Having your cake and eating it too in the field of infectious disease means discovering antibiotics that both attack the bacteria and stimulate the immune system to turn up its defenses. Researchers report a new class of antibiotics which carry out this dual function, providing some hope in the fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Sometimes researchers reveal background facts more intriguing than the mundane discovery which they publish in the headline, as this article about the spread of Lyme disease demonstrates. Their headline proclaims a model to predict where Lyme disease will next arise within our nation which might make you think “duh!”.
In comparing the records of 1992 until recent years with the topographical maps of areas,
Many patients ask how a mold toxin could cause so much trouble in so many body systems? I greatly enjoy sharing insights with patients, so I could easily get side tracked for hours, but even our prolonged visits in the office have to end so I can see the next patient. Without going into the detail that the rest of this blog provides,
Many may express frustration towards the academic types of medicine, accusing them of having their heads buried so deep in their labs that they don’t appreciate clinical applications. I agree at times, but this research on the mechanisms by which elderberry inhibits influenza activity could only be done in a lab by such academics.
Proverbs 8:17-21 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%208&version=ESV]
Wisdom is a tender and caring master. Submitting oneself to its care is entrusting one’s being to the most loving mother. Such a mother will never turn away her fragile infant as he searches for warmth. Wisdom makes itself easy to find if we but try.
Unmasking the Truth
As our ability to identify and measure gut bacteria has progressed, the number of connections between our gut microbiome and various neurologic diseases constantly expands. Autism, Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and others have been linked to various changes in the relative numbers of gut bacteria. These researchers examined the interactions between the mucous layers in our intestines and various bacteria.
Besides respiratory failure and death, one of the most publicized effects of COVID infection has been the loss of smell experienced by so many. As one of the earlier symptoms, many have gotten nervous when their smell is off momentarily. For those who have experienced this frustrating symptom in reality, it sometimes takes weeks to return to normal.
(skip to “The Eighth Question” below if you read prior questions already)
Having broached the topic of masks, I want to encourage dialogue between the polarities of the debate. This is challenging given the political climate of uncivil discord rather than civil discourse. With a vision of communities coming together to collectively determine truth and decide on policy,
Exactly what is a “healthy” gut microbiome? Many would just say eat fiber. Others would throw a probiotic into that mix. As usual, the situation in our bodies is much more complicated than that. Researchers from the integrative medicine program at George Washington University along with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reviewed the current research and argue for a broader consideration of the impact of our diet on our gut microbiome.
Medical research has poured billions of dollars into understanding protein and carbohydrates based metabolic processes. Even when lipids have been studied, they often related to how either proteins metabolize them or how carbohydrates relate to them. The long article from which this post is based argues forcibly for a deeper study of lipids in their role in cell membranes.
Unmasking the Truth – Question 5 Part 1 – Are you missing any factors?
It’s just a little mold. It’s nothing to be afraid of… so they say. Until this little mold spreads around a little toxin called gliotoxin- then you all know what goes down. Functional MD’s like myself who deal with mold and its toxins are not surprised by this study’s findings,
Do not be that man
We are whole beings of spiritual and physical nature. The workings of a wicked heart will come out in both word and deed. The word and deed will bring destruction on the whole person.
Fats just do not get the respect they deserve and I admit that I have been in the disrespectful group up until recently. Over the years, fats have either been implicated as cardiovascular disease culprits or lauded as dietary miracles in the ketogenic world. They get attention but their contribution to health and disease reaches far beyond heart disease and dietary crazes.
Medicine boasts its fair share of long words. Cholestyramine is one of those long words which we use a lot at Sanctuary Functional Medicine as we care for our patient who suffer from biotoxin illness like mold. Typing or saying it over and over gets tiring, so we use the acronym CSM in the office and will do so here.
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.
While looking to a heavenly father for our daily bread, we do not wait idly. The Israelites were called to gather manna in the desert. We are called to take care for ourselves and others. We are called to take action in preparing while God does the providing.
As I worked through hundreds of articles preparing for my upcoming SFM Empower Immune Prepper course, many of the articles had so much potential for impact that I could not wait to share them in the course. This article by Moray et al jumped out with its emphasis on the connection between stress and immune function.
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.