argument. Last time she was right, my daughters iron got low 9.6 but we focused on beef/liver/chicken/molasses combined with a homeopathic remedy and camucamu and broccoli and such and raised it to 11.6 in 3 months. I swear she rolled her eyes (in her head) when I said I'm still nursing her twice a day at 2 years. That's something that should be honored and I'm well aware it's not an absolute "need" at this point. BUT, we couldn't nurse the first 5 days of her life and we're fortunate we did perfectly when we got the green light to nurse. My daughter is also only 21 pounds at 2 years of age, but she's stayed on her own curve and she eats a fare amount of food, including fats like ghee, avocado, etc. She requests ghee :) She really only eats broccoli for her greens and sometimes I chop up spinach in her scrambled egg. She's a meat and sweet potatoes girl. What do I need to be giving her to keep up with calcium? Should I be concerned of her lower weight? Also, the last few weeks after trying bee pollen we get at the farmers market, she literally wants to eat it all day. Is that weird? or ok? In gratitude. Cara

Jen: Is carbonated water and seltzer somehow unhealthy? I love drinking flavored La Croix or Polar seltzers and probably drink a 12oz can 1-2x daily when I have them on hand. I really enjoy it and find that it's a nice treat when I'm tired of drinking water or herbal tea. I'm familiar with how, Ayurvedically speaking, carbonation can increase Vata. Are there any other health concerns to drinking carbonated waters (of course assuming it's not my only source of water intake)?

Thank you for tuning into today's Cabral HouseCall and be sure to check back tomorrow where we answer more of our community’s questions!

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Dec 8, 2017

Welcome back to another #FridayReview where I share my favorite products, books, research, and other items I use in my private practice that are helping people get well, lose weight, and feel great!

The 1st item is one of my favorite books on psychology and deals with how to increase your happiness factor in friendships, family, raising children, and in your work...

The 2nd review is a fun new way to enjoy water. It has a hint of maple and is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and prebiotics... Plus it has half the sugar of coconut water!

The last product share of the day has to do with an alternative to "Fire Cider" that can crush sinus problems, increase thermogenesis, and makes mucus disappear...

Tune into today's #CabralConcept 672 for all the Friday Reviews and health tips added in along the way - Enjoy the show!

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Dec 7, 2017

Some people don't need any more motivation to exercise, but for the average person getting in a workout takes a little bit of "psyching up..."

The good news is that there are so many reasons to exercise you simply have to choose the right one that will get you moving in the right direction...

So on today's #CabralConcept 671 I want to share with you why it's so important (and effective) to workout before you go out to eat a big meal - Enjoy the show!

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