Rheumatoid arthritis is a debilitating, painful autoimmune condition that effects the joints of the body causing inflammation, swelling and eventually the tell-tale deformities. Basically your body’s own immune system starts attacking the joint tissues in your body which can be extremely painful and even lead to disability. A study from 2013 concerning certain microbes in the gut and their associations with an increased risk for arthritis shows us that there is yet another connection between gut health, inflammation and your health in general.Read More >
A new study (warning: link opens a zip file with pdf) shows that patients taking two commonly prescribed statin drugs meant to lower cholesterol, atorvastatin and simvastatin, have a 46% increased risk for developing Type II diabetes. The researchers determined that the relationship was dose dependent meaning the more of the medication the patient took, the greater their risk for developing diabetes. What makes this study particularly interesting isRead More >
As if there weren’t already enough reasons to stay away from processed foods, Kraft Foods is recalling 6.5 millions boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes were found to contain pieces of metal. So far, 8 consumers have found metal pieces in their boxes, luckily with no injuries reported. The boxes in question have been sold throughout the United States as wellRead More >
We over-medicated. A lot of people know this on an academic level but few realize the extent to which people are over-prescribed common medications under the guise of “preventative” medicine. Fortunately, there is emerging research that is taking a close look at the long-term consequences of commonly prescribed drugs Read More >
America and the rest of the developing world is in the middle of an obesity epidemic. According to the World Health Organization, world wide obesity has more than doubled since 1980, with 42 million children under the age of 5 being classified as overweight or obese. The sad truth is, obesity is a preventable disease. Part of the challenge of preventing and treating obesity though, is that this disease is multifactorial. Everything from your genetics, to your diet and even your environment can influence your risk for obesity and the other conditions like diabetes and heart disease that are associated with an excess amount of body fat. A fairly recent study sheds light on another possible contribution to the obesity epidemic – artificial sweeteners. Read More >
Let’s start off the week with an inspirational post. I recently came across this video of Dr Charles Eugster’s world record-breaking 200 meter sprint in his age bracket. While breaking a world record is certainly an admirable accomplishment, what makes this record all the more impressive is that Dr. Eugster is 95 years young!Read More >
As if you needed another reason to eat whole, unprocessed foods, a new study revealed that commonly used food additives known as emulsifiers can alter the microbe composition of your gut. This has been shown to induce intestinal inflammation that promotes the development of inflammatory bowel disease and metabolic syndrome, new research shows.
If you’re not already familiar with the concept, the microbe composition of your gut or “microbiome” is the term used to describe the diverse population of roughly 100 trillion bacteria that inhabit your digestive tract and make up the majority of your immune system. Read More >
This winter has been a particularly ugly one. If you’re like most people, you’ve done your fair share of shoveling over the past few months and your back is probably aching. Shoulders and hips seem more stiff and creaky than they used to and your feet and hands hurt more than you’d like. If shaking off the cobwebs and getting ready for a busy spring and summer season seems daunting to you I have good news – it doesn’t take much to dramatically increase your health and wellness. All you need to do is WALK! This simple, basic human movement has a huge host of benefits for your health and peace of mind.