Few conditions are more sensationalized, yet poorly understood, than cellulite. What really is behind that dreaded lumpy flesh? Exploring the research elucidates hormonal, genetic, and other factors linked to cellulite development, answers common questions regarding the condition, and provides guidance towards minimizing its development.
Allergies indicate problems with the body’s detoxification, respiratory, and immune systems. Certain essential oils support these systems and help to alleviate congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes, and other allergy symptoms. Peppermint oil is one of these, as it soothes bronchial and nasal passages and quells inflammation. Similarly, thyme reduces inflammation in the sinuses and lungs. Tea tree, frankincense, eucalyptus, and lemon oils exhibit additional allergy-fighting properties.
“Maternal exercise only during pregnancy can prevent the transmission of metabolic diseases from parent to child,” according to researchers from the University of Virginia. Scientist, Zhen Yan, explains that many chronic conditions have a fetal origin. Obese parents can predispose their offspring to metabolic disorders. This study reveals that a mother-to-be can thwart this outcome if she exercises during pregnancy, which research also shows enriches breast milk with a disease-protective compound.
Stretch marks, which are actually scars, are not harmful but some consider them unsightly. These marks occur when the skin or dermis experiences a rapid change in shape that causes the skin to crack and consequently create the offensive scars.
Natural remedies include eating vitamin-c-rich foods and applying a mixture of coconut and almond oil to the affected areas, both of which heal the dermis and reduce scarring, while the latter also moisturizes the skin. Dr. Yogendra discusses these and other natural solutions.
Acne & Skin Health
It’s easy with a demanding schedule and so many responsibilities to forget to take care of yourself – both physically and emotionally. Self-care is often the last thing we prioritize, but it is one of the most important aspects of good stress management. . . .
[P]racticing the discipline of self-care will help protect your health and skin for years to come!
Relationship Between Stress & Skin
The relationship between stress and skin is real! For example, [M]any skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis . . .
Have you been diagnosed with eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis, or another skin condition? Are you dealing with persistent toenail fungus, athletes foot, ringworm, or other fungal infections? Or does stubborn dandruff plague you?
These symptoms and conditions are common. So common in fact that many people accept them as everyday annoyances or even think of them as “normal.” . . .
[But] they are far from normal. In fact, they are a sign of an underlying health problem . . .
Our skin is a magic mirror. It gives us great clues about our overall health. If you suffer from eczema, a message your skin may be trying to tell you is there is something you are coming into contact with environmentally (including what you put into your body) that is causing an increased inflammatory response in your body.
Our skin has a big job — it is our protection against the external world. When eczema emerges . . .
Have you noticed an increase in red bumps, breakouts, or other skin issues where your mask covers? In case we needed more to worry about in 2020, mask-related acne or “maskne” and other skin-related issues (e.g., staph infections, dermatitis, rosacea, etc.) associated with mask-wearing have become a common issue. . . .
Combine the heat, friction, and occlusion (or barrier) imposed by a mask with normal breathing, talking, or sweating, and you have a recipe for breakouts . . .
Your gut! It’s such an important factor when it comes to your health. Which is why I’m always talking about it. A sick gut doesn’t just cause digestive upset. It’s also associated with many other health concerns, such as emotional distress, obesity, frequent illnesses, metabolic dysfunction, and the topic of this article–inflammatory skin conditions.
5 Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid
Would you slather gasoline or diesel on your face? How about liquid plastic, formaldehyde, or lead? Of course not! Unfortunately, you may be shocked to find what is in your skin care products.
I encourage you to take a closer look at what you put on your skin to reduce or eliminate the toxins [to which] you expose yourself. Many skin care products contain petroleum by-products, phthalates (a plasticizing agent), formaldehyde-releasing chemicals, and other toxins.
. . . Last month, we talked about why you might want to rethink some of the soaps, shampoos, and lotions you use, and I gave you a rundown of some of the most frequently used chemicals in those products that might be harmful.
Many of those ingredients, including phthalates, parabens, and triclosan, are also found in makeup . . .
Are everyday products like soap, shampoo, and lotion exposing you to harmful chemicals? . . .
We talk a lot about minimizing exposure to toxins from food, whether by choosing organic, avoiding certain ingredients, or even changing your cookware.
But what you put on your skin might be an even greater risk for toxin exposure . . .
If you or your child struggle with eczema, you know too well the symptoms of itching, swelling, dryness, and discomfort that interfere with everything from missed school and work, to anxiety and limited physical activity.
While most doctors will simply send you home with a steroid cream or ointment, these often only provide temporary relief. Here’s your complete guide to eczema, the root causes, and our top tips to help you find lasting relief by making changes from within.
Are you aging faster than your friends? Does it feel like fine lines and wrinkles are happening seemingly overnight? Are you in your 30’s or 40’s? The root cause of your fine lines and wrinkles may be better understood once we define your skin type.
As we age, there are a number of changes that happen to our bodies and our skin, many of which begin as we enter our 30’s and 40’s. The most significant related to fine lines. . .
Self-care often gets put at the end of our to-do lists . . .
Oftentimes, we place a priority on caring for our children, our spouses, parents, clients, and even our pets. But it’s important to take care of ourselves . . .
So, let’s talk about a self-care prescription that will help improve your skin (both inside and out) while helping you look and feel your best.
Psoriasis can make life miserable. Depending on prescription medications to control your psoriasis can be expensive, tedious and potentially dangerous. Wouldn’t you love to know which diet works best to keep psoriasis clear and calm? Stop thinking so much about what you slather on top of your skin, and start thinking more about what your skin is built of, from underneath.
If you’re trying to boost your metabolism, lose unhealthy weight, and improve symptoms of aging (like joint pain, wrinkles and gut issues) then you should be focused on building up the collagen in your body. However, there are certain foods that actually work against the collagen in your body and can INCREASE the negative side effects of again. Learn more in this video.
Dr. Trevor Cates, also known as “The Spa Dr.,” discusses various ways to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant. Expensive creams and equipment are completely unnecessary. Dr. Cates gives you simple, proven ways to de-stress your mind and body and consequently enhance your overall health. In doing so, you will experience more youthful glowing skin. Listen and learn more.
There’s no doubt that we’re all looking to feel and look youthful, but did you know that most of the ‘anti-aging’ products on the market contribute to the problem? Today we will be exploring how artificial toxic chemicals cause premature aging to the skin and body, and how opting for a more natural skincare routine may be the answer to vibrantly healthy skin as we age.
For some, adulthood demarcates the end of acne. Blemished skin continues to plague numerous others, however, throughout their adult lives. This pestilence should in fact neither trouble children nor adults. While acne is prevalent in westernized civilizations, it is nearly non-existent among traditional peoples. You can permanently eliminate acne via diet and lifestyle changes, as Dr. Josh Axe, ND, CNS, DNM, explains in this video.
Is the root cause of your acne a leaky gut? Your typical dermatologist will probably adamantly say no. However, if you listen to Dr. Robin Berzin, MD, who experienced terrible bouts of adulthood acne and ultimately cured her condition, explain the relationship between your gut and skin health, you’ll likely dismiss your dermatologist’s advice and sprint to the nearest health food store. Listen and learn more.
A few months ago, I saw a 24-year-old patient who struggled with acne. Since adolescence, she had tried “nearly everything” to get rid of this skin condition . . .
You might wonder why this patient with acne would visit a medical doctor who specializes in gut health. But the reality is everything connects with a healthy gut, including your skin.
You’ve likely seen collagen products in the beauty aisle because of its ability to help maintain luxurious hair, optimize the smoothness and suppleness of your skin, and support strong, beautiful nails.
. . . What you might not know about collagen is that it has powerful health benefits far beyond its beauty-boosting abilities.
Just two decades ago we knew very little about the role of the microbiome in human health. Today, it’s one of the hottest topics in both the scientific literature and the popular media. But while most studies so far have focused on the microbes that live in the gut, researchers are now turning their attention to the skin microbiome—with fascinating results.
When someone has radiant, glowing skin, people notice. . . . Those of us who have suffered from complexion problems know how much this can diminish confidence because you can’t hide your face from the world. [T]he beauty industry has responded . . . with an endless barrage of expensive creams, elixirs . . . However . . . [i]t’s easy to forget that outer appearance is a reflection of inner health . . .
Harness your hormones and end the breakout cycle for good.
. . . You’re ready for your big event on Saturday night . . . You wake up that morning . . . and there it is . . . [a] huge pimple . . . Your confidence plummets.
Acne. . . . We are told that acne is a hormonally-driven bacterial condition . . .
[A]cne IS a hormonal condition, but it is NOT normal. Here’s what the cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to understand . . .
Is your skin or your child’s so dry and itchy that you sometimes scratch it until it bleeds? Are you tired of applying messy creams and ointments that don’t offer much relief? . . . [Y]ou and your child are not alone.
I frequently see patients . . . who . . . have tried everything their doctor has to offer and still nothing seems to permanently heal the eczema. The reason you cannot fully heal and reverse eczema . . .
“I have a terrible case of psoriasis,” writes this week’s House Call. “My doctor is recommending these horrible immune-suppressing drugs and steroids that cause cancer and other problems. What can I do other than to take these drugs?”
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease of the skin that affects over three percent of the U.S. population . . .
Most often, psoriasis results in patches of thick, red (inflamed) skin . . .
With an average surface area of more than 21 square feet and 6 to 10% of your body weight, your skin is actually your largest organ, and a key player in detoxification. Part of your integumentary system, which also consists of your hair and nails, your skin can say a lot about your health and some people consider it a barometer for health.
Skin conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis are typically a symptom of something else going on in the body . . .
If you wish the face you see in the mirror looked younger and more vibrant, then we need to talk.
A lot of our beauty woes are because after the age of 35, our body starts producing less and less collagen. That means our skin loses firmness and gradually starts to wrinkle and sag. Many of us try expensive cosmetics, supplements and even surgical procedures when the best solution might be much simpler.
When your complexion is less than stellar, you can only do so much to hide it. Acne has been a struggle for me since my teenage years causing me a lot of insecurity. I thought that I would grow out of it but even after college I was still faced with reoccurring blemishes.
But in reality, our skin health reflects what is going on with our health beneath the surface.
IT’S CONFIRMED. DAIRY PRODUCTS AND SUGAR CAUSE ACNE.
As our sugar and dairy consumption has increased over the last 100 years so has the number of people with acne. We now have over 17 million acne sufferers, costing our health care system $1 billion a year.
. . . Recent research suggests that it’s not what we slather on our skin that matters most but what we put in our mouth.
ADHD & Autism
When you think of ways to support a baby’s developing brain, what comes to mind? My guess is that bacteria is likely not something that initially pops into your head.
But more and more research is finding that the bacteria and microorganisms that make up the gut microbiome may actually have a monumental impact on exactly how the brain develops and functions. This is particularly true in the case of a specific set of neurodevelopment disorders known as autism spectrum disorders.
Estimates indicate that approximately 11% of school-aged children in United States have attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Further, approximately 2/3 of these children are currently being medicated for this diagnosis. The most common medications are essentially stimulants like amphetamines or methylphenidates, including drugs like Adderall and Ritalin.
The areas of the brain that are potentially damaged or disrupted by these medications . . .
Do you (or your child) have ADD (attention-deficit disorder) or ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder)? Do you think prescription stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall are the only treatment options available? They’re not.
Although stimulants may be helpful for some people with ADD, they aren’t effective for everyone and they can make some people worse. It all depends on which type of condition you have. Brain imaging studies show . . .
Autism is a developmental disorder that initially occurs in early childhood. It generally affects a child’s language, behavior and social skills in development.
The exact cause of autism is unknown, but some reasons may include medications (specifically valproic acid and thalidomide) taken during pregnancy, exposure to toxins, infections, inflammation, leaky gut . . .
Benefits for neurotransmitters, inflammation, and more.
Interest in low-carbohydrate and ketogenic diets continues to rise as people discover their potential to help with stubborn physical health problems, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes—but could this same strategy help with mental health problems as well?
Low-carbohydrate diets have tremendous potential in the prevention and management of psychiatric disorders.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) are neurological and behavior-related conditions that cause difficulty in concentrating, impulsiveness and excessive energy. . . .
ADHD often has an onset age of 7, but this disorder can continue . . . into adulthood. It’s estimated that ADHD affects 9 percent of American children between the ages of 13 and 18 and over 4 percent of adults.
When the doctors said our son would be severely disabled for life, we set out to prove them wrong.
When the psychologist examining our 18-month-old son told me that she thought Miles had autism, my heart began to pound. I didn’t know exactly what the word meant, but I knew it was bad. Wasn’t autism some type of mental illness . . . Even worse, I vaguely remembered hearing that this disorder was caused . . .
. . . According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ADHD diagnoses jumped by 41 percent between 2003 and 2011, and in 2016, more than 9 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 17—more than 6 million children in total—were diagnosed with ADHD. Unfortunately, many of these kids don’t grow out of the problem—according to the National Institutes of Health . . .
Research shows how indoor and outdoor green spaces improve our well-being.
What do trees, shrubs, grasses, green plants, parks, beaches, open fields, and flowering gardens have to do with your mental health? Just about everything, according to an extensive review of the scientific literature supporting the benefits of exposure to natural settings.
For years, people have been speculating as to why as many as 9 in 10 people with autism have gut issues. Exciting new research from 2019 has confirmed the gut-brain link in autism. The study, which appeared in the journal Autism Research, found that the same gene mutation that disrupts neuron communication in the brain also contributes to gut dysfunction.
Difficulty concentrating, impulsiveness, excessive energy and inability to sit still are some of the most common symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The number of children diagnosed with ADHD continues to increase, but researchers don’t know why.
ADHD has three main subtypes: Hyperactive-Impulsive, Inattentive, and Combined Hyperactive-Impulsive and Inattentive.
Estimates indicate that approximately 11% of school-aged children in United States have attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Further, approximately 2/3 of these children are currently being medicated for this diagnosis. The most common medications are essentially stimulants like amphetamines or methylphenidates, including drugs like Adderall and Ritalin.
Specific gut microbiome may influence social behaviors via the vagus nerve
. . . I was thrilled to read a recent press release, “The Power of the Microbiome: A Microbe-Based Treatment Reverses Social Deficits in Mouse Models of Autism,” about a new study . . . which found that administering a microbe called Lactobacillus reuteri rescues social impairment in mice with autism-like behaviors via the vagus nerve.
Autism on the Rise
Autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have sky rocketed over a short period of time. In 1970, an estimated 1 in 10,000 children were found to be autistic. In 1995 it was 1 in 500. In 2001 it became 1 in 250. Today, 1 in 68 children are diagnosed as autistic.
The reality is, genetics alone does not explain the epidemic growth of autism and other conditions like it.
Try these mindfulness techniques to reduce ADHD symptoms.
Non-medication treatment options for ADHD are a very important consideration. Medications that treat ADHD often have medical and psychological side effects . . .
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the prevalence of autism continues to rise . . . Their surveillance study identified autism spectrum disorder in an incredible 1 in 68 children . . .
[M]ore and more research is pointing to the possible connection between autism risk, and exposure to the herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in . . . Roundup.
Overprescribed? There are other options
Production of the medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has skyrocketed in recent decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that ADHD diagnoses in children increased by about 41 percent between 2003 and 2011. It was estimated that 11 percent of children between the ages of 4 and 17 years old . . .
Do you tend to get distracted during class? Do you neglect to plan ahead for assignments and tests? Do you have trouble staying organized? Are you sick of people telling you to just try harder?
In my book Change Your Brain, Change Your Grades, I reveal that problems with focus may not mean that you aren’t trying hard enough. It may indicate that your brain isn’t working optimally.
With more than 6.5 million American children being diagnosed with ADHD, and close to 70% of them being medicated, it sure makes sense that we should consider how lifestyle factors, including diet, may affect a child’s ability to pay attention in school. . . .
In this new report, researchers compared dietary fiber consumption to tests of children’s ability to focus. They found that . . .
Today most people believe that Autism is a genetic brain disorder. I’m here to tell you that this isn’t true. The real reason we are seeing increasing rates of autism is simply this: Autism is a systemic body disorder that affects the brain. A toxic environment triggers certain genes in people susceptible to this condition. And research supports this position.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a group of developmental disabilities characterized by communication challenges, abnormal social skills, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems. Since ASD are “spectrum disorders,” they affect each person in different ways and can range from very mild to severe.
The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is continuing to increase in the United States. [A]utism currently stands at 1 in 68 children . . .
. . . [R]esearchers have been focusing their efforts in an attempt to relate risk for autism to events occurring not in the brain, but in the gut.
This line of research certainly makes sense when you consider how frequently gastrointestinal symptoms are seen in those who are diagnosed with ASD.
Adults with ADHD are more prone to anxiety, depression, and other psychological challenges. There are many theories why this is the case, including overlapping biological causes as well as the psychological challenges of ADHD throughout the lifespan.
Fortunately, there is significant research from a field of science . . . called Positive Psychology . . .
When a doctor told Susan Levin her 4-year-old son, Ben, was autistic, she was shocked. It was October 2007, and autism wasn’t mentioned in the media nearly as much as it is today.
“I remember thinking, ‘Oh my God. What are we going to do?’ ” Levin recalls. “Everyone knew autism was a lifelong disorder and couldn’t be cured.”
Except that in Ben’s case, it could be. And it was.
“My child has been diagnosed with ADD. His doctors want to put him on stimulants like Ritalin. Is there anything we can do other than take medications?”
Attention deficit disorder (ADD), today referred to as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is not a Ritalin deficiency, yet the use of these drugs is skyrocketing.
Since when did this become a normal consequence of being a child?
In this short video, Dr. David Perlmutter MD, Board-Certified Neurologist, discusses autism’s underlying causes. He says the following regarding this burgeoning disorder:
“Autism is a subject on the tip of everyone’s tongue, and an area of ongoing medical research. The more we study, the more we begin to learn what could be at the root of autism, and factors that impact baseline risk for autism, like childhood exposure to antibiotics.”
5 Essential Modifications
Anxiety disorders are common in autism, and this is just as true for children as it is for adults. . . .
Establishing supports to lessen the impact of anxiety should still be a first-line strategy.
Given the high prevalence of anxiety in autism, it is important to equip children with coping tools they can use when feeling overwhelmed.
Dr. David Perlmutter MD, Board-Certified Neurologist, interviews MIT’s Dr. Stephanie Seneff PhD in this video discussing pesticides and mental health. Dr. Perlmutter says the following:
“. . . Dr. Seneff’s work focuses on the role of toxic chemicals and how they can affect the environment, and importantly, your health.
We spoke at length about her work, including the potential link between conventional farming, pesticide use, and autism.”
I remember a time when I always felt tired. I did not have the energy to do fun activities and often wanted to go to bed early. I was overwhelmed by simple tasks and wondered if I would ever have energy again. . . . A few years later . . . I learned more about stress and the body and realized that I was dealing with HPA axis dysregulation, more commonly known as adrenal fatigue.
So What Is the HPA Axis?
The HPA (hypothalamic – pituitary – adrenal) axis . . .
One way in which chronic stress may disrupt wellness is by encouraging burnout. Although burnout and chronic stress are not the same conditions, they are closely related.
Preventing burnout and its harmful effects requires that you know what it is, understand its relation to stress, and employ healthy stress-reducing strategies.
The Basics of Burnout
The term burnout is most often used in reference to individuals suffering from a syndrome that is triggered by chronic . . .
Everything You Need to Know to Save Your Adrenals
One of the most common complaints I hear from women is that they have too much to do and not enough time to get it all done. When this is a temporary situation and if you are healthy, your adrenal glands provide a burst of cortisol and epinephrine to give you the energy you need to cope with your immediate crisis.
But, if you are constantly in “crisis mode” and the demands placed on you are excessive and ongoing . . .
“Adrenal fatigue” describes a disruption of the adrenal glands’ ability to make cortisol (a stress hormone) in the right amounts at the right times. Chronic stress, an unhealthy diet, and general inflammation are all thought to contribute to it. Though adrenal fatigue is not recognized as a legitimate condition by the traditional medical community, I’ve seen the effects of unsteady cortisol levels play out time and time again with my patients. Here are the signs you might be dealing with them too.
It’s time to do something about adrenal fatigue because chances are you’re dealing with it. (Or will at some point of your life.) Many proponents of this condition estimate that almost every person can experience adrenal fatigue, also known as hypoadrenia, to some degree at a particularly stressful point in his or her life.
Asthma & Allergies
At the root of allergies are immune system dysfunction and inflammation. Research in Cell Stem Cell indicates that fasting helps to reverse immune system degeneration. Science pinpoints other natural allergy-relief solutions including receiving acupuncture and reducing stress, which compromises the body’s ability to manage increased histamine levels. Also, eating an anti-inflammatory diet and probiotics can bolster the immune system while consuming raw honey can help to desensitize the body to certain allergens.
Substances present in cooked meats are associated with increased wheezing in children, Mount Sinai researchers report. Their study, published in Thorax, highlights pro-inflammatory compounds called advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) as an example of early dietary risk factors that may have broad clinical and public health implications for the prevention of inflammatory airway disease.
Asthma prevalence among children in the United States has risen . . .
Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, and Dr. Todd LePine, MD, discuss histamine intolerance. Histamine is released by mast cells, a type of white blood cell, and works as a neurotransmitter. Too much or too little of this chemical can cause problems. Numerous conditions have histamine issues at their root, such as migraines, brain fog, food sensitives and allergies, edema, and more. The doctors talk about diet and lifestyle changes that can help ameliorate histamine intolerance permanently.
As many of us know first-hand, asthma and allergies affect huge portions of the population (about 8% of Americans have asthma, and allergies affect as many as 30% of adults and 40% of children!). Unfortunately, the drugs prescribed to treat these conditions can have serious side effects . . . The good news? Dietary changes that reduce inflammation and regulate the body’s immune response can improve asthma and allergies . . .
All too often, when patients claim to react poorly to certain foods but labs don’t show an allergy, their concerns are dismissed and they’re told, “It’s all in your head.”
Although we have a lot to learn about food intolerances, ever-growing research proves that they aren’t psychological or make-believe. Read on to learn the differences between a true food allergy and a food intolerance, some examples of common food intolerances . . .
The Meteoric Rise of all Things Allergic
Allergies of all kinds continue to be a pressing health problem. Worldwide, the prevalence of allergic diseases continues to rise. Sensitization to at least one common allergen is approaching 40-50% amongst school children globally. Allergic diseases manifest in a variety of different ways – from hay fever, rhinitis, post-nasal drip, and eczema, to food allergy, urticaria, asthma, mast cell . . .
Red wine. Aged cheese. Citrus fruits. Sauerkraut. Bacon. These foods are frequently consumed by those on a healthy whole foods diet, and are often found in a variety of Paleo-friendly recipes and meal plans.
It may surprise you to learn that these and other popular foods are capable of causing numerous symptoms in certain people, including migraines, hives, anxiety, heartburn and GERD, and nasal congestion, just to name a few.
In this video, Dr. Amy Myers, MD, discusses histamine intolerance. “I know from personal experience that histamine intolerance can be very confusing and frustrating . . . I used to get terrible migraine headaches out of the blue and couldn’t pinpoint what was causing them. However, once you determine that a histamine intolerance is behind your mysterious symptoms, you can make smart dietary choices to minimize your symptoms . . . “ Listen to learn more!
Why the Root Cause of Asthma Is Immune Dysregulation
. . . Asthma is a huge problem. It affects about 8 percent of the U.S. population, which is about 25 million Americans, including many children. And it is increasing every day in the U.S.
Functional Medicine is always oriented toward addressing the root cause of disease, and with asthma that root cause is immune dysregulation.
Autumn is one of the most glorious times of the year. The trees bursting with color, the crunch of falling leaves underfoot, the still-warm days and cooler nights. If, however, you’re saddled with seasonal allergies and all the respiratory misery that goes along with them, the arrival of fall may be anything but a cause for celebration.
It’s no secret that loneliness and social isolation have a negative impact on the mental and physical health of older adults. Now, researchers at the University of British Columbia are discovering that social isolation affects the health of men and women in different ways–including placing women at higher risk of high blood pressure. . . .
“Among older adults, social isolation is the largest known risk factor for mortality, equal only to smoking,” said principal investigator . . .
[D]iet is of prime importance in optimizing blood pressure. [However] [h]ere, I offer additional tips on lifestyle measures that can obviate the need for medications, with all their attendant side effects.
- Exercise your options: Whether aerobic or strength, exercise has been conclusively demonstrated to lower blood pressure; the effects of exercise are comparable to many blood pressure medications. How much exercise and what type . . .
We see a lot of patients who are on prescribed blood pressure medications. Studies have shown many nutrients are depleted by these meds. Many deplete the body of potassium, which can lead to muscle cramps and fatigue. What other nutrients might these hypertension medications be depleting? And more importantly, how can you supplement these nutrients naturally? Watch the video above to find out.
Keeping your blood pressure in a healthy range is known to be one of the most efficient ways to avoid a host of ills, including heart disease and stroke. And engaging in an easy exercise like walking is proven to be a great drug-free way to maintain a normal blood pressure or help bring it down if it’s already high.
Nitric oxide is a small molecule that is naturally produced by the cells in your body. This means that it is also made by the cells of the innermost layer of the blood vessel lining, or endothelium. The endothelium is sensitive to physical and chemical effects on the blood vessels. Endothelial cells can get damaged from a variety of health conditions. When the endothelium senses inflammation, toxin exposure, high blood pressure . . .
Whether we like them or not, greens including kale, spinach, and broccoli are the undeniable superstars of the food world. Low in calories, yet high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, greens are incredible for your health — including your cardiovascular system.
Before I get into the ways greens can support a healthy blood pressure . . .
Anxiety is part of life. You feel it when you’re stuck in traffic, harried at work or worrying about your family and finances. There’s no doubt that feeling anxious can elevate your blood pressure, at least in the short term.
“Our mind and our thoughts certainly are connected to our hearts,” says Dr. Christopher Celano . . .
Small changes can make a big difference in your blood pressure numbers.
You suddenly find yourself with high blood pressure (hypertension) under the new guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, you might be wondering what to do. The guidelines . . . lowered the definition for high blood pressure to 130/80 from 140/90 . . .
High blood pressure, or hypertension, can carry such symptoms as headaches, nosebleeds, and episodes of dizziness or sweating. But in most cases, patients are asymptomatic; for this reason, hypertension is often referred to as “the silent killer.” You could be symptom free until experiencing a heart attack or stroke, or suffering brain, kidney, or vision problems!
Regardless of location or income level, the leading cause of death worldwide is heart disease. One of the most common conditions leading to heart disease and stroke (the No. 2 killer) is the all-too familiar issue of high blood pressure. . . . The good news is that high blood pressure can usually be reversed naturally, specifically through lifestyle changes . . .
More than 60 million Americans have high blood pressure (high BP) including more than half (54.3%) of all Americans age 65 to 74 years old and almost three quarters (71.8%) of all American blacks in the same age group. High BP is a major risk factor for a heart attack or stroke.
Recently, there have been several studies showing that drinking fresh beet juice . . .
When it comes to heart disease, genetics contribute to some degree. But the truth is that many other factors are completely within your control. As the saying goes: Genetics load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger. Things like food, exercise, and even environmental toxins can contribute to conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar . . .
Quick -– what causes high blood pressure? The first culprits that pop into your mind are likely to be: eating too much salt, being stressed out all the time, and alcohol abuse. And you would be right. But there are also less obvious causes of high blood pressure, a condition that affects about one in three, or 78 million, adults in the U.S.
Do you want to lower your blood pressure without the harmful side effects of pharmaceuticals? The good news is that there are a number of safe, effective, and natural foods and nutrients that will help you do it.
Over 60 million Americans have high blood pressure . . .
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for a heart attack or stroke.
Here are four ways to lower your blood pressure . . .
Studies over the past 20 years have shown that the majority of people in economic developing countries have blood pressure numbers that are higher than they should be, with many experiencing high blood pressure.
In fact, there are millions of people all over the world who are struggling with high blood pressure symptoms, or hypertension.
Do you find yourself unable to concentrate? Is this combined with problems with your memory and overall cognitive function? If so, you might be suffering from what is known as “brain fog.”
Although tough to describe, the generally accepted symptoms of brain fog include forgetfulness, trouble thinking, hard time focusing, difficulty communicating, and clouded thoughts. Several conditions are associated with brain fog, including celiac disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia . . .
Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, sits down and chats with Dr. Todd LePine, MD, about brain fog, a symptom of a larger medical condition that involves memory loss, inability to concentrate, lack of mental acuity, and other issues that involve cognitive function. Dr. LePine discusses the root causes of brain fog and steps you can take to eradicate it.
Increasing focus and productivity levels can be a safe, healthy process. By implementing a few lifestyle changes, you can reduce brain fog and give your overall health and wellness a much-needed boost. If you’re struggling at work or home and just don’t see the same quality and effort you’re used to giving, try a few of these natural tips to help restore your productivity.
Brain fog can have many different causes, but they all make you not feel like yourself, can affect your work and relationships, and leave you feeling a little crazy. . . .
What is brain fog?
Brain fog can show up in a variety of ways. Mostly it feels like your head contains cotton candy where there once was dense intellectual nervous tissue.
You might be unable to concentrate for long enough . . .
If you find yourself constantly feeling fatigued, distracted, moody and just plain “off,” you’re likely dealing with some sort of “brain fog.” Brain fog has become an unwanted side effect of our fast-paced, industrialized lifestyle. Unfortunately today, many of the convenient-but-processed foods and factory-farmed meats we eat and the various ways we spend our time do not support brain health.
9 Easy Solutions You Can Do Today to Get Rid of Mental Fog
“Just as physical exercise is a well-known and well-accepted means to improve health for anyone, regardless of age or background, so can the brain be put ‘into shape’ for optimal learning. “ — Naveen Jain
I recently surveyed people asking them what was the #1 thing they wanted me to write about?
By a mile, it was how to improve brain fog. . . .
Brain fog is a subset of an underlying physical, chemical, or emotional imbalance.
Brain problems are growing by leaps and bounds. You can probably name at least one person, if not yourself, who is currently struggling with brain fog, anxiety, or depression.
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that close to 20% of American adults currently suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder and the U.S. shells out around $113 billion every year for mental health treatment. The use of antidepressants doubled . . .
There’s enough misinformation about cholesterol to fill a book– which is exactly what cardiologist Steven Sinatra, MD and I did in our recent, updated and expanded edition of The Great Cholesterol Myth. One of the book’s most important take-home points — and there are many you should know about– is the difference between “cholesterol” and “lipoprotein”.
The distinction is absolutely critical to your understanding of why cholesterol tests as we know them are wildly out-of-date.
Although cholesterol-lowering drugs are more popular than ever, a recent review in BMJ Evidence Based Medicine should give us pause about their indiscriminate use.
It’s by UK celebrity cardiologist Aseem Malhotra and co-authors. Malhotra is the controversial author of the Pioppi Diet, a best-seller in England, that calls for adoption of a high-fat, low-carb modified Mediterranean diet for cardiovascular prevention. He’s incurred the wrath . . .
Certainly, you are intimately familiar with HDL and LDL cholesterol. The damaged form of the latter is called oxidized LDL, which can trigger numerous health problems. In this concise video, Dr. Mark Stengler, NMD, discusses the factors that produce oxidized LDL, the assessments used to test for this type of cholesterol, and the steps that you can take to normalize oxidized LDL. Listen and learn!
Most people have probably been told that to assess their individual risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) . . . calculated laboratory measurements of LDL-C, HDL-C and total cholesterol must be taken. Ironically, despite established evidence that these are no longer useful or predictive tests, they are still the most commonly used markers to assess CHD risk today.
“Misleading statistics, exclusion of unsuccessful trials, and […] ignoring numerous contradictory observations” are at the root of a half-century-long assumption that may be entirely wrong, says new research.
In the case of good vs. bad cholesterol, things are less clear-cut than we’d like them to be.
An increasing number of studies suggest that high-density lipoprotein . . .
The war on cholesterol has been waged for the past couple of decades because cholesterol is obviously something very terrible…or not exactly. It turns out that lower cholesterol levels are strongly associated with increased risk for becoming demented. Again, the lower the cholesterol the higher the risk for becoming demented. [H]opefully [this video will] change your mind about this brain protective chemical.
HDL is commonly referred to as “good cholesterol,” as clearly higher levels of this carrier protein are associated with a reduced risk for accumulation of atherosclerosis within the walls of arteries . . .
While so much attention is focused on total cholesterol, as well as LDL . . . it seems clear that it is fair to explore what can be done to raise HDL since it is so important . . .
“My doctor says my LDL cholesterol is really high and he’s concerned,” is this week’s house call question. “Now you’re saying that I should eat more fat, which should improve my cholesterol. I thought fat was the last thing I should be eating with high cholesterol.”
I know how confusing cholesterol and dietary fat has become. The media, many scientists, and even doctors still disseminate outdated research . . .
“The more I reviewed the literature, the more I realized, ‘You know what? It seems like everything they teach us in nursing school, in medical school, in pharmacy school about lipids, about LDL, about VLDL, and HDL, the good cholesterol, the bad cholesterol, and how the stuff works — it’s probably wrong, or at least incomplete.”
That’s Zubin Damania, a primary care clinical director and internal medicine doctor at Stanford.
LDL or low density lipoprotein has been given a bad rap. Ever since someone decided to call it “bad cholesterol” it has been demonized as being responsible for just about everything bad in the world. Medical doctors and cardiologists in specific have joined the crusade against LDL with a pervasive mentality that somehow the lower the blood value of LDL, the better. Fortunately, the justification for this altruism is unjustified.
With superhuman schedules and a tendency toward burnout, women can often suffer the consequences that a chronically stressful existence has on our hormones. Hormonal imbalances can cause a range of symptoms and health issues from infertility and PCOS to PMS. Treating these issues at the root involves a multi-pronged approach . . . Acupuncture for fertility, hormonal balance, PMS symptoms, and menopausal symptoms is one promising complementary treatment.
What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? It is a complex endocrine disorder that affects 20 to 30 percent of women. . . . PCOS causes the sex hormones in women to become unbalanced for reasons we still don’t quite understand. Irregular periods and signs of excess androgens (testosterone) are the telltale signs of PCOS. Not only will PCOS put you at risk for weight gain, acne, and excess hair growth, it is the number one most common reason . . .
In this informative video, Dr. Mark Stengler, NMD, discusses a common problem among women today – estrogen dominance. If you are experiencing ills such as unexplained weight gain, PMS, hair loss, thyroid dysfunction, and insomnia, to name a few, you could be suffering from estrogen dominance. What causes this imbalance and what can be done to rectify the problem? Dr. Stengler provides the answers.
Hormone imbalance is one of the most common health issues I see in my patients. A lot of women struggle with hormonal changes, as well as symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, heavy or irregular periods, decreased libido, and mood swings. Often, hormone imbalance is the culprit. . . .
That’s where acupuncture comes in. Acupuncture is one of the best ways to support your hormones naturally and help your body bring things back into balance.
Hormones are the most potent chemical messengers in our bodies, telling your body what to do and when. That’s why when your hormones are out of balance, you may be able to feel the effects, whether it be via insomnia, fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, or mood swings. But usually these imbalances are reversible—learn how to balance hormones naturally and turn your hormonal imbalance around.
Osteoarthritis & Bone Health
Your microbiome is made up of specialized microbes in each part of your body, and they all play a different role in your health. Whether it’s your skin, your stomach, or your oral cavity—bacteria are flourishing everywhere. That’s why, when people develop health issues, it’s important to ask this question: where is the source of the problem? . . . An unhealthy gut is an issue that can cause an explosion of “unrelated” health dilemmas, but thankfully, there’s ways to solve them.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said all healing begins in the gut. And scientists continue to prove him correct as they unravel how a healthy gut microbiome plays a role in weight loss, disease prevention . . .
As a doctor of physical therapy, gut health provides insight into why my patients . . . develop osteoarthritis in non-weight-bearing joints like the wrist, by pointing to a problem with systemic inflammation.
A friend of mine . . . allows how he used to sit in the library as a graduate student at Princeton trying to bury his thoughts in some thick tome. In those bad old days, when Princeton was all –male, the appearance of a female visitor would sometimes be signaled by a sound outside the window in the summer evening: the unmistakable click, click of high heels on the garden walk. Like the bell that made Pavlov’s dog salivate . . .
Glucosamine is a molecule that occurs naturally within your body, but it’s also a popular dietary supplement.
Most often used to treat symptoms of bone and joint disorders, it’s likewise used to target several other inflammatory diseases.
This article explores glucosamine’s benefits, dosage and side effects.
Joint pain and stiffness, and sagging, wrinkled skin are common complaints as we get older. But what if I told you there is a natural compound that could provide substantial benefits for both of these seemingly unrelated problems? Well, there is: hyaluronic acid.
In 2015, the world lost a good man: Stanley Jacob, MD. Dr. Jacob was the world authority on dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) . . .
Rubbed on the skin . . . it is quickly absorbed into the deeper tissues. And when it’s mixed with other substances, DMSO efficiently delivers them into the underlying area . . .
But DMSO is much more than a carrier—it’s a potent anti-inflammatory . . .
Erectile dysfunction (ED), the inability to get or maintain an erection long enough to have sexual intercourse, can affect men of all ages. Common causes include hypertension, kidney disease and prostate cancer as well as stress, depression, and anxiety. The Journal of Urology reports that low vitamin D is associated with ED; consequently, sunshine, the best source of vitamin D, can address this condition. Studies indicate that sun exposure, for example, enhances sleep and reduces inflammation. Such health improvements help to ameliorate ED.
Endometriosis affects 10-15% of women and occurs when the tissue lining the uterus, called the endometrium, grows outside the uterus on the ovaries, fallopian tubes or bowel. Estrogen dominance or low progesterone typically cause this disorder. The gut helps to maintain hormonal balance; therefore, gut health plays a vital role in reversing this condition. Addressing high stress levels, avoiding xenoestrogens, and taking supplements that boost estrogen metabolism while lowering inflammation can help to eradicate endometriosis.
Both vertigo and dizziness can cause disorientation, nausea, vomiting, a loss of equilibrium, injuries, and potentially fatal falls. Medication, diabetes, and “ear stones” or otoliths commonly cause vertigo. While drugs can also trigger dizziness, adrenal fatigue, hypoglycemia, and other factors may fuel this issue. Lifestyle changes and natural approaches can help to resolve these health ills.
If you’re struggling with abdominal pain, heavy, painful periods, and fatigue, you might be one of the millions of women diagnosed with uterine fibroids each year. The most common neoplasm affecting women (non-cancerous growths, also called leiomyomas) occur in 70 percent of pre-menopausal women. . . . Conventional treatment typically involves hormonal birth control, medication, or surgery—but doesn’t address the root of the issue. Following a myomectomy (surgical removal), up to a third of fibroids recur . . .
People worldwide are experiencing loss of smell or anosmia due to the COVID pandemic. Besides such a virus, Dr. Eric Berg, DC, explains that injuries and allergies can also cause anosmia. This dysfunction erodes peoples’ ability to taste food and consequently can even lead to malnourishment. Dr. Berg discusses nutrients such as zinc and others that can help to combat this dysfunction.
While the medical community has long considered certain eye conditions irreversible and untreatable, or only treatable through surgical intervention, emerging scientific research suggests otherwise.
Scientists have known for many years that neurogenesis, the growth of new nerve cells, occurs in the brain. However, emerging research indicates that the eyes, which are really an extension of the brain, also have cells capable of regeneration.
If you notice that you are losing more hair as you get older, have heart problems, less energy, extreme fatigue—or one of the many symptoms I’ll mention later—you may have a problem with iron deficiency. But to call it “iron poor blood” would be an oversimplification, to say the least. Your intake and utilization of iron involves many areas, and you need to have a full understanding of it if you expect to be as healthy as possible.
Dr. Mark Hyman speaks with Dr. Elizabeth Boham in this podcast about hair loss and natural strategies to attack this distressing problem. The doctors explore different types of hair loss as well as the various root causes fueling this condition—from autoimmunity to a dysfunctional thyroid gland to insufficient dietary protein—and provide solutions to help restore healthy hair growth.
In the United States, nearly 1 in 4 households includes someone with migraine, a neurological disease with extremely incapacitating symptoms . . .
Migraine can also be difficult for physicians to treat. Traditional therapies range from oral medications, which may have side effects, to Botox injections, nerve blocks or implantable nerve stimulators – each with varying degrees of success. But a new potential treatment that uses green light exposure . . .
The average woman experiences 450 periods in her lifetime. That’s triple the amount of our ancestors, who generally lived shorter lives and spent more time pregnant and nursing. [M]ore than 75 percent of women today deal with PMS symptoms . . .
In fact, 30 to 40 percent of women reporting PMS symptoms say PMS impairs their daily activities, leaving many of them looking for natural remedies . . .
Headaches and migraines can be debilitating and merciless; however, taking pain medication can undermine health and fails to resolve the underlying problem. Discover the root causes of headaches and migraines as well as simple and cutting-edge therapies to permanently stop them. Click here for a quick list of headache and migraine resources.)
Dealing with an abnormal menstrual cycle? Has your period stopped completely for no clear reason? This article will help you recover a healthy period using diet and lifestyle changes – without resorting to birth control use.
Having a healthy, normal period is incredibly important for long-term health in women.
Some women believe that having a monthly period is an inconvenience or annoyance. But an irregular or absent period, or one with severe symptoms, is a sure sign . . . that there’s something else going wrong in the body.
Prostate enlargement or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is the most common prostate issue for men over 50 years of age, according to the National Kidney and Urological Disease Information Clearinghouse, though it impacts younger men as well. Symptoms such as trouble urinating can be distressing and a nuisance. Certain foods can exacerbate and fuel this condition. In this quick, informative video, Dr. Eric Berg provides tips regarding foods to avoid for those suffering from BPH.
As women enter their perimenopausal and menopausal years, new (and often distressing) symptoms may start to pop up as their hormone levels change. The ovaries, the primary supplier of estrogen, begin to reduce their production and the circulating estrogen level in the body declines. Then come the dreaded hot flashes and night sweats . . . Here’s where it gets interesting. Did you know that the severity of these symptoms may be closely related to your gut health?
Your digestive tract is designed to be the ultimate barrier – keeping everything that’s meant to be inside your gut in, and any other unwanted substances out. But what happens when this barrier is compromised and your gut, in a sense, “springs a leak”?
This is essentially what happens in a condition known as protein-losing enteropathy – a condition in which proteins meant to stay in your bloodstream begin to leak out into your digestive tract. Today we’re going to dive . . .
Chronic back pain is a major problem for millions of adults. It’s now estimated that around 75 percent of all people will experience a period of persistent back pain at some time in their lives, and 1 percent to 2 percent will suffer from serious compression of a nerve root — and another 3 percent to 5 percent have herniated discs. (1) Contributing to this back pain is spinal stenosis.
The spine is a row of 26 small bones in your back . . .
Infertility affects 10-15% of reproductive aged couples in the U.S. as well as 60-80 million couples worldwide. The male contribution to this problem has been identified to be as high as 58%. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is estimated to affect over 100 million men internationally. . . . A review of the current literature supports the notion that the typical western, junk food diet is a major contributory factor to male infertility and ED.
We all want to look and feel young and radiant. No one wants dark, puffy eyes that make you appear haggard. And for some, even regularly sleeping 7-9 hours a night does not rectify this issue. In this video, Dr. Trevor Cates discusses this problem and provides simple solutions that will help to restore your youthful glow and boost your confidence.
“They call it brain fog for a reason. You’re in a fog. I couldn’t be in front of a camera anymore because I couldn’t remember my lines. I couldn’t remember what I was doing . . . It felt like the onset of Alzheimer’s.” That’s how supermodel and actress Angie Everhart . . . felt after getting breast implants and then having them removed years later.
She didn’t get relief until a decade later when she had another surgery to remove the capsules (the scar tissue . . .
Do you deal with pesky and persistent nail fungus? Have you tried everything in your health arsenal . . . and still had no luck in eliminating the infection?
If so you are not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that 10% of the population deals with stubborn nail fungus.
[C]onventional medicine’s answer to this widespread problem is to prescribe antifungal pills that are often ineffective and come with serious side effects . . .
I’ve got some good news for the estimated 36 million people in the U.S. who experience migraines. After working with patients for the last decade and seeing many with migraines, I have identified five common triggers and three easy, natural ways to overcome them.
If you’ve ever experienced a migraine, you know it’s MUCH different from a regular headache. Left untreated, a migraine can last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours. Unlike a typical headache . . .
About 50 percent of adults suffer from ongoing bad breath at some point in their lives. Bad breath is not only embarrassing, it can sometimes also be a sign of a serious health problem — although, in most cases, it’s not. I will share with you my top tips on how to get rid of bad breath fast — including dietary changes, supplements and essential oils that can all be used to freshen your breath naturally.
Millions of people struggle with low or no sex drive . . .
It amazes me how many people settle for health problems like a low libido because they think it’s normal or a part of aging, or they are just too embarrassed to find out what to do about it. Just because something is common doesn’t make it normal, and healthy people should have a healthy sex drive, even into their golden years.
Did you know that about 600,000 people get their gallbladder removed each year? Did you know that about half of these people still experience digestive problems even after surgery? It doesn’t have to be this way. You can support your digestive health after surgery to create smooth digestion and live without symptoms. If you don’t have a gallbladder or about to go through gallbladder removal surgery and want to improve your digestive health, this article is for you.
There is a common belief today about cavities that once you have tooth decay, that cavity can NOT be reversed. Then the only solution to oral wellness is to have part of your tooth drilled out and filled with a synthetic material. However, it’s been proven that there are ways to reverse cavities naturally.
In fact, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal, cavities and tooth decay could potentially be reversed with diet.
Candida is a form of yeast that lives throughout our bodies in small amounts: in our oral cavity, digestive tract, gut microbiome and vaginal tract. When it is in a healthy balance with the good bacteria in the microbiome, it helps aid in healthy digestion and nutrient absorption. Problems can occur when there is too much Candida in relation to the good bacteria. It can overpower the bacteria, leading to leaky gut, digestive issues, fungal infections, mood swings . . .
Varicose veins are enlarged veins, often twisted, near the surface of the skin. They are most common in women, and often on the legs and ankles.
Varicose veins aren’t dangerous, although they can cause pain and discomfort in some people.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Your legs have one-way valves to keep blood flowing up to your heart. When these valves don’t work well . . .
When it comes to optimizing the oral microbiome, you may already know the tricks of the trade- most of them, anyway. That’s because the oral mucosa is remarkably similar to the gut mucosa. The architecture is similar. The microbial inhabitants are similar. The immune tissue is similar . . .
There’s no question that the oral cavity is a major player in overall health and wellness. Heart disease, diabetes . . .
Did you know that one in three Americans has untreated tooth decay? One in two has a history of gingivitis? . . .
The link between oral health and systemic health is undeniable. The most common oral diseases that plague humankind are cavities and periodontal disease, both of which are caused by oral dysbiosis.
Periodontal disease . . . increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, cancers . . .
There are many causes of Hair Loss, but there are many medicines that can cause hair loss, and most people have no idea. Before you blame your diet or something else, watch this entire video and make sure it’s not one of your medications that is causing your hair loss.
Pregnancy & Parenting
As many as 20% of women experience postpartum depression. Miscarriages, excessive stress and insufficient sleep post birth as well as other factors can trigger this condition. Dr. Angela Potter, ND, examines pregnancy and postpartum depression, discussing nutrition, fitness, yoni steaming, pelvic health, and additional topics that influence mom’s health.
Americans, and children particularly, consume abundant added sugar. Scientists from the Universities of Georgia and Southern California examined dietary sugar consumption and cognitive functioning. They discovered that a high-sugar diet during one’s formative years impairs learning and memory as an adult via changes in the gut microbiome.
Some food manufactures employ clever marketing to position noxious foods and drinks as innocuous to fool parents. Some of the worst offenders include Snapple and Gatorade, which contain abundant sugar. Even “healthy” beverages such as orange juice and milk are sugar-rich. In fact, excessive sugar thwarts vitamin C absorption in OJ and milk’s vitamin D is not the D3 the body needs. Another beverage to eschew is the “clinically approved” PediaSure. Its egregious ingredients include 32 grams of sugar, hydrogenated oils, soy protein, and milk.
For infants and children with genetically-influenced epilepsy, compared to other epilepsy types, following a ketogenic diet is singularly effective therapy according to a study published in Scientific Reports. Roughly half of the children manifesting genetically-attributed epilepsy experienced a greater than 50% seizure reduction. Lead researcher, Dr. John Millichap, MD, elucidates that the keto regimen decreases blood sugar variations and as such brain hyperexcitability that can incite seizures.
In a new study, researchers found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of marijuana, stays in breast milk for up to six weeks. The finding supports recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine to abstain from marijuana use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It’s estimated that 80% of toddlers in the U.S. will be diagnosed with an ear infection by the time they’re 3 years old. Ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their children to see a doctor.
An ear infection is an inflammation of the middle ear that happens when fluid, full of bacteria, builds up behind the eardrum.
Babies and young kids are most susceptible to ear infections. That’s because of the position of the Eustachian tube in kids versus adults. It’s also because . . .
Team Led by Researcher Finds Increased First-Trimester Exercise May Reduce Gestational Diabetes Risk
Pregnant women who exercise more during the first trimester of pregnancy may have a lower risk of developing gestational diabetes, according to a new study led by Samantha Ehrlich, an assistant professor . . . at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville . . . The analysis found that lower risk was associated with at least 38 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each day—a bit more than current recommendations of at least 30 minutes a day five days a week.
The advantages of breastfeeding, in comparison to formula feeding, are quite numerous. Breast-fed infants, for example, have remarkably lower risk for various allergic conditions . . .
In a new study just published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers followed a fairly large group of children, some of whom were breastfed while others were given infant formula, and determined that those receiving infant formula had a dramatically increased risk for being overweight.
Cesarean-born babies are at increased risk during early childhood of being hospitalised due to an infection, according to a new study of over seven million births from four countries.
The study, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and Aarhus University and published in PLOS Medicine, found a small but consistent increase in the absolute risk of infection-related hospitalisation rates in children up to five years . . .
One of the main benefits of breastfeeding that people may not know about is assisting with the establishment of a healthy microbiome. This has profound immunological benefits throughout a person’s life, but that is not all! There are many benefits of breastfeeding that extend not only to baby’s short-term and long-term health, but to mom’s health as well! . . .
The infant microbiome is evolutionarily designed to be seeded (the process of receiving foundational microbes) in 4 main ways . . .
The journal Nature Metabolism published research conducted by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The Ohio State University College of Medicine indicating that exercising while pregnant increases a compound in breast milk that confers health benefits to breastfed babies, including reducing the baby’s risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
This year, your child’s return to school, whether remotely, in-person, or a mix of both undoubtedly looks and feels different than ever before. As a parent myself, I know all too well that our goal is to always ensure we’re setting our children up for a successful year ahead. However, with so many different dynamics at play this year in light of COVID-19, exactly how to set your child up for both success in learning and success in staying safe . . .*See Publisher’s Note
An international study of youth sport during the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that young people have been hit by a lack of exercise and competition, with results showing a decrease in their social, mental and physical wellbeing in the absence of sport.
Research carried out by Birmingham City University (UK), Michigan State University (U.S.) . . .
It wasn’t until I had my third child that I was hit with the big one: Postpartum depression.
I fell into a depression like I had never experienced before. Every person is different, so every woman experiences postpartum depression differently. A woman could experience some or all of these symptoms in different combinations:
- Feeling sad, hopeless, empty, or overwhelmed
- Crying more often than usual or for no apparent reason . . .
Endometriosis affects millions of women every year. It can cause pain, bloating, and fertility issues, and it often goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed. Once you know you have endometriosis, many doctors don’t give you good options for treatment.
. . . If you have endometriosis and you’ve had trouble getting good care for it, don’t give up hope! While there’s no cure for endometriosis, there are ways to manage the symptoms naturally . . .
Eating Too Much – Not Exercising Too Little – Is the Biggest Driver of Obesity in Children, Finds Study That Compared Western Children to Young Amazonian Hunters
Exercising makes little difference to whether a child becomes fat, according to researchers.
Instead, simply eating too many calories is thought to be the driving force behind obesity.
Scientists compared hunter-gatherer children living in the Amazon rainforest with youngsters from the UK and US.
Youngsters from the Shuar tribe . . .
The children of women who have high glucose blood levels during pregnancy, even if their mothers are not diagnosed with gestational diabetes, are at an increased risk of developing obesity in childhood, according to a new study published in PLOS One.
For the research, scientists analyzed the data of more than 40,000 pregnant women who delivered babies between 1995 and 2004 . . .
It’s not only women who should be concerned about the impact of their weight on their children’s health. A*STAR researchers have identified a set of factors, including the father’s weight, that combine to increase a child’s risk of obesity by up to 11-fold.
The period between conception and a child’s second birthday is crucial in determining his or her future risk of obesity.
New research shows that the first few seconds of life can powerfully impact whether one is fat or thin, anxious or relaxed, sickly or resilient thanks to the effects of bacteria a baby is exposed to (or not) during birth.
In the largest study of the newborn microbiome, researchers found that newborns delivered via c-section lack the healthy gut bacteria found in vaginally delivered babies.
Modern times have brought on a significant spike [in] infertility problems, unparalleled in history. More and more couples are facing difficulties falling pregnant. Although there is much advancement of modern technology in the fertility sphere, these therapies are costly and stressful on the body. How can we boost fertility?
Is Paleo safe for kids? Absolutely! In fact, children might benefit from Paleo even more than adults because their food habits and associations are just starting to form, and the nutrient density of the Paleo diet readily supports the demands of growth and development. A diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables provides a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals for a healthy body and immune system . . .
Children with neurobehavioral disorders like ADHD, processing disorders, and OCD, often experience stress and anxiety due to the various challenges they face. Diet and exercise can go a long way to reducing symptoms associated with this stress and anxiety. The following kid-friendly foods that ease anxiety are thought to reduce the body’s stress response and promote relaxation.
More than half of U.S. high school students still have sports drinks at least once a week and their ranks are growing, although a new study suggests fewer teens have these sugary, calorie-laden beverages every day.
Sports drinks are aggressively marketed to teens to replenish fluids or electrolytes, a message that many adolescents and their parents mistakenly believe, researchers note in Pediatrics. Doctors recommend water . . .
Did you know that your thoughts are so powerful they can make or break your success as a student? Every time you have a thought . . . your brain releases chemicals that impact the way you feel.
Whenever you have a sad thought, a mad thought . . . your brain releases chemicals that make you feel bad. Conversely, every time you have a happy thought, a loving thought . . . your brain releases chemicals that make you feel good immediately.
Women who keep moving during pregnancy may have infants with more advanced motor skills, a small study suggests.
Researchers discovered the difference among 1-month-olds: Those whose moms got regular aerobic exercise during pregnancy tended to have stronger movement skills, versus babies whose mothers did not.
Many parents believe that playing computer games helps kids improve their minds, but this is proving to not be the case. Although research shows that playing on a computer or mobile device does help some cognitive skills, it appears that the negative effects of screen time far outweigh the positives.
Teaching your child to flip the “off switch” can prevent a habit of overeating
Nothing like having kids to reinforce the nature part of the nurture debate when it comes to personality traits. Forget things like hair and eye color; any parent with more than one kid knows how different and unique their personalities and temperaments are from day one.
I broaden this to what I call your kid’s “Food Personality.”
Electronic cigarettes (commonly known as e-cigarettes) are a relatively new phenomenon. They’ve been discussed by some as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes, and have seen massive spikes in popularity over the last several years. Like many new technologies, it’s taken a bit of time for research to catch up with marketing. Unfortunately, this window has allowed for an incredible surge in e-cigarette use . . .
As we all know, there are some dietary considerations that are very important during pregnancy. For example, it’s of the utmost importance that a woman consumes adequate amounts of protein, calcium, iron . . . It’s also important for women to reduce caffeine consumption and eliminate alcohol . . .
. . . And in the future, we might have to add gluten to the list of foods to avoid . . .
Children mirror our own eating habits
Confession: I love French fries. I also love fried chicken, hot dogs, cookies, cake, and pie. . . . In spite of my age and knowledge about how to eat well, I frequently find myself eating quantities of food that leave me feeling overly filled.
Throughout the fathering part of my life, I have tried to be intentional and purposeful about the kinds of behaviors . . . that I model for my children.
Sleep & Insomnia
If you’ve ever crawled under the covers worrying about a problem or a long to-do list, you know those racing thoughts may rob you of a good night’s sleep. Sleep disturbances, like having a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, affect millions of Americans.
The daytime sleepiness that follows can leave you feeling lousy and sap your productivity, and it may even harm your health. Now, a small study suggests that mindfulness meditation . . . can help.
Deep, restorative sleep is considered by many to be the Holy Grail of health—it requires significant effort to achieve, but is incredibly valuable! Many lifestyle factors impact sleep, including your exercise routine, stress level, and the behaviors you engage in during the hours leading up to bedtime. However, nutrition also has a powerful yet underappreciated impact on sleep.
Who doesn’t want a good night’s sleep? It recharges you for the next day, it gives your enzymes and hormones the green light to repair and restore cells and muscles. And as researchers now tell us, it’s also essential for clearing out the metabolic garbage that builds up in our brain during the course of the day.
So, how do you stack the sleep deck in your favor? . . . [Y]ou want to prepare for that good night’s sleep. The best way to do that . . .
In this podcast, Dr. Mark Hyman discusses all-things-sleep with Shawn Stevenson, author of Sleep Smarter. Research has shown that diet, exercise, stress, and other lifestyle factors can dramatically your sleep, a lack of which promotes disease. Shawn shares key causes of poor sleep as well as specific strategies to help ensure that you get a rejuvenating night’s rest.
Dr. David Perlmutter, MD, discusses the impact of sleep deprivation on the choices that you make, particularly with regard to food. Does a lack of sleep increase the likelihood that you will select less wholesome fare or does sleep deprivation have no effect on your eating habits at all? In a country where 70% + of us are overweight and obese, it is critical to understand what influences your dietary choices to safeguard your health. Listen and get informed!
“Get more sleep” is something you have heard for a while now. You probably say it to yourself, likely upon waking. Your feet have not even hit the ground yet and you are already thinking, “Oh tonight I will get in bed earlier.”
This is not a new concept nor are the benefits of sleep new to science literature, however it is a habit that we continue to not prioritize. Sleep is medicine. Let me repeat that, Sleep is MEDICINE. . . .
With the pandemic upon us and anxiety through the roof, who can sleep? An increasing number of people are having a tough time dealing with anxious, racing thoughts that keep us from getting the quality sleep we so desperately need. It’s causing hordes of people to turn to prescription pills for relief.
According to an April 2020 report, there has been a 34% increase in the number of prescriptions filled for antianxiety medications . . .
3 Ways to Avoid Age-Related Circadian Rhythm Disruption
Occasional problems with sleep are common at midlife, often secondary to hot flashes and night sweats, or anxiety and depression—which often occur together in midlife women. Between 20 and 40 percent of women have sleep disorders, and women in perimenopause often need more sleep and suffer from insomnia more often than do men of the same age.
When we don’t get sufficient sleep, we not only become tired . . .
You already know the importance of sleep to your health. But did you know that sleep governs over 600 genes? Those include weight loss genes (such as CLOCK) as well as the genes that predict your risk of Alzheimer’s disease (APOE4). If you’re like me and have the variation of CLOCK, you need eight hours of sleep per night to lose weight, because the gene variant can raise your daily levels of ghrelin . . .
Sleep. We all need it.
But according to the National Sleep Foundation, 35% of Americans regularly report they don’t get a good night’s sleep. NSP reported that as many as 60% of people report having trouble sleeping a few nights a week or more.
Unfortunately, it may be more than just an inconvenience. We’ve all experienced sleep deprivation detrimental effect on mental and physical performance.