Evolutionary mismatch. This is the term that encompasses the root cause of most modern ills. We are living a lifestyle – read diet, stress level, movement and sunlight deficiency, toxic exposures, pharmaceuticals – that is incompatible with what our genome has evolved, over millions of year, to expect. Two specific points on the temporal chart
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
Add to a growing literature exploring the efficacy of curcumin, an active polyphenol in the Indian spice, turmeric, comes a study entitled Curcumin for the treatment of major depression: a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study. This intervention, while still made in patients uncontrolled for active medication treatment, brings therapeutic relevance to the model of depression
What does modern medicine have to offer the woman with severe PMS? The one suffering with low mood, irritability, tearfulness, and even suicidality accompanied with a side dish of bloating, breast tenderness, and cramps? Antidepressants and oral contraceptives. The former has no biological basis for efficacy and comes with a litany of short and long-term