In recent weeks, glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller) has been in the news, including a jury ruling that Monsanto’s weedkiller was a substantial contributing factor in causing a groundskeeper DeWayne “Lee” Johnson’s cancer. This was followed by a timely report by the Environmental Working Group on glyphosates residues inRead …
Today’s Practitioner congratulates Joe Pizzorno ND and Deepak Chopra MD, who will be recognized at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium (Feb. 22-24) for the 2018 Leadership and Visionary awards. Pizzorno will be given the Leadership Award, which recognizes a pioneer whose contributions have shaped integrative healthcare and paved the way forRead …
Little agreement exists as to whether low-level mercury (Hg) exposure causes damage to the central nervous system in adults. Although eating fish is associated with intake of methylmercury, researchers in this field have generally thought that the beneficial effects of a diet rich in long-chain, n-3 fatty acids (N3FA) can outweigh the cognitive neurotoxicity of mercury. This study clarifies the impact of Hg and intake of seafood on cognition. By Steven C. Masley, MD, FAAFP, CNS, FACN; Lucas V. Masley; C. Thomas Gualtieri, MD, published in Integrative Medicine a Clinicians Journal
Why do patients resist prescriptive actions? Clearly their reasons are complex, reflecting intentional as well as nonintentional factors. Behavioral research suggests that people fail to follow prescriptive actions when they do not understand potential benefits, when they do not believe they can change, or when they lack an effective plan and reliable social support. Patients may feel uncomfortable about clinicians’ recommendations because they
do not feel understood or they feel they do not have the time or energy to make the necessary lifestyle changes due to recurrent work-family daily pressures. This report addresses a novel means to improve patient compliance, called Insight-Motivated Learning.
Chronic inflammation is the 21st century’s leading health epidemic. It is the single common factor that contributes to the development and progression of chronic illnesses, many of which can be caused and modified by diet. As seen in this commentary by John Neustadt, ND, pathologies once viewed as unrelated are now grouped into the category of “inflammatory disease” including: atherosclerosis, dementia, arthritis, vasculitis, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases. In this report, Neustadt reviews the anti-inflammatory benefits of a “prudent diet,” including the Paleolithic diet and the Mediterranean diet. Though the Paleo diet is more restrictive in grain, legumes, dairy and potato consumption than the Med diet, both have significant overlap in macro and micro-nutrients.
The cellular environment is sensitive to the presence of free radicals, which are molecules with unpaired electrons. The most common types of free radicals are formed from the elements oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, sulfur, and chlorine. Cells continually need to balance redox potential (the tendency to gain or lose electrons). This potential can be skewed toward oxidation (a tendency to lose electrons), called oxidative stress, or reduction (a tendency to gain electrons), called reductive stress.