Starting with James LaValle's Why Are We So Hungry? LaValle shares information on what researchers have discovered calories from sugar and carbs generate more health problems than physical inactivity, alcohol and smoking combined.

In Herbal Support for Recovery from Chemotherapy and Radiation Dallas Clouatre, PhD, explains how the body reacts to these treatments, and discusses the value of Chinese herbal medicines in helping the body recover.

How To Have a Healthy Smile For Expectant Moms from Flora Stay, DDS, explains the timing for dental care in the pregnancy cycle and the importance of dental care for the mother's long term health as well as the baby's health.

In Your Brain Does What While You're Sleeping? Gloria Gilbère, CDP, DA Hom, PhD, gives the facts on your brain's activities during sleep and tells us why a good night's sleep is so important.

Brad King, MS, MFS, in Becoming Allergy-Free Through Nutrition alerts us to the connection between allergens and inflammation in various parts of the body being the usual end reaction to allergens. The problem results with excess inflammation in the body and inflammation is a leading cause of disease. He includes what to use to treat allergens.

Michael J. Breus, PhD, in Warning: Your Light Bulb Could Be Giving You Insomnia! reports that scientists have discovered that a light-sensitive layer of the eye, which is different from the part that allows us to see, sends signals to the body that affect rhythms of wakefulness and sleep. We're continuing to learn more about the stimulating effects of blue wavelength light and its capacity to disrupt sleep. Exposure to artificial light at night is recognized as a hazard to sleep.

Astaxanthin And CoQ10 For Wrinkle Reduction And Skin Protection Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AGH), advises first and foremost, good nutrition and eating a healthy diet rich in antioxidant-providing fruit and vegetables is arguably the single most vital approach to maintaining a youthful visage. In addition, there are two other antioxidant nutraceuticals, which can also contribute to healthy skin Astaxanthin and CoQ10.

Jaqueline Lapa Sussman, MS, LPC. contributes Imagination: The Key To Unlocking Your Inner Giftedness explains how Eidetic therapy is used to aid us on how to counter road blocks and includes one example of how one man benefited from Eidetic therapy to expand his horizons.

In The Evolution Of Nutrition Charles K. Bens, PhD, educates on the history of nutrition—going back to Hippocrates advice to use “food as medicine.” It's interesting to read how the domino effects of practices have brought us to where we are today, and the paramount importance of what direction it is suggested we should go from here.

Thank you to all the authors contributing to the July issue. We also extend a thank you to our advertisers who make Total Health Online possible.

Best in health,
TWIP — The Wellness Imperative People

July 2015 Features


  1. Why Are We So Hungry
    James B. LaValle, RPh, CCN
  2. Herbal Support For Recovery From Chemotherapy And Radiation
    Dallas Clouatre, PhD
  3. How To Have A Healthy Smile For Expectant Moms
    Flora Stay, DDS
  4. Your Brain Does What While You're Sleeping?
    Gloria Gilbère, CDP, DA Hom, PhD
  5. Becoming Allergy-Free Through Nutrition
    Brad King, MS, MFS
  6. Warning: Your Light Bulb Could Be Giving You Insomnia!
    Michael J. Breus, PhD
  7. Astaxanthin & CoQ10 For Wrinkle Reduction & Skin Protection
    Gene Bruno, MS, MHS
  8. Imagination: The Key To Unlocking Your Inner Giftedness
    Jaqueline Lapa Sussman, MS, LPC
  9. The Evolution Of Nutrition
    Charles K. Bens, PhD

Click here to read the full July issue.

We begin with Christine Horner, MD, on the cover and contributor of “Twelve Tips To Lower Your Risk Of Breast Cancer.” Dr. Horner culled thousands of medical research and studies to find what was the cause of the increase in the number of women, young and old, coming to her plastic surgery practice for reconstructive surgery resulting from breast cancer surgery.

Uridine For The Brain, Sports And Beyond by Dallas Clouatre, PhD. Uridine is one of the reasons that fish is known as “brain food” and brewer’s yeast is recognized for its health benefits. Clouatre explores research and food sources of Uridine and describes how this supplement is absorbed into the body, for energy in the brain and for energy by athletes.

Elson M. Haas, MD, counsels men in “Male Aging, Hormone Support, And Prostate Health” on the aging process in general for men, looks at testosterone and hormonal changes, and then focuses on maintaining prostate health and sexual function over the later years. Haas reminds men they each have their own genetics and biological clocks. Hopefully, if we play our cards right with healthy habits, understanding our risks and disease potentials, we can outlive our parents and ancestors.

In “How Exercise Improves Brain Function—At Any Age,” Karen V. Unger, MSW, Ed.D alerts us on the importance of exercise. How healthy exercise is for the brain and other organs in the body. It is enough to encourage us all to put on the walking shoes and go take a walk.

Organic Eggs At The Grocery Store…Not So Quick!” Gloria Gilbère, CDP, DA Hom, PhD explains the differences between organically raised chickens and their eggs and the caged raised chickens and eggs. Also reminds us of the importance of knowing where your eggs come from and includes the value of talking to the producers at farmers markets and buying direct from them. Gilbère gives us background on the meaning of the date stamped on the carton.

In her first article in Total Health speech therapist, Gwen Griffin, MA, CCC-SLP “Swallow, Cough, Sputter—Could You Have A Swallowing Disorder?” educates us on a process that most of us take for granted as much as we do breathing.

Another first time Total Health Online author Veronika Polozkova “Sensations, Eating Habits And Healthy Diet,” describes another process that we also take for granted. It’s interesting to read how food producers “play with our food” before serving it to us.

Dennis Goodman, MD, FACC, FACP, FCCP contributes “Vitamin K2: The Missing Nutrient for Heart and Bone Health.” Why is vitamin K2 so valuable? “Simply put, vitamin K2 is the body’s light switch. It activates or “turns on” important proteins in the body such as osteocalcin for strong bones and the matrix Gla protein (MGP) in the arteries and blood vessels. By turning on these vitamin K2 dependent proteins, calcium is kept out of the arteries (where it can cause hardening of arteries and blockages) and transported and kept in the bones where it belongs.”

Herbal Teas For Detoxification,” Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AGH) teas discussed include ginger root (rhizome), green tea, dandelion root and senna. Bruno informs us of the role that each of these herbal teas can play, including a subsequent explanation of how to use them as part of a detox program.

Jaqueline Lapa Sussman M.S., LPC “Love In The Workplace: A New Tool For Productivity.” Sussman shares the positive response spread among employees who have an opportunity to experience it and uses Eidetic Imagery to walk us through an exercise.

Thank you to all the authors contributing to the May issue. We also extend a thank you to our advertisers who make Total Health Online possible.

Best in health,
TWIP — The Wellness Imperative People

Our cover personality, James B. LaValle, RPh, CCN, is an internationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, and board certified clinical nutritionist, naturopathic doctorate, with more than 30 years of clinical experience. LaValle is best known for his expertise in metabolic and integrative medicine, with extensive background in natural products, lifestyle drug/nutrient depletion, and uncovering the underlying metabolic issues that keep people from feeling healthy and vital. He shares with us his successful approach to helping clients in Effective Weight Loss: 3 Strategies To Help.

Yoga experts Eden Goldman, DC, CYT., E-RYT500, Three Tips For Feeling Better While You’re At Work To Avoid “Sitting Disease” and Terra Gold, MA., L.Ac., E-RYT500. Three Tips For Dealing With Adrenal Stress/Adrenal Fatigue In A Fast Paced World give us a three tips yoga class. A review of their book with co-author Larry Payne, PhD, Yoga Therapy & Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine is featured in Media Review in this issue.

In Realizing the Health Benefits of Broccoli Supplements Dallas Clouatre, PhD, explains the process of the body’s digestion of broccoli and makes us aware of a supplement that delivers the most physiologically active compound that is derived by this ingestion. Clouatre relates this process—it’s more complicated than we may think.

Elson M. Haas, MD, offers Ten Tips for Healthy Travels & Summer Fun—excellent tips and suggestions for enjoying the summer months while travelling, spending time with your family or enjoying nature. Haas has something for everyone and includes having fun.

In Avoid Food-Poisoning And Intestinal Distress Gloria Gilbère, CDP, DA Hom, PhD, gives a view of the unseen growth of bacteria. How quickly it grows, how damaging to our health and how to avoid it through clean practices in the home and kitchen, with information on the correct temperatures to cook and freeze food.

Brad King, MS, MFS, in Mouthing Off About Nutrition alerts us to the connection between dental and overall physical health. He recommends four nutrients for optimum tooth and gum health—calcium, zinc, iron and magnesium.

Sherry Torkos, RPh, reports on UTIs and Prevention. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are still a sensitive topic. Burning, pain and frequent urination are not symptoms that women like to openly discuss. UTIs are becoming an all too common problem and affecting a new generation of women. Torkos offers advice on treating UTIs, controlling the frequencies and natural therapies available.

Natural Solutions For Chronic Pain, David Foreman, RPh, shares that he has had chronic pain along with almost one-third of all Americans. He defines chronic pain and names several natural substances which can be used to alleviate it.

Vitamin B12 Gene Bruno, MS, MHS RH(AGH) explains vitamin B12 updates. Bruno states, “Originally its delivery form was limited to capsules and tablets, but subsequently a sublingual (i.e. under the tongue) delivery form also became available. Following that, a coenzyme form of vitamin B12, known as methylcobalamin, was introduced and presented as a superior form over the commonly used cyanocobalamin form of vitamin B12. These various options have created some confusion over which delivery form and nutrient form are best to use. Add to this the fact that some individuals are more prone to vitamin B12 deficiency, and the confusion is compounded. This article provides clarification on these issues surrounding vitamin B12.”

In June Pet Care, Shawn Messonnier, DVM, covers Hypothyroidism. It is the most common endocrine (hormonal) disease of dogs and is most commonly seen in middle-aged to older dogs.

Thank you to all the authors contributing to the June issue. We also extend a thank you to our advertisers who make Total Health Online possible.

Best in health,
TWIP — The Wellness Imperative People

June 2015 Features


  1. Recommended Reading: Yoga Therapy & Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine
  2. Three Tips For Feeling Better While You’re At Work To Avoid “Sitting Disease”
    Eden Goldman, DC
  3. Three Tips For Dealing With Adrenal Stress/Adrenal Fatigue In A Fast Paced World
    Terra Gold, MA, LAc.
  4. Realizing The Health Benefits Of Broccoli Supplements
    Dallas Clouatre, PhD
  5. Tips For Healthy Travels And Summer Fun
    Elson M. Haas, MD
  6. Effective Weight Loss: 3 Strategies To Help
    James B. LaValle, RPh, CCN
  7. Avoid Food-Poisoning And Intestinal Distress
    Gloria Gilbère, CDP, DA Hom, PhD
  8. Mouthing Off About Nutrition
    Brad King, MS, MFS
  9. UTIs And Prevention
    Sherry Torkos, RPh
  10. Natural Solutions For Chronic Pain
    David Foreman, RPh
  11. Vitamin B12
    Gene Bruno, MS, MHS
  12. Pet Care: Hypothyroidism
    Shawn Messonnier, DVM

Click here to read the full June issue.

And welcome to new contributor this month Karen V. Unger, MSW, Ed.D her article is “Nutrition And Mental Disorders.” Unger is the author of Brain Health for Life, Beyond Pills Politics and Popular Diets and will be contributing to Total Health in the coming issues. Journalist Olga Chiruk in “BraTumIA: New Brain Imaging Technology,” brings readers up-to-date on new technology BraTumIA for individuals with brain tumors the “software performs tumor volumetry within five minutes, and most importantly always does it in a consistent manner, so chances for error decrease significantly,” say the developers in Bern, Switzerland. Interestingly this software Is available at no charge to researchers and clinicians. In "Russian Tarragon and Bitter Melon: Creatine’s Overlooked Sidekicks" Dallas Cloutare, PhD calls the attention of all body builders and offers Russian tarragon and bitter melon combination to heighten the benefits of creatine. Elson M. Haas, MD, presents “ADHA And Nutrition,” explaining the important role nutrition has in treating ADHD. Haas includes foods to avoid and the foods to use in coping with ADHD also there are suggestions of tests which can be administered to confirm its presence. Brad King’s, MS, MFS, in “Life Is Not Meant To Be Spent In The Gym,” shares information on an excerise plan called HIIT which is done in a short period of time with an intense routine. This may be the answer for all of us who want the benefits of going to the gym with out the gym taking over our lives. “Are North Americans Immortal?” Thanatologist Daniela Muggia’s final part in a three-part series on Death and Dying. We encourages our readers to read part one and two in the last two issues of Total Health if you missed them. Death is not something we as Americans spend time thinking about or preparing for—and she asks us why? “Step Into Health,” Gloria Gilbère, CDP, DA Hom, PhD speaking from experience discusses the benefits and some of the dance steps to help with increasing your exercising and having fun at the same time. “Whey Protein,” Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AGH) explains how it is made, why we should use it and how different segments of the population can enjoy the benefits. This month’s Pet Care column by Shawn Messonnier, DVM, is on chondroitin used by both men and women and their best friends. Media Review feature’s Kathleen Barnes new book Food is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden as an avid gardener she shares her knowledge on how plants from the garden can be used as cures for a variety of ailments.

Thank you to all the authors contributing to the May issue. We also extend a thank you to our advertisers who make Total Health Online possible.

Best in health,
TWIP — The Wellness Imperative People

April 2015 Features


  1. Russian Tarragon and Bitter Melon: Creatine’s Overlooked Sidekicks
    Dallas Clouatre, PhD
  2. ADHD And Nutrition
    Elson M. Haas, MD
  3. Nutrition And Mental Disorders
    Karen V. Unger, MSW, Ed.D
  4. Step Into Health
    Gloria Gilbère, CDP, DA Hom, PhD
  5. BraTumIA: New Brain Imaging Technology
    Olga Chiruk
  6. Are North Americans Immortal?
    Daniela Muggia, Thanatologist
  7. Life Is Not Meant To Be Spent In The Gym
    Brad King, MS, MFS
  8. Whey Protein
    Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AGH)
  9. Media Review: Food Is Medicine
    Kathleen Barnes
  10. Pet Care: CHONDROITIN
    Shawn Messonnier, DVM

Click here to read the full April issue.

Click here to read the full April issue.

Sherrill Sellman, “The Solution For Overcoming Antibiotic Resistant Infections,” is spreading the news regarding an antibiotic, which eliminates bacterial infections without the devastating effect of causing resistant pathogens. What is even more phenomenal, silver can also kill virtually all forms of viruses, fungi and molds safely without any side effects.

Honey An Ultimate Health Food,” Mike Durbin, PhD gives us background on honey from New Zealand. MGO Manuka honey specifically as a health food and explains what MGO is and does. Honey has been used for centuries as a medicine. Manuka honey is widely believed to soothe, moisturize and nourish troublesome skin, and support digestive health. Studies have also shown that it is effective at treating upper-throat infections and wounds.

Defining depression as a mood, a state of being, or energy level that includes lack of motivation, a sense of hopelessness, and often a lower level of physical energy, Elson M. Haas, MD, provides suggestions to help one define the type, degree, length and cause of depression and offers a myriad of natural remedies to consider along with your health care provider in "Depression and Natural Therapies".

Brad King’s, MS, MFS, in “How To Get The Ultimate Sleep,” addresses lack of tryptophan—the building block to deep sleep and the numerous times one gets up to empty their bladder as the main issues needed to be adjusted to arrive at a good night’s sleep.

How To Communicate At The End Of Life, When Communication Seems Impossible?" is Daniela Muggia’s, Thanatologist second part in a three-part series on Death and Dying. She encourages readers to read part one in Total Health February 2015 on page 16 prior to reading part two. Death is not something we spend time thinking about or preparing for—Muggia has years of study and shares her insight and experience.

Demystifying The Invisible Disorder Of Fibromyalgia,” Gloria Gilbère, CDP, DA Hom, PhD explains Fibromyalgia includes widespread pain in muscles, soft and connective tissues and is diagnosed by identifying multiple tender/trigger spots. For those not afflicted, or newly diagnosed, there’s a lot of confusion because fibromyalgia is a syndrome—meaning its underlying causes are many. Gilbère expands on the research, support and non-toxic solutions for fibromyalgia.

Melatonin: Benefits and Preferred Delivery Form,” Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AGH) reports not everyone is aware that sublingual melatonin (a small lozenge type tablet placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve and enter the blood stream through diffusion) is likely more effective than a standard melatonin capsule or tablet. Bruno discusses general science behind Melatonin as a sleep aid and the research on sublingual melatonin.

This month’s Pet Care column by Shawn Messonnier, DVM, is on upper respiratory infections common in cats and veterinary supervision is recommended for treatment.

Thank you to all the authors contributing to the March issue. We also extend a thank you to our advertisers who make Total Health Online possible.

Best in health,
TWIP — The Wellness Imperative People

March 2015 Features


  1. The Solution For Overcoming Antibiotic Resistant Infections
    Sherrill Sellman, ND
  2. Honey An Ultimate Health Food
    Mike Durbin, PhD
  3. How To Choose Toothpaste For Your Child
    Flora Stay, DDS
  4. Depression and Natural Therapies
    Elson M. Haas, MD
  5. How To Get The Ultimate Sleep
    Brad King, MS, MFS
  6. How To Communicate At The End Of Life, When Communication Seems Impossible?
    Daniela Muggia, Thanatologist
  7. Demystifying The Invisible Disorder Of Fibromyalgia
    Gloria Gilbère, CDP, DA Hom, PhD
  8. Melatonin: Benefits And Preferred Delivery Form
    Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AGH)
  9. Media Review: Everyone Smiles!
    Flora Stay, DDS
  10. Pet Care: Feline Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
    Shawn Messonnier, DVM

Click here to read the full March issue.

Dallas Clouatre, PhD, in “Caloric Restriction, Fasting And Nicotinamide Riboside” delves into methods used to extend the human lifespan, although caloric restriction (CR) has proven to be useful in extending life towards its upper threshold in life forms ranging from yeast to primates, it does not work in all species. Also he addresses fasting along with CR along with the benefits of supplementing with nicotinamide riboside.

Elson M. Haas, MD, “Ten Tips for Emotional Well-being And Heart Health” offers his guidelines for strengthening personal relationships and your heart health. Sharing his suggestions on supplements, which may help with the efforts.

Brad King’s, MS, MFS, in “How To Maintain An Ultimate Libido,” gives a healthy alternative to the commercials that blast the TV screens across America.

Death And The Melting Pot: Is There A Universal Key To Caring For The Dying, Whatever Culture They Belong To?” is the first in a three part series written by Daniela Muggia. After more than 20 years of working with the terminally ill, she has developed the ECEL Method, Empathic Care at the End of Life; one of the most popular courses taught in hospitals, hospices and for Masters degree programs at universities in Italy and other countries. This is not a topic talked about much in America even though it touches us all.

Brent Barlow, ND “Keeping New Year’s Resolutions” gives ideas for those who may have trouble following through on the resolutions they made a short time ago.

Gloria Gilbère, CDP, DAHom, PhD, “Cardio Rejuvenation” compares our heart to our cars—if we reduce the mileage placed on our car, they last longer. If we learn to slow and rest our heart rate, this vital organ stays healthier longer—adding more years to those predicted two billion beats in a lifespan.

A Natural Approach To Cholesterol Reduction And Heart Health” Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AHG) reports the current conventional medical treatment is cholesterollowering prescription drugs, along with low saturated fat diets. It makes sense to work with your doctor in trying one or more of the relatively risk-free dietary supplement approaches he describes as part of your total program for lowering cholesterol and reducing risk of cardiovascular disease.

This month’s Pet Care column by Shawn Messonnier, DVM, is on “Constipation,” more common in cats than dogs and veterinary supervision is recommended for treatment.

Thank you to all the authors contributing to the February issue. We also extend a thank you to our advertisers who make Total Health Online possible.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all.

Best in health,
TWIP — The Wellness Imperative People

February 2015 Features


  1. Caloric Restriction, Fasting And Nicotinamide Riboside
    Dallas Clouatre, PhD
  2. 10 Tips For Emotional Well-Being And Heart Health
    Elson M. Haas, MD
  3. How To Maintain An Ultimate Libido
    Brad King, MS, MFS
  4. Death And The Melting Pot: Is There A Universal Key To Caring For The Dying, Whatever Culture They Belong To?
    Daniela Muggia
  5. Keeping New Year’s Resolutions
    Brent Barlow, ND
  6. Cardio Rejuvenation
    Gloria Gilbère, CDP, DA Hom, PhD
  7. A Natural Approach To Cholesterol Reduction And Heart Health
    Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AGH)
  8. Pet Care:Constipation
    Shawn Messonnier, DVM

Click here to read the full February issue.

Dallas Clouatre, PhD, in “Weight Loss — Timing Is (Almost) Everything,” discusses the seasons of the year and the twenry-four hour (circadian) cycle and the strong impact they have on diet — similar fluctuations in energy use and storage are so strong that they may be more important than the usual dietary suspects — the amounts of carbohydrate, fat and protein in the diet.

Elson M. Haas, MD, “Using the Energetics of Numerology To Craft Your Plans For The New Year,” offers his guidelines for incorporating numerology into your approach to planning for the New Year. A thoughtful way to expand your resolutions from the usual—diet, exercise and more patience—resolutions.

Sherrill Sellman, ND in “SilverSol® Tooth Gel: A Powerful Solution For Oral-Systemic Health” brings our attention to the growing awareness of the profound connection between the health of your mouth and the health of the rest of your body. This connection is known as the oral-systemic link. Attention to your dental health focuses on the toothpaste you select for you and your family with a description of what is in the common brands of toothpaste.

Brad King’s, MS, MFS, “Are You Mentally Ready For A New Year’s Resolution?,” stresses being realistic. Make your goals as specific as possible; instead of saying you are going to be healthy and skinny, say that you are going to drink at least eight glasses of clean filtered water a day and replace at least one meal with a high-quality protein smoothie (without any added sugar). The more specific about your goals you are, the easier it is to see and for your mind to accept.

Gloria Gilbère, CDP, DAHom, PhD, “New Year’s Resolution: Getting StressLess Sleep™.” Sharing her experience of conquering sleeplessness and discussing various herbs and nutraceuticals Gilbère directs us to the answers to overcome this problem that affect so many of us.

L-Theanine: Nature’s Chill Pill,” Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AHG) reports the ramifications of chronic stress include increases in illness, including headaches, heart disease, immune deficiencies and digestive problems. L-Theanine is very helpful for all of us with excess stress.

This month’s Pet Care column by Shawn Messonnier, DVM, is on “White Willow Bark,” usually used only ºfor dogs with arthritis—because cats are sensitive to aspirin, white willow bark should only be used in cats with proper veterinary supervision.

Carmia Borek, PhD “Garlic and Aged Garlic Extract in Cancer Prevention” reports on the finding of several clinical studies on the value of garlic in cancer prevention.

Thank you to all the authors contributing to the January issue. We also extend a thank you to all of our advertisers who make Total Health Online possible to our readers this past year.

Best in health and Happy New Year,
TWIP — The Wellness Imperative People

January 2015 Features


  1. Weight Loss — Timing Is (Almost) Everything
    Dallas Clouatre, PhD
  2. Using The Energetics Of Numerology To Craft Your Plans For The New Year
    Elson M. Haas, MD
  3. SilverSol® Tooth Gel: A Powerful Solution For Oral-Systemic Health
    Sherrill Sellman, ND
  4. Are You Mentally Ready For A New Year’s Resolution?
    Brad King, MS, MFS
  5. New Year’s Resolution: Getting StressLess Sleep
    Gloria Gilbère, CDP, DA Hom, PhD
  6. L-Theanine: Nature’s Chill Pill
    Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AGH)
  7. Garlic And Aged Garlic Extract™ In Cancer Prevention
    Carmia Borek, PhD
  8. Pet Care: White Willow Bark
    Shawn Messonnier, DVM

Click here to read the full January issue.