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Copper’s Role in Neurological Degeneration

A previous post introduced some basic functions for copper in human physiology.  Here, let’s take a closer look at an interesting function of this trace metal.  The average adult human body (if there is such a thing!) contains 60-120 mg of copper, with the highest concentrations found in hardworking tissues such as the kidneys, liver, brain, and […]

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Chaste Tree & Female Health

Vitex agnus-castus is better known by its common name, chaste tree or chasteberry. The name of this botanical was given in honor of its ancient use as an anaphrodisiac, but today, its common name is laced with irony since it is prized for its ability to promote fertility. The ripe, dried fruits of vitex agnus-castus possess glycosides and […]

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Does Stress Affect Fertility?

Chronic stress leads to profound reproductive dysfunction in both men and women, and yet, this subject rarely gets priority status in fertility discussions. As research unwraps more layers of the stress response, governed by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, we realize its unique position as a control center for most physiological processes, including reproduction. Once activated, […]

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Mycotoxins & the Health of the Gut

The human microbiome and gut health has become a crucial focus for practitioners as science continues to uncover its vital importance in health and disease prevention. Most of the attention has been focused on the bacterial species that constitute this microbial environment, but as genetic sequencing technology improves, we are discovering other forms of microbes […]

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Schisandra – Give the Liver Some Love

When listing the most important organs in the body—the ones that do the lion’s share of keeping us alive—people will typically rattle off the heart and brain first. After all, if the heart stops beating, the other organs can’t keep going on their own, and if the brain is dead, someone might technically be “alive,” […]

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What’s Lurking in Farmed Tilapia?

Nutritionists and health advocates have been promoting the consumption of fish and seafood for decades. As the richest and most direct source of anti-inflammatory, brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids, this food group needed to be embraced as a regular part of the American diet. Omega-3 fatty acids have become a critical tool in our rising battle […]

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Low-Carb Diets & GERD – Counterintuitive or Cutting Edge?

If television commercials for prescription and over-the-counter antacids are any indication, acid reflux has reached epidemic proportions.  Stomach acid has launched an all-out attack on people’s digestion and quality of life, inching its way up into the esophagus and causing the pain and irritation most people know simply as “heartburn.”  For those who suffer from […]

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U is for…Ulcers?

U is for ulcers and vitamin U does just that: it helps with ulcers. Or at least that’s why it was coined ‘vitamin U’ as early as the 1940s when extensive research at the Stanford University School of Medicine showed that it rapidly reduces pain and healing time for individuals with peptic ulcers. Since then, we have […]

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A Look at Cat’s Claw

With more information emerging regularly on the potential dangers of NSAID pain relievers, patients are on the lookout for alternatives that are effective but which present fewer undesirable side-effects. One such compound that may be beneficial for certain conditions is Uncaria tomentosa, better known as cat’s claw. This plant, which is indigenous to the Amazon rain forest and […]

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Stress, Cortisol & Mood Disorders

Mood disorders are among the most challenging health problems for both clinicians and patients, and they are not a respecter of age, sex, societal class or economic status. Major depression is now considered the most common mental disorder in the United States. In 2016, 16.2 million adults (6.7% of all U.S. adults) and 3.1 million adolescents […]

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