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Psychoneuroimmunology: The Mind-Body Connection

There are two basic schools of thought in medicine: mechanism, and vitalism. The mechanistic school of thought argues that the body can be reduced into individual systems, and each system is complete within itself. The vitalistic idea argues that each system interacts with every other. The field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) [...]

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Health|0 Comments

Weather-Related Migraines

I wrote here on the general naturopathic approach to treating migraines. As a rule, migraine predisposition tends to boil down to one of four things, or a combination of the following: food allergies, estrogen dominance, a backed-up liver, and/or cervical vertebral rotation or structural problems. But what of those migraines [...]

By | February 10th, 2017|Categories: Allergies, Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments, Detox, Health, Women's Health|0 Comments

Proton Pump Inhibitors associated with Heart Attacks

One out of every 14 Americans uses a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to treat GERD. PPIs include the over-the-counter omeprazole (aka Prilosec), pantoprazole or Protonix, lansoprazole or Prevacid, esomeprazole or Nexium, etc. Aside from the fact that these medications treat the symptom of GERD without addressing the root cause, I’ve [...]

By | January 13th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses|0 Comments

Possible Cause of Crohn’s Disease Found

Crohn’s Disease is one of the diseases collectively called Irritable Bowel Disease (as opposed to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which is primarily a collection of symptoms.) Both Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, the other Irritable Bowel Disease, are characterized by ulcerations in the GI tract leading to blood and/or mucus in the [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Health|2 Comments

Depression: A Sign of Cardiovascular Disease?

There’s a big connection between your neurotransmitters and your immune system—particularly what are known as inflammatory cytokines: signaling molecules released by the immune system that trigger actions of other cells towards healing. Here’s how it works. First: What Inflammation Is Inflammation is what happens when you body gets damaged. This [...]

Molecular Mimicry and Autoimmune Diseases

Molecular mimicry is when one molecule mimics another one in the way it behaves in the body. Specifically, it’s when the immune system mistakes one antigen (or potential pathogen) for another. But before I explain how this can lead to autoimmunity, allow me to recap how the immune system works. [...]

By | July 8th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments|Tags: |0 Comments

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