Monthly Archives: December 2010

Synthetic Bacteria? What Will It Mean?

The television news magazine 60 Minutes recently aired a piece about the creation of the first synthetic cell. The scientist at the head of this research, J. Craig Venter, is also responsible for mapping the human genome. Over the past 15 years, $40 million and his team of researchers have created a self-replicating bacteria with synthetic DNA. The synthetic cell…

Too Clean For Our Own Good

“It is possible for a person to be too clean for their own good.” This is a recent quote from Allison Aiello, visiting associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard, who is studying the effect of frequent handwashing with antimicrobial soap containing triclosan, or 2,4,4’-trichloro-2’-hydroxydiphenyl ether. Her research has shown an increase in allergies and hay fever in children and teens…

Stop Ignoring This Vital Tip

If we had a dime for every time we heard the advice to “drink at least eight glasses of water each day,” or “drink half your body weight in ounces each day,” we’d be rich, right? So why is it that many of us don’t follow this essential advice? So many people tell me that they don’t drink enough water.…

BPA at Your Kids’ Dentist Office?

I talk about BPA a lot because not a week goes by that I don’t hear about it in the news. It seems that not enough can be said about the potential negative effects of this chemical. It’s in most plastics, most food cans, baby bottles, and now…it’s at your child’s next dental appointment. A dental resin used for dental…

Achoo! Pass the Probiotics

Probiotics are well known for their beneficial effects on the gut. After all, that’s where they thrive. But these beneficial bacteria have far-reaching effects that you wouldn’t think had anything to do with the digestive tract. One of the main reasons for this is due to the fact that immune system that resides in the gut, in the gut-associated lymphoid…

Save Your Colon!

Colorectal (bowel) cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. The lifetime risk in men for developing colorectal cancer is one in 19. In women it’s one in 20. Those are some scary stats when you think about it! A few lifestyle factors are known to be protective against bowel cancer. A recent study looked at…

Probiotics for Ulcerative Colitis

Probiotics are now being considered for use in treating many digestive (and even non-digestive) health conditions and diseases. Two such diseases in which probiotics have been studied are the inflammatory bowel diseases ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. These conditions involve chronic inflammation of the intestines. Crohn’s disease primarily involves the lower small intestine, but may involve the entire digestive tract.…

DHA and Alzheimer’s – There’s More to the Story

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that DHA supplementation in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s did not slow the rate of cognitive and functional decline. The headlines that sprung from this study include: “No Benefit for DHA in Alzheimer’s Disease,” “DHA Does Not Slow Progression of Alzheimer’s,” and so on. The…

The Good News About Probiotics

If you’re reading this blog, chances are good you’ve heard of probiotics. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are known for supporting digestive and immune health. From my perspective, probiotics are as important as a daily multivitamin and have many healing properties. I have seen so many people get well while taking probiotics. When people think of probiotics, the first thing…

Chew on This

This week’s ‘Renew You’ Challenge? CHEW! Take a minute to think about how well you chew your food. (It’ll probably surprise you). Do you even know how you chew? Or are you pretty sure that you don’t chew enough? Most people barely chew enough to get the food safely down the esophagus, let alone enough time to ensure that it…