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The Cabral Concept

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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Feb 9, 2018

Welcome back to this week's #FridayReview where I'll be sharing with you the "best of the week" on all things wellness, weight loss, and anti-aging!

The first topic we're covering today is something called an artesian aquifer, which provides the purest & highest quality (and most delicious) water in the world...

I also wanted to provide you with a flu remedy follow up on how to recover and prevent the flu when everyone around you is getting sick...

And finally, I'm looking forward to discussing our "Super-Nutrient" of the week and the 3 types of vitamin C I use in my practice...

Tune into today's #CabralConcept 735 for all the details - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/735

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Feb 8, 2018

Gone are the days where I take the information I was taught in school and in my textbooks at face value...

Granted, most of it is sound advice, but some of it needs to be tested in the real world to see if the research holds up outside of controlled clinical or lab studies...

I applied this same questioning methodology to the long held belief that working your abs will hurt your lower back...

Tune into today's #CabralConcept 734 to find out if this statement is really true: Doing crunches (and sit-ups) will hurt your lower back - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/734

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Feb 7, 2018

One topic that most people shy away from speaking about is anything that pertains to their bowel movements...

The problem is that neglecting your gut health can lead to devastating wellness and weight issues in the future...

That's why on today's #CabralConcept 733 I want to share with you how better bowel movements can lead to a flatter, happier & healthier tummy!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/733

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Feb 6, 2018

Our understanding of brain based dis-eases has come a long way over the past few years...

We now know the 14 risk factors for getting dementia or Alzheimer's and because of that knowledge we can now act upon it to lessen or even prevent these brain based health issues...

My goal on today's #CabralConcept 732 is to teach you the 5 proven ways to detect and eliminate the root causes of imbalanced brain health, so that you do not need to fear getting Alzheimer's as you age - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/732

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Feb 5, 2018

Providing advice to someone that's at a real low point in their life can be a sensitive and tricky topic to bridge...

However, saying nothing, and offering no advice at all can often leave someone feeling even more alone, overwhelmed, and unable to cope with their current situation...

On today's #CabralConcept 731 I'd like to share some wisdom that has been passed along to me that I believe may just help you put your life back together in a way that not only leaves you more happy, but also fulfilled - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/731

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Feb 4, 2018

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!

Lisa: Hi, Dr. Cabral! I am 48 years old and about 175 lbs. I'm always bloated, but I eat healthy. My upper right stomach area is more bloated and distended than the left. My Dr. isn't concerned because of how long it's been like that; assuming it;s from the 4 c-sections I've had in the past. I always feel bloated. I know that stress has me producing Cortisol (based upon my own research). Should I try an elimination diet?

Joana: Dear Dr. Cabral, I have been listening and reading the information that you have been giving in your podcast and in your site for a week now. You have a lot of great information. Probably you have talked about this before but I still didn't find it...my question is: if you had a friend who is studying to be a functional or integrative health coach or doctor, which 5 books would you give her as a present? Thank you so much for all that you do. I hope this question is of interest to you.

 

Louis: Dr. Cabral, I heard you on the Jason Ferruggia podcast and was very impressed with how intuitive you were regarding ectomorphs, training, etc. It really struck a chord with me. That being said, I'm actually writing on behalf of my father. He suffers from an extremely low platelet count and suffers from something called MDS. I was just wondering if you had any suggestions on how he could naturally raise his platelet count. I can be reached at the e-mail address provided. Thank you very much.

 

Alex: Hello Dr. Cabral, i’ve Been a big fan of your podcast for some time now, been in your Boston office for a massage and an infra-red sauna, done a 7-day detox and follow many of your recommendations. I’m 90% vegetarian and do not take any medications other than biotin, ashwaganda, Vit D, and magnesium or Valerian root (at night). About 6-7 weeks ago I noticed a big bright pink spot under my arm, within the next 2 weeks similar but smaller spots appeared on my chest, stomach and upper legs. There are also multiple smaller spots surrounding these big spots. They are somewhat itchy but not too bad. I went to see a dermatologist who diagnosed me with Pityriasis rosea and gave me cortisone cream. I have not picked up that prescription cream from the pharmacy, but instead tried to use coconut oil, tea tree oil on these spots with no results. Dr. Google also has no info on the root cause or treatment for this condition and basically says that it usually goes away with 8-10weeks on its own. I have not seen any improvement and would like to get your opinion. Can you recommend any treatment? Truly appreciate your help and the education that you provide daily. Thank you!

 

Bryan: Hi Dr. Cabral, I have paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and have been put on a beta blocker to help control the symptoms. My goal is not to be on medication for my whole life as I am only 32. Other then losing weight, what other suggestions from a naturopathic point of view can I do to help keep my heart in normal sinus rhythm? Thank you for the help! Bryan

 

Anonymous: Hi Dr. Cabral, So glad I found your podcast and appreciate everything you do. I've been battling gas, bloating and constipation for years and was recently diagnosed with SIBO. I listened to episode #544 on "Mono meals" and you mentioned that you don't advise people with weak digestive systems to eat salads but the Candida Protocol recommends a diet high in vegetables. What is the best course of action while on the Candida Protocol ? Cooked over raw vegetables ? Stay away from veggies all together ? Thank you!

 

Donna: Dear Dr. Cabral Support Team, I listened to a recent podcast on cookware. In local stores I saw ceramic (nonstick) cookware. Is that what is recommended because I wasn't sure about the nonstick coating. Also I saw some spoons/Turners molded from 100% bamboo but also had a slick nonstick coating. Should those be totally wood instead? Respectfully, Donna

 

Donna: Dear Support Team, My Dr. doesn't think I am absorbing water very well since my skin is dry and my throat gets dry every night through the night. I weigh 128#/ 5'6". I drink approx. 72oz. of water daily. I work out, eat a Dr. Cabral clean diet, Have done the 7 day detox, 90 Candida Gut Cleanse followed by the two supplements to seal it up (Healthy Belly and forgot the other one), a liver cleans. I take magnesium, his Vit. C, Vit. D, a pharmaceutical grade fish oil,Probiotic, Dr. Cabral recommended healthy fats, and I just started on his daily shakes & fruit/veggie powder, and use the counter top Berkey filter with our well water. Any suggestions? Respectfully, Donna 

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/730

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Feb 3, 2018

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: Dr Cabral, thank you so much for taking time to answer all of your community’s questions. My husband has a strong odor to his feet to the point where no spray, no powder can help. He wears work boots all day and does construction in Boston. He’s in the boots for probably close to 12 hours a day. We go through buying him new boots all of the time because they are honestly putrid. We have a boot warmer that is supposed to help but will knock you on your toosh if you walk in the basement. His diet is ok, could be a lot better. Exercise is basically just his work. He wants to start eating better and working out. What could be the cause of this terrible smell coming from his feet? Sincerely a wife who is tired of throwing away socks and buying expensive work boots all of the time.

Maxine: Good afternoon! I am writing to confirm that the following products are vegan-- as in no animals or animal byproducts: Activated B-Complex Daily Activated Multi-Vitamin Daily Nutritional Support Shake I just really want to be sure, thank you(: Maxine

 

Lauren: Hi, I live in NY and am greatly interested in taking the organic acid test. I know the lab you use cant be used in NY; however, I was wondering if you can recommend any other labs or if there is any other way I can get this test. Thank you! 

Louise: Dr. Cabral. I am very impressed with your breadth of knowledge and commend the stance you take on health and healing. It is courageous and standout individuals like you who will transform the healthcare and fitness industries for the better. My question pertains to the health of my 13 year-old daughter. Over the years, she has had four bouts of mesenteric lymphadenitis. The attacks of severe abdominal pain sometimes accompanied by vomiting seem to come on fairly suddenly and the after-effects can last weeks. She tested positive for the gluten and casein sensitivity gene, however being a teenager she has not been 100%compliant with her diet, in adition to sneaking in candy and other treats. I understand that many physicians currently consider mesenteric lymphadenitis a nondisease and its symptoms unexplained. In your functional medicine point of view, what could be contributing to her recurring issue and what can be done from a practical standpoint to end her suffering?

 

Jennifer: Hi Dr. Cabral, My name is Jennifer, and through divine intervention I found you. In July I had a week off of work, so I completed the Cabral 7 day detox. i have never experienced a detox before, so safe to say I had no idea what I was getting into. First off, I came to realize VERY quickly that a large part of my daily routine is thinking, planning, shopping, preparing, and eating food. When you don’t eat for the first 2 days you have free time that you didn’t know you would have. I came to an understanding on how time consuming food really is in our daily lives. in stating that, when day 3 arrived I was so happy to incorporate food again.The plan was so simple and easy to follow. I thought, “ Im going to breeze through this” however, I was very wrong. I work in a salon with many many chemicals in my daily life. Not to mention the roller coaster of poor food choices in my life and what damage had built up from that. Prior to the detox I could work out endlessly and really not budge the scale at all. Weight has been a life long issue for me. So as day 3 went on my body became really weak and I didn’t have the energy I had before when it came to my workouts. My brain was starting to reel from the detoxification happening and I actually was uncomfortable in my own skin. By day 4 I felt skittish and afraid to even talk to people. I felt so terrible that I was worried I wasn’t going to make it to the end. I knew I was toxic due to a lifetime of exposure to unhealthy things, but wow! Well, day 5 came and it was like the dark cloud lifted! I felt amazing! Each day became better and better. I didn’t have a starting weight but knew about where I was. When I was done I did weigh myself and I lost probably 5-7 pounds. I continued strong on your eating plan but have wavered quite a bit in the last couple months but have continued to lose weight. My body and brain feel better than they have in a very long time. I plan to do my next 7 day detox in the next month. So thank you for your research and creation of your supplements and detox. I listen to as many of your podcasts as I can. I recommend you constantly. My first question is regarding my daughter. When she was around 7 or 8 she showed me this rash on her hands and said when her hands come in contact with any form of water this is what happens. This white raised bumpy skin was between her fingers and almost looked like blisters or skin that was going to peel. Fast forward to now, she is 18, and the rash has come and gone since then. It now covers most of her palms. When it is severe the skin pulls tight and can be painful until her hands dry out. Usually it takes about twenty to thirty minutes for her hands to completely return to normalcy. When her hands are dry, you can see remnants of whits spots on her palms. It does this in any type of water and can be severe to slight; sometimes it goes away all together. We have tried organic products as well, and that helps, but it doesn’t go away, so we think its water itself. We have only been to one doctor and they have no idea what it is. At the moment it's at a medium degree. I attached a picture, and wonder if you might know what it is or what to do. My second and final question is regaurding your weightloss blood test. I have been experiencing a steady decline in my sex drive for many years and as of now I virtually have no sex drive at all. Would that specific test measure my hormone level to see if thats whats wrong? Thank you for your time. I look forward to your advice! I tried to attach the photo of my daughters hands but it won't attach. If you would like to see a photo please just let me know where to send it and I will. Thanks again!! Jennifer 

Jon: Hi Stephen, was recently introduced to your podcast from the Elite Man Podcast was was impressed with your diverse knowledge, I have spent all day today listening and will continue to listen to the great advice you give. To cut straight to the point, I had blood tests done 6 months ago which showed very low testosterone and very high estrogen. After scans to confirm there were no problems with my pituitary I was put on Clompihene which worked very well for a week then my mood began to decline, next bloodwork showed my testosterone had raised slightly but my estrogen had more than doubled! I was eventually put on a HRT protocol of Sustanon 250, Anastrazole (to control estrogen) and HCG. I have been on this for 3 months now and felt very little benefit, and some areas such as libido have actually got worse! I would like to come off and try to restore natural healthy levels of hormones. At the time of my diagnosis I was working a very stressful job with long hours, suffering insomnia, training (weights and cardio) hard 6+ days a week and not eating as well as I could have. My bloods also revealed I was low in Vitamin D and Zinc but the doctors did not think this was relevant. After lots of research it does not seem surprising my hormone levels were suffering! I have since stopped the Sustanon but continued with the HCG and will switch to clompihene for 6 weeks in an attempt to restart my body's natural function before coming off all medication. I have been supplementing with Zinc, ZMA, Vit D3 and Maca Root powder for a month now. What are my chances of getting my hormones where they should be for a 27 year old active man and what is the fastest way for me to get there? Thanks again for all the great advice. You're a true asset to the healthcare profession and if there more people like you the world would be a much happier, healthier place. Many Thanks, Jon

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/729

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Feb 2, 2018

I'm super excited today to share with you 14 measurable (and preventable) risk factors for Alzheimers that makes it much easier to assess your your likelihood for any type of brain-based atrophy or dis-ease...

Plus, on today's #FridayReview I'd also like to bring you my February book challenge and I want you to be a part of it!

And finally, I'm going to share with you this week's "Super Nutrient of the Week," which is in my opinion is one of the most overlooked vitamins - Enjoy the show!

Go to StephenCabral.com/728 or click the link in my bio to listen-

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http://StephenCabral.com/728

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Feb 1, 2018

Unless you're able to workout 5-6 days a week, you need maximize the time you do have when you exercise...

This means that the programs you spend your time on have to work, so that you're not just wasting energy by going through the motions...

For most people, this means switching up your workouts to include full body routines that will boost your metabolism while reshaping your physique...

On today's #CabralConcept 727 I want to share with you the 2 exercises to include in every workout that will help you do just that - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/727

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Jan 31, 2018

Most of us are familiar with life-threatening food allergies like having a peanut anaphylactic reaction, but being "sensitive" to certain foods goes much deeper...

Did you know that the weight gain, wellness issues, or brain fog you're experiencing may be tied to "healthy" foods you're eating that unexpectedly trigger delayed immune reactions in your body?

These food based reactions cause inflammation days after eating the food, which then in turn can create other more pronounced symptoms that we label as "dis-ease..."

Tune into today's #CabralConcept 726 for all the details on how and why food sensitivities make you feel inflamed and swollen - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/726

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Jan 30, 2018

Having personally dealt with a debilitating case of Candida overgrowth many years ago I literally "tried it all" when it came to curing my Candida...

The problem was that no matter what I did, all I could ever find was temporary relief...

This is why I understand when people come to me frustrated with not getting the intended results of following a "Candida Diet..."

Today on the #CabralConcept 725 I explain the truth behind why Candida Diets don't work and what to do instead to get the results you want - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/725

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Jan 29, 2018

Although the act of goal setting is a relatively easy concept to wrap your mind around, the actual act of going about reaching those goals is something entirely different…

There’s also certainly no one way that you must follow in order to make your dreams become a reality, but there are some proven tips to follow in order to make your journey a lot shorter and hopefully a lot less stressful…
 
Tune into today’s #CabralConcept 724 to discover the surefire way to predictable success - Enjoy the show!
 

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/724

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Jan 28, 2018

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: Hi Dr. Cabral, I apprecate the work you do more than you know. I ordered the daily protocol package to try with my husband and maybe kids too, but I do have other questions. Mostly, I’m wondering which supplements we’re currently taking would still be necessary, and in what amounts. For example, if I want to take additional vitamin D because it’s winter and we do live in a suburb of Boston as well, would I need more K2 than is included in the daily formula? Currently we take D3 with K2, and I know there is K2 in the formula, but is it enough to counterbalance extra D3? I also use collagen peptides on a daily basis as my protein in the morning. If I want to continue that, will that be too much protein in addition to the shake? The collagen peptides are listed as having 20 g of protein in two scoops, but I have also heard that this is not a complete protein. I do like the benefits of the collagen peptides and bone broth when I do not have the peptides, so I’m just wondering how to work this in to my regimen without getting excessive protein. I also take curcumin, Ashwaganda, and glucosamine condroitin. I do not think these are included in either the fruit and vegetable blend or the shake, so I believe I would continue these for joint health and stress? We also take a grapeseed extract from Pure synergy, but I see that is included in one of the blends. I’m assuming that would be redundant then? I am looking to cut down on the number of supplements we take and streamline a little bit. In addition, if we are going to do this for the whole family, it will end up costing a bit. I wish we could afford a consult or functional medicine testing right now, but we cannot. If more information is helpful, I take Synthroid for low thyroid, but I now have a very low-dose .88 MCG. My husband is on no medications, but he has untreated sleep apnea. I have many allergies, so I would like to get testing and try the allergy protocol when I can afford it. I exercise daily, and I am at a healthy weight, and my husband has recently lost quite a bit of weight, and is at a healthy weight too. He does not exercise, but he is a contractor, and his job has him moving all the time. We eat what might be called a Paleo diet, but with emphasis on vegetables, much as you recommend. I, in particular, have always tried to optimize my nutrition, and at age 43, and I am hoping to tweak a few things and figure out how to take care of my allergies without taking Claritin daily, why I get headaches, and why my digestive system seems very sensitive sometimes. For various reasons, life has been very high stress for a long time. We live in a suburb of Boston, and it is my dream to one day visit your wellness center. I am so sorry for the long question! I understand if it’s too much. Thanks, Cristi

 

Jackie: Hi Dr. Cabral, I started seeing a ND about three years ago after I attended a gym in SF. I started having symptoms of adrenal fatigue and I started noticing I wasn't digesting food well and had high cortisol levels. I took food panels, conducted blood tests, acupuncture and tried some elimination diets. All of this aided in the healing of my gut as well, I did find out I had leaky gut from my food panels. I recently visited the same gym earlier this year that had sparked some of these similar symptoms I had previously experienced. I am thinking my body is having some sort of histamine response or possibly an allergy to toxic mold. I have done more blood work, new food panels and other elimination diets as my current ND and I think it may be food and environmental. I am also wondering if it is something in my apartment. My symptoms are sinus pressure, headaches, ear pressure/wax build up, eye strain and focus, I sometimes get a little light headed or dizzy standing up, mucus, post nasal drip, my chest is tight and I have been wheezing a little bit. Some days are better than others. I wanted to get another opinion and advice on what next steps should be. Thank you!

 

Anonymous: I am on Day 31 of the CBO and it is going great and relatively easy. Unfortunately I just got a herpes (HSV II) outbreak and I have listened to your previous podcasts on Herpes and remedies. However, the Super Lysine, I cannot take because it has garlic and I can't have the Apple Cider Vinegar because of being on the CBO. I just upped my zinc and I will add magnesium spray and meditation, etc. Fortunately, my outbreaks are mild, but they hurt my mind and soul! I had the HSV II confirmed by a blood test when I was pregnant 3 years ago. It is something that definitely has changed my intimacy with my husband (he does not fear it at all) but I know there can be asymptomatic outbreaks and it makes me paranoid. I went a year without any outbreak and now I'm getting them every couple of months. Sleep is still a little elusive with a toddler, so maybe it's lack of sleep causing the stress. Or whenever I try to add running to my workouts, it seems to cause an outbreak. I was adding two days a week of 30 minute jogs and two weeks after that, I get an outbreak. Maybe running just is not for me? I was trying to add the 30 minutes of straight cardio after hearing your podcast on cardio. I also notice an outbreak after I get extremely angry about something, which did just happen. I eat super healthy and I do not drink alcohol (I have had maybe 4 glasses of wine this past year - pretty good for a first time mom!!), I do indulge in dark chocolate daily. Although, being on the CBO, I just started having 100% cacao after the initial 21 days. In one of your podcasts on herpes you say you've helped people fully eliminate (or cause dormancy) with herpes. I could really use this in my life, especially with wanting to have another child and not wanting to have this get in the way of that process or the delivery process. ******To do further work in an aim to fully eliminate the virus, do I need to schedule a consultation with you?***** Thank you as ALWAYS!

 

Dave: Good Afternoon A friend forwarded your podcast to me awhile ago. I try and read the ones that pertain to me but somewhere along the way I might have missed anything that deals with Arthritis Diets. Two and a half months after surgery in December 2015, psoriatic arthritis hit me in my feet and osteo-arthritis in my knees. Before my surgery I was walking the golf course carrying my bag with no issues. After surgery I became a cripple. I couldn’t get up from a chair, climb stairs let alone swing a club. I have sorely missed golf for two years now. I am 68 years old and 6 weeks ago I read an article on the importance of diet. (duh) The article did not specifically deals with diet concerning arthritis so I did some more research on foods that cause inflammation. I eliminated red meat, dairy, sugar and processed foods. I stick to veggies, fruit and fish. I do cheat on occasion and treat myself to chicken but that is just for some variety. Organic as much as I can find. Since I really enjoy your approach to life from every angle I would appreciate your thoughts and help to get me back on the golf course again. The last 3 weeks I have noticed a marked improvement which I am attributing to the “new” diet routine. I also do some Physio, CBD and an occasional rum&coke. Enbrel and methotrexate are helping with the psoriatic feet. I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas

 

Mari: You have been so helpful throughout my health journey. I have noticed within the past year that either the day before and when I am already menstrating that I get these intense headaches that seem like sinus headaches. I get really bad neck pain, ear pain, temple throbbing and I get really moody as well. I have deep pains under my eyes and around my sinus area. There just feels like so much pressure and tension in my ears and my face. I get extremely irritable a few days before and during. I am on birth control and plan to come off soon and am hoping this doesn’t get worse by coming off.

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/723

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Jan 27, 2018

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:

Donna: Dr. Cabral thank your for the excellent service you provide. I am an active 68 year old female. My only medication has been Omeprazole for GERD and Barrett’s Esaphogus which my Gastro has prescribed for 15 years. Would love to get off this but haven’t found a way. I completed your 2 week Detox and continue to use DNS, Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics. History of testing/lab work for 2016-2017. First my Total cholesterol has been high for about 15 years since I had a hysterectomy and went through menopause with a 12 lb weight gain - I rejected statins. February 2016 had micronutrient testing and Cardio Metobolic Test through SpectraCel. High cholesterol with dense cholesterol particles showing high risk for cardio vascular disease. August 2016 had Lifeline screening - Cholesterol total 254; but my carotid artery, peripheral arteries showed no plaque and CRP in normal range. 2017 slowly lost 12 lbs. Second Lifeline screening in October 2017 total cholesterol drops to 180; however, my carotid artery showed slight plaque and CRP moved from normal to low risk. So now I’m concerned. I continue to eat healthy and maintain my weight at 120 - I’m about 63 inches. Only other issue I can’t clear up is a fungus toenail. What will reverse the plaque and dense cholesterol particles? Sorry this is so long. Would be happy to make an appointment to discuss this with one of your practitioners. Thanks so much. Donna

Michael: I have high blood pressure, aside from that I am an essentially healthy 58 year old who eats a mostly whole foods plant based diet. What tests do you recommend to determine root cause? I have to admit I am a bit skeptical about hair analysis and have very short hair anyway so may not be able to get enough to analyze. I know Dr. Dennis Goodman recommends the Mg RBC to determine how much Mg is actually making it to the red blood cells. What other steps/protocols/products do you recommend to lower my BP? Should they be used without testing first? Thank you!

Mel: Hi, love your work!! What are your recommendations for baby's first foods.....conventional advice is fortified cereal not real food. In addition, if breast feeding is hot possible (mum returning to work) which formula would you precribe ( dairy free?), Also what do you recommend for contreception eg following having a baby I am not sure what is the healthiest option after being on pill for 13 years and hearing mixed messages about copper IUDs. Where do you point women to get best information? Thanks for your wisdom!

Melissa: I just found you thru the essential oil revolution. Love your podcast! My question is: I have always taken plant based omega3s thru chia. I also follow Dr. Stephen Gundry. He has put chia on his "do not eat" list. What are your thoughts. I am very confused. thank you!

Katarina: My mom, who’s in her mid-50s, was recently diagnosed with scleroderma and suffers from raynauds and arthritis. Doctors said that she has caught it early (hasn’t spread to other areas - just fingers/hands) but I’m wondering if you had any tips for lessening her symptoms and inflammation? I would rather her go the natural route and halt the progression of this if possible. Thank you so much - I love your podcast!

Meg: hello , is there a Canadian functional medical doctor that you recommend? with the exchange these test and one on one will get a bit too expensive...thanks for your time : )

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/722

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http://StephenCabral.com/askcabral

 

 

Jan 26, 2018

It's hard to believe another week has already passed by and that we're almost at the end of January!

I always get into this reflective mindset as I bring you each week's #FridayReview and that's why I love the repetition of trying to recap each week and then look forward to what's coming in the next...

On today's show I'll be sharing you breaking news in the Cannabis and CBD oil industry where outside forces are looking to take control of a very vulnerable industry (and not for the better)...

Next up, we'll discuss the real effects of alcohol on gut function and aging, as well as who should definitely NOT be consuming it on a regular basis...

And last (but not least!) we'll be covering our new super-nutrient of the week responsible for everything from boosting hormones and metabolism to ensuring you reduce your risk of getting cancer...

Tune into today's #CabralConcept 721 for all the detail - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/721

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http://StephenCabral.com/askcabral

 

Jan 25, 2018

It's unfortunate right now that in our culture certain dogmas or mindsets get formed that become so rigid no new information is allowed to enter in...

One of those areas is without a doubt the fitness field. "Experts" will spend years building a name for themselves based upon a certain style of training, but then find themselves in so deep that they can't turn back - Essentially their programming has become their namesake...

It's my belief that you must absorb all information (from great minds around the world) and then use what is applicable for yourself in order to create a personalized approach to health & fitness...

On today's #CabralConcept 720 I'd like to share with you how you can transform your body in just 6 weeks by combining the best of the best in training and nutrition - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/720

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http://StephenCabral.com/askcabral

Jan 24, 2018

I've gotten so many questions on how to heal from Hashimoto's and low thyroid symptoms such as brain fog, thinning hair, fatigue, cold hands/feet, and low mood that I wanted to create a "how-to" show on what you need to do to rebalance your body...

Although there are thousands of Functional Medicine doctors and practitioners that help patients and clients everyday to recover from thyroid issues, it's not very well known in the conventional medicine world...

After all, if you're diagnosed with Hashimoto's, low thyroid, or any of the symptoms above you're most likely only given the one option to take a thyroid medication for the rest of your life - But how does that help rebalance the body? 

It doesn't... So, on today's #CabralConcept 719 I want to share with you the "Done for You Complete Low Thyroid Protocol" I used every week in my Boston and online practice - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/719

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http://StephenCabral.com/askcabral

Jan 23, 2018

There are dozens of what are called "sub-clinical" lab tests that can literally reveal to you what your underlying root cause health imbalances are, but unfortunately you'll most likely never hear about them...

The reason they're kept from you is simply because they do not "diagnose dis-ease," which means that pharmaceuticals cannot be prescribed - which also means that health insurance will not cover them...

Unfortunately, these are the labs that could save lives. They'll tell you far in advance what your hormone, gut dysfunction, mineral, vitamin, omega-3s, food sensitivity and other biomarkers are, so that you don't have to wait for the dis-ease to come for you...

This is ultimately how I figured out what was wrong with my failing body and how I finally begin to heal - It's now my mission to share what those lab tests were with you...

Tune into today's #CabralConcept 718 to discover the "Big 5" Functional Medicine lab tests anyone can run at home without their doctor signing off on - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/718

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http://StephenCabral.com/askcabral

 

Jan 22, 2018

Sometimes I feel compelled to do a show that on the outside may not seem like it has anything to do with helping people get well, lose weight, or live longer...

But after doing some unraveling you begin to understand that the way we frame our lives has everything to do with how we think and what actions we take...

And it's those actions that lead to eventual outcomes (good and bad) that become our lives...

Therefore, if our goal is to live a life of happiness and no regrets we must change the way that we currently see ourselves and what we believe we can achieve...

Tune into today's #CabralConcept 717 to discover how and why it's important to make your dreams become a reality - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/717

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http://StephenCabral.com/askcabral

 

Jan 21, 2018

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!

Mariellen: Thank you for all that you do. I have had a pilonidal cyst for the past three weeks that has been so painful. It hurts to sit and I cannot lay on my back when I go to sleep at this point. I sit all day at my job, 40 hours a week 5 days a week. I am 23 and a female. I have no dairy or gluten in my diet. I am very sensitive to sugar and recently feel as if I have candida. I really do not want to get this drained. I have had this before but I feel like it went away on its own or maybe just never was this bad. It's embarrassing and I am looking for more of a natural route. I do not want to have to live like this, but I am in so much pain. Everything I do irritates it.

 

Anonymous: Hi Dr. Cabral, Happy Holidays! I am in my late 20s and have been experiencing chronic red eyes since I was a teenager. They don't hurt or itch and my vision is excellent but they're just always red. I've used "Clear Eyes" or "Visine" eye drops every single day for the past decade to clear the red. I get close to 8 hours of sleep everyday, I am physically fit and eat a fairly clean diet (no processed food, no dairy, gluten free, cheat meal 1-2 times a week). Both my parents occasionally have slightly red eyes, but not as severe as mine. I've had full blood work done by various PCPs since my early 20s and the results have been outstanding. The red eyes don't necessarily bother me but people often ask if I'm tired or my eyes look like I just smoked marijuana! LOL. Can this be part of an underlying health issue ? Love your work, Anonymous

 

Jill: You mentioned on a podcast that when you studied in India, you helped make capsules that had hot spices in them, to balance the kaffa body type. I know hot and spicy foods can help, but I don’t prefer eating them. Can you recommend something similar to what you made in India, that we have access to in North America?

 

Chris: Hey Doctor Cabral! I feel a little stuck as to finding the best diet for myself. I am a 26 year old 6'1 175lb male. I eat a fairly high protein diet, 30-40% of all of my calories because that's where I find I feel my best. I know a high protein diet can be hard on the kidneys and overall health but when I eat higher carbs I get sleepy ie insulin spikes and when I try to switch to higher fat I notice my skin gets really oily. I have a PPARG CC gene which I'm pretty sure affects both fat and carb metabolism and according to DNA fit results, based on all of my genes I have medium sensitivity to fat metabolism and High sensitivity to carbohydrates, so I'm not exactly sure what a good Macronutrient split would be for me to aim for. Any insight is much appreciated. Thanks for everything you do, you are my go to for all things health and wellness!

Kevin: Hi, My name is Kevin and I was wondering what books you would recommend to learn more about nutrition and how it impacts our body, especially from a training aspect. Thank you Kevin

Nicole: Hi Dr. Cabral, I have been listening to your show for a few weeks now and have really been enjoying it. For the past 7 years I have been experiencing confusing symptoms which have continually gotten worse and the past two years have been more and more frustrating. I have been to about 5 natural health doctors and followed their recommendations without any relief, I have seen acupuncturists, chiropractors and done a lot of research on my own all to no avail. I am constantly constipated, I am lucky if I have one (incomplete) BM per day. I have tried Magnesium (worked for a few months but now has the opposite affect and just makes me more bloated and constipated), natural laxative tea (Smooth Move, etc.), probiotics (worked short term and now have the opposite affect as well), psyllium husk pills (sometimes works) which have all worked for short periods of time and then begin to make me more constipated. I also get very bloated so by the time I go to bed I am so uncomfortable I can't fall asleep for a while. Along with the bloating comes muscular aches and weakness particularly in the low back and hip flexors however overall general weakness. Most nights I ask my husband to sit on my back because it is the only temporary relief I can get. This usually starts around 3pm and then gets worse until bed time. I have had my food sensitivities tested and have followed that diet for about 6 months with no change in symptoms. I haven't noticed any correlation between the symptoms coming and something that I have done or not done, just the time of day. I also got a complete blood panel done about a year and a half ago (by a naturopathic doctor) because I have not gotten my period in 6 years. It showed that I barely have any estrogen, progesterone or testosterone in my body. The ND had me start taking supplements to calm and support my brain and I took progesterone for the last two weeks of every month. At first, my body loved the progesterone and most of my symptoms cleared up however after about three months they all returned. I then moved and saw another ND who had me take estradiol every night and progesterone Days 14-26. I noticed an increase in energy and my period came back but a different doctor told me I was taking too much estradiol and told me to stop and my period has not returned. I saw an endocrinologist after that who also put me on estrogen patches and progesterone days 10-20 and this time I noticed no improvement in how I felt, I only felt worse. I am so tired of being passed around to different doctors that tell me all I need to do is gain weight and I will be fine when every time I do gain weight, I feel significantly worse. (I currently am 5'7 and weight about 127. I work out regularly and eat a mostly clean, whole food diet with limited sugar, dairy and grains. I can't help but feel everything is connected but I don't know what the missing puzzle piece is. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!!

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/716

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Jan 20, 2018

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:

Andrea: Good evening! I have been listening to your podcast for months now and am so thankful for them! Each episode is jam packed with information to optimize my health and teach me so I can share with others. I am a personal trainer and have been approached by people who take and sell Isagenix Products. I am not sure if you have heard of this line, but wanted to get your thoughts on the products. Thank you so much in advance! -Andrea

 

Lily: Hi Dr. Cabral! I absolutely love your podcast - especially the house calls. There are so many different subjects you tackle, and it’s so great that you give reference to specific episodes if listeners want to know more about them. I’ve learned so much from you, and can’t thank you enough for that. Now, I have a health question which I hope you can help with: my problem is that I feel bloated, look 6 months pregnant and have flatulence almost after every meal. I’m 39 years old and have had this problem for maybe 10-15 years. I’ve been vegan for 5 years now, don’t eat gluten or sugar, have regular bowel movement every morning and I work out 5-6 days a week, do yoga, not really stressing out too much. I only eat raw foods (fruit) in the morning, in my smoothie. Cutting dairy and gluten has helped a little bit, but it’s still pretty bad. I also do intermittent fasting, use probiotics and digestive enzymes, but nothing is helping :( Other than PCOS, I don’t have any health conditions that I’m aware of. So, what do you think is the problem? What’s would be the best thing to try to get better? I live in the Netherlands, so can’t order any of your tests unfortunately, but any advice on how to start treating this would be MUCH appreciated. Thanks so much in advance!

Thomas: Hello Dr. Cabral I love your podcast. I am a 43 year old male 6'2" 175 eat very healthy gluten free a and exercise almost daily in some form. I have had a blood test and was told my HEMOGLOBIN A1C was 5.7 a bit high. Like I said I eat very healthy and even have a very low sugar diet. I went on a 30 day NO sugar diet and did the test again. I had the same exact results they did not budge. I then decided to test my blood sugar on my own through out the day. Before and after meals, early in the morning and everything came out great. Very good readings. So my question is should I be concerned that my HEMOGLOBIN A1C is 5.7 and can not be able to change that? For the record my parents and one of my sisters also has the same exact reading 5.7. If there is anything you think I should do please let me know. Thanks Thomas

 

Michael: Stephen: I have been experiencing inflammation in either of my eyes for the last 24 months. I went to primary care and an eye doctor who called the issue “episcleritis”. Frequency was either eye being inflamed every 60 days or so. Doctor prescribed an artificial tear product that didnt seem to change the frequency. They tested for rheumatoid arthritis and did not find anything. Last May, I added a daily multi-vitamin and an extra C tablet to my regimen. I went 6 months before I had a recurrence...since then I have had several days of redness/inflammation/pain in either eye. Is there another recommendation besides the continued increase of vitamin intake (preventive)? I typically double up in vitamin C and take ibuprofen during the inflammation events. Is there another recommendation for treatment during the event? Appreciate your podcast...heard you on EOFire and appreciated your approach/insight. Thanks. MLC 

Angelita: I am 63, 5'6" , 140lbs. Exercise on a very regular basis. Love my smoothies, eat well and exclude anything white in my diet. Am on medication for cholesterol, blood pressure and Paxil. I am confident that these meds could have been avoided if I had been more informed of diet when I was younger. Throughout the last 40 years, I have been always physically active and hope to continue. I just discovered your insightful podcasts. I am truly confused whether I need to take multi-vitamins. There are so many out there. What do you recommend for someone my age? II live in Quebec, Canada and our winters are quite long. Do I need a mineral boost throughout this season? Thank you.

 

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/715

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Jan 19, 2018

On today's Bonus Episode I wanted to share with you this interview I was fortunate enough to be a part of on the Melissa Ambrosini show!

It was an amazing deep dive into what diet plan is best for you based on your bio-individuality and we even did a live breakdown of me giving Melissa her own Ayurvedic "Dosha" or body type!

It was a lot of fun to record and both Melissa & her husband, Nick, are amazing people doing a lot of good in this world... I can't recommend their work enough and hopefully you're able to tune into today's bonus show - Enjoy!

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Jan 19, 2018

I'm excited to bring you this week's #FridayReview on all things wellness, weight loss & anti-aging!

This week I'm bringing you a fun study on how owning a certsin type of pet will actually increase your quality of life, mood, and lifespan by a whopping 20%!

Next, I'll be sharing some a pre/peri-workout drink that is all natural and can give you the "warm" boost your body needs to burn fat and get ready for that day's workout...

And finally, I'll be detailing the "super-nutrient of the week," which is a virtually unknown trace mineral, but holds the power to help you improve energy, detoxification, and remove Candida waste...

Tune into today's #CabralConcept 715 podcast for all the details - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/715

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Get Your Question Answered:

http://StephenCabral.com/askcabral

Jan 18, 2018

More and more people are becoming interested and aware that there are different body types in life...

We are not all born the same shape and size and while it's nice to believe that we can reshape our body into anything we'd like, that's not totally the truth...

The good news is that we can all enjoy a positive self-image and the self-empowerment that comes along with creating the best body for YOU...

Tune into today's #CabralConcept 713 to discover your Ayurvedic body type and learn how this knowledge will lead to a greater acceptance and peace of who you are and how amazing your body really is - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/713

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Get Your Question Answered:

http://StephenCabral.com/askcabral

 

Jan 17, 2018

In order for you to get well, lose weight, improve your mood, and wake up everyday with plenty of energy your hormones must be optimized and balanced...

If they're not, that's when we start to see a decline in cognitive ability, mood, metabolism, and being able to maintain a healthy weight...

The good news is that it's very easy to look at which hormones may be out of balance and how they could be effecting other systems in your body that cause you to either gain weight, feel sluggish, or decrease your energy...

Tune into today's #CabralConcept 712 to discover the 5 hormones that can hurt your metabolism (and how to rebalance them) - Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes & Resources:

http://StephenCabral.com/712

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