About Lucy Mailing

Lucy Mailing, MD/PhD student

8 ways to make your New Year’s Resolution (or any goal) stick this year

By |2018-02-21T16:13:12+00:00January 2nd, 2018|

8 ways to make your New Year’s Resolution (or any goal) stick this year According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 41 percent of Americans make a New Year’s resolution, yet only 9 percent are successful in achieving theirs.1 Why? More often than not, they simply don’t have the right mindset, [...]

Why we need an integrative, individualized approach to weight loss

By |2017-12-20T15:32:27+00:00December 19th, 2017|

Why we need an integrative, individualized approach to weight loss Obesity has surpassed epidemic proportions. One in three adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese,1 and if current trends continue, a whopping 57% of children in the United States will be obese by the time they turn 35.2 Researchers continue [...]

Creamy avocado salad dressing

By |2018-02-21T16:21:04+00:00December 12th, 2017|

Creamy avocado salad dressing This dressing is so easy to make and I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t like it. Even my parents, who hate avocados, like this dressing! Prep time: 5 minutes Makes: enough dressing for about 4 large servings of salad Allergens: none. Ingredients: 4 avocados 2 cups [...]

The gut ecosystem: why understanding microbial communities can help prevent and treat disease

By |2017-12-03T22:29:49+00:00December 3rd, 2017|

The gut ecosystem: why understanding microbial communities can help prevent and treat disease The trillions of microbes that inhabit your gut form complex interactions with each other and with their human host. An altered gut microbiota has been associated with a number of different diseases. Understanding the microbiome as an ecosystem [...]

SCFAs Part 5: The propionate-autism connection

By |2017-11-29T19:38:20+00:00November 22nd, 2017|

SCFAs Part 5: The propionate-autism connection The prevalence of autism and other neuropsychiatric diseases has grown tremendously in recent decades. Environmental factors are sure to play a role, including the gut microbiota and its all-too important metabolites, short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). So far in the SCFA series, I’ve discussed the benefits [...]

Easy Garlic Roasted Cabbage

By |2018-02-21T16:22:30+00:00November 14th, 2017|

Easy garlic cabbage steaks   I’ve yet to find someone who doesn’t love these. They might even top garlic bread. I love to make these along with garlic thyme roasted carrots as quick and easy pop-in-the-oven veggies. Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Makes: 6 servings Allergens: none (low FODMAP, [...]

Why your genome isn’t your destiny

By |2018-02-21T16:17:16+00:00November 7th, 2017|

Why your genome isn’t your destiny I’m all about individualized medicine. I highly recommend genetic testing, and genetic individuality is a foundational element of the NGmedicine approach. But genetic individuality is just ONE facet of the individuality of an organism. Epigenetics, biochemistry, and environmental factors can all significantly influence health and [...]

FDA, USDA, MyPlate, oh my! The lack of evidence in U.S. nutrition policy

By |2018-01-11T22:44:55+00:00October 31st, 2017|

FDA, USDA, MyPlate, oh my! The lack of evidence in U.S. nutrition policy I didn’t pass the qual last month. My initial reaction was hurt, frustration, and anger. I didn’t want to tell anyone. I pride myself on academic excellence, so being asked to retake the Nutritional Sciences Ph.D. qualifying exam [...]

SCFAs Part 4: Does acetate make you fat? The skinny on acetate and metabolic syndrome

By |2017-11-29T19:36:33+00:00October 9th, 2017|

SCFAs Part 4: Does acetate make you fat? The skinny on acetate and metabolic syndrome Research has known for over a decade that an altered microbiota is associated with metabolic syndrome and weight gain. A recent study suggested that bacterial metabolite acetate may drive obesity. Here, we’ll learn why this study [...]

SCFAs Part 3: Decrypting the butyrate paradox: can excess butyrate be toxic?

By |2017-11-29T19:34:07+00:00August 17th, 2017|

SCFAs Part 3: Decrypting the butyrate paradox: can excess butyrate be toxic?   Several supplement companies now offer various forms of oral butyrate supplements. But should we really be taking butyrate? Can too much butyrate be a bad thing? In part 2 of the short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) series, I discussed the [...]

SCFAs Part 1: A brief introduction to short-chain fatty acids

By |2017-11-29T19:31:34+00:00August 14th, 2017|

SCFAs Part 1: A brief introduction to short-chain fatty acids   A great deal of my laboratory research in some way involves short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). And to be honest, the more we learn about SCFAs, the more it seems we don’t know!  It’s increasingly evident that these bacterial metabolites play intricate [...]

Treating the root cause of disease

By |2017-10-10T01:54:34+00:00August 10th, 2017|

Treating the root cause of disease Why a functional approach is more effective for lasting health and wellness Amy walked slowly through the rows of swiss chard, cabbage, kale, and potatoes, stopping frequently to bend down and inspect the leaves and stems of the young plants.  As she walked through the field, [...]

Choconana-tain Cake

By |2017-08-17T20:07:23+00:00August 8th, 2017|

Choconana-tain Cake   NOMSS. That is all. Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Makes: 8 x 8 inch pan Allergens: gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, egg-free Ingredients: 2 plantains (ripe preferred) 3 bananas (ripe preferred) ½ can of coconut milk – save remainder for the frosting 1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla 1/2 tsp [...]

How I came to start this blog

By |2017-08-17T19:43:37+00:00August 1st, 2017|

How I came to start this blog   I never really thought of myself as a writer, but it just kind of happened. As a result of my own healing story, I became interested in functional and integrative medicine in 2013. Within a few short months, I had changed my intended career [...]