Kevin Spelman, PhD, Restorative Medicine Conference faculty, has an extensive background in research as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health, a Marie Curie research fellow in the EU, as well as a past adjunct professor of botanical medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine. He has over 20 years of clinical experience, and brings to his lectures the optimal blend of both science and clinical relevance.
At the 2019 Restorative Medicine conference in San Diego, he will be speaking on the fascinating role of mitochondria in health and disease,...Read more
Over the years we have seen a long line of studies published suggesting that people who eat more nuts have a lower risk of heart disease. It started years ago when studies found that eating a serving of nuts each day lowered cholesterol levels after a month or so. Then there were studies that found that people, such as vegetarians or Seventh Day Adventists who ate more nuts seemed to have a lower risk of heart disease. It was all well and good for us to know that people who had always eaten nuts during their life had gained some protection but what about the rest of us, the casual nut...Read more
The ketogenic diet has taken the wellness world by storm, with health professionals and laypeople alike touting its remarkable health benefits. While patient enthusiasm is often high at the beginning of a ketogenic diet, many people fall off the “keto bandwagon” due to the diet’s restrictive nature. Ketosis-supporting phytonutrients offer a novel solution to this problem, allowing your patients to break a strict ketogenic diet with some healthy carbohydrates while seamlessly re-entering ketosis the next day. This strategy promotes metabolic flexibility and makes keto a...Read more
Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3 (often referred to as ME-3) is a strain of probiotic bacteria that has been found to produce glutathione. Glutathione has been recognized for decades as the Master Antioxidant and as an important regulator of detoxification. However, when taken orally, glutathione is only minimally effective due to degradation during the processes. ME3 is revolutionizing glutathione therapy as results from human clinical trials reveal that daily supplementation with ME-3 substantially increases plasma glutathione levels.
Thealing powers of Cannabis have been utilized by humans since time immemorial, with references to its therapeutic use found in Egyptian scrolls dating back to 1700 BC and Chinese tombs from 550 BC.1,2 Over the past century, Cannabis has experienced a resurgence of interest in the scientific community, with numerous studies confirming its healing properties. Cannabis phytochemicals, including phytocannabinoids and terpenoids, offer tremendous health benefits to your patients by naturally shifting the activity of critical bioregulatory pathways...Read more
Watery red eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing, and coughing – when your waiting room is full of patients with these symptoms, you know that allergy season has arrived! Seasonal allergies are on the rise, with 8% of U.S. adults suffering from seasonal allergies in the spring, summer, and fall.1 Rising levels of CO2 from climate change are causing plants to produce pollen more vigorously, lengthening the intensity and duration of allergy season.2Natural antihistamines can offer dramatic relief, balancing your patients’ histamine response and allowing...Read more
Sleep deprivation has reached epidemic status in the United States, with a shocking one-third of adults getting less than the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night and 4 percent routinely using prescription sleep aids to induce slumber.1-3 Insufficient sleep exponentially increases your patients’ risk of long-term health complications. Natural sleep therapies are a time-tested strategy for easing your patients into deep, restorative slumber without the harmful effects of prescription sleep aids.
The Science of Sleep
Sleep, long considered an...Read more
According to A.J. Schenkman:
“… if Washington did cut down a cherry tree it was most likely to make room for planting a walnut tree, and if he did have wooden teeth his real teeth likely were ruined breaking walnuts. One thing is true, confirmed by sources both foreign and domestic: General Washington, whether at home in Mount Vernon or at his headquarters in Newburgh, always had plenty of walnuts on hand."
Washington's personal papers are littered with references regarding purchases of [nuts] he was, in fact, fond of nuts of all kind. Walnuts, however, were his favorite. He...Read more
Curcuma longa-tumeric-who hasn’t heard of this vibrant golden spice?! Like many botanical medicines with a history of significant traditional use, turmeric has been turned to for millennia for a myriad of different health complaints. But turmeric (or its popular bioactive constituent curcumin) has been able to affirm its treatment for many of these health indications through an impressive accumulation of clinical research that eclipses what is available for most other phytomedicines.
We all know it’s good for a whole lot of stuff. So much so that it is not worth referencing...Read more
With all the articles about measles and measles vaccine in the news these past few weeks, I am reminded about a topic I wrote about in 2013, the Non-Specific Effects of Vaccination. This term describes an interesting phenomenon - vaccines provide protection against a range of infections besides the infection caused by the organism from which the vaccine is made and which it is intended to prevent.
Looking specifically at the measles vaccine, in 2013 I wrote:
A 2013 African study reported that the measles vaccine cut deaths from all other infections combined by a third, mainly...Read more