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2015dec_logoIf ever there were a perfect name for a malady, it’s the ‘common cold.’ Common indeed—upper respiratory tract infections are the most common infectious illness in the US, and the leading reason for missing work or school.1 Acute bronchitis—is close behind.2 About 5% of adults and 6% of children have at least one episode of acute bronchitis each year.3 The diagnosis of acute bronchitis should be made only when there is no clinical or radiographic evidence of pneumonia, and the common cold, acute asthma, or an exacerbation of COPD have been ruled out as the cause of cough.  Finally, add influenza, which can afflict up to 20% of the population in a given year and you can see that many people suffer.4

journal_coverA research paper in the European Journal Of Clinical Nutrition published a paper looking at the effects of a low POLYOL diet on a subset of endocrine cells linked to IBS in a set of symptomatic patients. The results suggest that the diet has an effect on the cell expression.

Background/Objectives:

To determine the large intestinal endocrine cell types affected following dietary guidance in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Would you pay £300 for a simple bottle of fermented, salted fish sauce? The ancient Romans once did—it was known as Garum.1  Archaeologists have discovered Garum factories in ancient Spain, Portugal and Northern Africa. Southeast Asian cooking is renowned for its distinctive, nutritious fish sauces. Modern science suggests there is a reason—beyond flavour—that certain fish

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2015dec_logo2000 years ago on the coast of Tuscany, an eighteen year old girl died and her entombed body was carefully adorned with bronze and gold jewelry. She was one of the first known sufferers of coeliac disease, an autoimmune disorder triggered by ingestion of gluten. In spite of a healthy diet of fish, meat and vegetables—which researchers determined by analyzing isotopes in her skeleton—she was only four feet seven inches tall, and many of her bones were eroded at the tips. DNA analysis revealed she carried two copies of a gene commonly found in sufferers of coeliac, and her skeletal abnormalities indicated the kind of severe malnutrition that can accompany the condition. “She probably didn’t understand that she had this disease,” Gabriele Scorrano told Nature News magazine in 2014. Scorrano is the biological anthropologist at the University of Rome who published a study on the Italian woman’s remains.1,2

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(2015) Antony Haynes: Focus on Metabolism

Monday, 16 November 2015 by

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This evening seminar will take the gathering understanding of the role of our mitochondria as sentinels of metabolic and immune dysfunction and how lifestyle including food and food concentrates are able to either increase or decrease their viability. As our understanding of the molecular influence of food continues to grow, significant understandings become all the more important in our delivery of advice and recommendations. You may think that this subject is too esoteric or removed from every day clinical life, but never has an area of application been more relevant to almost all the clients or people that you support. Delivered in an easy to appreciate format with clinical applicability, we feel confident that this will enhance your confidence and improve your outcomes. We will be recording the event for people attending and those unable to travel.

indexPsychiatric disorders in general, and major depression and anxiety disorders in particular, account for a large burden of disability, morbidity and premature mortality worldwide. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) have a range of neurobiological activities in modulation of neurotransmitters, anti-inflammation, anti-oxidation and neuroplasticity, which could contribute to psychotropic effects. [1]

Dr Carrie Decker ND discusses the role of the pancreas and gall bladder in human digestion and health and explores some common problems, signs and symptoms and makes some recommendations for treatment and functional interventions. Normal pancreatic and gallbladder function: Digestive secretions of the gallbladder and pancreas are necessary for appropriate digestion of food substances.

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Vitamin A and Immune Specificity

Thursday, 22 October 2015 by

eji201570050-gra-0001Homeostasis — literally ‘standing still’ — describes the mechanisms by which all biological systems maintain stability. In effect this is the position at which human health is maintained and may also be described as a homeostatic set point, in which as circumstances change so does the set point. In simple parlance the idea that someone may be in a stable state of homeostasis but one that induces illness is a concept still developing. In effect all illness generates a change in homeostasis but not all changes in homeostasis results in illness.

Cclogo.svgDr Carrie Decker ND explores the role of a number of nutrients in the management of immune responses to challenges. The topic of infection and related illness are often of concern in the autumn and through the winter, with many people having increased exposures with children back at school and confined to the indoors.

header-3b910cae-74f1-4559-8cef-25ede860f04eAcross the world there are chronic diseases affecting the lives of many, most of which are preventable or modifiable by appropriate lifestyle changes. Yet currently politicians are unwilling to legislate change, to force behaviours that in turn diminish the costs to the individual and to society.

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