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Biofilms

Microbiology 101 The only thing protecting a free-floating microorganism from the outside world is its cell wall. Cell walls are very important for letting good stuff (from the organism’s perspective) inside, and expelling the garbage. As soon as that microorganism comes in contact with a surface, though, it can attach [...]

By | 2017-08-18T18:11:42+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses|0 Comments

Is Dairy Different in Europe?

I wrote here on the difference in European bread versus bread produced in the United States. Many of my patients (myself included) also discovered a distinct difference between the dairy in Europe versus in the States, as well. Here’s why. Different Components of Dairy There are three main macronutrients in [...]

By | 2017-07-07T18:01:58+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Health|0 Comments

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

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

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 [...]

Mitochondrial Dysfunction

Your mitochondria are organelles (little organs within a cell) that do the work of turning your food into energy for you. Much like plants turn CO2 into oxygen, mitochondria take pyruvate (the substance your body produces from glucose) and spits out a molecule called ATP, or Adenosine Tri-Phosphate. ATP is [...]

By | 2017-05-30T07:32:23+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments, Supplements|Comments Off on Mitochondrial Dysfunction

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 | 2017-05-30T07:32:23+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Detox|Comments Off on Oil Pulling for Oral Health

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 | 2017-05-30T07:32:23+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Health|Comments Off on What Is Inflammation?

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