The seasonal transition to autumn brings with it cooler days and darker nights, but while some relish this change it can also wreak havoc on patients with certain mood disorders. The remarkable association between winter darkness and depression has been termed seasonal affective disorder, but the onset of autumn can affect other mood disorders as well. Less well-known is the autumn spike in manic episodes for patients with bipolar disorder, a condition increasingly recognized to follow complex seasonal patterns.
Sometimes, treating digestive disorders can require unraveling a complex tangle of interrelated psychological, immunological, and gastroenterological factors. It can involve identifying and addressing such problems as hypochlorhydria, histamine intolerance, hiatal hernia, microscopic colitis, ileocecal valve dysfunction, or a microbiome devastated by multiple rounds of antibiotics. Other times, the most intractable digestive disorders can be effectively addressed by simply eliminating one particular food trigger from the diet.
The prevalence of myopia, or an inability to see distance objects clearly, has skyrocketed in young children over the last year. After optometrists noticed an alarming increase in the number of children needing corrective lenses, a study published by the American Medical Association found that myopia has doubled and in some places
Given the rapidly aging population, there is an increasing demand for methods to support healthy brain aging and address the changes in cognitive function often associated therewith.
Although corticosteroid withdrawal is a verified phenomenon, and has been reported in some cases to persist as long as 6-12 months[i], patients are not supposed to be experiencing side effects years after discontinuing their medication. Yet, sometimes patients report stubborn weight gain, beginning while taking a course of corticosteroids, which never went away and seems to resist all efforts to reverse.
Known at one time as vitamin B4, before being stripped of its essential status, choline is a molecule required by every cell, being especially important for mitochondrial energy production, fetal neurological development, and healthy liver function. It also plays an underappreciated role in the methylation cycle, which bears upon everything from gene expression to cardiovascular health. So it seems inexplicable that such an important molecule could lose its vitamin status.
The herb St. John’s wort is shrouded in folklore. Its very name is a reference to Saint John the Baptist whose feast day was chosen by the early Christian church to replace Litha, the pagan festival of midsummer. This figure likely became the herb’s namesake due to the ancient magical belief that, as a source of solary virtue, it was best when gathered at noon on midsummer’s day when the sun’s influence is at its strongest.
From its humble beginnings as the basis of glue and gelatin desserts, collagen is rapidly becoming one of the most promising food-based dietary supplements. Research has already shown that oral collagen supplementation is effective to support wound healing and healthy skin aging with a capacity to increase skin hydration, skin elasticity, and dermal collagen density . Because collagen plays an important role in maintaining the elasticity of the skin, collagen support has become one of the cornerstones of anti-aging medicine.
With zinc supplementation on the rise - driven by an interest in immune support - it is important to keep in mind a potential downside of taking excess zinc which is copper deficiency resulting from a zinc-copper imbalance. Copper deficiency is relatively uncommon and is typically only seen in conjunction with genetic disorders of metabolism and certain malabsorption syndromes but it can also be induced by overly zealous zinc supplementation.
The winter holidays are a time when many people gain weight, shortly after which many people will make resolutions to lose weight. To this end they may consult the medical profession, and unfortunately conventional medicine’s approach to weight loss is as misguided as its approach to most health matters.
In essence, monolaurin is a concentrated form of the immune-supporting elements1 of coconut oil. Native cultures in the tropics have long since recognized coconut oil not only as a healthy food, but as a beneficial topical application as well.