Encouraging patients to make healthy lifestyle changes is integral to the practice of holistic medicine, since so many modern diseases relate directly to modern lifestyles. The new year provides a perfect occasion to prioritize this with patients, since so many people spontaneously resolve to relinquish old habits around this time, or begin new ones, often with the specific goal of improving their health. But we all know from experience how many of these people are likely to fail, and wonder perhaps if there are natural means to assist patients in keeping their new year’s resolutions to become healthier.
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.
It tends to be taken for granted that all of our vitamins have been discovered, and yet the entire notion of vitamins is a relatively recent phenomenon. Perhaps because diets were once held relatively constant over generations by their tradition of proven effectiveness, and were comprised of foods much less processed and tampered-with than many of today’s, it seemed that all you had to do was eat the very same foods that kept your parents alive and healthy enough to produce you, and everything would be fine.
As we move into autumn, seasonal allergies will once more rear their ugly head. While the seasonal pattern of allergic rhinitis is well-known, autumn can also be a time of aggravation for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Interestingly, IBS is reportedly more commonly in patients with allergic symptoms