Emblematic of symptom-suppression over root-cause resolution, acid blocking medication is sold like an over the counter vitamin, causing disruption of digestion, B12 absorption, and, now microbial death. Appropriate acid production triggers enzymatic release and breakdown of food into its most basic building blocks. The lower esophageal sphincter can allow for even low levels of stomach
Gut Health and Mood
Over 90% of the cells in our body are non-human. This microbial ecology, found largely in our digestive system, is intricately connected to processes in our bodies that make us healthy – or make us chronically ill. Modern life is wreaking havoc on the healthy balance required for health – including brain health. We are nature and nature is us. See how the latest science supports this truth.
The Ancestral Health Society is a community of scientists, healthcare professionals, and laypersons who collaborate to understand health challenges from an evolutionary perspective. Their annual Symposium is a veritable think tank for outside-the-boxers dedicated to progressing the paradigm of health, by reaching into an older bag of tricks. I had the honor and pleasure of presenting
Over the past two decades, researchers such as Maes, Miller, and Raison have helped to bring attention to the role of the immune system in the brain. Inflammatory messengers called cytokines can traffic from the body to the brain, stimulating brain immune cells called microglia and an enzyme called IDO. This stimulation shunts tryptophan from
Evolutionary mismatch. This is the term that encompasses the root cause of most modern ills. We are living a lifestyle – read diet, stress level, movement and sunlight deficiency, toxic exposures, pharmaceuticals – that is incompatible with what our genome has evolved, over millions of year, to expect. Two specific points on the temporal chart
Could there be a food-based cure for schizophrenia, bipolar, and depressive disorders? It is my firm conviction that diet – both what it may be deficient in as well as its potential toxicity – can cause what we label as mental illness. In medical school, we learn about the mental repercussions of nutrient deficiencies such
As we expand our knowledge of gluten’s impact on extraintestinal regions and systems in the body, diet-based trials will help to elucidate symptoms driven by this exposure. The limitations of current testing for celiac disease have led to a binary consideration of gluten pathology (yes celiac or no celiac), which fails to encompass gluten’s effects