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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Is more oleic acid in the diet the answer to MS?

MS is an autoimmune disease that attacks from within and wears down the protective coating around nerve fibers in the central nervous system, slowly stealing independence from its victims. But research has found they share a common deficiency in the form of an omega fatty acid that could combat the disease.

Joyce Hollman

COVID-19’s effect on the brain looks like stroke damage

COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory disease. But it presents odd neurological symptoms like cognitive dysfunction and the loss of taste and smell. Researchers looking at the brains of those worst hit saw a big clue to why: brain areas that appeared stroke damaged.

Carolyn Gretton

Ginger: The autoimmune super spice that may slow lupus

In autoimmune disease, the body’s immune system goes haywire, attacking its own healthy cells and tissues. Treatment is usually long term and can carry harmful side effects. That’s why researchers are looking to a plant-based compound that may be the answer…

William Davis

Science looks to beetroot to fight root of diseases like Alzheimer’s and MS

When inflammation goes unchecked for too long, the nervous system becomes damaged and can lead to diseases like Alzheimer’s or multiple sclerosis. That’s just one example of why inflammation is often called the root of all disease. But researchers have found a peptide in the beetroot that could make all that a thing of the past…

Joyce Hollman

Rheumatoid arthritis and cancer: a tangled web

Rheumatoid arthritis and cancer often go hand in hand, but they present conflicts in terms of treatment. RA drugs suppress the immune system, while cancer drugs work to make the immune response stronger. Some cancer drugs make RA worse, and some RA drugs may cause cancer. It’s a tangled web to maneuver to know what’s best for you.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Missing link between gum health and heart disease found

Brushing and flossing your teeth is about far more than just avoiding cavities. In fact, the health of your mouth is tied to serious conditions from diabetes to heart disease. But until now, the reason wasn’t clear. Now researchers know it’s tied to a particularly powerful immune cell that, when hyperactivated, can circulate through your body to do major damage…

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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

4 things that trigger an IBS flare

Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome can feel like you’re living on a razor blade, never knowing when your symptoms are going to flare. But the truth is, there are a number of common triggers (not all food-related) that can make your IBS worse. Avoiding them could mean enjoying more symptomless days, making life with your condition much easier…

Jenny Smiechowski

Keto, inflammation and the autoimmune disease connection

Making changes to your diet can drastically improve autoimmune disease symptoms… or even send your disease into remission. But what diet is best if you’re one of the 23.5 million American’s struggling to get an autoimmune condition under control?

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Eating the skins of some fruits could reverse the damage of MS

More than one million people suffer from MS in the United States alone. But ground-breaking research may be able to help them slow, even reverse the damage it inflicts on the nervous system. Best of all, it’s a natural compound found in some of our favorite fruits and a few herbs, too…

Joyce Hollman

If you thought melatonin was just for sleep, think again

It turns out that a hormone we naturally produce, and a supplement many of us take in order to improve sleep, is also a surprising immune system booster with benefits especially for two issues that can turn a mild COVID-19 infection to a life-threatening one. Discover all the ways melatonin can help now and always…

Jenny Smiechowski

What you should know about Guillain-Barre syndrome and COVID-19

Guillain-Barre isn’t all that common. It only impacts about 1 in 100,000 Americans. But those who are affected by it often have something in common — in the weeks before developing it, they were fighting off a bug. Usually, a gastrointestinal bug that causes diarrhea or a respiratory infection — like COVID-19…

Virginia Tims-Lawson

Pre-existing lung conditions increase risk of COVID-19

My husband has asthma. He’s a first responder which puts him in close contact with a lot of people daily. We recently found out my oldest son doesn’t make the proper antibodies to protect him from respiratory infection after four bouts of tonsillitis last spring. The diagnosis was honestly no shock since he’s been prone […]

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