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Chronic Illness

Zonulin and Why You Need to Know About This Protein

In the early nineties, the buzz word for anyone seeking out alternative views on chronic illness was candidiasis. Candidiasis is an overgrowth of Candida, a yeast that is normally present in our environment but is opportunistic and can overgrow when normal bacteria are missing or reduced. Candida was blamed for everyone presenting with chronic inflammation,…

Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer

While the medical community likes to focus on cancer cures, there are those of us who believe in putting our energies into prevention. So many of our chronic illnesses, including many common cancers, can be prevented. Much of our focus is on cures because big pharma makes it’s profits on selling cures and it’s big…

Vaccination and Autoimmunity, is There a Link?

In the last few months, I have seen numerous adult patients for consultation in my Chicago area office with complaints of either exacerbation of their autoimmune disease or a sudden eruption of an autoimmune disorder such as asthma where there had been no prior issue. The one thing these adult patients all had in common…

Why Gluten Might be a bad Choice for Everyone

I introduced readers to Zonulin a few entries back. To recap, Zonulin is a protein made by our bodies that creates loosening of tight junctions such as those in the gut, brain and testicles. The tight junctions control transportation of molecules across junctions. An example is the prevention of food particles in the lumen of…

The Skinny on Large Cholesterol

We are bombarded by commercials about statins to lower cholesterol levels. We’re made to believe that cholesterol is a bad thing and needs to be reduced as much as possible. Numerous studies show the benefit of a healthy cholesterol profile. In fact, a recent study looking at muscle mass gain from exercise, showed that those…

Is Erectile Dysfunction The First Sign of Vascular Disease

Erectile dysfunction from non-pyschological issues is one of the first signs of a decrease in endogenous nitrous oxide production. Insufficient nitrous oxide (NO) production sets the stage for the progression of heart and vascular disease in general. The implications of decreased NO spread father than vascular disease. Decreased vascular flow in the brain leads to…