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A Surprising Potential Cause of Bipolar Disorder

Some 6 million people in the United States suffer from Bipolar Disorder. Research indicates that genetic factors account for about 80% of it. It is widely believed to be incurable and lifelong, able to be managed only with antipsychotic medications. But it may have a surprising cause. Iodine and Bipolar [...]

By | 2017-07-01T07:32:29+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments, Health|0 Comments

How Insulin Affects Growth Hormone and Muscle Repair

Physiology 101 Insulin is the gatekeeper for glucose: it allows glucose to get inside the cells where it can be utilized for energy or for storage. When glucose gets used, your cells produce ATP (your body’s energy currency). When glucose gets stored, it gets stored as triglycerides (fat). Insulin is [...]

By | 2017-06-23T07:20:09+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments, Fitness & Weight Loss, Health|0 Comments

Why Your MCV Is Too High

Basic yearly blood work generally includes a CBC, or a complete blood count. This gives a breakdown of red blood cells (their sizes and distributions), white blood cells and their subtypes, and platelets, and can offer clues to certain aspects of overall health. One of the measurements pertaining to red [...]

By | 2017-06-09T16:03:50+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Th1/Th2 Balance in Autoimmunity and Allergies

Immunology 101 There are two parts to your immune system, called “non-specific” (this responds right away to toxic exposure, bee stings, trauma, etc) and “specific” (which takes some time, but is more targeted against specific invaders). Think of non-specific immunity like a sledge hammer, while specific immunity is more like [...]

Causes of Easy Bruising

Physiology 101 Soft tissue injuries cause the capillaries at the surface of the body to tear; when blood leaks out beneath the skin, this causes a bruise. It should take a decent amount of force to do this, though. If you notice that you’re forming bruises even when you can’t [...]

By | 2017-05-30T07:32:22+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Beauty, Chronic Illnesses|Comments Off on Causes of Easy Bruising

The Low Oxalate Diet

What Are Oxalates? Oxalates are organic acids (which means they are compounds that contain hydrogen and can lose a proton). They’re naturally found in some foods, and they are formed as byproducts of metabolic processes in the body, as well as byproducts of fungal metabolism.  Oxalates by themselves are generally [...]

By | 2017-05-30T07:32:22+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments, Detox|Comments Off on The Low Oxalate Diet

The Low Tyramine Diet for Migraines

We’ve all heard that red wine and aged cheese can trigger migraines. Here’s the theory behind this. Biochemistry 101 Red wine and aged cheese have two possible things in common, as far as I can tell: one is that they both are high in histamines, and the other is that [...]

By | 2017-05-30T07:32:22+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|Comments Off on The Low Tyramine Diet for Migraines

Histamine Intolerance

Histamine in Your Body Histamine is an amino acid with several important functions in the body. The one we’re all most familiar with is its role in the immune system: it gets released in response to an infection or injury to help attract other white blood cells to clean up [...]

By | 2017-05-30T07:32:22+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Categories: Allergies, Articles|Comments Off on Histamine Intolerance

Sulfur Intolerance

Biochemistry 101 Protein, one of the three types of macronutrients (the other two being carbohydrates and fat) is made up of twenty building blocks called amino acids. Two of those amino acids contain the atom sulfur in their structures: methionine and cysteine. A thiol is a compound containing a sulfur [...]

By | 2017-05-30T07:32:22+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments, Detox, Nutrition|Comments Off on Sulfur Intolerance

Low Testosterone and Metabolic Syndrome

Low Testosterone in younger men is increasingly common. Meanwhile, some 35% of the U.S. population suffers from metabolic syndrome, defined as high blood sugar (but pre-diabetic), excess weight around the waistline, hypertension, high cholesterol and/or high triglycerides. It turns out that these two conditions are not only linked, but that [...]

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