Your Comprehensive Guide to Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is exploding in prevalence both in the United States and around the world. While the CDC reports that approximately 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, this number may underestimate the true prevalence of the disease due to faulty diagnostic testing, misdiagnosis, and underreporting. (1) Read on to learn about the latest research on Lyme disease and why it is urgent that we increase awareness of this severe, rapidly growing problem. 

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Long misunderstood, Lyme disease is becoming increasingly common and dangerous across the United States. Find out more about how this disease is transmitted, the symptoms it causes, and how to get tested. #functionalmedicine #chriskresser

What Is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is a multisystem infectious disease caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. In the United States, two types of ticks carry Lyme disease:

  • The Eastern blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis), also known as the deer tick, transmits Lyme disease on the East Coast and in the Midwest
  • The Western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus) transmits the disease on the West Coast

A third type of tick, the lone

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Millimeter wave radiations affect membrane hydration in phosphatidylcholine vesicles.


Materials (Basel). 2013 Jul 9 ;6(7):2701-2712. Epub 2013 Jul 9. PMID: 28811403

Abstract Title: 

Millimeter Wave Radiations Affect Membrane Hydration in Phosphatidylcholine Vesicles.


A clear understanding of the response of biological systems to millimeter waves exposure is of increasing interest for the scientific community due to the recent convincing use of these radiations in the ultrafast wireless communications. Here we report a deuterium nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (²H-NMR) investigation on the effects of millimeter waves in the 53-78 GHz range on phosphocholine bio-mimetic membranes. Millimeter waves significantly affect the polar interface of the membrane causing a decrease of the heavy water quadrupole splitting. This effect is as important as inducing thetransition from the fluid to the gel phase when the membrane exposure occurs in the neighborhood of the transition point. On the molecular level, the above effect can be well explained by membrane dehydration induced by the radiation.

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Statins Double Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

We knew it was bad. 

But we didn’t know it was this bad…

In April we told you about a study that showed statin drugs raise the risk of type 2

But now new research
shows the danger of these cholesterol-lowering medications may be far greater
than we thought.

The study was published in the journal Diabetes Metabolism Research and Reviews.
Scientists looked at 4,683 people whom doctors considered to be candidates for
statins. Eventually, 755 of them did go on the medications.[i]

The research team analyzed three years of the
subjects’ health records. They found that statin users had twice the risk of becoming diabetic compared to those who don’t
take the drug.

Worse still, patients who took statins for more
than two years had more than three times
the risk of diabetes. Can it be a coincidence that America began suffering an
epidemic of type 2 diabetes at the same time statins came into wide use?

We don’t think so.

When statins first hit the market in the late
1980s, about 2.5% of Americans had type 2 diabetes. By 2017, that number had
more than tripled to 9.4%.[ii] [iii]

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Views Of Greenery From Home, Work Help Reduce Harmful Cravings

By John Anderer

So much of modern life happens indoors. From offices to apartments or homes, most people in today’s day and age find themselves cooped up inside for most of the day. Spending more time outdoors has long been linked to a more positive mindset, but now a study has concluded that just seeing greenery on a day-to-day basis can put us in a better mindset and reduce harmful cravings for substances such as alcohol, cigarettes, and junk food.

According to the study out of the University of Plymouth, being able to see greenery and nature from your home will lead to less frequent and less intense cravings. The research builds off of previous work that has established a link between exercising outdoors and reduced cravings, but the study’s authors assert that exercise isn’t necessary to reap the benefits of nature.

The study is the first of its kind, and its authors say their findings stress the need for cities and communities the world over to invest in and protect public green spaces.

“It has been known for some time that being outdoors in nature is linked to a person’s wellbeing. But for there to be a similar association

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How the ADAPT Health Coaching Model Can Help Us Fight Chronic Disease

The major behavioral changes that I made required a lot of motivation, support from others, a clear vision of where I wanted to be, and reliance on my strengths and values. I feel so strongly about the power of these two pieces—the “what” and the “how”—to transform health that I created programs to train Functional Medicine practitioners and Functional health coaches so that they can specialize in supporting the kind of transformation that I experienced.

It wasn’t easy for me to make the necessary changes and transform my health, just as it isn’t for so many of you who are also struggling with chronic disease. How do you get the support you need to achieve greater health, build new health habits, and change a lifetime of health behaviors? This is where health coaching can play an important role. 

Health coaching is the “how” that connects Functional Medicine and ancestral health to reverse chronic disease on both a small, individual basis and a large, global scale. You don’t automatically improve your health or reverse chronic disease just by knowing the root cause or what foods our ancestors ate. Improving your health also requires planning, goals, and other techniques and tools that

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Targeting the Endocannabinoid System May be Next Solution to OCD – Naturopathic Doctor News and Review

Node Smith, ND

The body’s endocannabinoid system, due to the critical role it plays in regulating neurotransmitter signaling, is an enticing target for drug development against disorders associated with anxiety, stress, and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). A comprehensive new review article that provides an overview of this complex system, endogenous and exogenous cannabinoids, results of animal studies and human trials to date, and recommendations for future directions is published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

The article entitled “The Endocannabinoid System: A New Treatment Target for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?” was coauthored by Reilly Kayser, MD, Ivar Snorrasson, PhD, Margaret Haney, PhD, and H. Blair Simpson, MD, PhD, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Francis Lee, MD, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College, (New York, NY). The researchers present the evidence that links the endocannabinoid system to the pathology underlying OCD. They also explore the potential for targeting this system to relieve symptoms of OCD and related disorders such as anxiety, tic, and impulse control disorders. The review includes and extensive overview of cannabinoids made by the body, and exogenous cannabinoids, including phytocannabinoids found in the

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10 Effective Homeopathic Remedies for Dry Mouth

Dry mouth (medically known as xerostomia) is a condition that arises when the salivary glands in the mouth don’t make an adequate amount of saliva to keep the mouth moist. There are multiple reasons that can lead to dry mouth; many medicines like those used to treat high BP, depression, anxiety and chemotherapy drugs can cause dryness in the mouth. Radiation therapy to head and neck can damage salivary glands and result in decrease salivation. Dry mouth can arise in elderly people, in diabetics and also in people who drink too much alcohol, chew tobacco, smoke, or use marijuana. Dehydration and breathing with an open mouth can also result in dry mouth. Homeopathic remedies for dry mouth bring excellent results by addressing the root cause behind the dryness.

Homeopathic Remedies for Dry Mouth

Natural medicines are highly effective to treat cases of dry mouth. The top grade medicines for treating dry mouth are Bryonia, Nux Moschata, Natrum Mur, Kali Bichrome, and Belladonna. The characteristic features in every case of dry mouth decides the most suitable medicine needed among them for wonderful results.

1. Bryonia – Top Grade Medicine for Dry Mouth

Bryonia is prepared from the root of the plant

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Prebiotic potential of culinary spices used to support digestion and bioabsorption.


Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2019 ;2019:8973704. Epub 2019 Jun 2. PMID: 31281405

Abstract Title: 

Prebiotic Potential of Culinary Spices Used to Support Digestion and Bioabsorption.


Although the impact of medicinal and culinary herbs on health and disease has been studied to varying extents, scarcely little is known about the impact of these herbs on gut microbiota and how such effects might contribute to their health benefits. We appliedanaerobic cultivation of human fecal microbiota followed by 16S rRNA sequencing to study the modulatory effects of 4 culinary spices:(turmeric),(ginger),(pipli or long pepper), and(black pepper). All herbs analyzed possessed substantial power to modulate fecal bacterial communities to include potential prebiotic and beneficial repressive effects. We additionally analyzed the sugar composition of each herb by mass spectrometry and conducted genome reconstruction of 11 relevant sugar utilization pathways, glycosyl hydrolase gene representation, and both butyrate and propionate biosynthesis potential to facilitate our ability to functionally interpret microbiota profiles. Results indicated that sugar composition is not predictive of the taxa responding to each herb; however, glycosyl hydrolase gene representation is strongly modulated by each herb, suggesting that polysaccharide substrates present in herbs provide selective potential on gut communities. Additionally, we conclude that catabolism …

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8 Organic Foods That Aren’t Worth the Premium Price

Health Watch readers know that we strongly recommend eating organic foods.

But we
also recommend common sense.

foods are expensive. And in some cases, the cost isn’t worth the benefits. Here
are eight foods whose organic versions aren’t worth the higher price:

  1. Bananas. The thick peel keeps out pesticides.
  2. Fish. It’s meaningless to label fish as organic because there is no official standard for organic seafood. Instead, look for wild-caught rather than farm-raised fish.[1]   
  3. Avocados. The skin is thick enough to block pesticides. And even non-organic avocados are rarely sprayed.
  4. Popcorn. Because of the husk, non-organic corn kernels have little pesticide residue. But avoid microwave popcorn whether it’s organic or not. The bags are coated with chemicals linked to cancer.[2]
  5. Pasta. Pasta is made from wheat flour. During the flour-making process, the outer layers of wheat are removed. Any pesticide residue is removed with them.
  6. Olive oil. Olive trees are very hardy. They typically require little pesticide intervention. Non-organic olive oil is likely to come from trees that haven’t been sprayed.[3]
  7. Quinoa. It contains a compound called saponins, which is a natural insect repellent. So farmers generally don’t have to use pesticides on quinoa.[4]

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Top Grade Homeopathic Medicines for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Abnormal uterine bleeding refers to any heavy or prolonged bleeding from the uterus, or bleeding in between periods. Other features of abnormal uterine bleeding include passing large clots in menstrual blood, bleeding after sexual intercourse and bleeding after menopause. Homeopathic medicines for abnormal uterine bleeding offer a very natural, safe and effective treatment.    

The causes of abnormal bleeding include uterine fibroids, uterine polyps, some birth control pills or the intrauterine device (IUD), bleeding disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, thickening of uterine lining, hormone changes during menopause, cancer of the cervix / uterus. Other causes include bleeding associated with early pregnancy, like a miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.

Homeopathic Medicines for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Homeopathy is very beneficial to manage the complaint of heavy periods, prolonged menstrual bleeding, bleeding in between periods and bleeding arising after sexual intercourse. The top grade homeopathic medicines for  abnormal uterine bleeding are Sabina, Thlaspi, Phosphorus, Ferrum Met and Trillium Pendulum. Each of these medicines have their own characteristic features to use them

1. Sabina – For Profuse Bleeding

Sabina is a remedy prepared from the young, fresh tops of the branches of plant Sabina Officinalis commonly known as Juniperus Sabina or Savine. The natural order

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