Masterclass: Simplifying Plant-Based Eating

Are you considering a plant-based diet? Want to incorporate more meatless meals into your life and don’t know where to start?  Join Forum Health’s certified health coaches, Nicole Zeiner, Yasmine Russell, and Danielle Booth, as they discuss the foundations of plant-based eating. In This Masterclass You Will Learn What is plant-based eating? Types of plant-based […]

How To Thrive During Virus Season

by Megan Roberts, Integrative Health Coach and Head RN Where did I get it? Well, could have been that last trip to Target, maybe the bounce house where dozens other parents took their children to let off some steam this weekend because schools are closed due to illness for the second time in three weeks. […]

Nourishing Immune Building Soup For the Soul

Carolyn Burris, MS, Nutrition   Forum Health Knoxville   February 20, 2019     Feeling under the weather and a cold or virus coming on? You have choices!  So, let’s take a healthy step by making this tasty immune fighting soup. Here are some of the benefits in the soup’s ingredients.   Coconut Oil– has […]

Nutrigenomics: the Genetic power of Food

Nutrigenomics Have you ever wondered about how a good diet or a bad diet could affect your body? I’m not just talking about how nutrition can play a role in how you feel or how the number of calories in and the number of calories out can affect the size of your waist-line. I’m talking […]

The Epigenetic Power of a Mother’s Hug

My interest in epigenetics, and the ability it provides to customize therapy based on an individuals’ genetics, is behind the information I have been sharing recently, and today’s post will be no different. Quite honestly, I am amazed at the power of epigenetics. As you may now be familiar, epigenetics is the study of genetic […]

Lyme disease: My Journey to Treatment

Lyme disease: My Journey to a Treatment I was diagnosed with Lyme disease early in 2017.  I covered my Journey to a Diagnosis of Lyme disease in a previous blog post and in an interview video blog with Dr. Goodyear on our youtube channel.  This blog post highlights My Journey to a Treatment with chronic, […]

Lyme: My Journey to a Diagnosis

  We have started our tenth year at Forum Health Knoxville (how time flies), and I am constantly reminded of all the interesting patients and their stories.  Many began their journey trying to explain to me how very fatigued they were.  Other symptoms such as headaches, joint pain, muscle aches, brain fog and sadness were […]

Epigenetics and Nutrition

Imagine before you is a large salad, well-seasoned, loaded with bright and colorful vegetables, topped with lightly grilled salmon, and a large glass of water. Beside that dish is another, a heavily processed cheeseburger from any popular fast-food joint, with an extra-large side of fries, and a tall chocolate milkshake. Now, ask yourself, which of […]

Dear New Year’s Resolution–it was nice while it lasted.

      Dear New Year’s Resolutions,   It was nice while it lasted.   Sincerely,   February   Now that we are 31 days and counting into 2017, many of us are admitting defeat in our list of resolutions.   Excuses are as varied as the initial intentions.  The dryer shrunk my jeans, there’s […]

What is wellness and how well are you aging?

  Medicine is in need of a paradigm change.   The health of individuals cannot be managed through the disease model of medicine.  The disease model of medicine is good if disease is your focus, but if the goal of the disease model is to diagnose and manage disease, how can wellness be integrated?  It […]

Tis the Season for Lighting up Your Nucleus Accumbens

    It is estimated that Americans consume 22 teaspoons of sugar a day.  Studies have shown that sugary, processed foods trigger a special region in the brain called the nucleus accumbens.  This is the pleasure center which when activated can lead to addictions.   In other words, once this pathway is stimulated, the intoxication […]

Dr Goodyear to speak at AFMA

  Dr. Goodyear will be speaking at the annual American Functional Medicine Association in Atlanta, Ga next week. Physicians from around the world will meet in Atlanta next week to hear from experts in the field of Functional Medicine.  Dr. Goodyear will be speaking on the topic of Physician Burnout out.  

Small steps to begin a Healthy 2016

  As I moved through the holiday season with family and friends, I heard all the chatter of losing weight in the New Year. With a cookie or a dipped chip in hand we talked of our plans for shedding these indulgent pounds that we had gained over the last months, or maybe years. There […]

Keep on Track with your Health–Simple Nutrition

  Keeping On Track With Your Health- It Really Can Be Simple.         January, February, March have passed by and we are now moving into April.  So, how is your health?  How are your new year resolutions to improve your Health going?   By this time each year, many have fizzled in […]

Dr Goodyear Speaks at AFMA in Atlanta

Dr Goodyear was  honored to speak at the American Functional Medicine Association Fall Conference in Atlanta.  Dr Goodyear joined an all-star line up of speakers including: Eldred Taylor MD, David Zava PhD, Matthew Sandry MD, Tim Guilford MD, Russell Jaffe, MD PhD, Aristo Vojdani PhD and many others, at the Functional Medicine Conference in Atlanta.   Combined, […]

Dr Goodyear to speak at A4M conference in Las Vegas

Dr Goodyear has again been invited to speak at the A4M conference in Las Vegas on December 12th.  This is the largest meeting of the year for A4M.  This conference often brings 10,000+ medical practitioners from all over the world together to learn and discuss the latest science of Functional Medicine.  Dr Goodyear will be speaking on […]

Dr Goodyear to speak at upcoming AFMA conference in Atlanta

Dr Goodyear has again been invited to speak at the Association of Functional Medicine Association (AFMA) biannual conference in Atlanta on November 8th.   Dr Goodyear will be speaking on “The Biochemical Dysfunction(s) of Metabolic Syndrome”.  The conference dates are November 6 – 9.  The conference brings together the leaders in the Functional Medicine movement.  […]

Testosterone Quagmire

“Men are from Mars and women are from Venus” —John Gray PhD   Women and men are very different.  The concept seems fairly easy to grasp.  Most get it.  It seems obvious.  Even the science supports it.  However, this point seems to escape most in Medicine today.   The perfect example of this biochemical difference […]

Dorothy, there is no place like home!

  Yard to table blog exists to highlight and integrate natural therapies into the everyday life.   Natural, Healthy living is not hard.  In fact, the means to live Healthy is all around us.  Most just need to start. Most just need to take that first step towards Health.   So many of the toxins […]

the journey along the middle prong river trail to Health

It is hard!   Health is to hard.  Many don’t achieve it because it is to hard.  These were the words of a recent conversation I had with a friend and client.   Is Health hard?  Is Wellness really unobtainable?  I may surprise you with my answer—for many the answer is unfortunately yes.  The answer […]

What is a Heart Healthy Diet?

What is a Heart Healthy Diet? As I mentioned last month, I want to devote this blog to a healthy diet with an emphasis on heart health and disease prevention.  My hope is that I will encourage you to be your own best health advocate on what you should eat.  One word I want you […]

What is Healthy Heart Eating?

  Carolyn Burris MS, Nutrition   What is Healthy Heart Eating?   February was American Heart Month.  Cardiovascular disease (CVD) was responsible for 32.3% of deaths in the United States in 2010.  This means that one out of every 3 deaths is caused by this preventable disease.  The incidence of CVD is expected to continue […]

Hormones–2014 style

  Welcome to 2014!   It is hard to believe that 2013 is in the rear view mirror.   Forum Health Knoxville is committed to making each year a healthier one for all.  Health and Wellness is our commitment to our clients, our community, our State, and our Country.  This year is no different.  Forum […]

Dr Goodyear Speaks at A4M in Las Vegas

  Dr. Goodyear was proud to be apart of the recent A4M meeting in Las Vegas, December 13-15. This annual meeting of the leaders in functional medicine brought together thousands of physicians representing 60 nations. Dr Goodyear presented evidence from his new upcoming book “Man Boob Nation, an Integrative model to Low T”. Below is […]

Don’t Be A Stupid Cupid! Think Outside The Box (Of Chocolates).

For a little romantic spice for you and your spouse, try Man Power and Woman Power from the rejuvenation line by Sprayology. The rejuvenation sprays replenish the body’s supply of energy to relieve the symptoms of aging, helping you function at a more youthful level. All seven formulas in this collection are FDA-Regulated and help with age-related issues such as low energy, sex drive, menopause, weight loss and bone density.

An Apple a Day? Healthy Choices vs. Inflammation

My pre-60th birthday journey to improve my previous test results from Seasons of Farragut continues! This month I decided to focus on the first tenet in our Forum Health Knoxville wellness regimen – nutrition!

 

About two years ago I took the ALCAT test and was astonished at my lengthy list of reactive foods! The ALCAT is a fascinating food sensitivity test in which white blood cells are introduced to a variety of foods, chemicals, and herbs. The severity of the reaction determines if a substance is mild, moderate, severe, or normal within my body. Since knowledge is power, I decided to receive the news that gluten and dairy were on my “severe list” as a positive indicator rather than “buyers’ remorse” for having performed the test!

 

Lyn-Genet Recitas has written a book, The Plan, which explains how inflammation from food intolerance can cause symptoms such as joint pain, skin disorders, fatigue, weight issues, headaches, and digestive disorders. Whereas a food allergy can have almost an immediate effect, a food sensitivity may not show up for several hours to 3 days later. For weight gain, it’s not as much about the calories as the chemistry of the body. One person may benefit from last night’s salmon and broccoli, but someone else may actually gain 2 pounds. Inflammation from food intolerance causes damage to the lining of the gut. As the lining becomes “leaky” with gaps present, foods begin to slip through not completely digested. This causes the body to attack undigested foods.

 

As we age, inflammation can increase which causes our systems to slow down. Many of us have much less stomach acid and digestive enzymes to break down food. This can ultimately alter our weight and our health. Reactive foods cause our bodies to produce more histamine which causes water retention via dilated capillaries. The brain responds by increasing the production of Cortisol. As more Cortisol is produced, fewer sex hormones are produced since both sets of hormones depend on the same building blocks. Increased Cortisol causes an increase in glucose which causes an increase in blood sugar! This domino effect alters the good bacteria in the gut and can increase yeast production. The altered gut flora leads to a weakened immune response since about 70% of our immune system is in the gut.

Reflections From Nan: Six Months To Sixty

Even though my 60th birthday is a little over 6 months away, I am planning now for better health, mental acuity, energy, and sense of well-being! My goal is to improve all of the test results that I have previously had at Forum Health Knoxville. You may remember that I did a Telomere test several months ago – a fascinating test revealing how rapidly one ages relative to a normal population. Those results showed that I was above average for my age range; however, there was definitely room for improvement!

 

For my birthday countdown, I have chosen to begin with a detailed cardiac evaluation measuring specific markers in my blood. My total cholesterol has always been slightly elevated; however, over 50 percent of patients hospitalized with acute myocardial infarctions had normal lipid levels as defined by the traditional blood tests. Functional medicine has identified over 400 risk factors, but they are all exacerbated with inflammation, oxidative stress, and immune dysfunction (chronic infections).

 

Cholesterol is not the villain portrayed in the statin commercials! It is a biological necessity for creating vitamin D, our steroid hormones, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, as well as other tasks. High levels are not a sure sign of cardiac disease, nor are low levels a promise of heart health. Our bodies manufacture most of our cholesterol with a smaller amount coming from the food we eat.

 

Since cholesterol has to travel through the blood which is watery, the body packages it in various “containers” called lipoproteins. Lipoproteins vary according to the amount of protein, fat, and cholesterol they contain. Those with more protein and less fat/cholesterol are called high density lipoproteins or HDL. Those with less protein and more fat/cholesterol are called low density lipoproteins or LDL. A third type carries even more cholesterol and fat with less protein and it is called very low density lipoprotein or VLDL.

Smart Foods to Help You Focus and Boost Productivity by Cody Larson

You’ve no doubt heard the old saying “You are what you eat.” Well, recent medical research has highlighted links between diet and improved mental functioning, raising the distinct possibility that, in fact, “You think what you eat.”

That could be encouraging news for youngsters diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), seniors struggling with the onset of dementia and anyone who desires to think more clearly and focus for longer periods of time.

Lots of foods are rich in the vitamins and other nutrients that can boost cognitive functioning, some which are well-known and others that are less-familiar. Among them:

10 Ways to Increase Your Water Intake

Water is an essential part of the human body. There isn’t a single bodily function – seeing, hearing, thinking, exercising, singing, and even laughing – that does not rely on water. Here are 10 tips on how to increase your water intake.

Meal Planning Made Easy with Online Recipe Resources!

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail,” said Benjamin Franklin. This statement holds true in many areas of life, including meal planning. Here are some great online resources for planning meals in advance.

Empower Your Pursuit of a Longer, Happier Life on Sept. 6

    Thursday, September 6 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Fox Den Country Club 12284 North Fox Den Drive, Knoxville, TN   Bring your spouse or a friend and share with them the Forum Health Knoxville approach to wellness while you enjoy a complimentary dinner.   Space is limited, RSVP 865.675.WELL (9355) by Thursday, August 29th at 5 […]

Detoxing for YOUR Health!

If you have not been committed to healthy eating, a lifestyle change is needed and foundational in improving your body’s ability to remove toxins. You can start today by making healthier decisions about what you eat.

What’s for Breakfast?

What’s for breakfast? Coffee? Or did you skip? Do you hardly glance at the kitchen most mornings? Are you rushing out the door before a day packed with work, school and family activities? If you eat breakfast, is it healthy or a convenient fast food?

Pumpkins: More Than Just Fall Decorations

Fall brings an abundance of gourds and flavorful crop. Pumpkin is one of the many colorful vegetables that is plentiful this time of year. Not only is pumpkin a good source of fiber, but the color is a great indication that it is rich in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A in the body. This important vitamin has many functions including reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Falling for Fall Fruits and Vegetables

  As we move into the fall season with its beautiful colors, we are reminded also of the vibrant colors in our fall fruits and vegetables that are packed with vital nutrients, preparing us for the colder weather ahead. From September to November, the autumn harvest brings a variety of healthful and delicious produce, from […]

Reflections from Nan: Detox For Better Health

“I feel stupid, fat, and tired,” is a recurring theme with many of our new patients at Seasons. Many factors play a role in this syndrome.

One common but overlooked contributor is environmental toxins. A new study by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) found over 48 toxic chemicals in women’s blood and urine. Besides toxic metals, chemicals such as pesticides, BPA, phthalates, etc. were discovered in large amounts.

Nibble on This | March

This year for National Nutrition Month the American Dietetic Association is promoting “Eat Right With Color”. Scientists have discovered major health benefits packed in the color of fruits and vegetables. The powerhouse chemicals responsible for this are called phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are what put the brightness in tomatoes and strawberries and the brilliant color in oranges, carrots and kiwi.

Sweat Yourself to Better Health in our Infrared Sauna

Sunlighten Saunas use infrared heat rays instead of steam, as is used in traditional saunas. Infrared gently heats the body from within instead of heating the air. It has the ability to penetrate the surface of the skin, which gives your body overall radiant warmth. Traditional heaters only heat the air, which can become extremely hot and uncomfortable in which to breathe.

Refer a friend and earn a $100 Seasons Priority Card!

Your enthusiasm about the Seasons approach to wellness is infectious and appreciated. And to show you how thankful we are when you share your wellness journey with your friends, we are pleased to extend the Seasons Referral Opportunity with a Wellness Escape Bonus. For every new medical client that you refer to Seasons, you will receive a $100 Seasons Priority Card. It’s just our way of saying thank you for sharing your story with others.

Nibble on This | February

Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month make February a month to celebrate sweethearts. What a perfect time to show your loved one how much you care by preparing a meal with heart-healthy superfoods such as omega-3 fatty acids and fresh vegetables. Adding superfoods to your daily diet has the ability to decrease the risk of cancer, improve heart function, and fight infection. Make heart healthy dishes for you and your sweetheart and you will be doing your part for a healthier heart!

6 Healthy Snacks for the Super Bowl

Super Bowl parties are full of snacks loaded with calories, fat and preservatives. Resist the urge to splurge! These tasty treats will help create a deliciously healthy Super Bowl party.

Nibble on This!

by Carolyn Burris Ah-choo! It’s winter, it’s cold…it’s time for soup! January is National Soup Month! While soup may not be able to cure the common cold or the flu, it can certainly help. Let the warmth of soup soothe you while providing important nourishment to your body. Scientists have discovered that eating soup can […]

Nibble on This! Drink Water!

Most people do not get enough water, especially during these hot summer months. Lack of water or dehydration, can cause many health problems, sometimes severe. These include fatigue, weakness, muscle cramps, light headedness when standing, headaches and more.

Nibble On This! Breakfast – The Most Important Meal of the Day!

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Breakfast is quite literally “breaking the fast” that you have been in all night. During the night your body is using up a large portion of your stored carbohydrates. Once morning comes, you need to refuel and replenish that storage to provide energy for the day. Without starting your day with a plentiful breakfast, your body will go into starvation mode and start breaking down your muscles for fuel. If weight control is your concern, this is the last thing you want to do.

Nibble on This! It’s All In The Color

This is the season to add lots of beta carotene to your diet. The fall is full of color and many of the fruits and vegetables are chock full of this super antioxidant. Remember, the richer the color, the more nutrients!

Nibble on This! An Apple A Day…

October is National Apple Month and you know what they say: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”! This very well may be true with the extent of health benefits found in apples.

The Seasons Top Five: How to Pursue Wellness

Here are my top five suggestions for the pursuit of wellness.

1. Evaluate Your Diet. Do you make good food choices? Are you overweight? The latest statistics indicate that 58 million Americans are overweight, 40 million are obese, and 4 million are morbidly obese. The vast majority of illness is caused or complicated by being overweight.

2. Evaluate Your Activity. Do you exercise? Small choices add up to increased physical activity, So park further from the grocery store entry and WALK. Take the stairs. Stop working at the computer for 5 minutes and do 50 situps.

3. Have A Wellness Checkup at Seasons of Farragut. The Seasons approach to wellness is centered around balance and prevention. A few medical tests will reveal where your body is deficient. A wellness regimen tailored to YOUR body will relieve hot flashes, sleep difficulties, mood swings and even weight gain.

4. Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Vitamin D. Studies indicate the importance of Vitamin D in disease prevention. The level of cold and flu increases in the winter largely due to the decrease of Vitamin D in our system. Medical research even suggests that Vitamin D is the BEST prevention for flu–even better than the vaccine. At Seasons, we evaluate your Vitamin D levels and offer medical-grade Vitamin D supplements in capsules, drops, and even injections, if needed.

5. Decrease Stress. Stress is the enemy. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Take time to smell the flowers. Find a de-stresser that works for you, whether it’s weekly Bible Study, a good book, or coloring with your kids.