It’s a given that our emotions, behaviors, and responses to our environment are shaped by our early life experiences. I think most of us can probably wrap our arms around the idea that the experiences of our parents may also play a role in how we see the world.
In an interesting new book, Mark Wolynn describes how the experiences of our grandparents actually leave an imprinted legacy on our DNA. He describes his clinical experiences in dealing with people with seemingly unsolvable issues by unraveling events that occurred in their ancestors.
I think you’ll find this interview interesting for sure.
I’ve spoken at length about the important, health-sustaining role of diversity as it relates to the various types of bacteria that live with our intestines. In short, diversity paves the way for resiliency.
There are many avoidable factors that work against bacterial diversity – reducing the varieties of bacteria. These include various medications, like antibiotics, artificial sweeteners, and even sugar! Decreased diversity is associated with a variety of conditions including diabetes, obesity, allergy, and any number of inflammatory conditions.
Now, new research shines a positive light on this whole issue by demonstrating a strong association between having a robust, healthy and diverse set of gut bacteria and a person’s level of cardiorespiratory fitness.
As you watch this video, keep in mind that we want to do everything we can to dial up the diversity of our gut bacteria, and it looks like exercise may well be an important way to achieve that goal.
Research has long shown a strong relationship between increased body fat and degeneration of the brain. Basically, brain function declines as the size of the belly increases.
But have you every wondered why this relationship exists? What is it about body fat that so profoundly damages the brain? Continue reading
Getting a good night’s rest is fundamentally important. Poor sleep hygiene, and sleep interruption, has been found to correlate with risk for coronary artery disease, and even Alzheimer’s. What to do to protect your sleep? Try no coffee after noon, and putting your devices, like laptops, tablets and mobile phones, away earlier. For more tips, watch my latest video on sleep.
Eczema is becoming a fairly common problem in young children. This condition is characterized by frequent outbreaks of reddened, inflamed skin with significant itching. But beyond the discomfort, it is now recognized that when children are diagnosed with eczema, they have a much greater risk of other immune issues, like persistent inflammation of the nose and eyes, as well as full-blown asthma.
It’s now become clear that the level of inflammation in the human body is determined, to a significant degree, but the health and diversity of the bacteria living in the gut. In fact, an astounding 70% of the immune cells in our bodies are clustered around the intestines!
So it’s no surprise that researchers have begun looking at ways to modify the gut bacteria in children in hopes of balancing inflammation and the immune system, specifically as this relates to eczema. Continue reading
This week, Columbia University announced a “breakthrough” in our understanding of how gluten relates to health issues. Their findings, published in the journal Gut, revealed that the complaints gluten-sensitive people (those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity) experience are a consequence of a disruption of the gut lining – what has come to be called “leaky gut.”
How would you like to undergo stem cell therapy that would target your brain? What if I told you there was a new stem cell program that will give your brain stem cells, enhance the growth and functionality of your brain’s memory center (the hippocampus), is totally safe and will cost you nothing?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is almost uniformly fatal and is only increasing in incidence. While no one has as yet been able to pinpoint what may cause this disease, a new report published in the journal, JAMA Neurology offers up some important clues.
The study evaluated blood samples from 156 individuals with confirmed ALS and compared them to blood samples from 128 similarly aged controls. Blood concentrations of 122 environmental pollutants were studied, including organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and brominated flame retardants (BFRs), using highly sophisticated techniques including gas chromatography–mass spectrometry. To be sure, these chemicals are directly toxic to the nervous system and are highly persistent in the environment, as well as in the human body Continue reading