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Another successful iodization program

Almost one hundred years ago, the US instituted a salt iodine fortification program in order to rectify a goiter endemic throughout the country. The plan worked. Since then, one-by-one, countries around the world have been fortifying foods with iodine.

It was only 15 years ago when China instituted a fortification program. Recently, researchers in China conducted a study as a check-in to be sure the program was working as planned. They tested 4 different populations (each with different iodine requirements) from different regions of the country: children, pregnant women, lactating women, and adults. The goal was to evaluate any possible […]

By |April 12th, 2018|Blog|1 Comment
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Why Omega 3 Fatty Acids Should Be A Part Of Your Daily Diet

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fats that should be consumed daily, but unfortunately they are one of the more neglected categories of foods in the American diet. Omega 3 oil has an anti-inflammatory action throughout the body, which is particularly important for Americans in order to counteract the abundance of inflammatory foods that we tend to consume. Chronic inflammation is at the root of the majority of chronic diseases, particularly cardiovascular disease, arthritis, metabolic syndrome, and signs of accelerated aging. Research also shows that omega 3 fats are beneficial in preventing or relieving conditions such as depression, anxiety, […]

By |March 29th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments
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Body Temperature and the Brain

The list of symptoms related to Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome (WTS) is long and varied; one of the many possibilities is diminished memory. Some WTS patients may say that they feel like they are in a mental fog, and forget simple things, like what they were going to retrieve when they walked into another room. They may also experience difficulty with concentrating on tasks and completing them. These changes in brain function are linked to low body temperature and underperforming thyroid function, but usually, resolving temperatures to normal will resolve the problems.

The question is, are there long term […]

By |March 16th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments
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Does night-time screen-time disrupt our normal rhythms?

Cell phones and computers have taken over our lives, without a doubt. Every part of our life is connected to those little devices- our calendars, news, shopping and communicating with friends. It’s to the point where it’s hard to imagine living without these electronic lifelines! They help bring us organization and information, but there are also some downsides, particularly to our health.

A recent study evaluated the health effects of the light emitted from electronic devices. Nighttime artificial light has been a cause for concern for several decades, and researchers have been focused on identifying the specific detrimental effects […]

By |February 20th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments
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Your Daily Diet May Prevent Heart Failure

A large study called REGARDS (Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke) collected data about what people eat every day. 18000 adults over 45 years of age submitted information on their daily diets. The study was funded by NIH (National Institutes of Health) and was designed to determine if there is a correlation between typical diet patterns and the risk of developing heart failure.

Heart failure is a chronic condition that tends to worsen over time. It’s when the heart cannot effectively pump enough blood throughout the body, therefore reducing the amount of oxygen that goes to the various […]

By |January 30th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments
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Could Infertility Challenges Be Related to Thyroid?

Infertility can be a very challenging condition for women who want to become pregnant. They face the daunting task of going through a long list of potential causes, each needing to be evaluated and eliminated in order to identify the exact issue that needs to be resolved. The extensive process of elimination can involve lab tests, clinical examinations and uncomfortable invasive procedures. The distressful process can be emotionally and financially draining, and in about 10- 30% of the cases, no cause is even identified.

Doctors most commonly look for ovulation problems caused by health issues such as uterine fibroids, […]

By |January 10th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments
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Avoiding this diet may help prevent Alzheimer’s

As Alzheimer’s disease (AD) rates continue to increase, researchers are desperately working to identify the causes of this destructive disease in order to find ways for better prevention. The list of possible causes currently being explored includes brain inflammation, hormonal factors, oxidative stress, environmental toxins, and even infection. Regardless of the specific cause, the resulting damage to the brain is demonstrated by two hallmark signs of AD: the presence of neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid plaque accumulation.

“Neurofibrillary tangles” are deformed fibers found inside the brain’s cells. Normally, tau protein helps stabilize microtubules which help transport nutrients throughout […]

By |December 12th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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The Significance of Thyroid Nodules

A thyroid nodule is an abnormal growth of thyroid cells that create a small lump in the thyroid gland. Oftentimes they go unnoticed, especially if they are small. Nodules are very common, in fact about half of the adults over 60 have them. Most are non-cancerous, but less than 10% contain cancerous cells and need to be removed. Rarely, nodules can increase production of thyroid hormone, in which case they have the potential to contribute to hyperthyroidism.

Nodules are often associated with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (the most common cause of hypothyroidism). Nodules are believed to be caused […]

By |November 28th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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A Daily Dose of Sunshine Could Keep Your Brain Healthy

Could laying by the pool help prevent Parkinson’s disease (PD)? It may sound too good to be true, but a study has found a link between regular exposure to sunshine to having a lower risk of developing PD as an older adult.

This study was conducted in France in order to examine the association of sun exposure, which offers ultraviolet B (UV-B) light, to the risk of developing PD. They found that in adults under 70 years old, higher exposure to UV-B light is associated with a lower risk of developing PD. People under 50 years old with […]

By |November 21st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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B Vitamins for Better Brains

As the baby boomer generation ages, awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and poor cognitive function is progressively increasing. Over 4 million Americans currently suffer from AD, and the disease is beginning to cause a significant strain on the healthcare system. There are no effective medications to treat AD or dementia, so the rates are predicted to continue to progress over the next several decades. Our best hope for slowing the rates of dementia and AD is to focus seriously on prevention, as reversing cognitive impairment is a far more challenging task as compared to taking steps to maintain a […]

By |October 25th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments