Got PMS? Stress could be robbing your body of progesterone

It’s the time of the month that so many women dread, the PMS days. For some, premenstrual syndrome is simply an irritating inconvenience, but for others it is a cause of extreme suffering. Yet because it is so common, many women don’t take PMS seriously, even though the effect on their lives is serious indeed.…

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Autism is often an autoimmune brain disorder

The rate of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has increased 78 percent in the last decade, with autism now affecting a staggering 1 in 88 children. While parents scramble for answers, researchers increasingly find a common denominator: inflammation affecting brain function. While some children withstand the assaults of modern life relatively unscathed, the child with autism…

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Baywatch beauty brings Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism out of the closet

Talk to a group of women with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, and they’ll likely all share the same frustrating story. Frequently dismissed, misdiagnosed, or ignored by doctors, Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism is finally getting the recognition it deserves thanks to former Baywatch beauty and Playboy cover girl Gena Nolin. Struggling with Hashimoto’s on the Baywatch set Nolin struggled through marathon…

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Can gluten intolerance cause infertility?

Couples trying to conceive may want to add a gluten-free diet to their regimen. Research shows a clear link between celiac disease (gluten intolerance) and infertility in both women and men. Infertility affects about 10 percent of couples wanting to have children, or more than 6 million Americans. Several studies have shown the prevalence of…

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Study shows sugar makes us more stupid; omega 3 to the rescue

A recently published UCLA study shows what many have suspected all along: Eating too much sugar makes you stupid. Scientists found that just six weeks of bingeing on sweets and soda will sabotage both learning and memory. Fortunately, consuming omega-3 fatty acids can counteract some of the damage. The study looked at the effects of…

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Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism can lead to more autoimmune disease

Failing to manage your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism condition could lead to future autoimmune diseases. A recent study revealed that roughly one in six patients with Hashimoto’s has another autoimmune disease, most commonly: atrophic gastritis, a condition in which the lining of the stomach is constantly inflamed vitiligo celiac disease antiphospholipids syndrome, which may cause blood clots,…

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Does your child with food intolerances feel left out?

Your gluten-free third-grader walks in the door and immediately bursts into tears. Someone brought cupcakes to celebrate a birthday at school and everyone got one but her. “No one will want to be my friend because I can’t eat gluten,” she says between sobs. Moments like these can test the strongest resolve. You’re in growing…

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Do you suffer from sitting disease? Frequent breaks and standing are key

Do you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly but sit long hours each day at work? If so, you could be undoing all your good work. Sitting, even if you otherwise practice healthy habits, is associated with poor cardiovascular health, higher inflammation, and more belly fat, according to a 2011 Australian study. This is…

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So just how stressed out are you? An adrenal saliva test can show you

It’s a constant refrain: We’re too stressed out. But how stressed out are we really? An adrenal saliva test can tell you whether your cortisol (the stress hormone) is too high or too low, whether your circadian rhythm (the sleep-wake cycle) is normal, and also pin point the cause of your symptoms: adrenal fatigue or…

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