My patients are often surprised when I ask them where they were born and whether or not hospital walls and their mother’s vaginal canal were key players in their emergence. As someone who follows a burgeoning literature on the role of the microbiome in regulation of immunity, inflammatory response, and brain health, the formative role
The Ancestral Health Society is a community of scientists, healthcare professionals, and laypersons who collaborate to understand health challenges from an evolutionary perspective. Their annual Symposium is a veritable think tank for outside-the-boxers dedicated to progressing the paradigm of health, by reaching into an older bag of tricks. I had the honor and pleasure of presenting
This post first appeared on GreenMedInfo.com. To sleep, perchance to dream. Many of us have a love hate relationship with sleep – making the time for it, honoring it, needing it, losing it, wanting it, partaking too much. A highly ritualized behavior, sleep also exemplifies the complexity of physiologic processes that feel beyond our control.
In the ultimate of scientific dead horse beatings, the latest study to demonstrate the relevance of breastfeeding to human health is entitled, “Long-term effects of birth weight and breastfeeding duration on inflammation in early adulthood,” and has demonstrated, that low birth weight and short duration of breastfeeding predict adult inflammation. A large cohort study with sibling
I remember well the dissonance I experienced when irrefutable data about the toxicity of BPA had accumulated at the same time that the FDA made repeated bold claims about its safety. BPA, a synthetic estrogen used as a plasticizer since the 1940s has been linked to cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, infertility, and numerous adverse birth outcomes. Now