The King of Antioxidants – Chocolate

    Oh thank God for chocolate or I should really say raw cacao!  There about 40 different health benefits of chocolate.  Number one in my book, is that it is nature’s most powerful antioxidant.  It is much higher in antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, green tea, gogi berries and acai.  Let me define some parts […]

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Just Say NO to Sugar

   Sugar is getting some bad press recently.  It’s consumption has been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. Sugar raises triglyceride levels, promotes cavities, lowers your immune system, feeds bacteria, yeast, and some cancers.  Simply put, sugar is devastating to your health.  According to Dr. Mercola, sugar is more addictive than cocaine, […]

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A Healthy Polenta Recipe

  Marc and I love this recipe.  We have made it as an appetizer and served it at our dinner parties and have made it for a main dish for dinner when we don’t want something so filling.  It is easy, quick, and delicious.  I make this polenta dish a little different each time, depending on […]

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Is Coffee Really Bad for You?

My favorite coffee cup. Throughout the years I have heard from some of my patients: “I’m trying to eat really healthy now, I even gave up coffee.” In my head I’m thinking I never thought coffee was so bad for your health, so I decided to do some research. Of course, I always want to […]

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The Importance of a Regular Bowel Movement

When I encounter patients that say I just don’t feel well or I ache all over, I have to think outside the mechanical musculoskeletal box and think in terms of what is out of balance systemically. One of the many important topics I need to address is whether or not they are having a well […]

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The Health of Hooping

Dr. Barker enjoying hooping. On Memorial Day, this year I received my first custom made hula hoop and I fell instantly in love with hooping. Let me explain what hooping is. It is not just standing in place and rotating a hula hoop around your waist, it is a series of tricks where the hula […]

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My Purple Paradise

Every few years I get inspired by a certain color. Lately it has been purple and even more specifically, lavender. This color was inspired by my new purple hula hoop that my friend Chelsea made for me a few weeks ago. The color of my new hoop is so mesmerizing and uplifting. Then it came […]

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What is the Difference Between COQ10 and Ubiquinol?

First to ward off confusion, COQ10 is also known as ubiquinone. Ubiquinol and COQ10 are derivatives of one another, making them almost identical with very slight differences. The difference between the two, chemically speaking, is ubiquinol holds two extra electrons which are able to be distributed freely in the body. This difference makes ubiquinol the […]

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Non-Drowsy, Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

The pollen is terrible this year and they predict that the allergy season will be severe but short. I wanted to share some natural remedies that I learned throughout the years. -Use a netti pot. Using a netti pot with kosher or sea salt helps to flush out environmental pollutants including pollen from your sinuses. […]

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A Healthy Throw-it-Together Meal

I buy approximately 2-4 heads of cauliflower, 2-3 bunches of asparagus, 2-3 zucchini, 1-2 heads of broccoli and a bag of kale weekly. I keep organic corn, green beans and peas in the freezer. These are my favorite veggies and they happen to be among the healthiest. My on the go healthy throw-it-together meal consists […]

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