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THRIVE is a collaborative platform of conventional, integrative, & functional medicine practitioners coming together in one setting to provide personalized healthcare to clients.
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Curry Chicken Salad Canapes

Elevate your appetizer game with our Curry Chicken Salad Canapes! A fusion of bold flavors and delicate textures that promise to tantalize your taste buds. Get ready to impress your guests with this flavorful twist on a classic favorite!   Ingredients: 2 c roasted chicken thighs, cut into small chunks ¾ c celery chopped ½ c mayonnaise 2 T finely chopped white onion 1 T curry powder ½ salt ½ t pepper Fresh cilantro ¼ cup chopped and additional for garnishing Phyllo cup shells Hot Sauce if desired Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Allow salad to chill for at least 30 minutes. Place a dollop of salad into each phyllo cup. Top with a cilantro leaf and a small drop of hot...


Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

A Thrive original soup from the first Food as Medicine class. This soup will be a favorite. You can easily substitute apples for pears if you have them on hand.   Ingredients: 2 lbs. cut up butternut squash (about 12 cups) 1 T olive oil 4 pears, cored and cut up, skin left on ¾ cup thinly sliced leeks 1 large onion and 2 cloves garlic 1/8 tsp salt 1 T olive oil 1 t sea salt of Himalayan salt ½ t cayenne pepper 2 cups of vegetable or chicken broth 2 cups cashew milk Directions: Toss squash, pears, onion, and garlic with olive oil and salt. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes. Put roasted vegetables in the slow cooker and add broth. Cook on high for...

It is Not All in Your Head: A Discussion of the Role Lifestyle and Diet Play in Mental Disease

Nancy A. Palermo MD We have always suspected that ultra-processed diets were linked to chronic diseases, including psychiatric diseases like depression and anxiety, but a recently published in JAMA (September 2023) showed that women who consumed the most ultra-processed foods (foods high in salt, sugar, refined carbohydrates, hydrogenated oils, and artificial additives) were 50% more likely to suffer from depression than those women who avoided these foods. This is yet another study to support the fact that mental disorders are not distinct entities and have a tremendous overlap with other physical disorders. A poor diet can largely influence both mental disorders and physical disorders. Some researchers, like Dr. Christopher Palmer, a Harvard Psychiatrist and researcher and author of Brain Energy, have even suggested that many mental disorders can...


Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup

If you are looking for something to do with the leftover turkey, this recipe is a wholesome option you will look forward to having again and again. You can substitute cooked chicken for the turkey.   Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 2 cups chopped leftover turkey, white and dark 2 cups sliced mushrooms 1 yellow onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 carrots, chopped 3 celery stalks, chopped 1 tsp Italian seasoning 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 6 cups chicken broth 1 cup wild rice blend 1 tbsp fresh finely chopped sage (or 1 tsp dried - optional) 2 tsp lemon juice 1 cup cashew milk or whole milk Directions Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, cooking for 2-3 minutes until mushrooms...


The Science Behind an Apple a Day

The Science Behind an Apple a Day Nancy A. Palermo MD Everyone knows the saying” An apple a day keeps the doctor away” but current research into the power of food shows there are real reasons this powerful fruit might just reduce your doctor visits. Apples are nutritional power houses providing 4 gm of fiber, Vitamin C, and K but more importantly one apple can provide 22% of the phenolic antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that help to neutralize free radicals in the body which can lead to tissue damage. Getting sufficient antioxidants is associated with reduction in cancer cell proliferation, reduction in damage to our DNA, reduction of lipid oxidation and cholesterol reduction leading to reduction in cancer and heart disease. One medium size apple contains less than 100...

More Evidence to Support Primary Prevention in Breast Cancer

More Evidence to Support Primary Prevention in Breast Cancer Dr. Nancy A. Palermo MD A landmark study published in BMJ of Oncology by researchers at the University of Edinburgh looked at the impact of 29 cancers in individuals ages 14 to 49 in over 200 countries over 30 years. The data was disturbing as it showed a 79% increase in the incidence of cancers in individuals less than age 50 over the 30-year period. This accounted for over 3.26 million cases. The researchers postulated that it is not genetic factors contributing to this increase but rather environmental factors like our diet high in processing and added sugars, alcohol use, smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, and environmental toxins and influencers. Our genes have not changed in the past 30 years, but...


The Undeniable Health Benefits of a Plant-based Diet

By Nancy Palermo Lietz, MD “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame in diet and the cause and prevention of diseases. “ Thomas Edison Americans have an obsession with nutrition, diet, and weight loss. Countless books on the subjects hit the bestseller list, only to be replaced by the next publication in print. It should be no surprise that Dr. Colin Campbell’s book, The China Study, quickly hit the bestseller list. His epidemiologic project demonstrated thousands of associations between dietary factors and disease. The most relevant finding, however, was that those individuals who ate the most animal-based foods had the most chronic disease. More importantly, his findings launched thousands of studies in nutrition that...

Motivation: What Can a Costa Rican Diet Teach Americans About Health?

In this week’s Motivation, Dr. Palermo talks about the healthy lifestyle of people living in Costa Rica and South America. Did you happen to catch our cooking class on the 19th as we focus on the cuisine and lifestyle of Costa Rica and Central America? If not, stay tuned for upcoming cooking classes that will teach other healthy cuisine from around the world! ...

Healthy Non-Dairy Queso

Dive into a guilt-free delight with our Non-Dairy Queso recipe. This creamy, plant-based dip offers rich flavors without the dairy, perfect for both taste and health-conscious snackers. Ingredients: 3 Medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2 Cups raw cashews soaked for 2 hours minimum and up to 8 hours, drained and separated into 3/4 cup and 1 1/4 cups 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped, and 1 medium tomato chopped, or 1 can of drained Rotel 2/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes 1 Tbls onion powder 1 Tbls garlic powder 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp chipotle chili powder or chili powder 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp dry mustard 1 tsp smoked paprika or regular paprika Direction: Boil carrots for 6-8 minutes or until tender. Drain and...