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Foods to eat, and avoid, for managing thyroid conditions

The thyroid gland just might be the most understated organ in the human body. Its impacts are far-reaching, from regulating your metabolism and controlling growth to determining your mood and controlling perspiration. Individuals with thyroid problems can have excessive fatigue, memory loss, rapid weight gain or loss, muscle aches, constipation, [...]

Top Foods to Fuel your Brain Health

You are what you eat. It’s an old saying, yet continuously reinforced by scientific research. Consuming the right foods can improve your overall health, as well as prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. A key component in our research-based program Preventing Alzheimer’s Through Healthy Steps, or PATHS, is a [...]

What is functional medicine?

The question arises as soon as someone sees our name: Hughes Center for Functional Medicine. What is functional medicine, they ask? First, let’s start by defining the type of medicine most familiar to people. Conventional medicine involves physicians treating symptoms and diseases using over-the-counter and prescription drugs, surgery, radiation and [...]

What You Need to Know About Lyme Disease, And How To Prevent It

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new study showing that disease cases from infected mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas have tripled in the U.S. More than 640,000 cases were reported from 2004 to 2016, and the CDC estimates that unreported cases were 10 times greater than that.May [...]

10 Things Floridians Need to Know About Lyme Disease

Did you know that Florida is among the top 20 states for Lyme disease cases? The CDC recently reported that disease cases have tripled across the country. It’s critical for Florida residents and visitors to be aware of the risks associated with Lyme disease, and how to prevent it. [...]

It’s time to acknowledge that plastic is a problem

Within the past decade or so, researchers and engineers have made countless safety-related improvements that enhance everyday living. Rear cameras make backing up our vehicles safer and easier, and home security cameras keep a watchful eye on our houses while we’re away. The football rulebook was rewritten to outlaw dangerous [...]

Is Coconut Oil Unhealthy?

You may or may not have seen the American Heart Association’s (AHA) latest report, but I’m sure you’ve probably seen the social media frenzy that followed their statements on coconut oil. An article by USA Today with the headline “Coconut Oil Isn’t Healthy, It’s Never Been Healthy”, has been shared over a half [...]

Are the Brain and the Gut Connected?

The answer is: Yes! As we learn more about our gut microbiome, otherwise known as our “gut,” it’s becoming increasingly clear that there is a strong connection between it and our brain. What you put in your stomach will ultimately affect your emotions and potentially other long-term health conditions. Continue [...]

Food Is Your Body’s Fuel and Medicine, So Choose Wisely

As children, many of us learned about the Food Guide Pyramid, that easy-to-read chart intended to simplify the USDA’s suggested servings for each of the primary food groups. These days, all packaged food products feature a Nutrition Facts panel so we can see a simple breakdown of calories, fat grams, [...]