Herbal Medicines are Bad for You

Okay, don’t be alarmed by the headline.  I just used a little marketing gimmick to get you to read something that may save your life.  But yes, the headline is true… in certain situations. The article in the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine references the potential for herbal remedy contamination contributing to morbidity,

HDL Good or Bad? Two-Faced HDL

How many times have I said “LDL – Bad, HDL – Good” to my patients?  Thousands of times over the past years of practice, I have described the differing effects of LDL and HDL on cardiovascular health, yet researchers want to overturn this dogma, this law of medicine.  Once again, little in medicine stands so sacred that it cannot be nullified with a newer study. 

Aging Your Brain

A major study looking at how our brains age was just released.  The Amen Clinics, Google, John Hopkins, UCLA and UCSF collaborated to look at what factors contributed to accelerated aging in humans.  Using SPECT scans they evaluated over 100 brain areas in over 60,000 people and compared individuals with different characteristics to estimate how fast their brains were aging.

Something is Fishy with this Study

Had to pick myself up off the floor with this discovery.  I could not believe it that a mainline academic institution would allow an article like this to be printed.  I mean, how could the University of Massachusetts publicly admit that functional doctor’s like myself were right about omega 3’s and childhood aggressive behavior.

I have seen the benefits in children for a number of years. 

Keep Your Eye on the Turmeric

Research studies about turmeric or its derivative, curcumin, frequently catch my eye, especially this one that looked at turmeric and glaucoma. Researchers had apparently been testing systemic administration of turmeric for glaucoma (a disease of high pressure inside the eye that can result in blindness).  The poor ability of turmeric to dissolve in water had limited its effectiveness not just in eye therapies,

Patients are Influenced by Their Genetic Results

Patients are influenced by their genetic results

Many outside functional and personalized medicine poo-poo the whole genomic’s craze claiming that all these SNP testing don’t lead to real clinical outcomes.  Basically, they claim it doesn’t help anyone.  While I could sit back and feel confident in what I see in my patients as we apply different genetic findings to their health (and ignore the nay-sayers),