- November 1st, 2013
The chemical makeup of your body is like the soil that we grow plants in. For your body to grow and heal, your chemical makeup needs to be full of balanced nutrients, just as soil has to be full of balanced nutrients for us to raise beautiful and healthy plants.Change your diet, boost your health!By Heather Tick, MD
- October 1st, 2013
Traditional salad ingredients increasingly appear in creams, masks, and other facial products. Dermatologists Ranella Hirsch, MD, of Boston and Jeanette Jacknin, MD, of Phoenix say there’s more to the trend than companies juicing products with buzzworthy ingredients. There is now scientific proof that cucumber reduces puffiness around the eyes—and maybe more.A salad fit for your skinBy Josie Garthwaite
- September 1st, 2013
In medical centers and universities around the world physicians and researchers are searching for cures to diseases that plague our society—diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular dysfunction, Parkinson’s, and autism, to name a few. Exciting recent discoveries have shown there may be a common thread running through them: chronic inflammation.The trouble with chronic inflammation and what to do about itBy Jeffrey Hendricks, MD
- July 1st, 2013
Late-onset Alzheimer’s (LOAD) is a fast-growing disease that has, thus far, eluded attempts to understand its causes. Researchers recently completed a study of the DNA of 376 deceased patients with LOAD—in the process they created a biological network model that provides a new comprehensive understanding of the disease.
- June 1st, 2013
Chronic inflammation is probably best understood and most associated with heart disease. Some professionals have used analogies that compare your blood vessels to some sort of intricate plumbing system. Heart disease isn’t merely a plumbing problem, however.The role of inflammation in heart disease, obesity, and Alzheimer’sBy Cara Lucas
- June 1st, 2013
Though it has a bad reputation, inflammation is not always a bad thing. When the body is injured or invaded by pathogens, inflammation is one of the first lines of defense. The pain, swelling, and redness that are the hallmarks of inflammation are also the body’s ways of healing itself.Eliminating risk factors and embracing a healthier lifestyleBy Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc
- May 1st, 2013
Inflammation is the body’s normal response to injury. While it may be a natural defense system, it can lead to disease development if it becomes chronic. “The inflammation process has one goal: to respond immediately to detect and destroy the toxic material in damaged tissues before it can spread throughout the body,” explained Lauren Whitt, PhD.
- March 1st, 2013
Editor’s note: Recently our sister journal, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (ATHM), convened a roundtable discussion featuring four leaders in complementary medicine. Stephen Sinatra, MD, is America’s top integrative cardiologist and a best-selling author.What does the science say?By Adam Swenson
- March 1st, 2013
People suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions in which psychological stress plays a major role—such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and asthma— may benefit from mindfulness meditation techniques according to a new study published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity.
- January 1st, 2013
The actual relationship between cholesterol and heart disease is complex, a moving target.Uncovering the true lurking killer behind heart diseaseBy Adam Swenson