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Oil Pulling for Oral Health

How Teeth Stay Healthy There are four layers to your tooth, listed from outer to inner: enamel (hardest and most mineralized), dentin (a protective, also mineralized layer), pulp (containing blood vessels and nerves), and cementum (covering the roots—also mineralized). Just like any other part of your body, teeth are living [...]

By | 2017-03-17T08:58:49+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Detox|0 Comments

What Is Inflammation?

Underlying almost every chronic disease known to man is one common process: inflammation. But it’s not all bad—inflammation serves a critical function, in its proper place. Without it, we would be unable to heal from even the most minor injury. Our bodies are incredibly smart, and are designed to heal [...]

By | 2017-03-10T16:54:30+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Health|0 Comments

Herbal Treatment Equivalent to Rifaximin for SIBO

I wrote here about SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth): what it is, how to diagnose and treat it. The Antibiotic Approach (Rifaximin) I’m not against antibiotics—they are wonderful when you really need them. I do I try to limit antibiotic prescriptions to cases when they are absolutely necessary, though, since most [...]

By | 2017-03-03T17:26:24+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments, Health|0 Comments

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)

Immunology 101 Mast cells are a type of white blood cell that resides in connective tissue, containing small granules (small little packets) of compounds that play a role in immunity. The most well known is histamine, but others include leukotrienes (which also play a role in allergies), serotonin, ATP (your [...]

By | 2017-02-24T16:01:43+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Categories: Allergies, Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Detox, Health|0 Comments

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 | 2017-02-17T17:48:53+00:00 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 | 2017-02-10T16:57:09+00:00 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 | 2017-01-17T13:47:27+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses|0 Comments

The Diabetes and Anemia Connection

Anemia is defined as a low red blood cell count or low hemoglobin concentration, though other indications in a CBC (Complete Blood Count) can also suggest this, including the MCV (mean corpuscular volume) and MCH (mean corpuscular hemoglobin) levels. If the MCV and/or MCH are high, it indicates macrocytic anemia, [...]

By | 2016-12-14T11:19:24+00:00 December 16th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments|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 | 2016-10-23T18:41:35+00:00 October 21st, 2016|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Health|2 Comments

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