Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Immune Effects of Breastfeeding vs Bottle Feeding

Early life events, such as mode of delivery at birth, antibiotic use, and diet, all play a big role in what bacteria develop in the intestinal tract, which, in turn, determines how healthy an individual will be. In a recent study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers from UC Davis and UC San Francisco compared breastfed and bottle-fed…

Lead Exposure Linked to Obesity

Lead is a heavy metal that has been linked to a number of health problems, most notably, neurological conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in at least four million households, children are being exposed to high levels of lead. And yet, no safe blood level in children has been identified, which means that even at low exposure…

Antibacterial Compounds Pose Risk During Pregnancy—How to Avoid Them

We are a germ-fearing society. From antibacterial soaps, wipes, cleaners, and ointments to hand sanitizer and antimicrobial bedding, we are trying—literally—to wipe ourselves free of all the germs. What could all this sanitization be doing to our health, some researchers have asked? As it turns out, a lot. One compound in particular—triclosan—is found in many everyday items such as soaps,…

Gut Bacteria in Premature Infants Depends on Age

Not long ago, researchers thought that infants in the womb were free of bacteria. Infants are inoculated by bacteria during birth, and later by the environment and diet, they said, but not before birth. In 2005, that idea changed when bacteria was discovered inside the umbilical cord. Last spring, the idea was really put to death when researchers discovered that…

Mental Illness Is Not All in Your Head

Mental illness is often thought to be isolated in the brain, separated from the rest of the body by the blood brain barrier and not at all related to other physiological occurrences elsewhere in the body. This notion is falling by the wayside, however, as study after study links mental illnesses with biological manifestations throughout the body. A recent study…

Omega-3 Supplementation Improves Behavior Problems in Children

Antisocial personality disorder is a mental disorder in which the individual often lacks empathy and tends to be callous, cynical, and contemptuous of feelings, rights, and sufferings of others. Poor nutritional status during pregnancy has been linked to the development of antisocial personality disorder in adulthood.1 Poor nutrition is a possible risk factor for the development of antisocial behavior due…

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Dementia

In addition to the everyday digestive support supplements that I recommend everyone take on a daily basis (whether or not they have “digestive” issues)—High fiber, Omega-3, Probiotics, and digestive Enyzmes (I call it the H.O.P.E. Formula)—I always recommend vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is very common, even in “healthy” people and in those who get regular sun exposure.…

Memory Impairment During Adolescence—Sugar to Blame

Sugar-sweetened beverages, most notably soft drinks and sweetened juices, are a regular part of the diets of many adolescents. Sugar-sweetened beverages make up 48 percent of added sugars in the diet, most coming from soft drinks. Adolescents enjoy more freedom than they experienced during earlier childhood, which may lead to the increased consumption of such beverages. A recent study presented…

Obesity During Pregnancy Affects Gut Microbes in Offspring

Obesity during pregnancy has a number of detrimental effects. Not only does it negatively affect the mother by increasing the risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, infections, sleep apnea, and even infertility in the first place, but it also has harmful effects on the baby, including problems with labor and the increased risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes later in…