Category Archives: Natural Medicine

Natural medicine practice in Merced, CA and Portland, OR Dr Erika Enos, N.D.

Fall Detox: Clean Air

Did you know that you take more than 17,000 breaths each day?! Your lungs have an incredibly large surface area (second only to the gut), they are in constant contact with the outside world (outside your body, that is!), and they are incredibly absorptive. The quality of the air you breathe matters. It probably seems … Continue reading

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Fall Detox: Beets

Seasonal transitions often inspire me to nourish myself. Especially the transitions from winter to spring and summer to fall. One way I like to nourish myself is by making sure that my body is optimally supported in detox and my environment is clean. Spring cleaning of our homes and our bodies is probably a familiar … Continue reading

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Shopping for Healing Foods on a Budget

“Well, I guess shopping at Costco is out!” commented the mother of a teenage patient after I presented the anti-inflammatory diet that would lay the foundations for a plan to help heal her daughter’s severe cystic acne. I honestly had not shopped at a warehouse-type store in many years and so I assumed she was … Continue reading

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Scleroderma: Nutrition & Therapeutic Diets are Powerful Treatments

We are lucky to live in a time when the power and importance of nutrition is becoming widely known and accepted. I believe that virtually any condition can be improved by nurturing your body with the right foods, and scleroderma is no exception. I’m going to share a patient’s dramatic story to illustrate this. My … Continue reading

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7 Misconceptions about Healthy Eating

Every patient that steps into my office gets asked about what they eat. New patient paperwork includes a section asking what is typically eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I also ask whether or not she is satisfied with her current diet. It’s easy to make suggestions when someone’s eating a typical Standard American … Continue reading

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The 257 Names for Sugar

  There are quite a number of reasons that I may suggest patients dramatically reduce or even eliminate their intake of sugar. They may be following my Anti-Inflammatory Paleo Diet; they’re in the process of detoxing from mold, yeast overgrowth, or a fungal infection; they’re looking for relief from symptoms of Leaky Gut; their thyroid, … Continue reading

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Leaky Gut: How to Fix It

First and foremost, start with my blogs on How to Prevent Leaky Gut, Leaky Gut Basics, and The 9 Causes of Leaky Gut.  You won’t be able to heal your gut until you find out and remove the cause.  In order for your gut to heal, you will most likely need to uncover any food … Continue reading

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Leaky Gut: How to Prevent It

From my previous two posts on Leaky Gut (The Basics and The 9 Causes), you should have a good idea about how and why intestinal permeability might be impacting your overall health.  Whether you are currently healing from leaky gut or looking to avoid it and the diseases associated with it, the following tips on … Continue reading

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Leaky Gut: The 9 Causes

As mentioned in the previous Leaky Gut: The Basics post, leaky gut is when intestinal permeability occurs for prolonged periods of time and is accompanied by inflammation. Leaky gut can cause havoc not only in the digestive tract, but can contribute to poor systemic health. Intestinal permeability happens when the gut cells no longer fit tightly … Continue reading

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Leaky Gut: The Basics

There is one piece of gut trivia I share with patients that consistently causes their jaws to drop: everything inside of your gut is actually outside of your body. Take a few seconds to let that sink in. It’s weird, right? Your digestive tract (a.k.a. the gut, gastrointestinal tract, GI, etc.) is actually one long … Continue reading

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