Mercury Toxicity: The Great Mimicker

Mercury toxicity is the great mimicker of a host of health challenges. Here is a sample of what one should know about mercury toxicity. 1: Mercury is known to denervate nerve fibers, similar to the pathology of multiple sclerosis. In other words it makes it so the nerves do not work. 2: Mercury can leak into the…

Are you Resolving Inflammation?

Chronic inflammation is connected to degenerative aging. This has prompted scientists to coin the term “inflammaging” to describe this destructive process. Recent discoveries shed light on our understanding of inflammaging.  Research shows that resolution of inflammation may be as important as inhibition of inflammation in the fight against age-related disorders. The field of inflammation resolution…

To use Probiotics or Not?

A team of nutritionists, pediatricians, and immunologists designed a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled clinical trial. They enlisted 298 healthy male and female children between two and five years of age. This population is particularly susceptible to respiratory infections. Five days a week, the treatment group was given 100 million CFU (colony-forming units) of L. rhamnosus…

Understanding the Consequences of Chronic Stress

Stress weakens the immune function A recent poll reports that 45% of Americans feel that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the novel coronavirus. Cortisol is one of the body’s main stress hormones. During stressful times, the adrenal glands release it as part of the “fight-or-flight” response. Necessary for life-or-death situations, cortisol directs…

Collagen Peptides Support Bone Health

Post-menopausal women have a significantly increased risk for osteoporosis. Bone density declines after menopause and osteoporosis has become a major health problem in our aging population. Interestingly, astronauts who spend extended periods of time in space are also a high-risk group. This 2020 study (using rats suspended in a microgravity model) explored a nutritional strategy to support…

Does your Stomach Bother you around a Full Moon?

Parasites exhibit biological rhythms (1). Researchers continue to study how the biological rhythms of parasites are regulated and exhibited. Disrupting parasite rhythms can be helpful for eradicating parasites (2). The full moon is associated with higher parasite activity. Your body’s circadian rhythm responds to the moon’s cycle. Parasites are more active and reproductive coinciding with…

Prevent Cognitive Decline and Extend Longevity

  Humans in areas with higher lithium in drinking water live longer; Long term, lithium may help maintain longer telomeres; Lithium has been shown to regulate genes related to healthy DNA structure; Lithium appears to slow the rate of brain aging; People with higher lithium intake show improved mood; GSK-3 is an enzyme that plays a powerful role in regulating metabolism. Dysfunctional GSK-3 activity raises the risk of many chronic diseases of older age including Alzheimer’s, type II diabetes,…

Stubborn Urinary Infections

You may be surprised to learn that urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common form of bacterial infection, accounting for 7 million office visits, 1 million emergency room visits, and 100,000 hospitalizations each year, at an estimated annual cost of $1.6 billion to the American public. One third of all women will contract a UTI by the age of 24. Once a woman has contracted a UTI,…