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Say No to the Yo-Yo … Weight Loss for Life

Have you ever gone on a diet, lost weight, only to gain it back, and then some?

At some point, did you just throw your hands up in despair and say “what’s the use?”

Do you want to know

  • the real reason why dieting doesn’t work?
  • why you gain more weight with each diet you go on?
  • and then eventually enter the ranks of the diabetics?

Here’s why …

When you diet, you lose muscle mass as you lose weight instead of losing just fat. This reduces your body’s “calorie-burning engine.”

When you go on a diet, lose the weight you want, then go off the diet … if you haven’t learned how to make the correct changes to your unhealthy food habits and if you go back to eating the foods that caused you to gain weight in the first place, you will gain the weight back.

In other words, if you didn’t learn healthy eating habits to help you maintain the weight loss, you’ll gain it back.

If you’re eating foods that are not blood-sugar friendly, i.e. foods that raise your blood sugar, like candy, cookies, pastries, energy bars, sodas, fruit juices and even too much fruit, you’re setting yourself up to not only become a diabetic, but also to gain weight.

When you go on a diet to lose weight and your focus is solely on the weight loss, you miss the reason for the inability to maintain your weight loss. There may be underlying functional health imbalances that prevent you from maintaining a healthy weight and healthy blood sugar over time.

The adverse effects of hidden food sensitivities that may have been diminished or eliminated when you avoided the guilty foods while on your diet come back with a vengeance when you go back to eating them, which in turn brings the weight back.

And if the diet program you’re on allows you to be hungry, have food cravings, low energy or brain fog the likelihood that you will stick with it is greatly decreased.

Does this mean that you should give up, forget about losing weight and maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and just learn to live with it? Wait for the diagnosis and the drugs?

Absolutely not!

There is a way to achieve and maintain healthy weight loss and prevent the onset of diabetes and other chronic diseases.

The first step is a health assessment to get a baseline measure of your state of health. You need to find out if you have any functional health conditions that may be preventing you from losing the weight and keeping it off.

Following a ketogenic elimination diet, with the essential supportive nutrients, will allow you to biochemically set your body to use excess fat for fuel while protecting muscle mass, i.e. preventing you from losing muscle mass as you lose weight, and reducing elevated blood sugar, as well as eliminating hunger, maintaining blood sugar, having high energy and a clear mind.

Most important is to be eating “the right” whole foods your prepare from scratch … no packaged foods, no gimmicks, just real food and specific nutrients designed to support your body in healthy weight loss and healthy blood sugar levels.

Losing weight is not just about weight loss. It’s about improving your health and in the process allowing your body to achieve a normal weight.

Say NO to the Yo-Yo and YES to Weight Loss for Life.

Start now on the road to a healthier you.

Find out  your wellness Index by filling in the form at the top right of this page to request an access code to determine your WICO® Wellness score and receive a complimentary consultation.

Note: This is not medical advice. This information is for educational purposes only. If you have a medical condition, check with your health care practitioner before starting on any diet program.


Never become a diabetic

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one out of three Americans are either Type II diabetic or pre-diabetic, and by 2030 one third of Americans will become Type II diabetic.

If you take anyone under the age of 30 out of the equation, these stats become even more alarming as 50% or more adult Americans will most likely have one of these conditions.

The good news is that pre-diabetes is reversible, proven by a government conducted double-blind study.

Unfortunately, our standard of care is waiting for people to become diabetic, at which point medication is offered that for most people will NOT stop the progression or complications of diabetes.

You Can Prevent Diabetes Naturally

  • Learn how to never become a diabetic (that is lifestyle induced).
  • If a diabetic, learn how to stop the progression and complications of diabetes and wean off any medication.
  • Learn how to have correct food habits to maintain weight loss over time.
  • Correct anyone of 15 health conditions that could stop you from succeeding with weight loss over time.
  • Pinpoint nutritional deficiencies that can be corrected before they become chronic and diseased
  • Pinpoint food allergies and sensitivities that can bring back lost weight in the form of water retention or create other health problems.
  • Pinpoint chronic conditions that will take more than lifestyle changes to correct.
  • Feel better than you normally feel with energy and mental alertness while having no hunger or cravings.
  • Eat normal whole foods without the need for meal replacements shakes, bars and count systems and learn how to be in control of your blood sugar.
  • Spend 30-50% less on your food costs as your body is bio-chemically set to use excess belly fat for fuel, without you feeling any hunger or feeling deprived.

Steps You Can Take Now

To ensure you DO NOT become a type II diabetic, I am offering you my WICO® Test at no cost. This is a $75 savings, and will evaluate 15 functional health conditions based on your symptoms. Once you complete the online questionnaire, you will come to our office to have a complimentary consultation with me (a $100 value). If you are not local, we will do a telephone consultation.

At this consultation, I will review your WICO® Test results, and pinpoint which of the 15 functional health conditions show imbalances that maybe at the root of why you are on track to becoming a Type II diabetic, or are having difficulty losing weight or keeping it off.

In the event you are a pre-diabetic, you will be shown simple steps you can take that will empower you to never have to worry about Type II diabetes.

I believe the greatest gift of health I can give my patients is to show them if they are a pre-diabetic, and how to never worry about becoming a Type II diabetic.

To benefit from this health-saving offer (savings of $175), please fill in the form at the top right of this page to receive your complimentary WICO® Access Code to take the online questionnaire.

Your WICO® Access Code will be emailed to you within 24 hours. After I receive your results I will contact you to set up a Free Consultation to find out if the Diabetes Prevention Program is right for you.

This is a time sensitive offer that can only be offered to a limited number of people.

Don’t miss out. Fill in the form now.

Yours in health,

Christine H. Farlow, D.C.



Functional Diagnostic Nutrition


Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, or FDN, is an emerging field and growing body of work that bridges the gap between clinical nutrition and functional medicine.

It is a holistic discipline that employs functional laboratory assessments to identify malfunctions and underlying conditions at the root of most common health complaints.

FDN embraces metabolic individuality and provides a step-by-step method that allows our patients and clients to achieve repeatable, consistent and successful clinical outcomes.

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition offers identification and correction of malfunctions of these systems …

  • Hormone
  • Immune
  • Digestive
  • Detoxification
  • Intestinal Barrier

Do you…

  • Want to feel great again?
  • Want to look younger and live longer?
  • Prefer drug-free, natural solutions to your health problems?
  • Prefer to find the underlying cause instead of just treating your symptoms?

Do you prefer a practitioners who …

  • Is knowledgeable, experienced and trustworthy
  • Clearly explains choices and solutions
  • Answers all of your questions
  • Addresses all of your concerns

Fill in your information in the box at the top right of this page to request your Free Functional Diagnostic Nutrition consultation today.


Here’s what some patients have to say about their experience with Functional Diagnostic Nutrition …

“I’ve got so much more energy now. People at work are telling me I look great. My eyes are clear. My periods have returned to normal. It’s just amazing the difference.”   – E. Rodriguez

“My energy level is back to normal. I can eat now without getting bloated and I’m back to exercising like I’ve always wanted to do but was too tired. Thank you so much for your help.”   – E. Kaplan

“I’ve noticed a big difference after the first month of the adrenal protocol. Now I’m almost completely back to being my old self. My husband says to keep it up. He likes me much better this way.”   – L. Yeh



News Release

Hidden Poisons In Your Food


It’s getting harder and harder to make healthy food choices these days. Deceptive marketing and misleading labeling are commonplace. Some critical information necessary for you to be able to make truly healthy choices is legally absent from the label. It’s almost impossible for the average consumer to know what’s really healthy to eat.

You really need to be a food detective to give yourself half a chance of choosing foods that promote rather than destroy your health. However, there is so much misinformation about what is truly healthy that even the best investigators can be fooled. A number of experts and organizations that claim to provide genuine facts to help consumers stay healthy are guilty of spreading half truths.

Most people don’t have the time or desire to spend hours upon hours researching the literature to discover the truth about the food they eat. And even if they do, few know how to tell if a study is biased and provides incorrect information. For example, one study may say soy is healthy and healing. Another says it’s harmful. Other examples of controversial foods or food ingredients with conflicting messages about healthfulness include canola oil, meat, high fructose corn syrup and aspartame.

So, what’s a person to do?

The key is finding a few honest and reliable resources that you can trust to provide accurate and truthful information.

One of those resources is Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide To What’s Safe & What’s Not. It has stood the test of time. Soon to be released in its seventh edition, the 2013, 20th Anniversary Edition has grown from a 64-page pamphlet listing only food additives and their safety ratings to a 144-page book that gives information on …

  • how to read labels
  • how to identify and avoid genetically engineered foods (GMOs)
  • why Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) does NOT mean an additive is safe; and why many GRAS additives are NOT safe
  • identifying additives that are potential carcinogens
  • how to identify irradiated foods and why they should be avoided
  • what those pesky little stickers on produce items mean
  • food additives that are not listed on the label

Everyone needs to know this information if they want to be healthy. The book is pocket sized and easily carried with you to the grocery store when you shop.

The author, Dr. Christine H. Farlow, D.C., has been actively investigating and researching the safety of food additives since 1991. She is committed to finding the truth about these chemicals, many not adequately tested and used far too often, in the food we eat.

Her interest in the study of ingredient safety started with the “Healthy Eating” classes she held in her office. It accelerated in December 1990 when her dad was diagnosed with cancer.

Farlow is a Doctor of Chiropractic with a specialty in Nutrition. She practices chiropractic and nutritional counseling at her office in Escondido,  CA, and also does telephone consultations. Counseling patients since 1984, she is a veteran at teaching people how to make healthy eating and lifestyle choices.

Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide … can be ordered online at or on Farlow can be contacted through her website,


MSG And Your Brain

MSG is a neurotoxin and excitotoxin. It excites your brain cells to death. In other words, it kills your brain cells. It is doubly dangerous for children because their blood-brain barrier has not yet fully developed.

MSG is in almost all processed foods and almost all restaurant food. It can even be found in organic packaged foods. For example, one day I was looking for organic beef broth. I picked up a package and read the ingredients and saw autolyzed yeast, a hidden source of MSG.

You will see many packages on the grocery store shelf that say

  • No MSG
  • No Added MSG
  • No MSG Added

But if you look closer at the ingredients list, if you know the names for the “Hidden Sources of MSG,” you will almost always find them.

Some of the most common hiding places for MSG are

  • broth
  • natural flavors, any kind of flavoring
  • hydrolyzed vegetable protein, anything hydrolyzed
  • yeast extract, yeast food, yeast nutrient
  • gelatin
  • calcium caseinate
  • corn gluten
  • anything with glutamate in the name
  • glutamic acid
  • anything with protein in the name, i.e. protein extracted from the whole food
  • carrageenan
  • citric acid
  • any kind of enzymes

If you have the 2007 edition of Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide … the list is on page 61, under free glutamates.

MSG is only one of many food additives that are dangerous to your health. Make sure you know how to identify those additives that are harmful to you and your family.


Urgent Action Needed Regarding CARRAGEENAN!

Carrageenan is currently allowed in USDA certified organic foods.

Degraded Carrageenan is a possible carcinogen, as determined by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and should NOT be allowed in certified organic foods.

Although food grade carrageenan is claimed to contain only the native, non-degraded carrageenan, research has proven otherwise. “A 2005 study showed that not a single sample of food-grade carrageenan could confidently claim to be entirely free of the potential cancer-causing material.”

Carrageenan’s status as an allowable ingredient in organic foods will be voted upon by the USDA National Organic Standards Board in May.

Please send your comments to the USDA, by May 3, to remove carrageenan as an allowable ingredient in organic foods.

The safety of organic foods is at stake here!


“Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine …”

“Let they food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food” is ancient wisdom that we seem to have forgotten in these modern, high tech times.

In spite of the fact that technology has advanced so phenomenally over the last 100 years, “the human genome is 99.98% the same as it was 40,000 years ago.” This means that we virtually have the same biochemical makeup as the people living in the Stone Age. So, the food our body is designed to eat is basically the same type eaten in ancient times.

What we are feeding our bodies is so far removed from what we were designed to eat that we are suffering for it.

Most of the food on the market is NOT real food. It’s processed chemicals, void of nutrients, that does not provide what we need to sustain health. The result … we in the U.S. are one of the sickest nations in the western world, in spite of supposedly having the best health care system in the world.

We live in a society that expects “a pill for every ill” rather than looking to find the cause of the ailment.

When you drive your car, you put gas in your gas tank. Otherwise, your car wouldn’t run. You take your car in for routine service and maintenance to keep it running and make it last longer.

Your body is just like your car. It needs the proper fuel and maintenance. When it doesn’t get it, it starts to break down and malfunction. You might first start feeling a little tired and low energy. Then it progresses and the symptoms increase and eventually you get sick.

The big difference between your body and your car is that when your car breaks down beyond repair, you can get a new car. But … you can’t get a new body!

It’s a sad state of affairs that we treat our cars better than we treat our bodies.

We eat nutrient deficient, chemically altered food and we wonder why we’re sick.

The best way to be healthy, or to regain your health if you have started losing it, is to give your body the fuel that it needs … the nourishment it was designed to function efficiently on.

Just like some cars require different types of fuel to run efficiently, your body may require different foods. If you have food sensitivities, your body may not tolerate all the healthy foods available on the market. If you want to be healthy you need to eliminate those intolerant foods and eat the healthy foods your body needs.

So, how do you know if some otherwise healthy foods are unhealthy for you?

If you’re feeling less than vibrantly alive and healthy, something’s amiss.

The best way to find out is to get tested.

Fill in the form on the right side of this page to request a FREE Consultation to find out how you can improve your health.


Food Allergies vs. Food Sensitivities

True food allergies are rare. If you’re allergic to a food, you will have an immediate reaction and you will know that you are allergic to that food.

What’s more common than food allergies are food sensitivities or food intolerance. But unlike food allergies, the foods you are sensitive to are not obvious.

Food sensitivities are often referred to as hidden food allergies. When you have food sensitivities, your immune system treats the intolerant foods like a foreign invader, like it would viruses or bacteria. When this happens, it’s not apparent that you are having a reaction to a food.

Instead, you have a chronic activation of the immune system, leading to inflammation and a variety of health problems like …

  • digestive disorders
  • migraine headaches
  • obesity
  • chronic fatigue
  • aching joints
  • skin disorders
  • arthritis
  • and more …

Almost anything other than perfect health can be a symptom of a food sensitivity.

According to current research, 30 to 90% of the population of the U.S. is affected by food sensitivities. Most people are not aware that they are intolerant to certain foods and have no clue as to the foods that might be doing harm to their health.

If you experience anything less than robust health, there’s a good chance that you may have food sensitivities.

How do you find out?

“The ALCAT  Test is the most effective and comprehensive sensitivity/intolerance test available… It is the only test shown to correlate with clinical symptoms by double blind oral challenges, the gold standard.”

Fill in the form on the right side of the page to sign up for a FREE Consultation to see if food sensitivities may be contributing to your health challenges.

Learn more about the ALCAT Test.


Nutrition Classes for Kids

Who ever heard of kids telling their parents they wanted to eat healthier foods?

Well, this is exactly what’s happening at the Noonan Elementary Academy.

I received an order for 26 Food Additives books from the Noonan Academy the other day. Over the years, I’ve received numerous orders from this school for these books, but I never knew how they used them.

I was curious … so this time I asked.

I was impressed!

The eighth grade curriculum includes a class in nutrition where the students learn about healthy eating. In this class, they take a look at the foods they eat and the ingredients in the foods. They look them up in the Food Additives book to see whether the ingredients are safe and what harmful effects the additives have on their bodies. Some of the students have been known to go home and let their parents know that they would like to eat healthier foods!

Noonan Academy is planning an organic garden. The produce from this garden will be used in their school lunch program. They encourage the students to eat the healthy lunches provided in their school cafeteria. For those students who have a need to bring their lunches, they provide healthy food guidelines.

In addition, the school does not allow unhealthy treats, like cupcakes, to be brought in for birthdays.

What a concept!

I’ve heard of a few other schools implementing a healthy school lunch program in the past. As a result, there was documented evidence of improved behavior, increased attention spans and better grades.

What if more schools did this?

What effect would there be on the health of the students and their families? If their whole families got involved with improving their diets, what effect would this have, not only on their health, but that of future generations?

As a country, the U.S. ranks near the bottom of the western world in state of health. Lifestyle diseases are rampant. Children are getting diseases that were once found only in older adults. It’s already predicted that today’s children will not live as long as their parents. Is this a trend we want to continue?

It is a fact that good nutrition is important for good health. Unfortunately, there is so much misinformation about what really is healthy to eat. The marketplace is full of so many nutrient deficient, processed, chemical non-foods being promoted as healthy, it’s no wonder people are confused and think they’re eating healthfully when in fact their food choices are leading them down the path of disease.

It makes so much sense to teach kids real nutrition… to get them in the habit of eating and enjoying truly healthy foods when young… so that they may carry this with them during their lifetime and feed their children and their families good foods that promote health, not disease.

If you’re the parent of a child in schools that serve less than healthy foods or have vending machines offering unhealthy choices, here are some things you can do …

  • Talk to your child’s school about improving the healthfulness of the choices they offer.
  • Talk to other parents with the same concerns and brainstorm what you can do to work with the school to help improve the quality of food the school offers.
  • Pack your child’s lunch with healthy foods.

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Antioxidant Foods

Antioxidants are substances found in fresh whole foods that reduce oxidative damage caused by free radicals.

There are a lot of antioxidant supplements that are being promoted for their health benefits … to reverse aging, to increase strength and endurance, to boost the immune system, etc.

A lot of superfoods are being heavily promoted for their antioxidant properties.

From all this, we get the message that antioxidant supplements and superfoods are essential for good health.

But how much should you take and can you take too much?

First of all, we need to put a few things into perspective.

  • Not all free radicals are bad. They’re part of the normal biochemical processes that occur in the body. While many have harmful effects on the body, others do not.
  • Our bodies need oxidants and antioxidants in the proper balance. Taking too many antioxidants can be as bad as not getting enough.
  • Different antioxidants have different functions. If you supplement with specific antioxidants, are you sure you’re giving your body what it really needs?

Antioxidants are abundant in fresh whole foods, both plant and animal. You don’t have to take high potency antioxidant supplements or superfoods to get the antioxidants your body needs. You just need to eat real whole foods that are antioxidant rich.

If you do choose to take the supplements, you should be certain that the antioxidant supplement is not a synthetic version of the real thing, and it is something that your body needs.

If you’re not sure that you really need that particular antioxidant or superfood, you’re better off getting your antioxidants from real whole foods.

Some animal foods that are rich sources of antioxidants include

  • wild caught salmon – astaxanthin
  • eggs – lutein
  • pasture-fed dairy – glutathione

Other foods rich in antioxidants …

  • green tea
  • white tea
  • rooibos tea
  • berries
  • cherries
  • onions
  • eggplant
  • cabbage
  • pomegranates
  • red grapes
  • olives
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • tomatoes
  • watermelon
  • Indian gooseberry
  • broccoli
  • radishes
  • beets
  • leafy greens
  • dark chocolate

Spices containing antioxidants

  • cloves
  • cinnamon
  • oregano
  • rosemary
  • thyme

Botanically infused water is another way of adding antioxidants to your daily food intake without overdoing it.

In our pop-a-pill society, many people mistakenly think that taking supplements or superfoods compensates for eating unhealthy foods. In reality, much of the damage done to your body by over-processed, nutritionally depleted foods containing trans fats and other chemicals never meant to be consumed by humans cannot be compensated for by taking a few antioxidants or nutritional supplements.  Your body needs the real thing … real whole foods. And because we live in a polluted world with all kinds of chemical stresses that we have no control over, most people need both healthy foods and whole food supplements customized to your specific body chemistry.