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Dr. Nisha Chellam is a Board certified Internist who is also board certified in Integrative and Holistic medicine. She believes that diminished health and vitality can be reclaimed by just about any proactive person at any age. Dr. Chellam practices functional medicine in Novi, Michigan where she incorporates Nutrition, Fitness, hormone balance, and permanent weight control. Every week, Dr. Nisha gives you tips on how to take control of your health because YOU are your best doctor.

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Dr. Nisha Chellam is a Board certified Internist who is also board certified in Integrative and Holistic medicine. She believes that diminished health and vitality can be reclaimed by just about any proactive person at any age. Dr. Chellam practices functional medicine in Novi, Michigan where she incorporates Nutrition, Fitness, hormone balance, and permanent weight control. Every week, Dr. Nisha gives you tips on how to take control of your health because YOU are your best doctor.

    Diabetics confused about what you can do- listen to this

    Diabetics confused about what you can do- listen to this

    3 Healthy Diets for Diabetes Patients and Prediabetics


     


    There’s no one diet that fits all. This is why there’s an abundance of various diets out there that deliver different results. The question is—which one is sustainable for you? How can you shift your health?


    This blog will answer the infamous question—what to eat when you’ve been diagnosed with Diabetes or Metabolic Syndrome?


    Nutrition is the core pillar of how you shift your health. Yet it’s also a complex question to answer, even after the tons of research done about it already.


    As you keep reading, you will learn about the science behind:


    The Plant-based Diet

    The Low-carb High-fat Diet

    The Carnivore Diet 


    Let’s dive right into it!


     


    The Plant-based Diet
    A plant-based diet consists of foods that are only obtained from plants. It includes everything from fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes, to nuts, seeds, and beans.


    No animal-sourced or processed foods. Going on a plant-based diet is not equivalent to going vegan.


    This diet has been a part of the nutritional world and has been studied extensively in the field of nutritional sciences since the 1940s. 


     


    Why should you go on a plant-based diet?
    More Sustainable: As Dr. Dean Ornish said, “It takes 10 times more energy to eat higher on the food chain i.e. when you're eating animal-based food as opposed to a plant-based diet, it takes ten times more resources to make that possible.” The plant-based diet is good for your body and the planet.



    Scientifically Proven Safe: There’s countless evidence to support the benefits of the plant-based diet—culturally and scientifically. Research shows that countries that eat mainly plant-based have less mortality rates and a lower ratio of chronic diseases that are relatively high around the Western world with an abundance of animal-based protein.



    Helps in Lowering High Cholesterol: The plant-based diet is proven to lower bad cholesterol levels from about 15% to 30% as it is relatively low-fat and removes oil from the diet.



    Good for Heart Patients: This diet is confirmed to be good for the heart as eating multicolor, leafy food, and fiber can reduce the risk of stroke, and lower high cholesterol and high blood pressure.



    Beneficial to people with Metabolic Syndrome: The plant-based diet has demonstrated efficiency in lowering each of the five risk factors—high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, high fasting blood sugar, abdominal fat, and high triglyceride level—for developing metabolic syndrome. It also helps in the prevention of metabolic syndrome with the removal of oils and processed food from the diet.


    All in all, plant-based diets are designed to get to the root cause of the disease and shift your health on a diet-and-lifestyle level.


    When causality is treated with plant-based nutrition there is:


    No mortality from the diet

    No morbidity from the diet


    And the health benefits improve with time.


    If you have been eating predominantly the Standard American Diet (SAD), the easiest transition into a healthy lifestyle with a safer diet is going plant-based.


     


    Foods included:
    Fruits

    Vegetables

    Whole Grains

    Legumes

    Seeds

    Nuts


     


    Foods to avoid:
    Oil

    Meat

    Fish

    Fowl

    Dairy

    Coffee


     


    Loopholes in the Plant-based Diet 
    Even though there are numerous benefits to the plant-based diet, people still tend to fail in seeing results or sticking to it. 


    Especially for diabetics, the transformation is slow because when you have high insulin resistance, getting the blood sugar down at the start is very difficult and takes a long time. 


    Reasons:


    People may not have involved a variety of plants in their diet.

    People may not have stopped consuming oils totally.

    They might consume too many fruits, dried fruits, and grains that increase sugar surges and don’t help with overcoming sugar addiction. 

    Involving too many fruits and fewer plants can lead to severe insulin resistance

    • 46 min
    Type I Diabetes another way to handle it.

    Type I Diabetes another way to handle it.

    Reverse Diabetes With Plant-based Vegan Diet


    Whenever we hear of disease, medicine is always ready as a cure. We know that particular medicine will tackle the problem at hand but what we miss out on is - what are the other direct effects of the same medicine. Medicines can never be the long-term solution.


    Diabetes is a very big problem in today’s time. But here’s a fact, you can reverse type 2 diabetes with a plant-based vegan diet. And here’s another fact, when it comes to diet, there is no diet fits all. However, a type of diet can work wonders for you. The question is- are you willing to make the change? Are you ready to make the shift?


     In this blog, we will discuss:


    WHAT IS TYPE 2 DIABETES?




    WHAT IS A VEGAN DIET?


    HOW DOES THE VEGAN DIET WORKS FOR DIABETICS?


    WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A VEGAN DIET?


    HOW TO ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF A VEGAN DIET?


    KETO DIET AND ITS SIDE EFFECTS


    Before we dive into the blog and delve into all the information, first let us know about someone who has had Type 2 diabetes for a very long time but has been able to live a medication-free healthy life for the past eight and half years now, Marc Ramirez. He is a B.S. Kinesiology, is a TEDx presenter, motivational speaker, and certified Food for Life instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Marc and his wife Kim run a non-profit called Chickpea and Bean, which helps all people achieve health through the healing power of plants.


    In 2011 Marc made a shift to a plant-based lifestyle and his health greatly improved. He reversed Type 2 diabetes, psoriasis, hypertension, erectile dysfunction, high cholesterol, obesity, frequent heartburn.


     WHAT IS TYPE 2 DIABETES?


    Type 2 diabetes is often characterized by high blood sugar, insulin resistance, and a relative lack of insulin. It is a chronic condition that results in more than the required amount of sugar circulating in the bloodstream.


    In type 2 diabetes, there are two interrelated problems.
     


    Your pancreas is not able to produce enough insulin (a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells)

    Hence, the cells respond poorly to insulin and take in less sugar 

    Managing type 2 diabetes is very much possible. By losing weight, eating well and exercising regularly you manage your blood sugar levels.


    High blood sugar levels can lead to disorders of the circulatory, nervous and immune systems. 


    WHAT IS A VEGAN DIET? 


    A person who follows the diet of abstaining from the consumption of animal products is called a vegan and the philosophy is called veganism. There are multiple distinctions between Vegans.


    Dietary vegans, also known as "strict vegetarians" avoid consumption of meat, eggs, dairy products, and any other animal-derived substances.

    An ethical vegan, also known as a "moral vegetarian", not only follows a vegan diet but also extends the philosophy to the treatment of other humans, and opposes the use of animals for any purpose.

    "Environmental veganism", refers to the avoidance of animal products and opposes the industrial farming of animals as it is environmentally damaging and unsustainable.


    In simple terms, a Vegan diet is a diet exclusive of animal and dairy products and inclusive of only plant-based products. This means no cow milk, no eggs, no chicken, no meat, no cheese. A vegan diet is full of while fruits and vegetables along with legumes and nuts. 


     


    Vegans in the USA have been increasing at a very high rate. More and more people are shifting to a plant-based diet. People have realized that their diet plays the most important role in maintaining a healthy and problems free life. 


     


    If you follow a healthy vegan diet, you are less likely to get heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, hypertension, erectile dysfunction, cholesterol. 


     


    Studies have also shown that vegans are less likely to be overweight and tend to have a lower percentage of body fat. Thus, reducing the risk of othe

    • 54 min
    Is Fish all that Safe?

    Is Fish all that Safe?

    Effect of Mercury Exposure on Your Health







    Mercury is a metal element that naturally exists in nature as found in air, water as well as soil. Its presence starts to impact our health if it gets in direct contact with this metal through breathing, intake or physical contact. This can then lead to various neurological, cardiovascular (heart-related), digestive, hormonal as well as dermatological (skin-related) issues.


     


    The last 50 years have seen an evident rise in the level of mercury exposure, a big contributor being the industries using coal as fuel which when burned releases mercury in vapour form thus inevitably making it a part of our direct ecosystem. It has subsequently caused a tremendous rise in medical cases with harmful mercury exposure at its root.


     


    In this blog we will delve deeper to understand this phenomenon of mercury exposure, how it happens, what are its signs, what can you do to reduce it and more. Let’s get started, shall we?







    What is Mercury Poisoning?


     


    Mercury is a natural metal found in the air, water and soil and is also commonly referred to as Quicksilver. It’s found in a thick, silver-shining liquid state under standard temperature and pressure. However, it can also vaporise and be inhaled by us as well as bind with certain molecules (especially all enzymes) causing serious issues in our biochemistry and subsequent metabolic problems.


     


    High levels of mercury in our body can really harm the body systems especially the brain and kidneys leading to a condition called Mercury Poisoning. Mercury most commonly enters our body in a vapour state via inhalation of contaminated air, intake of contaminated food or getting in through our skin if it gets in direct contact.


     


    Factors that determine the impact of mercury exposure on your health


     


    The impact of mercury exposure on your body depends on:


    How much mercury gets into your body?

    In which forms has it entered your body?

    How did the mercury get into your body?

    How long have you been exposed to mercury?







    How does mercury poisoning affect our health?


    An abnormally high level of Mercury in our body may have significant negative impacts on our overall health, especially our brain, heart and gut health.


     


    It’s observed that its impact are even more dangerous for babies and children since their brains are still under development.







    What are the signs of Mercury exposure on your health?


     


    Abnormal levels of mercury exposure may lead to detrimental impact resulting in both short-term as well as long-term signs such as below.


     


    Short-term signs of unhealthy mercury exposure


    Severe respiratory irritation

    Digestive disturbances

    Marked renal damage

    Memory loss

    Impaired hearing, vision, speech

    Tremors

    Lack of coordination (while walking, writing etc.)

    Skin issues

    Difficulty in chewing and swallowing


     


    Long-term signs of unhealthy mercury exposure


    Deteriorates nervous system

    Weakness

    Fatigue

    Anorexia

    Weight loss

    Disturbance of gastrointestinal function


     


    If not identified and treated on time, it might also manifest itself into or worsen certain diseases and health conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer's, colitis and even cancer.







    What are the common sources of mercury exposure?


     


    Mercury exposure commonly occurs in two ways:


     


    General Exposure


     


    Large predatory fishes (like shark, tuna, swordfish etc.)

    Dental amalgam used for fillings that contain mercury

    Vegetables & fruits from contaminated soils

    Soaps & cosmetics

    Use & damage of mercury-containing products (eg. batteries, fluorescent lamps)

    Waste


     


    Occupational Exposure


     


    Manufacturing products containing mercury (eg. medical devices, paints, fluorescent lamps)

    Gold mining

    Industry (eg. cement production, metal production, Chlor-alkali industry)







    How to get tested for Mercury level in your body?


     


    The most common tests done to access mercury exposure in our

    • 1 hr 9 min
    What is the best diet for a diabetic

    What is the best diet for a diabetic

    3 Healthy Diets for Diabetes Patients and Prediabetics


     


    There’s no one diet that fits all. This is why there’s an abundance of various diets out there that deliver different results. The question is—which one is sustainable for you? How can you shift your health?


    This blog will answer the infamous question—what to eat when you’ve been diagnosed with Diabetes or Metabolic Syndrome?


    Nutrition is the core pillar of how you shift your health. Yet it’s also a complex question to answer, even after the tons of research done about it already.


    As you keep reading, you will learn about the science behind:


    The Plant-based Diet

    The Low-carb High-fat Diet

    The Carnivore Diet 


    Let’s dive right into it!


     


    The Plant-based Diet
    A plant-based diet consists of foods that are only obtained from plants. It includes everything from fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes, to nuts, seeds, and beans.


    No animal-sourced or processed foods. Going on a plant-based diet is not equivalent to going vegan.


    This diet has been a part of the nutritional world and has been studied extensively in the field of nutritional sciences since the 1940s. 


     


    Why should you go on a plant-based diet?
    More Sustainable: As Dr. Dean Ornish said, “It takes 10 times more energy to eat higher on the food chain i.e. when you're eating animal-based food as opposed to a plant-based diet, it takes ten times more resources to make that possible.” The plant-based diet is good for your body and the planet.



    Scientifically Proven Safe: There’s countless evidence to support the benefits of the plant-based diet—culturally and scientifically. Research shows that countries that eat mainly plant-based have less mortality rates and a lower ratio of chronic diseases that are relatively high around the Western world with an abundance of animal-based protein.



    Helps in Lowering High Cholesterol: The plant-based diet is proven to lower bad cholesterol levels from about 15% to 30% as it is relatively low-fat and removes oil from the diet.



    Good for Heart Patients: This diet is confirmed to be good for the heart as eating multicolor, leafy food, and fiber can reduce the risk of stroke, and lower high cholesterol and high blood pressure.



    Beneficial to people with Metabolic Syndrome: The plant-based diet has demonstrated efficiency in lowering each of the five risk factors—high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, high fasting blood sugar, abdominal fat, and high triglyceride level—for developing metabolic syndrome. It also helps in the prevention of metabolic syndrome with the removal of oils and processed food from the diet.


    All in all, plant-based diets are designed to get to the root cause of the disease and shift your health on a diet-and-lifestyle level.


    When causality is treated with plant-based nutrition there is:


    No mortality from the diet

    No morbidity from the diet


    And the health benefits improve with time.


    If you have been eating predominantly the Standard American Diet (SAD), the easiest transition into a healthy lifestyle with a safer diet is going plant-based.


     


    Foods included:
    Fruits

    Vegetables

    Whole Grains

    Legumes

    Seeds

    Nuts


     


    Foods to avoid:
    Oil

    Meat

    Fish

    Fowl

    Dairy

    Coffee


     


    Loopholes in the Plant-based Diet 
    Even though there are numerous benefits to the plant-based diet, people still tend to fail in seeing results or sticking to it. 


    Especially for diabetics, the transformation is slow because when you have high insulin resistance, getting the blood sugar down at the start is very difficult and takes a long time. 


    Reasons:


    People may not have involved a variety of plants in their diet.

    People may not have stopped consuming oils totally.

    They might consume too many fruits, dried fruits, and grains that increase sugar surges and don’t help with overcoming sugar addiction. 

    Involving too many fruits and fewer plants can lead to severe insulin resistance

    • 46 min
    Can Chronic Disease be Reversed by Nutrition?

    Can Chronic Disease be Reversed by Nutrition?

    What is the Nutritarian Diet? Can it Prevent and Reverse Chronic Diseases? 


     


    When faced with disease, many of us don't prefer taking medicines. Medicines are an option but they aren't a long-term solution. So, could you shift the health of your cells by changing your nutrition?


     


    In this blog, you will discover just how big of a role nutrition plays in the prevention and reversal of illness. This comprehensive blog with answers to all of your nutrition and diet-related questions:


    The Connection between Nutrition & Chronic Illness

    The Issue with Most Types of Diets

    About the Nutritarian Diet

    What are the G-BOMBS?

    The Importance of Including Nuts & Seeds in the Diet

    Oils vs. Seeds

    Veganism & Deficiencies 

    Is there a natural source of Omega 3 to replace supplements? 

    Macronutrients—too much or too little?


     


    Ready to dig in? Let’s go!


     


    But before that, here’s what you need to know about the creator of the Nutritarian diet, Dr. Joel Fuhrman:


    Dr. Joel Fuhrman is a long-term Board-certified family physician and seven times New York Times bestseller author who has a retreat center in San Diego called the “Eat to Live” retreat. 


    His specialty is preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods. Dr. Furhman has shown that it is possible to achieve sustainable weight loss, reverse heart disease, diabetes & many other chronic illnesses using smart nutrition. In his medical practice, he keeps delivering this life-saving message to people around the globe.


     


    Now, let’s dive right in!







    The Connection between Nutrition & Chronic Illness


     


    Modern nutritional science gives us the power to treat chronic diseases to a large degree. Access to processed & high-calorie nutrient-deficient foods more readily available at low prices has given rise to obesity and poor health conditions that follow. Things have gotten worse, not better. 


    The idea, proposed by Herbert Shelton in the 1950s, that the body is a miraculous self-healing machine and disease is unnatural is imperative. Dr. Fuhrman believes that it's not normal to live with diseases. One has to earn all diseases by living an unhealthy lifestyle. A species can be protected from disease if you feed it properly, taking care of all essential nutrients. This underlying premise will never change. 


     


    Studies reveal that wholesome organic plant-based diets can prevent chronic fatal diseases. So making healthy shifts in diet can provide longevity and help in reversing heart diseases, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, reducing daily migraines, getting rid of arthritis, and whatnot.


     


    As such, Nutritional excellence can be utilized as a therapeutic modality. It can not only prevent disease but also reverse disease. 


     


    So, while we’re living in a world of information with all the research readily available around us, 


     


    Why is there still so much confusion about nutrition? 


     


    The fast-food and the restaurant industry with billions of dollars to spend on promotion whereas the organic food producing industry doesn't put out  information at that scale. Nobody is promoting those industries.


     


    With such a massive level of promotion of processed food and meats; it’s easier to make people buy a full meal quicker for money, rather than try to eat whole foods.    


     


    The different types of diets out there and the media also have a role to play here. The vegan diet, the paleo, or the ketogenic diet, etc.  For instance, seeing people lose weight with the keto diet can be tempting to anyone who wants to lose weight.


     


    The Issue with Most Types of Diets


    As we know, most types of diets are targeted towards either weight loss or reducing cholesterol levels etc. Yet, short-term change doesn't mean that a certain diet is sustainable. Dr. Fuhrman believes that short-term benefits shouldn’t be utilized as a measurement of the success of any diet. Like medications, while they might be a goo

    • 52 min
    Women's Menstrual Health and Nutrition

    Women's Menstrual Health and Nutrition

    Let’s Talk Women’s Health: Everything from Menstrual Health, Pregnancy to Menopause and more!


     


    Most women live decades of their lives away putting up with many physical annoyances such as the discomfort of menstrual cycles, body ache, insomnia, swelling, and anxiety. Yet they continue to function doing what they’re supposed to; pushing themselves through it all. 


     


    Their name is way down in the list of the people they take care of—children, parents, partners, and so on. It's not until they experience complete well-being that they realize the burden they were carrying.


     


    In this blog, we cover the highlights of a conversation between Dr. Nisha Chellam Board Certified Internist and Founder of Holistic ICON, and Dr. Marilyn Glenville Ph.D., a registered nutritionist the founder of Glenville Nutrition, talking about the various phases of a woman’s life and how we can change the underlying physiology by changing the lifestyle and the pattern of eating. 


     


    You will learn about: 


    Pre-menstrual Syndrome—All Questions Answered

    The Barriers on the Path to Healing 

    The Increasing Rate of Menstrual Abnormalities in Young Women

    Advice for Tampon Users

    Effect of Pregnancy on Women's Health 

    Role of Alcohol in Fertility

    An Outlook on Perimenopause

    The Possible Osteoporosis Epidemic

    The Mindset You Need to Regain Your Health

    How to Eat Healthily?

    How to Stay Consistent?


     


    Get your notepads ready and keep reading!


     


    Who is Dr. Marilyn Glenville?


    Dr. Marilyn Glenville Ph.D. is the founder of Glenville Nutrition, a registered nutritionist, psychologist, author, and broadcaster. She focuses on the natural nutritional healing of many chronic problems that women face—from menstrual irregularity, PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis, infertility to menopause, and osteoporosis. Helping women understand and naturally manage these diseases. 


     


    Pre-menstrual Syndrome—All Questions Answered


     


    What is Pre-menstrual Syndrome? 


    Pre-menstrual syndrome is a change in a woman's emotional and physical health 7 to 10 days before her menses. 


     PMS involves a cluster of symptoms such as: 


    Water retention

    Breast tenderness

    Bloating

    Mood swings

    Food cravings


    The timing of the symptoms is more important than the symptoms themselves in this situation as the symptoms are varied and can be diverse from month to month.


     


    Is it abnormal?


    Certain symptoms that notify you of your periods are normal. However, when it affects your quality of life—physically and emotionally—that’s when it becomes abnormal. If a woman faces major personality shifts that affect her relationships, the syndrome can turn into pre-menstrual disorder; a psychiatric disease. 


     


    Is Pre-menstrual Syndrome heritable? 


    While there might be some genetic snips that put you at a high risk of hormonal imbalance, understand that it’s the habits that run in the family, not the condition. 


    There could be a genetic component, but there are also patterns of eating in how the family eats together. PMS is something that a woman can take control of. You can heal the symptoms by making lifestyle changes. 


     


    What can help with PMS?


    Foremost, sorting out blood-sugar levels and get them under control. 


    This is the crux of hormonal imbalances—from the cortisol and progesterone to the thyroid; everything gets disrupted by blood sugar fluctuations.


     


    The Barriers on the Path to Healing 


    Not trusting the process: The first step to healing is to believe that it is going to be worth making the effort to heal yourself.



    Dependence: A person can be prescribed as many pills to control symptoms, but that's not the goal here. Doctors can give as many solutions, but it's you who has to make the effort and take the action. Make better choices daily.



    Change is hard: Most women seem to choose to belong to a community over feeling alienated as they change their lifestyle to a healthy one.



    The

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Nagina A. ,

Educating for our Health

Dr. Nisha provides good and reliable information. Discussion on important health issues are from a perspective that even a non-medical person can clearly understand. I can't wait to hear more.

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Awesome Podcast!

Dr. Chellam provides a wealth of knowledge and wellness lifestyle advice in an engaging, valuable style! I just listened to the episode with Uma Desai! I learned so much about Homeopathy. I also appreciate Marina's insights! Great Podcast! Highly Recommended!

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