Chronic Disease

Restoring Healthy Gut Function is Key to the Chronic Fatigue Puzzle

By Bianca Garilli, ND, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 1. , 2012

Several publications in the last few years have supported a relatively new view that a compromised gastrointestinal mucosa plays a major role in CFS. Restoring GI health by eliminating trigger foods, probiotic therapy, stress reduction, and supportive nutrients like L-glutamine, zinc, and digestive enzymes can bring about marked improvements in CFS symptoms.

The Pneumonia-Obesity Connection

By Erik Goldman

Exposure to Chlamydia pneumoniae, the most common pathogen causing human pneumonia, correlates strongly with overweight especially in women. The increased risk was independent of the other common risk factors for obesity, and may reflect the effects of long-term chronic inflammation triggered by the pathogen.

Herbal Options for Managing Adrenal Fatigue

By Michael Greer, MD - Vol. 12, No. 4. , 2011

Think of adrenal fatigue as the “waiting room” for type-2 diabetes, hypothyroidism and heart attack. Drug therapies may be able to ameliorate the end-stage symptoms of these disorders, but they do not rectify the core problem. Herbs like Licorice, Ashwagandha, Ginseng, Rhodiola and others have much to offer people who need to restore and normalize their adrenal function.

A New Approach to Promoting Healthy Sleep

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 12, No. 4. , 2011

Sleep disorders are more varied and complex than simply the inability to fall asleep. They require more than a quickly jotted prescription for sedatives, which can often worsen the problem. To effectively resolve sleep problems, requires an understanding of sleep architecture & the role of deep sleep in regulating metabolism. Glysom, a new amino-acid based product, can help restore healthy sleep cycling.

Natural Therapies Get Migraine Patients Headed in the Right Direction

By Anthony P. Geraci, MD & Laurie Brodsky, ND - Vol. 12, No. 4. , 2012

While drug therapies can help some people with migraines some of the time, the reality is that pharmaceutical fixes are fairly limited. So far there is no definitive drug-based “cure” for migraine headaches. However, there are many non-pharma holistic approaches and self-care techniques that can be quite helpful.

In a Glutinous Mood? Exploring the Gluten Allergy & Depression Connection

By Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc - Vol. 12, No. 4. , 2011

There’s increasing scientific evidence as well as clinical experience indicating a connection between depression–which affects roughly 120 million people worldwide–and gluten sensitivity. Chronic gastrointestinal inflammation, triggered by reactions to gluten, can result in neurobehavioral symptoms which often resolve when people go gluten-free.

Shape Shifters, Hidden Accomplices & Nature’s Dirty Needles: Confronting the Challenges of Lyme Disease

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 12, No. 3. , 2011

There are reasons why Lyme Disease is so difficult to treat: Borrelia bergdorferi, the main pathogen, is one a highly complex shape-shifting organism, and it is only susceptible to treatment during certain phases of it’s life-cycle. Plus, it seldom works alone. Other bugs like Babesia, Ehrlichia, and Bartonella, are common accomplices. Dr. Joe Burrascano, one of the nation’s leading Lyme experts offers diagnostic & therapeutic tips.

Military Veterans at 4-Fold Risk for Sleep Apnea

By Kauley Jones - Vol. 12, No. 3. , 2011

Military veterans are at much higher risk for obstructive sleep apnea than the general population, yet the disorder often goes undiagnosed because many vets do not fit the stereotypical profile of the “classic” apnea patient: an overweight middle-aged male who snores. Pharyngometry, a new, inexpensive & non-invasive tool can improve diagnosis.