The Mechanisms of Optimal Brain Health

Volume 1, Part 1

Breakthroughs in brain research have skyrocketed during the past several decades. A new perception of the brain has emerged, which accounts for the interaction between the cranial brain and a «second brain», which resides within the gut. Scientists now explain the brain in terms of the microbiome-Gut Brain Axis (GBA), a bidirectional communication system between the microbiome, the central nervous system (CNS), the autonomic nervous system (ANS), the enteric nervous system (ENS), and the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis.

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Foods and Nutrients that Optimize Brain Health

Volume 1, Part 2

One important component of brain health is protecting the brain from harmful toxins. In Part 1, we discussed the importance of glutathione in preventing cognitive decline via its capacity to neutralize free radicals. Glutathione also plays a pivotal role in detoxification, not only within the brain, but also throughout the body. One of the most destructive neurotoxins is mercury, which many people are exposed to via amalgam fillings and mercury-contaminated seafood and fish.

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Digestion as a Pillar of Vibrant Health

Volume 2, Part 1

As Hippocrates said, «all disease begins in the gut». If the digestive system is working efficiently and effectively, the individual generally enjoys robust health. Unfortunately, most people suffer from at least some form of impaired digestion. In this newsletter, Part 1 of our Digestion Series, we will examine the core components of the digestive system. In Part 2, we will look at specific foods, herbs, and lifestyle choices that either strengthen or weaken digestion.

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Keys to Strengthening the Digestion

Volume 2, Part 2

Regarding diet, first and foremost, we need to eliminate sugar from the diet or reduce it as much as possible. Sugar has been shown in studies to negatively alter the gut microbiome. Incidentally, artificial sweeteners, such as saccharin, can also negatively alter gut bacteria, thereby promoting weight gain and, eventually, obesity.

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Heart Health and the Prevention of Clogged Arteries

Volume 3, Part 1

How much do we really know about dietary fat and cholesterol, and their relationships to both arterial plaque and cardiovascular disease? During the past several decades, a tremendous amount of new research on these topics has been published within the scientific literature. This research has largely overturned the diet-heart hypothesis, which gained traction during the 1960s and 1970s, and later became accepted as «settled science».

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Foods and Nutraceuticals for Heart Health and Clean, Healthy Arteries

Volume 3, Part 2

We have been told for decades to avoid foods that have high levels of saturated fat — meat, butter, coconut oil, eggs, etc. Within the scientific literature, however, there has never been strong evidence supporting this advice. To the contrary, saturated fat, in moderation, is an important part of a healthy diet. Moreover, the sources of fat that have been recommended as replacements for saturated fat, namely vegetable oils, are inflammatory and detrimental to heart health.

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The Naturopathic Approach to Cancer

Volume 4, Part 1

In 1971, US President Richard Nixon and his administration declared war on cancer. By implication, the administration designated cancer as an external enemy, akin to an invading army that must be neutralized. Accordingly, most government-funded cancer research since the 1970s has focused on crude interventions like chemotherapy, which essentially attempt to «kill» cancer cells, all the while failing to understand cancer’s etiology and the mechanisms by which it might later return.

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The Etiology and Prevention of Colorectal Cancer

Volume 4, Part 2

Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths with an estimated 1,360,000 new cases annually, worldwide, and 694,000 deaths. Most colorectal cancers begin as growths, known as polyps, which appear on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. Some, but not all, polyps become cancerous during the course of several years.

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