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Tripp to Health

Our adventures in healthy eating.

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There is a lot of very confusing information out there about cholesterol. These days, it is very simple to have blood drawn, learn that your cholesterol is high, and take a pill that will lower it- problem solved, right? Or is it?

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And do you understand WHY?

I was watching the news this morning, and they did a quick segment on a study about Alzheimer’s Disease. According to this snippet, they found an increased rate of Alzheimer’s in patients who had been previously diagnosed with heart disease or diabetes. The newscaster presenting this information was using her best “oh my gosh, what a breakthrough” sort of expression. Meanwhile I’m yelling “DUH, of course they are related” at the TV. Jared pointed out to me that it might not be common knowledge to everyone why these conditions would be related- so I figured I should write about it!

So- Why would people who have heart disease (even high blood pressure) or diabetes have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s?

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If you would have asked me a few years ago what was the healthiest way to eat, and again today, I would have given you completely different answers. The more I read and learn, the more my views and opinions are evolving.

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  • Irene
    Irene says #
    I too am happy you are writing again Jamie. This winter has been challenging for healthy eating. Thanks for the positive notes.
  • Dr. Jamie Tripp DC
    Dr. Jamie Tripp DC says #
    No problem!!! Keep the comments coming if you like what I write! It motivates me to keep it up!!
  • Sharon
    Sharon says #
    Good post! Your journey sounds lots like my own…except for the weight loss part! lol I WILL get there, eating healthy food…Glad yo
  • Dr. Jamie Tripp DC
    Dr. Jamie Tripp DC says #
    Thanks Sharon! And yes you will!!!

Whoa- A Dietary Link to My Seasonal Allergies?

If you suffer from Seasonal Allergies, this is a Must Read!!

I must admit, I am slightly afraid to write this article. I am hoping I won’t be jinxing myself somehow…. But… I have had NO seasonal allergy symptoms yet this year! For those of you who have known me my whole life- this is AMAZING!

I just read an article about when seasonal allergy sufferers around Chicago should expect their symptoms to start up. According to the article (and the esteemed allergist that wrote it), symptoms for those with “Hayfever” were supposed to start up August 8th, and last for 6 weeks. This author’s only solutions to the problem were taking medications and staying in air conditioning. So either my allergies are just pleasantly tardy by 2 weeks, or I’m doing something right this year and there is hope and other options out there for seasonal allergy sufferers (apparently 20% of us in the US).

So Why do I think that diet and allergies are related?

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I Think I have a Gluten or Dairy Intolerance- How to Know if You Might Too!

We are officially on day 21 of 49 of the paleo challenge. 3 weeks of only eating meats, veggies, spices, some fruit, and cutting out all grains, dairy, and processed food. Before I began this challenge, I was probably eating this way about 80% of the time. While inherently I know that eating these “real” foods is better, and healthy for me, this is the first time in my life that I have tried as hard as I can to be as close to perfect as possible with my clean eating. I have been absolutely astounded with the difference that extra little bit has made- so much to the fact that I think I actually have food intolerances. Let me tell you why I think so…

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20 Fun Ideas to Reduce Stress

What have you done for fun lately?

I have so many patients that come in and tell me about how stressed they are. Most of them are stuck in these patterns of waking up, going to work, running errands, eating, going to bed, and doing it all over again.  I know I’ve talked a lot about inflammation, and how it is impacted by what you eat. Well, it is also impacted by your stress levels. You could be eating a perfectly healthy diet, but if you are constantly worrying, and stressed out,  you will still have high levels of stress hormone being released (cortosol), and could be in a state of chronic inflammation!

So I ask- What have you done for fun lately?

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    Joanne says #
    Hi jami : I am one of those people you have discribed. Stressed out and do nothing but what you mentioned. I need to come back

Milk- It Does a Body Good.... Or Does It?

I want to start off this article by saying that I really do believe that Human breast milk for human infants is one of the healthiest drinks out there. It has a wonderful balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in a perfect package with all sorts of beneficial antibodies to boost babies developing immune systems.  For adults however, I have some doubts.

While I find it weird that humans are the only animal that drink the milk of other species, my issues with milk run quite a bit deeper than this.

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    Dr. Jamie Tripp DC says #
    Lindsay- thanks for the comment! I would hold off. For a lot of people, milk seems like more of an "acquired" taste thing, and t
  • Lindsey Z
    Lindsey Z says #
    Interesting article, Jamie! I personally hate anything but skim milk but my son currently drinks whole, he loves it. Was thinking

A New way to Treat Acne (and other inflammatory conditions)

Healthy Diet Meets Skin Care

Do You or Someone you Love suffer from Acne or another inflammatory condition? Read this!

I admit it. I am 28 years old, and I have acne. I would have thought that I would have grown out of this by now, but those zits just keep on coming. If you are like me, or know anyone who is, pay attention. Today I am going to introduce a whole new way of thinking about acne (and really any inflammatory condition for that matter)

If you ask the average person on the street how to get rid of acne, I’m sure they will tell you to “be cleaner”- wash your face, use a topical cream, or for severe cases take pills to help with the problem. What I didn’t realize for the longest time was that all of these things are done in an attempt to “cover up” the symptoms. But the real question is…

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This article has been updated and published the new website. View Bacon and Eggs ... Healthy or Not on DuPage Family Wellness.

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Wait, Why Isn't Corn a Vegetable? Your questions Answered

First of all, I know this picture would have fit in better yesterday, but I had to show you that I could actually do the handstand! So here it is. Sorry about the shirt not staying tucked in. Oh and on another note, guess who’s 3 for 3 in making it to the gym! That’s right, this girl! Also, last I checked with Jared, his feet are still bothering him at work, but starting to get some mild improvement.

Today I was going to talk about meal planning, but I’m going to put that off to answer your questions:

1. Wait a second, I thought corn, beans, and rice are natural, why aren’t you eating those?

2. I don’t understand the difference between paleo, primal, anti-inflammatory, atkins, etc. What type of diet should I be eating, and what’s this difference between them?

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