Cancer Patients Should Know More Than Their Oncologists

Do you remember sayings about knowing oneself? Lao Tzu said, “He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” There are many such quotes, but today I introduce a new one. “He or she who knows more than their oncologist will survive their cancer.” I am offering you the opportunity to do precisely this by giving you 80 percent off my comprehensive cancer course. (See details below.) Continue reading

Healthcare Turns to Telehealth to Tackle America’s Obesity Epidemic

Obesity isn’t just a sensitive health issue — it’s dangerous and potentially deadly. Providers and payers are now using connected health tools to drive that point and enhance treatment.

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How Your Gut Health Impacts Your Disease Risk

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  • A significant proportion of your immune system resides in your gastrointestinal tract. Harvard researchers have now identified the specific population of gut bacteria that modulate localized and systemic immune responses to ward off viral invaders
  • Bacteroides fragilis and other bacteria in the Bacteroides family initiate a signaling cascade that induces the release of interferon-beta, which protects against viral invasion by stimulating immune cells to attack the virus and causing virus-infected cells to self-destruct
  • Zonulin-mediated gut permeability plays a determining role in the pathogenesis of many chronic inflammatory diseases. Zonulin is produced in response to bad bacteria. It flushes the bacteria out by opening up the tight junctions
  • Aside from bacteria overgrowth, gluten is a powerful trigger of zonulin release as the zonulin pathway misinterprets gluten as a potential harmful component of a microorganism
  • Chronic inflammatory diseases associated with dysregulation of the zonulin pathway and leaky gut include autoimmune disorders, metabolic disorders, intestinal diseases, neuroinflammatory diseases and cancer of the brain and liver 

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It’s time you sweetened your diet with these five keto-friendly natural sweeteners

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Originally developed in the 1920s to help children with epilepsy, the ketogenic diet has recently increased in popularity as an effective diet for weight management.

Popular among athletes and the like, the ketogenic diet shares a lot of similarities with the Atkins diet, especially in the sense that it strictly monitors — if not entirely eliminates — carbohydrate intake. Continue reading

Beets: Evidence-Based Health Benefits

Beets have always been and remain one of the world’s most underutilized ‘super foods’ with a number of powerful, evidence-based health benefits Continue reading

Gut Health and Skin: 5 Skin Conditions Related to Your Gut

Your gut health is linked to your overall health—and that includes the health of your skin. This idea isn’t new. Researchers as far back as the 1930s suspected a link between your gut health and skin—and, of course, they were right. (1)

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Metabolic Inflexibility Is Key Risk Factor for COVID-19

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  • While SARS-CoV-2 is a rampant virus that can cause severe problems in vulnerable individuals, the real pandemic — the underlying cause that makes people susceptible to complications from the infection in the first place — is poor metabolic health
  • Aside from old age, obesity has been identified as one of the primary risk factors for being hospitalized with COVID-19 — doubling the risk of hospitalization in patients under the age of 60 in one study
  • One hypothesis for why obesity is worsening COVID-19 has to do with the fact that obesity causes chronic inflammation. Having more proinflammatory cytokines in circulation increases your risk of experiencing a cytokine storm
  • Insulin resistance is another top risk factor for COVID-19 that worsens outcomes and increases your risk of death
  • There are five primary parameters of metabolic health: waist circumference, insulin sensitivity, blood pressure, and triglyceride and HDL levels. Having three or more abnormal parameters is indicative of metabolic syndrome

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Sweet salvation: Using sugar for treating wounds

When SHTF, sugar may just save you. While it may often get the flak for its link to diabetes, it has medicinal uses too as a recent study shows that sugar can help treat wounds and ward off infection. Continue reading

A date with dates: Here are 7 reasons to include dates in your diet

Dark, delectable dates are a staple food for people in Middle Eastern countries. The date fruit itself has been around for millennia, and ancient people had consumed these fruits as both food and natural medicine. Continue reading

COVID-19 Pandemic Has Decimated Mental Health

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  • Statistics show rates of depression, anxiety and suicide are currently at an all-time high due to COVID-19 pandemic responses
  • According to poll results published in late August, 53% of American adults said their mental health “has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus”
  • 36% report having trouble sleeping, 32% have trouble eating, 12% report increased alcohol consumption and/or substance use and 12% report worsening of chronic health conditions due to worry and stress. Those faring the worst are people sheltering in place, 47% of whom report negative health effects, compared to 37% of those not sheltering in place
  • A CDC study found 40.9% of respondents reported anxiety, depression or symptoms of trauma- and stressor-related disorder relating to the pandemic; 13.3% of American adults reported new or increased substance use as a way to manage stress, and 10.7% of adults said they’d seriously contemplated suicide in the past 30 days
  • Unpaid caregivers for adults had the highest rate of suicidal ideation at 30.7%, followed by young adults, age 18 to 24 (25.5%) and essential workers (21.7%)

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Want to boost your immune system? Eat organic, protein-rich foods and avoid sugary treats

Flu season is just around the corner, but it should be nothing to fear if one’s immune health is in tiptop shape. If it isn’t, don’t fret. Numerous studies and past research confirm that it’s possible to boost the immune system for better protection against infection and disease. Continue reading

Mangiferin: The Health-Boosting Antioxidant in Mangos

Mangiferin, a polyphenol found in mango fruit and plant extracts, possesses potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Mangiferin has been shown to have beneficial effects on gastrointestinal health, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular health, and may have anticancer properties Continue reading

The Role of Metabolic Health in Better COVID-19 Outcomes

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  • Your metabolic health has a significant impact on COVID-19 severity, and at least 9 in 10 Americans are metabolically unhealthy
  • One of the classic changes associated with insulin resistance, obesity and metabolic syndrome is overactivation of the innate immune system, with decreasing activity in the adaptive immune system
  • When it comes to healthy aging, it’s not your biological age that matters but, rather, your immune and metabolic age, both of which are malleable and can be improved through simple lifestyle changes
  • Research shows that when blood sugar is well-controlled and there’s less glycemic variability, people do better when contracting COVID-19. When they have high levels of glycemic variability, which is indicative of insulin resistance, they fare much worse

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Sugar detoxing: Recover from too much sugar in just under a month

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