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The Value of a Supplement Hiatus

I recently undertook an 8 day cleanse. The most powerful benefit resulted from following the recommendation to stop all supplements that were not absolutely essential. I had been feeling unusually tired, which was part of the rationale for undertaking the cleanse in the first place. I thought that it might do me good to get [...]

Fat Fast and Menopause

All my life I have struggled with my weight. Both sides of my family suffered from morbid obesity, along with metabolic syndrome, a preoccupation with food and emotional eating. Only when I reached puberty and began to individuate, did I realize that it was not written in stone that I had to be overweight like [...]

Histamine Intolerance and Emotional Stress

Histamine intolerance depends on many factors including intestinal health, genetics, medication, diet, environment, and perhaps most importantly, emotional and spiritual well being. It is widely recognized that the degree to which we are histamine intolerant is greatly influenced by our level of emotional distress. Many of us have lives that we experience as stressful, which [...]

Soulless Psychiatry

Did you know that the literal meaning of psychiatry is “healing of the soul”? The term was coined in France in 1846, “psychiatrie”, from Medieval Latin psychiatria;” a Latinized form of Greek psykhe- ”mind” + iatreia”healing, care. Does that ring a bell when it comes to psychiatric treatment in 2013? The tyranny of “evidence based” [...]

Segmented Sleep

Many Americans are very worried about their sleep. They firmly believe the common assumption that they should get a solid uninterrupted eight hours. If they find themselves awake in the middle of the night, they feel as though there is something seriously wrong with them. Many go to their physicians who diagnose a sleep disorder, [...]

Nitrate/Nitrite Shock and Mayonnaise

I was astonished to read Chris Kresser’s excellent blog post The Myth about Nitrates and Nitrites. Everyone knows that Nitrites/Nitrates are potentially carcinogenic. When I allowed my children to eat hot dogs or lunch meats that contained them, I felt worried. Now, according to peer reviewed studies, not only are they not harmful, but may [...]

Cellular Damage and Antibiotics

WBUR’s Common Health Blog reported on a new study by researchers at Boston University which suggests that antibiotics may cause damage at a cellular level to our own tissues. This is not the commonly discussed dilemma of bacteria developing resistance to antibiotics which renders them ineffective. It is also unrelated to the increasing recognition that [...]

Histamine Intolerance: Another Great Pretender

Graphic from Healthy Pixels: The Many Faces of Histamine Intolerance (well worth reading) A few months ago I blogged about Histamine Intolerance, a widespread and under diagnosed condition. I have been preoccupied with this topic, and have since heard from many readers who recognize themselves in the widely inconsistent and variable symptom picture that can [...]

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