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Carolyn Gretton

What the gut reveals about RA progression and treatment

More studies are demonstrating a clear link between changes in the gut microbiome and disease, particularly autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis. On top of that, the microbiome may serve as a sort of crystal ball, not only predicting disease progression, but ultimately providing clues that can enhance treatment.

Joyce Hollman

Fermented foods or fiber: Tackling the driving force behind disease

Research has shown that the makeup of your microbiome greatly affects your immune system. But that’s not all. It impacts your weight, healthy aging and your risk of numerous chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. Two types of foods, fiber and fermented foods, have been known to increase bacterial diversity in the gut. But one does a much better job…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

The CBD solution to painful mouth ulcers

There’s no way around it. Those random ulcers we get in our mouths are just plain painful. Sure, over-the-counter topicals or prescription mouthwashes help reduce the pain. But their results are temporary and don’t actually help heal those canker sores. So a group of scientists decided to put CBD to the test. It’s been shown to do so much, why not?

William Davis

How do you know if you have leaky gut?

How can you know if leaky gut is at the root of health issues plaguing you? It’s not easy, considering symptoms can affect the entire body, even though they start in the gut. That’s why people suffering the condition spend years looking for relief. Knowing the symptoms and conditions that can be tied to leaky gut is a good starting point for you to nail down what’s ailing you…

Joyce Hollman

Can a COVID-19 infection cause diabetes?

COVID-19 hasn’t been shy about wreaking havoc on multiple organs in the body. And it’s come to light that in many cases, it goes after the pancreas. There it begins a dangerous game of cat and mouse with hormones that regulate blood sugar. In fact, there are real concerns that a bout with COVID-19 may leave lifelong blood sugar problems in its wake…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Essential oils really work with the help of a ‘brain vitamin’

Essential oils have long been used to boost physical and emotional health. Some may speed wound healing, lower blood pressure and even attack the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. But the scientific community has claimed it was a “placebo effect.” Well, that’s all over now that the mechansim by which they boost health and mood has been uncovered…

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Joyce Hollman

A glass a day beats immune-zapping inflammation

Orange juice is full of vitamin C which supports the immune system by increasing production of white blood cells that are on the front lines. But there’s more going on behind the scenes. Along with other nutrients, new research shows this old-fashioned remedy gets to the core of what leaves your body defenseless in the face of infection.

Joyce Hollman

Simple diet changes that relieve skin and joint inflammation

Considering the risks of some medical treatments for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis — topical steroids that raise blood pressure and expensive biologics — the possibility of living symptom-free with simple dietary changes is a game-changer. But that’s just what happened when scientists put the standard American diet to the test against foods that heal instead of harm…

Carolyn Gretton

Foods that slow brain aging by boosting its blood supply

There are all kinds of tips for keeping your brain sharp as you age, from memory games to meditation to learning new subjects or taking up new hobbies. And we can’t forget sufficient exercise and sleep. But there’s an easier way to improve one of the biggest contributors of age-related cognitive decline… blood flow to the brain.

Virginia Tims-Lawson

Could just one type of food disease-proof your body?

Decades of research have revealed that, while acute inflammation can help you heal from injuries and fight infection, chronic inflammation is a recognized component of some of our most threatening health problems. But one type of food can combat inflammation and help keep your body from becoming a disease magnet…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Long COVID: More common and longer than we thought

More than a year later most of us are breathing a sigh of relief. Yes, we’re still cautious but we’ve turned the corner. But what if you were infected? There’s a good chance you could be dealing with long Covid. Because healthcare workers and researchers are finding it’s much more common and may last even longer than anyone thought.

Carolyn Gretton

What your inflammation clock reveals about your immune health and aging

Aging is due in part to varying rates of immune system decline that trigger chronic inflammation. People with healthy immune systems are able to fight off this inflammation to some extent, but those whose aren’t as strong will age faster and be more prone to frailty and disease. Since inflammation is treatable, all we’ve needed was a way to measure it.

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