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Like most Americans, you probably start your day with breakfast. While I often opt to skip breakfast (and instead just enjoy my cup of black coffee), there’s nothing wrong with the choice to start your day with a healthy meal. However, the key is that it’s just that: a healthy meal. In today’s video, discover the cornerstones of a brain-boosting breakfast that will keep your body operating at peak efficiency throughout the day.
It’s clear that the prevalence of autoimmune conditions is on the rise. Far and away, the most common autoimmune condition in America is directed against the thyroid gland, autoimmune thyroiditis. Like all autoimmune conditions, autoimmune thyroiditis is far more common in women, but for a reason that remains unclear. Nonetheless, it is clear that environmental issues, or lifestyle choices, seem to be playing a very important role in causing an imbalance within the immune system, paving the way for thyroid problems.
In today’s program, I have the great honor of interviewing Dr. Amy Myers. Dr. Myers is very much a pioneer in getting out the information related to how lifestyle choices affect the immune system, and is very candid about her own personal experience with thyroid disease.
Her new book is certainly worth reading, as it is filled with not only great information, but information upon which you can act to achieve more balance in immune function. I think you’re going to enjoy this interview.
There’s so much in the news these days calling attention to the fact that diabetes is associated with a profoundly increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, just watch my recent interview with Dr. Melissa Schilling on the subject.
But there’s an important point that is absolutely critical to understand. While it seems like a good idea for diabetic patients to take medication to control blood sugar, the research seems to indicate that diabetics taking these drugs do not improve their situation, in terms of lowering their risk for Alzheimer’s.
To be clear, I am not saying that diabetics shouldn’t take their blood sugar medications. But I am saying that this looks like this one very important issue, your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, is not improved by medications designed to help normalize blood sugar. Continue reading
Migraine headaches represent a serious health issue in America today, and the statistics are staggering. As many as 13% of adults experience migraine headaches, and as many as 5 million experience at least one migraine attack each month. In fact, more than 90% of people who have a migraine headache are completely unable to function normally during such an episode. They experience symptoms far worse than those associated with the common migraine headache, such as pain, light sensitivity, nausea, and vomiting.
Genetic and environmental factors both play an important role in the frequency and severity of migraine headaches. For instance, migraines are more common in women, and more than 70% of migraine patients have a family history of the disorder. A full 25% of patients with migraine headaches have one or more migraines each week! The standard approach of many healthcare practitioners to migraine headaches is typically two-pronged: drugs are prescribed to reduce migraine frequency and to provide immediate relief during an episode. But before prescription drugs are utilized, I think it’s useful to take a step back and ask an important question: what could be increasing the risk that any particular person would suffer from these debilitating headaches?
Dr. Michael Callahan is CEO and co-founder of the Zika Foundation. He is a highly respected “physician scientist”, who is board-certified in internal medicine, infectious disease, tropical medicine and mass casualty care, and is on both the clinical and research faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Callahan has clinical appointments globally, including in Thailand, Indonesia, Panama, and Nigeria. From 2005-2012, Dr. Callahan established Prophecy, the first rapid deployment clinical research capability for catastrophic infectious diseases outbreaks, such as Ebola.
Just how important is sleep? Well, it turns out that insomnia has been associated with increased risk of cancer, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, depression, and overall mortality. Nearly one third of Americans have reported experiencing insomnia, meaning millions suffer every night. The potential health consequences and sheer number of people with insomnia makes the problem ever more urgent to address. Though volumes of scientific literature have devoted space to this topic, few have done enough to document magnesium’s role in potential treatment and prevention of insomnia.
The biological benefits of magnesium are far-reaching and complex, so it should come as no surprise that many studies have linked poor sleep to calcium and magnesium deficiencies. By understanding how the most commonly cited causes of insomnia originate, you can equip yourself to combat the condition at its roots. Continue reading
I have written quite a bit lately about the health benefits of dandelion greens, mostly because of their rich content of prebiotic fiber, as well as other nutrients. But there’s another member of the dandelion family that deserves attention: chicory. Continue reading