Archive by Author

Botox and Your Brain

Botox, fillers, and plastic surgery seem de rigueur these days, with anti-aging spas in practically every strip mall. No longer the domain of celebrities, Botox treatments are more affordable than ever and hence accessible to the masses. But at what price? Some research suggests those regular wrinkle-relaxing Botox shots may be messing with your brain — in […]

Haphazard Methylation Mayhem

Since the human genome project was completed in 2003, we have been able to get our “raw genetic data” from such companies as 23andme and then upload those results to apps like “Genetic Genie” to find out our specific variations in our gene expression. This is particularly helpful for people with chronic disease who need to look […]

Is Your Brain on Fire? Brain Fog, Memory Loss, Depression, Autism, ADHD…

Do you suffer from brain fog — that spacey, detached feeling like your head is in a fish bowl? Do you suffer from depression, or does your child have autism? Are you concerned about Alzheimer’s? These conditions are signs of possible brain inflammation, or a brain “on fire.” Although a head injury or infection are commonly […]

Alternatives to Pain Meds

When the body hurts, people reach for over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers to ease their suffering; they are the most frequently used medications in the United States. Although they offer easy-access pain relief, they have been linked to hearing loss and you may want to be careful about using them on a regular basis. A Harvard-affiliated study published in […]

Diet Sodas Alter the Microbiome and Lead to Diabetes and Obesity

If you regularly drink diet soda and use artificial sweeteners because you think it will help you lose weight, you may be unwittingly sabotaging your efforts. Sure, artificial sweeteners like sucralose, saccharine, and aspartame save on calories, but a recent Israeli study shows they can skew the composition of gut bacteria, or our microbiome, in a way […]

Make Exercise a Fun Priority

Most of us are starting the New Year with resolutions to improve, but few changes will improve your life more than regular exercise. However, starting an exercise habit can seem insurmountable to the chronically sedentary. This article offers tips to get you motivated to begin and stick with regular exercise. First off, there’s more to […]