Cardiovascular Risk Among Masters Athletes

“Despite their high fitness level, masters athletes can exhibit elevated cardiovascular risk and possess CVD.” (Morrison et al, 2018) It’s easy to assume that the people we see jogging or cycling on trails or along the road are in good health—especially cardiovascular health. After all, that’s exactly what that kind of exercise is typically recommended […]

New Case Report Demonstrates Beneficial Effects of Intermittent Fasting on Type 2 Diabetes

Intermittent fasting has become increasingly popular the past few years to support weight loss, insulin resistance, and aging. However, there have been limited human clinical studies. In a recent case report published in BMJ Case Reports, researchers demonstrated the effectiveness of intermittent fasting to reverse insulin resistance. In this case report, 3 men between the […]

Antibiotics & the Altering of the Human Microbiome

Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs among all age groups. From sniffles to sepsis, antibiotics are the gold standard drug of choice. At one time they were considered a miracle drug, but today, we must ask if this “miracle” has become a Trojan horse. The birth of antibiotics is often cited with the […]

It’s Not All in Your Head – I had butterflies in my stomach.

He’s always had a nervous stomach. She was sick with worry. The English language is full of phrases that suggest a connection between the head and the stomach—or more precisely between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract. And certainly it doesn’t require a medical degree to understand that there does seem to be a link […]

Science Update – Infant microbiome predicts allergies and asthma later in life

According to a new study published this past Monday in Nature Medicine researchers link the gut microbiome of one month old infants to an increased risk of allergies and asthma later in life. This paper identifies that imbalances in the gut microbiome in at-risk infants causes immune dysfunction leading to a hyperactive immune system. Many […]

THE STORY OF THE SILENT KILLER – INFLAMMATION

Inflammation is not complicated- It is quite simply your body’s natural defense to a foreign invader such as bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human […]

Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine

Modern medicine has made many incredible advancements, but despite all the technology and research, many people still suffer from pain, weight problems, mood disorders, and other chronic conditions that no doctor seems to be able to treat. This is where functional medicine comes into play. And gaining recognition and usage from a medical authority like the […]

Why You Crave Cookies and Not Apples

by Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP on March 1, 2015 Throughout your addiction journey, have you ever wondered why you’re so drawn to certain foods and beverages, especially ones that are grab-and-go, quickly microwaveable, or those that you can score at a drive-through window or convenience store? Funny how it’s not tuna on a bed […]

Report Card: Pesticides in Produce

  Adjusting your eating habits can lower your intake of pesticides—sometimes dramatically so. Substitute organic for conventional produce that is consistently contaminated with pesticides. When organic is not available, eat fruits and vegetables with consistently low pesticide loads. An EWG simulation of thousands of consumers eating high and low pesticide diets shows that people can […]

Statin Drugs and Alternative Health Approaches

The largest selling drugs in the history of pharmaceutical industry are the cholesterol managing statin drugs. Despite solid and published research that proves cholesterol is NOT the component that leads to heart disease, the drug companies continue to push these drugs. The result of the widespread use of statin drugs has contributed to the fastest […]