Is Our Drinking Water Safe?

Our good friend and devotee of healthy drinking water, Deanna DeLong, has made understanding our latest Baltimore Water Quality Report simple, and she highlights the important factors that may be impacting your health. For example:

“All water contains some level of contaminants. … (These levels) are set on what is realistic for a water utility to achieve, not what is good for your health.

“Baltimore occasionally has a parasite called Cryptosporidium … The disinfection process does not kill Cryptosporidium. … Pregnant women, infants, the elderly, immune compromised people, and anyone with a serious life-threatening illness are at highest risk. Cryptosporidiosis can be fatal.”

“One of the most serious contaminants in Baltimore water is a series of chemicals called disinfection by-products … These compounds have been linked to cancers (breast, bladder, colon, and rectal), miscarriages, low birth weight, stillbirths, and birth defects. (Baltimore’s ranges) are some of the highest in the nation!”

For Deanna’s complete breakdown, please click here.


Your Colon

Our colon is where most of our necessary gut bacteria should reside. These bacteria are instrumental in not only regulating healthy easy bowel movements but allow for the required elimination of toxins that our livers have carefully packaged for escape. Our colons are also a place for production of biotin, vitamin K, and neurotransmitters. This is where a verified, high-quality probiotic can be very supportive. Proper balance of our gut bacteria is crucial for immune function and balance, and production of biotin, vitamin K, and mood-altering neurotransmitters.

If you are experiencing persistent bowel symptoms you should speak with a functional medical doctor who can help interpret your symptoms and identify appropriate laboratory workup to determine causes and treatment options. Despite what you may have been led to believe, if you have irritable bowel symptoms (IBS) there is an underlying cause and therefore a potential resolution to your suffering.


Super Immune Boosting Chicken Soup Recipe

Nourishing Meals
by Alissa Sergersten & Tom Malterre, MS CN

This is one of my favorite soups to make during cold and flu season. Feel free to add any vegetables you prefer. Diced yams or winter squash are an excellent addition, so are finely chopped hot peppers. You can also replace the napa cabbage with either green or savoy cabbage. Tip: Use 16 cups of water for a 4- to 5-pound chicken or 12 cups of water for a 3- to 4-pound chicken.



1 whole organic chicken (4 to 5 pounds)

16 cups water

1 medium onion, chopped

3 celery stalks, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

4 to 5 shiitake mushrooms, chopped

1 whole head garlic, cut in half cross-wise

2 to 3 inches fresh ginger, cut into thin slices

2 tablespoons dried astragalus

1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

1 stalk lemongrass, chopped (optional)



1 medium onion, chopped

3 carrots, sliced

4 celery stalks, chopped

2 cups shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced

1 large red bell pepper, chopped

2 to 3 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

1 tablespoon sea salt

1 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes

4 to 5 cups sliced napa cabbage

1 cup chopped cilantro


  1. To start making the soup, add all ingredients for the broth into an 8-quart stockpot, cover, and simmer for about 1 ½ to 2 hours on low heat.
  2. Place a large colander over another 8-quart pot or large stainless steel bowl. Pour the broth through it to strain out the chicken and vegetables. Place the pot of broth back on the stove. Place the chicken onto a plate to cool. Bring the broth to a boil, add the all of the ingredients for the soup except the napa cabbage and cilantro. Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. While the vegetables are cooking, pull all of the meat from the chicken and cut into smaller pieces. Add the chicken to the soup. Once the vegetables are tender, turn off the heat and add the chopped cabbage and cilantro. Taste and adjust salt and seasonings if desired.


Yield: about 12 servings



The 3 Ways Immune Supplements Work (and Why You Need All 3)

This time of year, it is so easy for us to find ourselves pushed to our limits by whatever our individual circumstances may require.  Two supplements that have made a a huge difference for many patients, my family and myself included are Opti Biotic & Inner Defense. If you are interested in why these products work so well and how we can specifically support our immune system, then keep reading. If not just scroll down to the photos below to see what you need now to significantly increase your odds of staying well through the holidays and beyond.

Now for those purists out there who want to know the “hows” and “whys” here we go…

Our immune system, granted, is very complex but fascinating.  Below I have simplified the main methods of which supplements and nutrients protect us and restore our sense of comfort and wellbeing. First, you will be exposed, a little or a lot, to both viruses and bacteria this winter.  Make sure to minimize your vulnerabilities when you are exposed by following the 5 recommendations below. Some of the most important factors are “common sense” habits that can be easily overlooked this time of year but can make all the difference.

1. DRINK WATER – Stay well hydrated with safe filtered water. I mean, really well hydrated, with water not alcohol. Remember alcohol is dehydrating so drink even more water or tea along with your cocktail.  Your minimum daily goal is half your body weight in ounces.  So, if you weigh 130 lbs. you need a minimum of 65oz/day barring no caffeinated beverages which are also dehydrating. The absolute best water filtration unit available is Multipure and shown below.  (Available through our office.)

2. KEEP MOVING – 15 – 20 min /day of some activity that gets your blood and lymph circulating and boosts immune defenses.

3. LAUGH – Humor really is the best and most profound medicine.  The endorphins that begin circulating with laughter are scientifically proven.  You will feel the difference right away. Leave your anxieties and To-Do lists aside for a few moments or longer every day.  Go look up some funny pins online if nothing else, it’s a great way to lighten your day.

4. SLEEP – Get at least 8 hours /night allowing crucial cell regeneration and growth hormones to peak. Rest is your one of the most the imperative factors in maintaining or regaining the ability to withstand stress. Sleep is even anti-inflammatory!

5. GRATITUDE – Make it a point to remember the people and things that you are most grateful. It is impossible to be both miserable and grateful at the same time.

Now on to the 3 ways immune supplements help.

1. Restore & protect from potential nutrient deficiencies like vitamins and minerals that are crucial aids in multiple immune protective reactions to keep our defenses intact.  A great example is Vitamin A, B vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, bioflavonoids.  These work synergistically to maintain our healthy gut and respiratory mucosal membranes, which are our barriers from the outside world.

2. Support immune balance of TH1 & TH2. Herbs like Echinacea, which are anti-microbial as well as known to support a timely coordinated response of a team of immune cells, which work together to effectively find and destroy bacterial and viral invaders.

3. The antimicrobial effects of highly volatile substances found in essential oils are like bringing in reinforcements for our immune fighting cells. When our immune cells get overwhelmed by sheer numbers of bacteria or viruses either due to a huge exposure from sharing air and close contact with coughing, sneezing, fatigued people in an airplane or because we have failed to pay attention to the first list above.

That’s it for now.  I sincerely hope you put these recommendations to use as they can make all the difference in your world.

Thank you for letting all of us at Sunlight Natural Health be a important part of your wellness strategy.

Dr. Martin

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