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Low Alkaline Phosphatase

Alkaline phosphatase, or alk phos, is part of a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) typically run at least once a year. While most of the time, the test is screening for elevation of alk phos (often due to liver disease or biliary obstruction), I’ve seen low alk phos relatively often. There [...]

By |2019-03-15T11:30:05-07:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Moses’ Story and the Red Sea: Ex 2-14

Gen 15:13: God said the Israelites would be servants and afflicted for 400 years; Ex 12:40-41: it was 430 yrs. They were 30 yrs late. Perhaps bc Moses killed the Egyptian and fled? Ex 2:10: Moses became Pharaoh's grandson Ex 2:11-15: he kills an Egyptian and flees (he's 40 [...]

By |2019-03-08T10:08:25-07:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: Articles|2 Comments

Essential Fatty Acids, Neuroplasticity, and Brain Injury

Part of the brain’s normal process of development, as well as healthy maintenance throughout life, involves synaptic pruning. Think of it like reallocating resources: cells called microglia roam throughout the brain, cleaning up waste products and trimming connections that aren’t needed. This way the brain can maintain optimum efficiency. This [...]

By |2019-03-01T11:29:30-07:00March 1st, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

The Story of Joseph (Genesis 37-47)

Today's meditation comes from Genesis 37-47 on the life of Joseph.  Gen 37:2: he was seventeen 37:3: Israel loved him more than his brothers and gave him the coat of many colors v4: but the brothers hated him v5-9: He makes it worse by sharing his dreams (double dream: [...]

By |2019-02-22T10:05:04-07:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Probiotics, Prebiotics, and SIBO

SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) involves overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. The small intestine should be relatively sterile in comparison to the far more populated large intestine. But in cases of slow bowel transit (which can occur for a variety of reasons, most commonly hypothyroidism or low vagal [...]

By |2019-02-22T07:03:00-07:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

Fevers: Physiology and Function

Normally, the hypothalamus in the brain controls the body’s temperature, keeping it within a standard deviation around 98.6. Fluctuations lower or higher may depend on metabolism (it’s lowest when sleeping and upon first waking, before getting out of bed), and for a menstruating woman, her cycle (it’s highest during her [...]

By |2019-02-15T13:54:37-07:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

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