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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What is MTHFR?

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What is MTHFR?

 

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND

Contrary to how it looks, “MTHFR” is not an abbreviation for a curse word, but a shortened form of MethyleneTetraHydroFolate Reductase

The MTHFR gene provides instructions for making an enzyme called MethyleneTetraHydroFolate Reductase. This enzyme plays a role in processing amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase is important for a chemical reaction involving forms of the vitamin folate (also called vitamin B9). Natural sources of folates are uncooked green leafy vegetables. Synthetic forms ...

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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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Using Facebook to Improve Your Mood and Decrease Anxiety

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Using Facebook to Improve Your Mood and Decrease Anxiety

 

By Alicia Maher, MD

Is it possible you read that title thinking it must be miswritten? Facebook seems to do the opposite for a lot of people. With over a billion accounts, Facebook seems to be a part of most everyone’s lives these days. Unfortunately, many find themselves feeling depressed or anxious about how others’ lives look better and they are missing out. Or, there is so much that is negative in the world. Or, one ends up arguing in ...

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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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Supporting Women’s Wellness

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Supporting Women’s Wellness

 

 By Bren Boston MD

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8,

I would like to impart some tips on how women can support their health.  Women often wear many hats including taking care of the health of everyone who lives under their roof.  In this feat of daily multitasking, sometimes women prioritize their loved ones’ health over their own.  On this day, let us remind women that they deserve to dedicate time and effort to their own health.

One way ...

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WE ARE ALL TOXIC!

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WE ARE ALL TOXIC!

 

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND

More than 80,000 chemicals are currently used in the United States. Surpringsingly, most of them have not been tested for their effects on human’s health. In a study done in 2009, the Environmental Working Group analyzed the cord blood of 10 newborns, finding that all of them had a high numbers of chemicals. Close to 300 different chemical compounds were identified, including more than 180 potentially harmful to our health.

Our exposure to those harmful chemicals starts ...

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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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Get on your Game Face to make Health Changes

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Get on your Game Face to make Health Changes

 

By David Laramie, PhD

If you watched the recent Winter Olympics,  then perhaps you noticed the striking rituals of the world class athletes as they prepared to perform.  Whether they don headphones, stare in to space, shake and stretch, or check their gear – the athletes often have fierce and focused looks on their faces.  The last several years of strenuous work and have all built up to an incredibly pressure filled moment.  In the face of such high stakes, athletes ...

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If You Are Not Practicing Self-Love, What Are You Practicing?

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If You Are Not Practicing Self-Love, What Are You Practicing?

For some, this may be a confusing question to ask, for many of us have never been taught to respond with self-love or even reflected much on it as adults.  Without the awareness of what self-love is, one unconsciously responds in ways one picked up as growing up – perhaps healthy, or perhaps sabotaging in ways that have significant consequences on one’s ability to receive love from others, on the quality of one’s relationship ...

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