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Lyme Disease

What Lyme Disease Is Lyme disease was is a tick-borne bacterial illness most commonly associated with outdoor activities in New England.  It was first reported in Connecticut in 1975, but unfortunately, it didn’t stay where it came from—although there is still a higher prevalence of Lyme in the New England [...]

By |2018-12-20T15:04:40+00:00December 20th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses|0 Comments

Parasites: Do You Have Them?

*Note: I chose the cute illustrated worm so that I wouldn’t give you nightmares. You’re welcome.* We know a lot in our modern world about testing for some types of infectious organisms—we can culture bacteria, and test antibodies for viruses (though sometimes interpretations of these results can be tricky.) Even [...]

By |2018-12-14T15:05:00+00:00December 14th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses|0 Comments

Elevated Lipoprotein(a)

Lipoprotein(a) is heavily associated with cardiovascular risk—far more so than is elevated cholesterol. It’s very similar to LDL (the “bad” cholesterol), except that it has an apolipoprotein A attached to it. (LDL also has one apolipoprotein B protein attached to it, as does Lp(a).) But unfortunately, we don’t know that [...]

By |2018-12-07T16:21:29+00:00December 7th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses|0 Comments

Metabolic Endotoxemia

It sounds like a mouthful, I know. So let me break down the words: metabolism refers to how your body takes food and turns it into energy and building blocks for repair, while eliminating waste (at the cellular level) produced as a byproduct of this process. As for endotoxemia: endo- [...]

By |2018-09-14T15:05:52+00:00September 14th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses|0 Comments

Glutathione and Autism

Glutathione is a peptide of three amino acids: cysteine, glutamate, and glycine. It is arguably the most powerful antioxidant in the body; it’s also required for one of the liver’s six main pathways of Phase 2 Detoxification, and it offers immune support and cytokine balancing in chronic illness. Recently it [...]

By |2018-08-17T16:18:26+00:00August 24th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Detox|0 Comments

Periodontitis and Chronic Disease

We’ve long known—or at least suspected—that there is a connection between oral infections and systemic illness. The famous dentist Westin Price postulated at the turn of the century that this was due to focal infections: the bacteria in the mouth actually travel to other parts of the body and create [...]

By |2018-08-03T14:55:16+00:00August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses|0 Comments

GERD and SIBO: The One Leads to The Other

SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) is when good bacteria are in the wrong place: specifically, bacteria that should be in the large intestine are instead in the small intestine, or when there are more bacteria in the small intestine than there should be. GERD, heartburn, or reflux involves hydrochloric acid in [...]

By |2018-06-15T08:01:47+00:00June 15th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

Inflammatory Markers: CRP, hsCRP, and ESR

I wrote here on the basic theory of what inflammation is. Briefly: in initial stages, inflammation is part of non-specific immunity. It just means something hurts and your immune system calls all hands on deck to deal with it. In later stages, inflammation becomes specific: this means your immune system is [...]

By |2018-03-02T16:51:02+00:00March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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+00:00August 18th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses|0 Comments

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