Dr Ann Huycke

About Dr. Ann Huycke

Originally trained at the University of Kansas Medical School, Dr. Huycke's interest in natural health began in Japan while providing care for US Army personnel and their families. Upon returning to the States, Dr. Huycke became a staff physician at the Shealy Institute in Missouri, where she collaborated with physicians, psychologists, physical therapists and massage therapists to create an integrated approach to health care.

Do mammograms cause breast implant ruptures?

Apparently they do, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/BreastImplants/ucm064406.htm

Yet another reason to use highly accurate and comfortable breast thermography for breast cancer screening.

By |November 6th, 2017|For Women|

How do you know if your probiotic is active and potent?

Probiotics are living beings. They need to usually be refrigerated. Companies may send active probiotics, but high temperatures or delayed shipping could kill the organisms.

So, how do you know if your probiotic is active and potent? You should be able use the probiotic as a starter to make yogurt. If your probiotic is not making yogurt, your acidophilus is probably not active.

My yogurt maker got a crack after 30 years of use. I searched the Internet for its new replacement. I was most in love with a unit that you poured your milk into and without further work, it heated it and chilled it and overnight made fresh yogurt. Unfortunately, the unit was made of plastic. So my current yogurt making device is to put the warmed milk in canning jars on a seed starter heating mat with a couple of towels on top for insulation. Pretty high tech, huh?

By |November 6th, 2017|Healthy Eating, Supplements|

Talk to your legislators!

I talked with Fred Wood, the Chair of the Health and Welfare Committee at the Capitol in early autumn.  I was interested in the possibility of mandatory vaccination in Idaho and the possibility of medical marijuana.

What do you suppose he told me?

California has instituted mandatory vaccinations as a condition of public education for children. Fred told me the state has no plans to institute anything like this policy.

Idaho cannot allow medical marijuana because our laws tie the use of marijuana into the federal rulings.  Until there is a change in national policy, Idaho state law prohibits marijuana for any use, including medicinal.

By |November 6th, 2017|Vaccines|

Avoiding the Holiday Seven

Did you know that the average weight gain over the holidays is—you guessed it—seven pounds?   Starting with Halloween and ending with Valentine’s Day or Easter, it seems holidays that showcase high-calorie, high-fat and high-sugar abound. And don’t even get me started on the fancy cocktails as each host and hostess try to outdo one another with over- the-top drink combinations.

 

Here are five tips to fortify you against holiday temptation.

Say no to seconds. If you’re a cocktail drinker, take some time to decide on your favorite, and stick with one. Then switch to mineral water or iced tea. Otherwise, sip a glass of wine and then do the same. Your brain cells, and your waistline, will thank you.

Eat first. This sounds counterproductive, but if you snack on some healthy, filling food before you head to a party with a toothsome buffet, you’ll be able to pick and choose more easily–and make better choices–than if you arrive ravenous. Munch an apple or a small handful of nuts while you’re driving over, or eat a yogurt or some celery sticks with almond butter before you leave. You’ll still be hungry enough to enjoy the spread, but will be less likely to overeat.

Stick to favorites. When you eat every holiday food available–and it can be hard not too, holiday food is so delicious–the scale, and your cholesterol labs, will reflect your choices. Think about the foods you truly love–Aunt Sally’s eggnog? Cousin Greg’s apple pie? Take moderate portions and savor them. And pass on the rest.

Compensate. Going out for a fancy restaurant dinner? Maybe you can have a lower calorie breakfast and lunch to help balance the scales. Attending a holiday brunch? Try vegetable […]

By |November 6th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

Mmm… Holiday Treats

Looking for something yummy and easy to bake that can balance all the high-calorie Thanksgiving desserts you’ll be exposed to? Try this crisp for a satisfying, flavorful alternative.

Apple Blackberry Crisp

Servings: 6
Prep: Easy
Bake: 350 for 45 minutes

Ingredients

4 Fuji or Honeycrisp apples
1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
1/4 cup orange juice

 

Topping:

1/4 cup brown sugar (can substitute maple syrup, or date or coconut sugar)

1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted butter

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup unbleached flour (can substitute gluten-free flour or almond flour)

1/2 cup uncooked oats

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1.2 tsp. salt

1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

 

Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray or rub with vegetable oil to prevent sticking.  Slice apples and layer in pan. Add blackberries. Sprinkle with orange juice.  In mixing bowl, add remaining ingredients and mix together. Sprinkle over apples and blackberries.  Bake 45 minutes, (if the top starts to brown too quickly, just put a sheet pan on the rack over the crisp). Serve warm or cold. Store leftover crisp in refrigerator.

By |November 6th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

Tastes like coffee, smells like coffee–but is it?

Nothing starts a morning right like a fresh-brewed cup of…twigs?

Believe it or not, researchers have found them in coffee, along with roasted corn, ground roasted barley, soybeans, sugar, acai seeds and even roasted ground parchment. Ground coffee can easily be bolstered by anything powdered and brown.  Adulterants in instant coffee are every bit as sneaky; they include chicory, cereals, caramel, more parchment, starch, malt, and figs.

Fraudulent coffee occurs all over the world. The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention lists coffee as one of the seven most commonly adulterated foods.

Selling old roasted coffee is another hazard.  The one way to mask damaged coffee is to dark roast it and sell it ground.  Dark roasting takes all of the flavors out of coffee.  Grinding makes it difficult to tell whether the coffee is old, bug damaged or from discarded broken beans.

Always buy whole bean coffee.

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By |September 24th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

Is there a Hack for Happiness?

Is there a Hack for Happiness?

Is happiness genetic?  Does more money make you happier?  Are more physically attractive people happier? What do happy people do with their spare time?

According to Sonya Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness, 50% of happiness is genetic, 40% is intentional and 10% is life circumstances (job, family, health etc.).  So quit blaming your spouse for your mood.  Blame your parents!

For folks who earn $60 to $75,000 a year, people are happier the higher the amount of income.  Less than this, and a loss of happiness is definitely income- related.  It’s hard to be happy if your roof is leaking.  Surprisingly, there is no correlation between happiness and money for those who take home over $75,000.

Also good to know–physical attractiveness doesn’t confer more happiness.

But here’s what does–happier people put more time and energy into relationships with people, and pursue things intrinsically rewarding such as children, friends and hobbies. And if you’d like to improve your health and your happiness, there’s growing evidence that those who volunteer enjoy both benefits (Harvard Health, 2013.)

By |September 24th, 2017|Therapy|

The Magic Green Bullet

Mad at yourself because you can’t lose weight? Obesity may not be your fault. In fact, according to Dr. Devin Spelman PhD, environmental factors may play a large part in many health issues, including obesity.

I attended the Northwest Herb Symposium this summer, where Dr. Spelman lectured on mitochondrial dysfunction. He explained that patients with metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, have a 40% reduction in mitochondrial function.  This means 40% less energy in the building blocks of cellular function. No wonder it’s hard to lose weight or improve our health, with our cells functioning at 60%!

Because metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors, including insulin resistance, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, and obesity, it is unlikely the pharmaceutical approach of giving a drug with one function will be able to address all of these issues. For example, a disease such as diabetes can cause many different diseases such as heart, kidney, eye, and neurologic diseases.  To be effective, a treatment needs to treat more than one issue. More about that in a minute.

We can partially blame fast food for our nation’s ill health and obesity.  I was amazed to learn one in three adults eat at a fast food restaurant every day.  People who eat at fast food restaurants more than twice a week gained 10 pounds over 15 years and were more likely to become insulin resistant. Remember, all but the best restaurants will use cheap oils such as corn oil.  Consuming cheap oils contributes to inflammation and a host of diseases.

17% of plant species provide 90% of the world’s food supply, of which most are grains.  75% of the […]

By |September 24th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

Extra Protection Against Skin Cancer for Pennies a Day?

This simple vitamin can decrease risk of non-melanoma skin cancer by up to 35%. Niacinamide (a form of niacin or Vitamin B3) at 500 mg per day decreases the risk of non-melanoma skin cancers by up to 35%.

It costs pennies per day.  Niacinamide doesn’t cause flushing like niacin and has a good safety profile.  Now that is prevention we can live with!

References:

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1506197#t=article

By |August 16th, 2017|Cancer|

How smart are Smart Meters?

There are many problems with these power meters including increased power bills (they were touted as vehicles to save power and money), violations of privacy (the power companies are gathering data of power usage and selling this information to third parties), and possibility of cyber-hacking of the power grid with the ability to turn off our power.

The electromagnetic frequencies from the meters are in the range that may cause cancer, and health effects of smart meters include but are not limited to depression, anxiety, insomnia, palpitations, and decreased fertility in men.

References:

Take Back Your Power–  https://takebackyourpower.net/

Wi Fried– http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/wi-fried/

By |August 16th, 2017|Electromagnetism|
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