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
Over the past two decades, researchers such as Maes, Miller, and Raison have helped to bring attention to the role of the immune system in the brain. Inflammatory messengers called cytokines can traffic from the body to the brain, stimulating brain immune cells called microglia and an enzyme called IDO. This stimulation shunts tryptophan from
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