Dr. Brenna Murphy

High Fructose Corn Syrup Linker to Infertility and Decreased Life Span

A soon to be published study has found that the fructose-glucose monosaccharide combination found in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was found to be more toxic than sucrose or table sugar.  The researchers compared 3 common sugar combinations: table sugar (glucose molecules), sucrose (fructose and glucose molecules bound together) , and HFCS like blend (individual fructose and glucose molecules.)  The researchers fed mice the mouse equivalent of 3 sodas a day while they were housed in a semi-natural environment and observed over their lifespan.  Female mice who ate the HFCS sugar blend had significantly (27%) decreased fertility, and almost doubled (1.87) rates of death. 

Added sugar is so prevalent in the American diet that up to a quarter of the population eats the equivalent of 3 sodas worth of sugar a day.  High fructose consumption has known links to obesity and insulin resistance.  This new study reveals vital information about the danger of high fructose corn syrup.

-Dr. Brenna Murphy

Magnesium Lowers Inflammation

In April 2014 a meta-analysis (a study that includes findings from many different studies) looked at the relationship between magnesium intake and C-reactive protein. C-reactive protein (CRP) is a substance made by the liver and released into the bloodstream in response to tissue injury and inflammation. An elevated CRP level is identified with a simple blood test and is considered a non-specific indicator for disease. Studies suggest that over time prolonged low-level inflammation can lead to many serious diseases including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and even some forms of cancer. Knowing this association, a primary focus of treatment of these diseases should be decreasing inflammation.

In this particular study, researchers analyzed over 30,000 individuals included in 7 different studies. In the original studies the participants’ dietary magnesium intake was assessed along with a blood test measuring CRP using high sensitivity techniques. The high sensitivity technique (hs-CRP) is a measure of inflammation in blood vessels and is the test needed to help establish heart disease risk.

After analyzing data the researchers found that the individuals with the highest magnesium intake had the lowest hs-CRP levels. Conversely, those with the lowest magnesium levels had the highest hs-CRP levels. These findings suggest that higher magnesium intake is associated with decreased vascular inflammation, as evident by the lower hs-CRP values.

This information stresses the importance of consuming a diet rich in magnesium. Green leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach), legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, are good sources. In general, foods containing dietary fiber also contain magnesium.

If you suffer with symptoms of inflammation, such as joint pain, skin rashes or breakouts, high blood pressure, blood sugar imbalance, fatigue or weight gain, join us for our 4th Annual Clean Body Cleanse starting Monday, January 12th. This 21-day program focuses on a magnesium-rich, plant- based diet to reduce total body inflammation. 

-Dr. Elizabeth Cantrell

Dibaba DT, Xun P, He K. Dietary Magnesium Intake is Inversely Associated with Serum C-reactive Protein Levels: Meta-


The gut is the physical foundation of health.  Gratitude is the spiritual and emotional foundation of health. And just like identifying, restoring, and awesomeizing the gut changes the brain; activation, habituating and awesomizing gratitude affects the entire body.

Gratitude decreases pain, increases happiness, reduces depression, improves sleep, reduces aggression, and increases mental resistance, decreases the effects of stress, increases life span, decreases the risk of heart disease, increased alertness and attentiveness, and increased energy.  You can increase your Va-Va-Voom with something as simple as writing down 5 things you are grateful for every evening. Basically, if you are not feeling awesome, add gratitude to your treatment plan.

Gratitude in a WINK

  • Being grateful for the things in your life- awesome and not so awesome- increases the Va-Va-Voom of your mind, body, and spirit.
  • Write down 5 things you are grateful for every evening. 

I am grateful every day that I work with an awesome team because we are so much more powerful together that any of us would be alone.  I am grateful that I get to use my crazy, biochemistry loving, big picture seeing brain to help women rediscover their awesome.  I am grateful that I have had so many adventures and there are so many more adventures waiting for me.  I am grateful that I have many people who I love and enjoy, and that there are many people who love and enjoy me.

I am also grateful for my struggle with weight and energy, because they drove me to discover the Vicious Tired, Fat, Feel Like Crap Cycle. It also keeps driving me to advance my understanding of the cycle so we have the best solutions to offer women who are stuck.

Finally, I am grateful for all of you who are reading this.  Thank you for being part of the birth of W.I.N.K. and the Cycle Busting Programs.  We can’t wait to see you in your full Va-Va-Voom awesomeness.   Thank you for letting us be part of your journey.

-Dr. Brenna Murphy