Are Stress and Depression Stealing the Best Years of Your Life? The Answer May Lie in your Gut

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Are Stress and Depression Stealing the Best Years of Your Life?  The Answer May Lie in your Gut

 

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD 

May 08, 2017

“UVA REVERSES DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS IN MICE USING PROBIOTICS,” screamed the headlines on March 7, 2017. It seems that everywhere we look for answers as to why so many of us are getting more and more tired, bloated, overweight, anxious and overly stressed, we find the microbiome listed as a possible top cause. The microbiome, that beehive-like agglomeration of bacteria, good and bad, in our gut plays a very complex and important role ...

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The Role of Telomeres

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The Role of Telomeres

 

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

QUESTION: In layman’s terms, what are telomeres, i.e., what’s an easy-to-understand analogy for what they are and how they work? How do short and long telomeres affect health and lifespan?

Answer:

 Telomeres are specialized protein structures attached to the end of chromosomes that provide essential protection from enzymatic end-degradation (due to metabolic and environmental toxins) and help maintain chromosomal and gene stability.

They are a nucleotide (protein) sequence repeated thousands of times in our genetic code. Their ...

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Why do Colds Seemingly Never Go Away?

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Why do Colds Seemingly Never Go Away?

 

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

Once you get a cold it can feel impossible to get rid of it… and for good reason, too. After all, in today’s fast paced world, it’s rare that anyone fully slows down and gives themselves the time they need to heal. And for a cold — that’s somewhere between 3 days and 2 full weeks, depending on your symptoms.

Often, if you’ve got a cold that just won’t quit, it’s not just ONE cold.. ...

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The Magic of Boswellia, Chamomile and Blueberries for Muscular Skeletal Pain

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The Magic of Boswellia, Chamomile and Blueberries for Muscular Skeletal Pain

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By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

Warm weather means more motion and a 50% higher risk of achy muscles and joints. Luckily, you can keep moving with ease, naturally.
Boswellia

Question:

  • What is the ancient herb boswellia, and why might it lessen knee pain and arthritis in other areas, i.e., what’s happening within the body when we take it? What’s an appropriate dosage?

Answer: Frankincense oil, the common name for the resinous extracts derived Boswellia is part of the Burseraceae plant family. Derived from ...

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Love Your Gut

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Love Your Gut

 

By Bren Boston, MD

The human body is a marvelous contraption, but it certainly is not a modern one.  It developed ages ago before there were twinkies and McDonalds.  The human gut is the passageway for us to give our cells the nutrients they require to survive, and if we are mindful, to thrive.  This passageway was not meant to endure a constant flow of carbonated, highly sweetened, artificially colored phosphoric acid, otherwise known as cola.

Our gut is more than ...

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DNA Analysis: A Great Tool to Optimize Your Health

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DNA Analysis: A Great Tool to Optimize Your Health

 

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND

From DNA to Genetic Report 

You inherit your DNA from your parents, your parents inherited their DNA from their parents, and so on. 99.5% of your DNA is identical to every other human on the planet. Only the .5% left is what makes us unique individuals when compared to one another. These variations are called “mutations” or “SNiP” (single nucleotide polymorphism). Mutations can be linked to certain health conditions; certain ethnicities encounter more issues with their mutations.

It ...

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This New Year, Allow Yourself to Be Human

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This New Year, Allow Yourself to Be Human

 

By Alicia Maher, MD

On any given day, there are crowds of seemingly happy people making their way around the city. And yet so many in that crowd feel that their life doesn’t measure up to the others. You may see happy couples and wonder why you’re single. Or see families seemingly easily filled with children, while you’re struggling to conceive. You may stand to the edge of the party, feeling unable to make conversation, as you watch the effervescent ...

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Our Family’s Favorite Apple Crisp Recipe

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Our Family’s Favorite Apple Crisp Recipe

 

By Maggie Ney, ND

My family has been making this apple crisp recipe for over 10 years. The natural sweetness of the apples – with a touch of maple syrup and paired with a simple oat and nut topping – makes a perfectly satisfying dessert that is not too sweet and does not feel too heavy. It is not the raw, vegan, sugar-free kind of recipe that I usually like to share, but it’s one my whole family loves and if ...

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How to avoid indigestion over the holidays – 5 easy tips

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How to avoid indigestion over the holidays – 5 easy tips

 

By Edison de Mello, MD PhD

It’s that time of year again – the holiday “eating season.” And while lots of people think the holidays are the most wonderful time of year, your gut may disagree. That’s because it’s this time of the year when people flood their system with rich, sugary foods – and that can lead to digestive issues, low immune function, and plenty of weight gain. In fact, the average American gains 5 pounds between Thanksgiving and ...

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Holiday Stress? Recognize and Rebalance!

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Holiday Stress? Recognize and Rebalance!

 

By Alicia Maher, MD

Along with the joys of the holidays, there may be quite a bit of stress. Though it may not seem like it, this could be an exciting opportunity for growth. Taking a few moments during this season to learn to relax from the higher level of stress will make it that much easier to relax when the holidays have passed and we’re back to normal everyday tension.

Most of the stressors that we experience throughout the day ...

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