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

ROCHESTERIN 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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