Stimulants and Sedatives: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Stimulants and sedatives, they are a push-pull solution to our stress-packed world that are nothing but trouble. In our go-go-go world, we see not only our patients but also ourselves at times drawn to substances that serve as stimulants to keep us going, and sedatives to help us relax. WhetherRead

Effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 in Pregnancy on Postpartum Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety

postpartum depression

Growing evidence about the microbiome and gut brain axis suggests that taking specific strains of probiotics may be an important aspect of mental health, and more specifically postpartum depression, which affects 10-15% of women. In this study, published by EBioMedicine, a LANCET publication, researchers studied the effects of probiotics supplementationRead

Microbiota-Mediated Regulation of the Immune System in a Prenatal Immune Activation Model of Autism

autism, probiotics, pregnancy

In what is being described as cutting-edge research, published in the Journal of Immunology, scientists from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggest that a mother’s microbiome during pregnancy plays a critical role in determining the child’s risk of developing autism-spectrum disorders. The study raises the possibility that autismRead

Genetic Screening Predicts Osteoporosis Fracture Risk Prior to Symptoms

Could you predict a patient’s risk of osteoporosis as early as age 20? A new genetic screening test may be able to predict low bone-mineral density, osteoporosis and fracture risk well prior to clinical symptoms. A study of nearly 400,000 people by Stuart Kim, PhD researcher at Stanford University School ofRead

Beyond CBD: Exploring the Endocannabinoid System in Health and Disease, with Carl Germano PhD

Eureka! We’ve been on the search and finally found a refreshingly honest interview on the subject of the endocannabinoid system and the use of cannabidiol in clinical practice. Not surprisingly, it came from Carl Germano, PhD, RD, CNS, CDN. Germano has been in private practice in integrative and nutritional therapiesRead

Alkaloids from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Evodia rutaecarpa, May Cause Cardiac Arrhythmia

A medicinal plant frequently used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Evodia rutaecarpa, contains substances that can cause cardiac arrhythmia, according to researchers from the Universities of Basel, Vienna and Utrecht. The research was published in Pharmacological Research. Extracts of the plant Evodia rutaecarpa are used in TCM for a varietyRead