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How Lifestyle Choices May Affect ALS Risk

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

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Is Spraying for Zika A Health Risk?

War has been declared against Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, carriers of the dreaded Zika virus. With some pretty solid evidence linking Zika to microcephaly, as well as Guillian-Barre syndrome, governments in affected countries are going all out as they attempt to reduce mosquito populations.

Predictions now anticipate that Zika virus will soon find its way into North America. So the images of trucks fogging neighborhoods in Brazil, that have become so common in the news as this problem worsens, may soon become real-life experiences for Americans in Florida and other southern states.

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The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Dr. Deanna Minich

We live in a toxic world. Whether it’s pesticides on our foods, heavy metals in our water, or bisphenol-s in baby bottles, our ability to respond to these challenges represents a critically important parameter in determining our health as well as long-term risk for disease.

Today on The Empowering Neurologist, I interview Dr. Deanna Minich, author of the new book, Whole Detox: A 21-Day Personalized Program to Break Through Barriers in Every Area of Your Life.

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Do Pesticides Damage The Microbiome?

We hear more and more concern about the impact glyphosate, the lead ingredient in RoundUp, is having on the microbiome. While correlation does not mean causation, and while some of the science on this issue is still evolving, what we can say is that it does change the balance of the bacteria in the microbiome, setting the stage for leaky gut and autoimmune disease.