How to get enough of this dementia-preventing nutrient on a vegan or vegetarian diet

Eating a vegetable-based diet has been shown to benefit health in many ways including enriching gut bacteria diversity, increasing plant vitamins and minerals, and loading up on fiber. However, a strictly vegan or vegetarian plant-based diet could still be missing this essential dementia-fighting nutrient: choline. Choline is an essential building block of cell membranes both…

Research reveals new clues about PANDAS

Some children develop PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) after a recent strep infection which suddenly develops into symptoms that can include obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette’s, tics, odd behaviors, emotional instability, and other psychiatric and neurological disorders. It seems that a strep infection can trigger an autoimmune attack against the brain in…

Mixed food recommendations from American Diabetes Association promote low carb while still promoting diabetes

While it will take the American Diabetes Association (ADA) a couple of decades to catch up to functional medicine, their new recommendations are finally advising people with diabetes to eat a lower carbohydrate diet. Functional medicine practitioners have long known the damaging effects of high carb consumption not only on blood sugar, but also on chronic…

Daily flossing reduces risk of stroke

Well known strategies for preventing stroke include exercising regularly, eating plenty of vegetables, minimizing stress, and keeping inflammation down. Another critical habit that lowers stroke risk is taking good care of teeth and gums. Oral bacteria has been strongly linked with a stroke in a new study of 75 ischemic stroke patients. Analyzing blood clots…

Volunteering reduces depression and anxiety

Millions of Americans today are searching for relief from depression and anxiety. There are many ways to reduce or eliminate symptoms, especially by functional medicine protocols that reduce chronic inflammation. In addition to addressing the underlying physical causes, it is equally important to tend to the health of the psyche. One powerful but often overlooked way…

Hidden gut and health problems caused by gallbladder

Most people don’t think about their gallbladder unless painful gallstones require them to have surgery. However, even if there are no obvious symptoms, the gallbladder can still cause gut problems or chronic inflammatory issues. In fact, when people have chronic gastrointestinal symptoms that are difficult to resolve, gallbladder issues are one of the most common…

Nine factors that can block weight loss

Some people easily lose weight simply by cutting out sweets and working out regularly. For others, especially those with a chronic health disorder, weight loss is much more difficult while weight gain is far too easy, even if they are doing everything “right.” Weight gain and weight loss resistance are very common symptoms among people…

Taking statins a “waste of time?”

That was the conclusion of one of the researchers in a controversial new study which indicated that high cholesterol does not shorten life span. Previous studies have even shown a link between statins and an increased risk of diabetes. Almost 70,000 people participated in the study with results showing that elevated levels of “bad cholesterol”…