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Oral Contraceptives: A Risk Factor to Gallbladder Disorders

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in All, Detoxification, Digestive Support, Educational Series, Endocrine Support, Nutritional Support


Gallbladder disease affects an estimated 20 million Americans and is now the leading surgical procedure in the United States (Hoffman, 2014). Research as far back as 1975 reported on the necessity of administering Vitamin B6 to prevent excretion of tryptophan metabolites resulting from use of oral contraceptives in woman. More than 99 percent of women age 15-44 have used some form of contraceptive (Guttmacher, 2014) and oral contraceptives account for an estimated 17 percent, about 10 million American woman. Recent studies now link oral contraceptives as the leading risk factor in gallbladder disease in woman who have ever used oral contraceptives. Nutritional scientists identify vitamin B6 deficiencies as the principle cause of gallbladder disorders associated with oral contraceptive use. Supplementation with live source B6 is essential for the prevention of gallbladder disorders and disease in woman taking oral contraceptives.

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Gluten-Free Fruit Stuffing

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in All, Digestive Support, Gluten Free Recipes



Photo by Noel Barnhurst

Rice and Fruit Stuffing Recipe


Stuffing is a favorite dish during the holiday season.  The basis for a great stuffing is the combination of tastes from fruits, herbs, nuts and a gluten free rice cube or rice base.  A great stuffing takes time to prepare so doing the chopping ahead of time will save time and make it easy.  Here is my basic recipe.


  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
  • 1 large onions chopped
  • ½ bunch of organic celery chopped
  • 2 cups wild rice or rice bread cubes (about one 8-ounce package)
  • 2 cups water for rice only
  • 1 cup apple (Stayman or Wine Sap are best) coarsely chopped.
  • 1 cup organic red or purple grapes
  • 1/2 cup each organic dried apricots
  • 2 cups walnuts and/or macadamia chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt and 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 tsp of herbs oregano, tyme, rosemary, sage


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Gluten Free in 2015

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in All, Digestive Support, Nutritional Support



Are you ready to begin your journey toward radiant health and wellness this holiday season and continue throughout the New Year?

Health and nutrition experts agree that adopting a gluten free lifestyle is not just a fad, it is a necessity. Research on the ill effects of gluten is overwhelming. The Center for Disease Control considers gluten a public health threat responsible for most childhood allergies citing over 75 percent of all grain products are made from wheat (CDC, 2013). Gluten is becoming easier to avoid, as escalating public request for gluten free choices are emerging. Hopefully we will soon see fresh gluten free bread and pizza at Whole Foods, college campuses and on restaurant menus as this new lifestyle trend becomes contagious.

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