The Office of Dr. Brad Shook

Not just for children—adults need play for stress relief

-+*While the importance of play for children is well understood, many don’t realize it’s a necessary form of stress relief for adults. One also could argue it’s the most enjoyable part of a wellness plan—say compared to giving up donuts or eating more broccoli—but can take just as muc
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Why Are Autism Rates Still On The Rise?

-+*According to the CDC autism rates are continuing to rise very quickly.  According to their most recent report on the subject, 1 in 88 children now have autism, and 1 in 54 boys.  Many different hypothesis have been proposed, including better detection, we all need to look at our mo
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On 60 Minutes Tonight: “Is Sugar Toxic?”

-+*        Tonight on 60 Minutes they are doing a story on the toxicity of sugar.  I strongly urge everyone to watch this story, because sugar is killing many of us.  Over the past several years I have studied functional medicine extensively, and after working clin
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Fight inflammation with glutathione recycling

-+*The term “antioxidant” has become popular in a multitude of products from acai to dark chocolate, but the most important antioxidant is the one made by your body: glutathione. Sufficient glutathione is vital for good health. Glutathione is a molecule that protects the body in many
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Do you have a chemical sensitivity?

-+*You’ve probably heard of food intolerances to gluten, dairy, eggs, or other foods. But chemical intolerances, or sensitivities, have become increasingly common, as well. A person with a chemical sensitivity has an immune reaction to chemicals and heavy metals in air pollution
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Childhood stomach aches linked with adult depression and anxiety

-+*A Stanford University researcher found that gastric irritation early in life could pave the way for lifelong psychological problems.
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Poor sleep habits raise the risk of dementia

-+*An imbalanced sleep/wake cycle, or circadian rhythm, increases your risk of dementia later in life.
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Overtraining: Too much of a good thing

-+*Studies show overtraining can imbalance health. Sufficient recovery between exercise sessions and exercising at an appropriate intensity will get you fitter faster without compromising health.
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Can stress cause your baby’s allergies?

-+*A calm, healthy pregnancy and postpartum period could reduce the risk of allergies in your baby, according to a new Swedish study. Researchers found infants with lower levels of cortisol, an adrenal hormone released in response to stress, developed fewer allergies than other infant
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Could I have a food intolerance?

-+*Question I’m told food intolerances can affect my health. How can this be true when I don’t have any digestive symptoms? Answer Sometimes it’s difficult to connect a food we eat every day with such health complaints as joint pain, brain fog, mood imbalances, congestion, skin rashes
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