What’s in a Name?

Being sick is confusing these days with so many medical options promising relief.  Allopathic medicine promises medications to heal.  Naturopathic medicine promises natural cures.  Energy medicine promises to realign your energy fields.  That is just the beginning.  When you are hurting, where do you turn?  Who do you trust?  That will depend on both you and your illness,

Mutant SARS CoV 2 Viruses Are Not Gaining Superpowers

Science fiction thrillers fill our nightmares with deadly viruses mutating to the point of human annihilation.  While possible, this scenario is highly unlikely and research indicates that SARS CoV-21 does not appear to be gaining transmissibility super powers either.  Researchers from the University College of London Genetics Institute evaluated  over 40,000 strains of the virus to conclude that the virus is likely near its optimum ability to pass from one person to another.

Biotoxins Besides Mold Include Blue Green Algae in Parkinson’s Disease

Our world is a dangerous place, not only thanks to industrial pollution, but also thanks to the contributions of nature as it fills our world with a variety of chemicals.  While our clinic works with a multitude of individuals affected by mold toxins, we also appreciate those dealing with other biotoxins including those from algae sources. 

COVID and Vitamin D3

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As every potential therapy is being tried against COVID in a widespread rock-paper-scissors game of what can beat COVID, one notable vitamin stands out as a rather consistent winner against COVID 19.  “And the winner is Vitamin D3” can be heard nearly every week in various medical research reports.  The following studies offer three examples of contests in which D3 bested COVID 19 to some degree.

Possible Origins of COVID Long Haulers

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COVID-19 offers an endless array of research options as researchers scramble to understand everything from its adaptation in humans to the leftover effects of the disease in what we call “long-haulers”.  This latter topic of “long-haulers” forced upon us by this virus takes center stage in the article of interests as King’s College London researchers believe they can explain why some patients suffer from “long COVID”.

The Mycotoxin Endocrine Axis

Whether conventional medicine likes it or not, we must recognize a mycotoxin endocrine axis which modulates our hormonal balance.  In the endocrine world, we speak the hypothalamic pituitary axis or the hypothalamic pituitary thyroid axis among others.   This term, axis, highlights the interplay between the brain (hypothalamus and pituitary) and the given endocrine gland in regulating body functions through the gland’s hormones. 

Another New Word for 2020 – Syndemic

This year has welcomed a number of new ideas and words to the public’s vocabulary including cytokine storm, lockdown, coronavirus, and now “syndemic”.  Apparently, this word was coined in the 1990’s with the HIV/AIDS crisis, but I had never heard it until today’s article.  We have heard multiple studies highlighting the connection between chronic diseases like diabetes with the severity of COVID infection.  

Traditional Remedies Resurfacing for Drug Resistant Bacteria

 

            Emory scientists investigated the potential disease fighting properties of three plants listed in ‘Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests’ from Civil War doctors.   While they did not understand the mechanisms of herbs and plants they used, US Civil War physicians worked tirelessly to save wounded soldiers lives and limbs.  Current medical researchers,

Traditional Remedies Resurfacing for Drug Resistant Bacteria

            Emory scientists investigated the potential disease fighting properties of three plants listed in ‘Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests’ from Civil War doctors.   While they did not understand the mechanisms of herbs and plants they used, US Civil War physicians worked tirelessly to save wounded soldiers lives and limbs.  Current medical researchers, facing the grim specter of multiple antibiotic resistance in today’s bacteria,

Pesticides found to increase children’s blood pressure

News of pesticide effects on human health have littered the internet and social media.  For some time, but the number grows each year.  This study by researchers at the University of California San Diego, found increases in children’s blood pressure associated with pesticide exposure. 

They took advantage of Mother’s Day pesticide use in Ecuador,

Starve the Yeast

           Sometimes conventional medical research sounds eerily like functional medicine conferences I attend.  In this case, University of Buffalo researchers promote starving yeast infections of iron.  In mice they used deferasirox to bind iron in saliva.  This lowering of iron in the mice mouths lowered the organism’s survival rate.

            As the resistance of yeast to pharma anti-fungals grows,

Egg in Their Face ?

            The debate over cholesterol intake rages on in the world of cardiovascular medicine.  After years of “fat is evil” propaganda, the tide turned to acknowledge that some fat is better than others.  We even recognize that fat can be a good thing.  A question however continues to plague each of us as we sit down at the dinner table or walk through the grocery aisles,

Don’t Breathe Too Deep

            If anyone tells you that what your child breathes in every day does not matter, besides unfriending them on Facebook, hand them this article first.  If the myriad studies on the effects of cigarette smoke is not enough, this article examines the potential link between particulate matter in the air and the development of working memory in young children. 

The Genomics of Long-Term Memory

            The brain
and especially its memory function have long fascinated mankind.  Its capacity to remember facts, events, and
more has remained a challenging mystery despite countless attempt to probe the
process.  As a listened to a genomics
podcast by Illumina called, Illumina Genomics on iTunes, Dr. Ted Abel at the
University of Iowa discussed his team’s research into how our brains retain
long-term memories using acetylation and epigenetics. 

The Genomics of Cardiac Disease Risk

Who knows how much investment is going into finding the
genes behind various chronic diseases? 
Fixing what is broken always seems to take more energy and effort than
preventing the disease damage in the first place… an ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure.  As a listened to
a genomics podcast by Illumina called,

This FADS1 is Here to Stay

The internet buzzes with fad diets
claiming amazing results for all-comers even to the extreme of becoming a
Breatharian (eating only air and light). 
While I profess no interest in giving up food for a breakfast of air and
light, I do strive to guide others in finding an optimal nutrition plan for
them.  Several factors go into my
patient’s optimal nutritional approach.