I am hopeful that, at this stage of the game, it will not come as a total surprise that even the health and appearance of our skin is affected by microbes and the microbiome.
Many of us grew up at a time when bacteria were universally considered to be detrimental and and therefore were the targets of therapies to treat specific conditions. Acne, for example, was considered to be a disease caused by the action of a bad bacterium which was then targeted with topical and oral antibiotics, as well as various other skin sanitizing techniques. Unfortunately, to a significant degree, this mentality remains pervasive. Continue reading
Today on The Empowering Neurologist I have the wonderful opportunity to interview Dr. Frank Lipman. His new book is called How to be Well: The 6 Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life, and in it he explores important areas of focus for healthy living, including eating, sleeping, moving, protecting, unwinding and connecting.
Dr. Lipman has created a novel idea of incorporating these important concept into a mandala, which we will discuss.
The book is really a pleasure to read. Dr. Lipman makes it very clear how important our food choices are, but is anything but overbearing in doing so. A main theme throughout the book is restoring our connection to our ancestral selves, not only in terms of our food choices but in addition in terms of our connection to darkness at night, as well as connection to other people, to the things we love, and, most importantly, to others. And those are just a few examples.
Dr. Lipman practices in New York City and is a New York Times bestselling author. I’ve known him for many years and he is a kind, dedicated, and empathetic physician. If you want to learn more, visit him online, or on Facebook or Twitter.
There is certainly a lot of discussion these days about the ketogenic diet, especially as it relates to brain function. I thought it would be instructive to review one of the most important, and early, research studies in this area, as it reveals several very important findings that are worthy of attention.
The study, Effects of beta-hydroxybutyrate on cognition in memory-impaired adults, dates back to 2003. Why this is relevant with respect to the ketogenic diet is because beta-hydroxybutyrate is one of the ketones produced when somebody is in ketosis. The ketogenic diet is one that is aggressive in terms lowering dietary carbohydrate intake while increasing dietary fats. The production of ketones is amplified in people who supplement with things like coconut oil or MCT oil. Continue reading
Whoever thought you could bake grapefruit? Well you can, and this delicious breakfast proves it! Continue reading
Dr. Jeffrey Bland, the author of The Disease Delusion, is known as the “Father of Functional Medicine”, a medical approach that focuses on the personalized prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Over the past 35 years Dr. Bland has traveled more than 6 million miles teaching more than 100,000 health care practitioners in the USA, Canada and more than 40 other countries about Functional Medicine.
Despite countless hundreds of millions of dollars dedicated to seeking out a meaningful treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, as of the time of this writing the pharmaceutical promise of dealing with this epidemic remains unfulfilled.
So, if there is no meaningful treatment, it would seem sensible to focus on how Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia could be prevented in the first place.