Dr. Nibber’s blog is dedicated to setting the record straight on natural ingredients by dispelling common myths and highlighting truths on the basis of solid science. The end-result? Informed consumers that demand legitimacy and credibility from the supplement world, making safe, effective & high-quality products more available to you.
Compliance and Enforcement of Natural Health...
There were many times when I had left Health Canada Natural Health Products Advisory Committee (NHP-PAC) meetings more frustrated than confident that full regulation of pre-market approval, and compliance and enforcement, of natural health products (NHPs) in Canada would ever take ground. In one corner, we had pharmaceutical stakeholders pushing for stricter standards of evidence for safety, efficacy, and quality. In another corner, we had the passionate consumer/patient stakeholders digging their heels in and lobbying (almost stalking) their MPs and Health Canada Senior officials to not overregulate, and to not limit their choices of natural health products and their rights […]Read more
Could stress be affecting my thyroid gland?
The stress response is meant to improve your chances of surviving a physical threat to your safety temporarily, but prolonged, frequent or extreme stress can have devastating effects on your health. Arguably, we are more stressed today than ever before in human history. As a result, stress accounts for 75 – 90 % of all primary care visits in the US and chronic stress is now acknowledged as a key driver behind most of our modern health complaints, both psychological and physical. Stress is also considered to be the number one reason why people eat poorly and quit healthy lifestyles […]Read more
Beyond Caffeine and Coffee: How to Boost You...
There are dozens of reasons why you may be tired. In many cases, there is a clear answer as to why; maybe you’ve been running on 4 hours of sleep each night of the week, you’ve been working 12-hour days for the past month, or you have a 3-month old newborn (you get the picture). But sometimes the reason is not so clear. Despite eating well, getting high quality sleep and exercising regularly, you seem to be dragging on. So the classic solution, yet often the incorrect solution, is to seek the nervous system stimulant caffeine by drinking coffee…and more […]Read more
Grain Brain or Brain Drain?
A funny thing happened on the way to Albuquerque for the American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC) conference and annual meeting that I attended last week. Seated next to me was a lady with a brand spanking new copy of Dr David Perlmutter’s book “Grain Brain”. Throughout the flight I saw her frantically highlighting various passages in the book. AACC is the premier North American conference on foods focusing particularly on cereals and grains. Attendees from around the world including Finland, France, Germany, S Africa, Japan, UK the US and of course Canada were present. It was an opportune time […]Read more
Is GABA something that could help me with my...
GABA is a supplement worth taking for dealing with issues of anxiety. I have been using it in my clinical practice for many years for this very reason. GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a neurotransmitter made from the amino acid glutamate. GABA acts as a main inhibitor to the brain and nervous system, functioning as an “engine brake” on the system in times of stress. Low levels of GABA in the brain have been associated with restlessness, anxiety, insomnia and poor mood (1). GABA has been shown to inhibit the excitatory impulses in the brain, including those responsible for panic, alarm, […]Read more