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
The ketogenic diet is gaining increasing attention and popularity in the mainstream. The name and concept, unknown to most only a few years ago, is now well-recognized in many North American households. Medical literature, however, dates back as far as the Hippocratic era investigating the therapeutic efficacy of dietary interventions that induce ketosis.1 While varying degrees of clinical evidence supports this nutritional modification in conditions such as epilepsy,2 Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s,3 brain tumours,4 and obesity,5 the...Read more
A sustainable brain responds to life with resilience and learned optimism. From mood stability to mobility, from senses to sensibility there is much we can do to add years to life and life to years. This is a brief user’s guide and contemporary update about how to have a healthy brain for life and how to improve or recover function when needed. First, we review the functions of your brains and then our synthesis of keeping your brain tuned up for life.
Brains: CNS and GNS
Brains, both Central and Intestinal, are responsible for how well we comprehend, concentrate, feel,...Read more
There’s a lot of confusion and misinformation when it comes to recommending supplements for children.
When parents want to know if a specific vitamin or herbal supplement may work to help their child overcome insomnia, ADD symptoms, digestive upset, anxiety, or autism, they often turn to their pediatrician for advice. But some pediatricians and family medical practitioners don’t have a lot of experience with supplements yet.
Common Misconceptions about Pediatric Vitamins
While many scientific studies support the importance of supplementing vitamin D, omega-3 fats,...Read more
Probiotic bacteria are amazing little chemical manufacturing plants. They break down dietary fibers and convert them into a wide range of compounds that are referred to as postbiotic metabolites. Postbiotic metabolites are the new frontier in microbiome science. Scientists are learning that postbiotic metabolites are the master health-regulating compounds in the body. They play a role in regulating every organ system, including your immune system and your brain.
Microbiome diversity is one of the most critical factors determining your overall health. Numerous human...Read more
From five kinds of evidence that men with cancer use in guiding decisions about complementary approaches to care, researchers found that patients put the most stock in personal stories and the least priority on rigorous scientific evidence.1 Health professionals tend to reverse this hierarchy of evidence.
Finding common ground can be challenging.
We have found that sites mentioning integrative cancer therapies typically fall in four broad categories:
- Sites from large medical centers, academia and government
Although N N-Dimethylglycine (DMG) has been on the health scene for over forty years, few physicians were aware of its wide range of benefits until recently.
First introduced in the 1970s, the supplement is now reaching the mainstream of natural medicine. The best way physicians can get to know and understand this product is by experiencing its benefits in their own practices, according to Roger Kendall, PhD, one of the world's leading authorities on DMG.
Dimethylglycine has a broad role as a vital "anti-stress" nutrient in advancing optimal health and well-being. It helps...Read more
Do you have patients that experience Primary Dysmenorrhea (PDM)? Up to 90% of menstruating women in the United States experience PDM1 which is defined as pelvic pain directly before or during menstruation in the absence of a known pathology.1
Conventional treatment options for PDM include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and oral contraceptives (OCs).1
NSAIDs are generally safe when used in low doses for short time periods, but toxicity increases with increased dose and duration of the drug.2 In just a few days of use,...Read more
Egg health plays a key role in healthy fertility. Poor egg quality can be the determining factor in whether you or your patient can get pregnant.
Poor egg health can be the result of numerous factors including age, diet, lifestyle, high stress levels or a hormonal imbalance. These issues can disrupt the ovulation cycle and restrict a woman’s ability to conceive. In many of these cases, women are presented with alternatives such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), an egg donor or even adoption.
However, poor egg health is no longer considered an irreversible problem as it was...Read more
I’ve recently chanced upon an exciting bit of medical hypothesis that I want to share. It started with news reports about Vanessa Linares who made a presentation at a conference in Denver last November. Linares is an archaeologist who is working on her PhD at Tel Aviv University in Israel. She has been investigating a tomb discovered in 2016 in the ancient city of Megiddo. You may have heard of the city by its biblical name, Armageddon. The tomb is old; carbon dating suggests 3,600 years old. At that time Megiddo was a busy metropolis, located on the major trade routes.1