What’s Good for Your Heart is Good for Your Brain

  • Anti-oxidants
  • Fatty fish with omega-3 fatty acids
  • Water-soluble fiber in oats and barley
  • Nuts
  • Probiotics

They’ve all been shown to improve your blood lipid profile and help prevent heart disease.

Now Swedish researchers, writing in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism, prove that they make you smarter, too.

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The Chemistry of Bulging Disc Treatment

I can never learn enough about low back pain.

Back pain is one of the most frequent miseries visited upon the human species, with a huge toll of pain and disability. It results in countless surgeries and dependence on narcotics for pain relief.

intervertebral disc

I’ve followed the developing research on the biomechanics of the low back and applied that knowledge through the use of sophisticated manual therapy, decompression, and exercise rehabilitation.

But in a parallel universe, another huge mountain of research has studied the chemistry of low back pain: how inflammation arises, the cascades of signaling molecules that irritate the nerve endings, and how your metabolism adapts to long-term stress.

Here’s what’s become clear –

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More Bad News About Anti-Depressants

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors – SSRI’s – are commonly prescribed for depression. Popular SSRI’s include Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft.

But there are questions about the scientific rationale for their use.

pill bottle

And other, safer treatments may be equally or more effective – including simply going out for a relaxing bike ride.

Now there are further questions being raised about the wisdom of this common prescribing habit.  A new study points to a potentially serious side-effect of SSRI’s – an uptick of gastrointestinal ulcers.

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Gluten Sensitivity – Part 3 – Stumbling Upon a Cure

I wasn’t planning to write a third article in my series on gluten sensitivity.

But after I published the first two parts, a reader alerted me to a letter she’d come across about one man’s experience with chronic pain and its relationship to gluten.

I was moved by his story and immediately wrote to him to ask permission to re-publish it.

In under an hour I had my permission.  And not only that, here’s what he said:

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Gluten Sensitivity Part Two – What You Need to Do About It

Are you one of the 40% of adults whose system is sensitive to gluten, the protein found in wheat and similar grains?

Part 1 of my article on gluten sensitivity symptoms covered the basics. Check it out if you need to review it.

The key conclusion of that article is that the best test for gluten sensitivity is an elimination diet.  You wipe gluten-containing foods out of your diet for a period of two weeks or more, and see how your symptoms respond.  People with gluten sensitivity symptoms will begin to feel an improvement.

Today’s article takes the next step: what to do if you’ve determined that you are sensitive to gluten.
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Guest Article – Facts to Consider Before Having Hip Replacement Surgery

Thanks to Julian Hills for today’s guest article on hip replacement surgery.

Facts To Consider Before Having Hip Replacement Surgery

How does someone know they need hip replacement surgery?

The pain a person has may be the main indicator of hip damage. Having a properly functioning hip is essential to completing normal activities.

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Creationism vs Evolution – The Denial of Reality by Adam Frank in The New York Times

Adam Frank, writing an op ed piece in the NY Times, got me feeling outraged.  Here’s his editorial.

How is it that public attitudes have become so backward in the past 30 years?  Any ideas as to how to fight back against the anti-science mood of the country?

Welcome to the Age of Denial

By ADAM FRANK

ROCHESTER — IN 1982, polls showed that 44 percent of Americans believed God had created human beings in their present form. Thirty years later, the fraction of the population who are creationists is 46 percent.

In 1989, when “climate change” had just entered the public lexicon, 63 percent of Americans understood it was a problem. Almost 25 years later, that proportion is actually a bit lower, at 58 percent.

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Gluten Sensitivity Symptoms and What They Mean For You

Wheat

wheat

Wheat is one of the cornerstones of western civilization.   The economies of the early cities of the Near East thrived on wheat.  Roman legions were fueled by it as they conquered most of the known world.  And without bountiful amber waves of grain, the United States could never have risen to become the pre-eminent world power.

Lately, though, the reputation of wheat as a foundation of a healthy diet has been considerably tarnished.
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Chiropractic Pillows: Pillow Talk Courtesy of Guest Author Dr. George Russell

Thanks to my colleague George Russell, DC for today’s article.

Pillow Talk

therapeutic pillows

Dr. George Russell answers your questions about your most intimate bedroom companion: Your Pillow.

Dear Dr. Russell,

I am a 53-year old single man who enjoys sipping tawny Port while watching Friday Night Lights. I also enjoy sleeping on my back. Is it the Port, the limited range of FNL actors, or sleeping on my back that causes neck pain, headaches, and lost nights of sleep? Should I get one of those shaped pillows that have a little curve for your neck? 

— Tawny Tim in Texas

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Dementia is Another Anesthesia Risk

Anesthesia during surgery doubles your Alzheimer’s risk.

A new study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry shows that going under the knife raises your risk of dementia.  And the effect shows up in as little as 2-7 years.     

anesthesia needles

About 24,000 people over 50 who had anesthesia during surgery were compared with about 110,000 who didn’t have surgery.  After 2-7 years of follow-up, 2.65% of the anesthetized patients had signs of Alzheimer’s dementia, compared to about 1.3% of the non-surgery cases.  That’s about double the rate.

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