Monthly Archives: December 2013

Introduce Solid Food + Breastfeeding after 17 Weeks in Infants

Introducing solid food after the 17th week of birth could reduce food allergies in babies who are also breastfed, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. The researchers found that children who had developed allergies started eating solid food before age 16 weeks. They were also more likely to not be breastfed. “Introducing solid foods alongside breastfeeding can…

Bold NYC Health Department Ads Target Obesity

The New York City Health Department is taking a new angle on addressing the obesity epidemic by creating ads and television commercials that state, “Sugary drinks can bring on obesity, which can lead to diabetes and risk factors for heart disease” with the headline, “Your Kids Could be Drinking Themselves Sick.” The ads, part of the Pouring on the Pounds…

Watch My Segment On ColonicsTV

Over the years we realize more and more how many toxins our bodies are exposed to on a daily basis. Before you become depressed or overwhelmed by that thought, here’s the good news—it seems that in most cases our bodies, through regular bowel movements, can eliminate lots of toxins, and we can continue living our lives in a happy and…

High Blood Sugar is a Toxic Risk for Alzheimer’s

High blood sugar levels make beta amyloid protein—found in people with Alzheimer’s disease—more toxic to the cells that line blood vessels in the brain, according to a new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. High blood sugar is receiving increased attention for its role in Alzheimer’s, so much so that Alzheimer’s disease is also known by some experts…

Inflammatory Diet Linked to Depression in Women

Women who eat a diet high in inflammatory foods—sugars, refined and starchy carbohydrates, processed meats, and trans fats to name the most common offenders—and low in anti-inflammatory foods—non-starchy fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats—are up to 41 percent more likely to be diagnosed with depression according to a new study by Harvard researchers published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and…

Butyrate and the Immune System

Some of your gut bacteria—especially the beneficial Bifidobacteria—produce an important short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) called butyrate. They do this by fermenting fiber in the digestive tract. Butyrate acts as a food for the cells of the intestinal lining, helping to maintain the integrity of this one-cell-thick layer that separates the digestive system from the rest of the body. A recent…

Antibiotic Resistance—A Call for Global Response

A new report published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal warns that “we are at the dawn of a post-antibiotic era,” with “almost all disease-causing bacteria resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat them.”1 The gravity of the problem was summed up in a commentary on the report: “Rarely has modern medicine faced such a grave threat. Without antibiotics,…

Gut Microbes in Children Carry Numerous Antibiotic Resistance Genes

The microbes inside digestive tracts of healthy children have many antibiotic resistance genes, according to a recent study published in the Public Library of Sciences ONE journal. These genes may place the children at higher risk of developing resistance to antibiotic treatments. “From birth to age 5, children receive more antibiotics than during any other five-year time span in their…

Is Your Diet Too Acidic?

Did you know that the acidity of the foods you eat has an effect on your health? Acidic foods include meat, dairy, grains, nuts, and seafood, while alkaline foods are mostly fruits and vegetables. In a recent study published in the journal Diabetologia and involving over 60,000 women, diets with a higher overall acidity level were found to increase the…