With the rage in biofilm research and the rise in public awareness of Lyme, we benefit from research like this article. The European Journal of Microbiology and Immunology recently published findings that Borrelia (Lyme bacteria) and Chlamydia (both the different chlamydias that cause “walking pneumonia” and the sexually transmitted diseases) very frequently co-exist in biofilms biopsied from skin lesions called Borrelia lymphocytoma. The two microbes appear to work together in creating a protective biofilm which makes them 100-1000 times more resistant to anti-biotics. Researchers believe such biofilms are behind not only persistent Lyme disease symptoms but explain why other bacteria […]
Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Cytokine Storm With the onslaught by COVID and its coinciding onslaught of self-proclaimed experts with every opinion under the sun, I choose to respond with a series of research study reports so you can choose for yourself. Each edition will bring a few studies describing possible therapies for COVID under investigation or reported in past research. As my recent Facebook Live video noted, we do not know enough about this virus to be definite at this time. I am not claiming any of these are the preventive or curative answer for you or your […]
1. Ginger can promote fat loss I write all the time about how weight loss is about more than just calories in and calories out. That outdated equation doesn’t take into account the state of your metabolism — in other words, whether or not you’re metabolically flexible — and doesn’t account for the quality of the food you eat. Ginger is a perfect example of how certain high-quality foods can promote a healthier body composition. The author sof a review paper published in 2019 wrote that ginger supplementation significantly reduced body weight, and improved the waist-hip ratio in people who were […]
Turning Off Your Immune System How to prevent too much of a good thing? The headlines are filled with the fear of COVID or how to boost your immune system against it. Both deserve time on the air, but sometimes our immune system overdoes it and causes damage rather than helping. I am not just acknowledging cytokine storm in COVID, but actually pointing out the effects of autoimmune disease on individuals and society. Just the one autoimmune disease we call type 1 diabetes affects 1.6 million Americans and costs 14.4 billion dollars annually. So what does one do […]
Mold on wall surface Okay, I have to admit when I am wrong. Many times I have said that there seems to be no ill health issue that mold cannot cause. In digging for any new information on mold toxicity, I ran across this article from 2016. While even the authors admit that more research could be done to confirm their finding, I agree that their research reasonably undermines a possible connection between autism and mold toxicity… as least from the mold toxins they studied. When blaming mold for a myriad of my patient’s symptoms, I really had no strong […]
Many individuals attempting to survive 2020’s insanity are looking to food storage as a way to weather the grocery rationing and food shortages. While toilet paper needs little in the way of preservatives to keep fresh, foods don’t sit on shelfs for weeks and months without a little help in the preserving department. This year we took the time to can some organic peaches and pears, which employs old-fashioned time-tested methods. While this approach offers months of fruit, the world of processed and grocery store food looks to other means of preventing food spoilage while it sits on the shelves […]
Non-Pharmacologic (Non-Drug) Strategy Against Obesity And Its Associated Diseases. Mice that are restricted to eating to 8 hours a day eat just as much as mice who are allowed to eat around the clock, yet they are protected against obesity… This content was originally published here.
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of prevention of disease.” When Thomas Edison spoke those words, more than 100 years ago, healthcare was nowhere near as advanced as it is today. There have been remarkable strides forward in medicine. We have capabilities in the care of the critically ill, lifesaving surgeries, and emergency medical techniques which weren’t even dreamt about back then. When you think of modern healthcare, chances are you think about diseases such as diabetes […]
What is Crohn’s disease? Like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease. As of 2015, about 1.3% of the United States population had IBD and this number has increased from 3 million in 1999. IBD is different from IBS in that it is characterized as an autoimmune disease, meaning the underlying cause of Crohn’s is an immune system malfunction that causes the immune system to attack the body’s own tissues. In the case of Crohn’s, the body attacks the intestinal lining, leading to localized inflammation. What are the symptoms of Crohn’s disease? The inflammation caused by Crohn’s can […]
With convenient online care, Functional Medicine telemedicine appointments can unlock all the details your body needs to heal and thrive—with the opportunity to reach your health goals when and where it is most convenient for you. This content was originally published here.