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  • June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
    Alzheimer’s Disease is a degenerative condition affecting the brain. The most common symptoms observed in affected individuals are: memory loss changes in ability to create and follow plans, including financial records, cooking/recipes, and work-related projects difficulty accomplishing familiar tasks like household chores, driving to a regular destination, or remembering how to operate common household electronicsContinue […]
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  • What Are Antibodies and Why Are They Important in COVID-19 Testing?
    In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, as accurate testing for the virus is in short supply across the globe, there is a significant opportunity to provide information to patients and healthcare providers about exposure and infection timelines through antibody testing. To add to the problem, nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs – considered the gold-standard for diagnosingContinue […]
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  • Can Inhaling Gluten Trigger Symptoms in Sensitive Individuals?
    An astonishing number of people following a strict gluten-free diet and lifestyle remain symptomatic. If they are very compliant to a gluten elimination, but still experience negative symptoms associated with gluten, could something else trigger the symptoms? Maybe; however, is it possible that the strict gluten-free diet and lifestyle are not enough? Lab tests, suchContinue […]
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  • The Gut Microbiome and the Estrobolome: How gut microbes affect estrogen metabolism
    Can your gut microbiome affect your hormones? It’s All Connected! In a systems biology approach, like every other body system structure and functioning, liver health, kidney health, gut health, and hormone health are connected. The gut microbiome secretes bioactive metabolites: reactivated estrogens, short chain fatty acids, amino acid metabolites, and secondary bile acids that modulateContinue […]
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  • Additives in Foods: Maybe This is a Root Cause of Your Sensitivity?
    Food additives are increasingly used in manufactured food to preserve it, color or dye it, flavor it, improve its texture, make it more shelf-stable, enhance its appearance, or prevent pests from consuming it. Because of how prevalent food additives are in manufactured and processed food, it can be extremely difficult to determine if the symptomsContinue […]
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  • Don’t judge a book by its cover: Are harmful bacteria masquerading as “good guys” in your gut?
    You might have read the bottle of your new probiotic wondering what exactly all these different bugs do and if you really need them? In the 1980’s and 90’s people began to hear about how Lactobacillus acidophilus can help with a yeast/candida problem or how it helps to take probiotics after a course of antibiotics.Continue […]
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  • The Link Between Your Gut Health and Cholesterol
    September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month. If you have ever been to your doctor and your cholesterol tested ‘elevated,’ you may have been told by your healthcare provider to watch your fat intake. Let’s bust some myths about cholesterol, first 1: Dietary cholesterol does not raise your blood cholesterol. It used to be that weContinue […]
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  • How Heavy Metals Deplete Your Antioxidants
    How do we get exposed to heavy metals? Many people consider heavy metal exposure to be rare, but sources of exposure are actually quite common. [1] Heavy metals are a class of toxic elements usually found in the following sources and materials [2]: Air pollution Polluted food (cattle, fish, pesticide-laden produce) Polluted groundwater/drinking water PrescriptionContinue […]
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  • When Gluten-Free Isn’t Enough: The Corn-Wheat Overlap Epitope
    An epitope is the part of an antigen that is recognized by the immune system. For example, the epitope is the specific piece of the antigen to which an antibody binds. Epitope mapping is the process of experimentally identifying the binding sites, or ‘epitopes’, of antibodies on their target antigens. Other than the identified antigens,Continue […]
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  • Elimination Diets for Food Sensitivities: How Strict Do I Have to Be?
    “How strict do I have to be on the elimination diet?” This is the most common question asked by people on an elimination diet for food sensitivity. The answer (unlike the diet and lifestyle change) is simple: very strict, because the greater the adherence to the diet, the better the health outcomes. This effect, greaterContinue […]
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