August 30, 2016

Coffee Is Good for You—Unless It’s Not!

Numerous studies have linked drinking coffee with positive health effects like reduced risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. However, recent research suggests that the effects of coffee on health aren’t the same for everyone, and may depend on genetics and other factors.

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August 23, 2016

Mercury Toxicity, Kids & Fish Consumption

Recent research suggests that kids may be more sensitive to mercury than adults and that toxic effects may occur at blood levels that are significantly lower than the conventional upper limit. But does that mean kids shouldn’t eat fish at all?

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August 16, 2016

Is Organic Meat Better?

Several recent scientific reviews have examined the nutritional differences between organic and conventional meat. Read on to learn what the researchers found, if organic meat is really better, and what other factors should be considered.

August 9, 2016

Your Gut Microbes and Your Thyroid: What’s the Connection?

While there are many factors that influence thyroid function, recent research suggests that gut health may be a key player. The trillions of microbes that reside in the gut have a profound influence on the production of hormones in the body—including thyroid hormones. Read on to learn how healing the gut can improve thyroid function.

August 4, 2016

RHR: Dispelling the Acid-Alkaline Myth

What are the three basic claims of the acid-alkaline hypothesis? I’ll clear up the confusion about what it all means for your health.

August 2, 2016

The Dangers of Proton Pump Inhibitors

Proton pump inhibitors rank among the top 10 prescribed classes of drugs and are commonly used to treat acid reflux, indigestion, and peptic ulcers. Although generally assumed to be safe, recent studies have shown that they have numerous side effects, from an altered gut environment and impaired nutrient absorption to an increased risk for cardiovascular events, kidney disease, and dementia.  

July 28, 2016

Why Your Genes Aren’t Your Destiny

At one time scientists believed our DNA held the key to preventing and reversing disease. But we now know that our environment—not our genes—is the primary driver of health and longevity.

July 26, 2016

RHR: SIBO Update—An Interview with Dr. Mark Pimentel

Dr. Pimentel, associate professor of medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, discusses some unanswered questions about small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Find out how he defines SIBO and what is on the horizon for testing and treatment.

July 12, 2016

RHR: Why You Need to Eat More Vegetables—and How To Do It, with Dr. Tom Cowan

Did you know that many traditional hunter-gatherer societies ate as many as 100 different species of plants? For several years, I’ve known that the biggest difference between my diet and the ancestral diet was not the meat that I was eating, or the eggs, or even the nuts and seeds, but that it was the vegetables—specifically, the lack of diversity in the plant foods I was eating. This lack of diversity not only affects our phytonutrient intake, but it also affects our microbiome because different types of gut microbes prefer different types of nutrients. Today I’m talking with Dr. Thomas Cowan about his unique solution to adding more plant phytonutrients to every meal.

July 7, 2016

Do Gut Microbes Control Your Food Cravings?

Recent research on the gut-brain axis suggests that gut microbes could strongly influence food choices. Read on to learn how gut microbes can manipulate behavior and, in turn, how you might manipulate gut microbes to curb food cravings.

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July 5, 2016

SIBO – What Causes It and Why It’s So Hard to Treat

While bacteria are an essential part of a healthy small bowel and perform important functions, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth can lead to leaky gut and a number of other symptoms. Learn the risk factors for SIBO.

depression
June 28, 2016

Is Depression a Disease—or a Symptom of Inflammation?

The idea that depression and other mental health conditions are caused by an imbalance of chemicals (particularly serotonin and norepinephrine) in the brain is so deeply ingrained in our collective psyche that it seems almost sacrilegious to question it. However, new research suggests that depression may be primarily caused by inflammation.

pills or paleo
June 21, 2016

Pills or Paleo? Preventing and Reversing Acne and Other Skin Problems

Acne and skin problems may not be life-threatening, but they’re associated with depression, anxiety, and social isolation. Conventional medicine has very little to offer for these conditions, but Paleo offers a safe and effective way to prevent and even reverse them.

alzheimers
June 14, 2016

Is Alzheimer’s an Infectious Disease?

The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is rising sharply, but our understanding of this devastating condition remains incomplete. In an effort to develop more effective treatments, researchers have begun to explore new theories of what causes Alzheimer’s. One of the latest and most promising of these is that Alzheimer’s is an infectious disease, caused by pathogenic microbes like fungi, bacteria, and viruses.

June 7, 2016

RHR: Is a Disrupted Gut Microbiome at the Root of Modern Disease?—with Dr. Justin Sonnenburg

Dr. Justin Sonnenburg makes a powerful argument for viewing our microbiota as the control center for human biology—that our microbiota are not just impacting digestion and absorption, but having systemic impacts on our immune system, our metabolism, and our brain chemistry. We discuss the latest research on the microbiome, the strong connection between low microbiome diversity and modern Western diseases, and how people can support their own microbiome health.

May 31, 2016

Red Meat & Cancer—Again! Will It Ever Stop?

The media and blogosphere are abuzz with the latest report from the WHO, which classified cured and processed meats as carcinogens and put them in the same category as asbestos, alcohol, arsenic, and tobacco. But what does the research really tell us about the link between red meat and cancer?