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Parasitic Hookworm Infections and Autoimmune and Allergic Disease

The hygiene hypothesis proposes that the rising incidence of autoimmune and allergic disease may be associated with improved sanitation, less incidence of childhood infections as well as chronic parasitic infections in the developed world. Since Strachan first proposed the theory in 1989, the hygiene hypothesis may lead to novel therapies for autoimmune and allergic disease treatment […]

The Importance of Supplementing Vitamins and Minerals While on Oral Contraceptives

While many women take oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy, there are many other reasons women choose to take oral contraceptives. Treating hormonal imbalances, ovarian cysts, and irregular periods as well as preventing pregnancy are all scenarios where the benefit of taking oral contraceptives may outweigh the risks. Considering many women begin taking oral contraceptives in early adolescence […]

Lift Yourself Out of Winter Depression

The days are short. The air is cool. And, it might having you feeling a little blue. If you associate Old Man Winter with a little depression, you may one of as many as 10% of Americans who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is associated with abnormal circadian rhythm and neurotransmitter balance triggered by alterations in dark-light […]

Milk, Does a Body Good…or Does It?

Studies are suggesting that the effects of milk on the body are perhaps not worth the calcium benefits it provides. A recent 20-year Swedish study published in the British Medical Journal looked at the milk intake of two large cohorts involving 61,433 women and 45,339 men. The results showed that high milk intake was associated with: higher mortality in […]

What Triggers Autoimmune Disease?

As we age, one third of us will test positive for antibodies to our own tissues. Yet, only a few of us will develop full-blown autoimmune illness. Autoimmune illness is incredibly frustrating as it can drastically reduce a person’s quality of life. It also puts an enormous financial burden on our healthcare system. Because a […]

Why is Autoimmune Disease Commonly Misdiagnosed?

Autoimmune diseases such as autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease) or celiac disease are very common and can affect most organs. They impose enormous burdens on the health care system not only in cost, but in quality of life for millions who suffer from them. Autoimmunity results when insults from our environment, diet, and lifestyle interact […]

What Triggers Autoimmune Disease?

As we age, one third of us will test positive for antibodies to our own tissues. Yet, only a few of us will develop full-blown autoimmune illness. Autoimmune illness is incredibly frustrating as it can drastically reduce a person’s quality of life. It also puts an enormous financial burden on our healthcare system. Because a […]

Study Compares the Effect of Soybean and Coconut Oil On Belly Fat and Heart Disease Risk in Women

A randomized, double-blind clinical trial involving 40 women aged 20-40 years who had waist circumferences greater than 88cm (greater than ~35in) compared the effects of coconut oil and soybean oil on markers of belly fat and risk of heart disease (1). The women were split into two groups of 20. All women were instructed to […]

New Study – Vitamin D and Cancer Survival

Cancer patients who had higher levels of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D were linked with better survival rates and longer remission than those who are vitamin D-deficient. The findings were published in July 2014 in the Endocrine Society’sJournal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The meta-analysis reviewed 25 studies that measured  vitamin D levels at or near the time […]