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The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Dr. Kelly Starrett

The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Dr. Kelly Starrett

Sitting can wreak havoc on your health, and not just in the form of minor aches and pains. Recent studies show that too much sitting contributes to a host of diseases—from obesity and diabetes to cancer and depression. The typical office worker, who spends most of his or her day at a desk, suffers from more musculoskeletal injuries than those workers who do daily manual labor. It turns out that sitting is as much an occupational risk as is lifting heavy weights on the job. The facts are in: sitting literally shortens your life. Your chair is your enemy, and it is murdering your body.

In his groundbreaking new book, Deskbound, Dr. Kelly Starrett—renowned physical therapist and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Becoming a Supple Leopard—unveils a detailed battle plan for surviving, and thriving, in our chair-centric society. Deskbound provides creative solutions for reducing the amount of time you spend perched on your backside, as well as strategies for transforming your desk into a dynamic, active workstation that can improve your life.

I’m sure you will get a lot out of this interview as did I. Maybe you’ll even want to watch it standing up!

Microbial Diversity and Weight Gain

Microbial Diversity and Weight Gain

A new study in laboratory animals inoculated with human gut microbes shows how desperately important dietary prebiotic fiber is, in terms of maintaining microbial diversity. Low levels of prebiotic fiber lead to loss of diversity, which, in humans, is associated with a variety of diseases, including diabetes and autoimmune conditions. The study further demonstrates that while introduction of prebiotic fiber does restore the diversity to some degree, subsequent generations of these laboratory animals are less able to recover their diversity, with some species of gut organisms actually becoming extinct.

Antibiotics – Let’s Reassess

Antibiotics – Let’s Reassess

Dr. Martin Blaser, author of the book Missing Microbes, recently penned a thought-provoking editorial in the journal Science, titled, “Antibiotic use and its consequences for the normal microbiome.

Dr. Blaser begins by confirming the critical role that antibiotics play in modern medicine. He then reiterates the words of Nobel laureate Alexander Fleming, inventor of penicillin, who in 1945 warned of the potential negative consequences of antibiotics, including the development of antibiotic-resistant organisms.

He then goes on to review how, shortly after their introduction for widespread use in humans, farmers discovered that treating livestock with antibiotics dramatically enhanced their growth. This discovery fostered the widespread use of antibiotics in the livestock industry, which has only persisted and grown over the last six decades. But beyond the historical significance of this discovery, the report calls attention to the fact that antibiotics are associated with important metabolic changes. This finding was a central idea elucidated in Dr. Blaser’s book, wherein he linked current antibiotic mismanagement to the global, ever-increasing rates of obesity. Continue reading

Eating Fat, Fighting Alzheimer’s

Eating Fat, Fighting Alzheimer’s

Today, in honor of Brain Awareness Month, I went to the Alzheimer’s Association’s web site to explore their “10 Way to Love Your Brain”, which include:

Fuel up right. Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is lower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

Really?  From what I’ve learned, we need more fat in the diet to protect the brain against dementia, not carbs at the expense of healthy fats. It even looks like the Mayo Clinic, publishing in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, totally agrees. Continue reading

The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Brenda Watson

The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Brenda Watson

Brenda Watson has done some incredible work over the years, as it relates to educating us on the importance of our dietary choices. Like so many in this field she is now deeply involved in exploring how food is interpreted and processed by our gut bacteria, and, further, how these organisms play a pivotal role in determining the state of our health.

Brenda has been featured on multiple public television programs and authored highly insightful books, and now, in this video, we will yet again have the opportunity to experience her wisdom. Do enjoy.

These Bugs May Improve Your Mood

These Bugs May Improve Your Mood

You’ve heard of the term probiotics, and likely prebiotics as well, but now we are hearing about “psychobiotics.” These have been defined as:

living organisms that, when ingested in adequate amounts, produces a health benefit in patients suffering from psychiatric illness.

That’s a pretty impressive new term, and claim for that matter. But the reason that scientists have developed this terminology is because new research clearly demonstrates that certain probiotic organisms have a dramatic effect on regulating mood.

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The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Dr. Melissa Schilling

The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Dr. Melissa Schilling

At this point, it’s becoming a more commonplace topic in our conversations about Alzheimer’s that the disease is, in fact, preventable. While we’re not quite there yet in terms of general acceptance of this idea, the work of Dr. Melissa Schilling reveals the key insight that blood sugar regulation plays a pivotal role in determining the health of the brain, and your risk for neurological degeneration, specifically potential development of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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