Random Roots – Thunder God Vine 0605 W3A

First of all, I have to admit that I have never recommended Thunder God Vine Root for autoimmune diseases.  Maybe you will fault me for not knowing about this potentially beneficial therapy for autoimmune disease, but this is part of practicing functional medicine.  New studies come out.  New knowledge and understanding come out of research. 

Brain Over Fire

We are truly a whole person.  Functional MD’s like myself recognize how our body, minds, and spirits interact even though we don’t always understand fully the mechanisms.  Still, we appreciate when studies support what we practice on a daily basis.  This study looked at how cognitive behavioral therapy could lower inflammation and affect inflammatory messengers of our immune system.

Breastfeeding Lowers Asthma and Allergy

While some mainstream media outlets and part of society continues to disparage breastfeeding, science continues to support the benefits of breastfeeding for infants.  As a functional medicine pediatrician seeking to counsel parents on the best ways to prepare their children for the world, breastfeeding will always be in the top 5 to 10 practices. 

Future Prebiotic Sleep Aid?

Insomnia plagues the lives of many, robbing their daytime of energy and focus, robbing nights of peace.  In functional medicine we offer many therapies to improve sleep such as supplements, lifestyle changes, and neurofeedback.  This research may lead to another option as scientists further unravel the connections between prebiotics and sleep.

Coming in various forms of fibers and resistant starches,

Why Your Stomach Asks What Time It Is

Given the fact that we have been eating for as long as we have existed and modern society focuses so much on weight control, you would think we would have our “system” down on the meal issue.  We do tend towards 3 meals a day even if we have different names for them and different exact times in different cultures. 

Leaky Brains Controlled by Microglial Response

In medicine, scientists search for targets which can be manipulated for health benefits.  The complexity of our systems makes such targets few and far in between.  Still they hope to discern the key players in disease processes like neurodegeneration.  For diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, they have learned that inflammation and a leaky blood brain barrier (BBB) intersect to increase risk of these and other neurodegenerative diseases. 

Flavonoids as Brain Boosters

Forget the chickens and the eggs for now, let’s consider teas and berries for brain health.  This research confirms that foods high in flavonoids benefit brain health as we grow older.  By comparing the self-reported intakes of 6 different types of flavonoids in 2,800 people, they determined that those with higher intakes had 2 to 4 times less Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias over their lives.