Monthly Archives: August 2011

Immune Balance—What Does that Mean?

  Guest Blog by Dr. Leonard Smith The immune system is a complex organization of coordinated responses to “foreign” invaders in the body. Foreign invaders include microbes—bacteria, fungus, parasites and viruses—as well as toxins and even food. As a matter of fact, one major role of the immune system is to not respond to food. As is seen with food…

Processed and Red Meat Linked to Diabetes Risk

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar.  Join us!  Eating processed and red meat regularly may increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers…

One Reason Why Celiac Disease is Under-Diagnosed

  Celiac disease is a condition in which the small intestinal lining becomes damaged as a result of a reaction against a common dietary ingredient, gliadin, a protein in gluten found in wheat, barley and rye. About one percent of the U.S. population is affected by celiac disease, yet most have not been diagnosed. Celiac disease diagnosis is confirmed by…

Over-the-counter Statin Drugs? Here We Go Again

  It is reported that the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, which manufactures the cholesterol-lowering drug atorvastatin (Lipitor), will attempt to gain FDA approval to sell the drug over the counter. The patent on Lipitor expires in November, which means that generic versions of the drug will drive the cost way down. Selling Lipitor over the counter would help make up for…

Start Your Day with Fiber and Protein

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gets you going in the morning…

Manganese in Drinking Water Associated with Lower IQ in Children

  An unexpected toxin was recently found to have a strong association with intellectual ability in children — manganese. Where is this manganese coming from?  Surprisingly, from tap water that contains manganese concentrations below the current guidelines for safety. Kids with the most exposure to manganese through tap water were found to have lower IQs than those children who were…

Finally Some Good News About BPA

  Don’t worry, I’m not going to say that BPA (bisphenol A) is not as bad as we thought—it certainly is. But the good news is that plastic bottles that claim to be BPA-free were actually found to live up to their claims. Concerns that newer “BPA-free”-marketed bottles were not actually free of the harmful endocrine-disrupting chemical prompted this independent…

Eat Healthier, Live Longer

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Weekly challenge (I mean, opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us! Perhaps the more reasons we have to eat healthy, the more healthy we might eat. A…

Autoimmune Disease and Toxins

  Autoimmune disease involves a process whereby the immune system mistakes part of the body as a foreign invader, and mounts an attack against it, damaging tissue. The most common autoimmune diseases include type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease, psoriasis, lupus, and Grave’s and Hashimoto’s diseases. Prevalence of autoimmune disease is on the rise. The National Institutes…

Busting Candida Biofilm

  A recent study published in the journal PLoS Biology has found that Candida albicans forms two distinct biofilm types according to what form the Candida is in—the sexual or asexual form.1 A biofilm is a protective polysaccharide matrix in which microbial populations exist and are able to hide from the immune system and antimicrobials. As it turns out, when…