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The Endocannabinoid System and Stress

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 by

How the Endocannabinoid System Interacts with the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis to Modulate the Stress Response by Dr Carrie Decker ND With as much attention as the endocannabinoid system is receiving for its role in the modulation of pain,[1] mood,[2] inflammation, and immune system response,[3] a discussion of the body’s stress response would be incomplete without mention

The Heart-Health Benefits of Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242 By Dr Carrie Decker ND It seems we cannot discuss any health-related topic nowadays without considering the health of the gut and the microbiota within it. Considerable data show the bacteria in our gut impact our mood and response to stress,[1],[2] the function of our immune system,[3]

How Oxidative Stress and the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis May Play a Role by Dr Carrie Decker ND Addiction: A Stressed, Nutritionally Depleted System It likely is not a stretch to envision the stressors that the entire human body and mind must endure during battles with addictive substances and/or behaviours. Be it a drug like heroin or

Salmon Nasal Cartilage–Derived Proteoglycans Offer Anti-Aging Benefits to Joints and Skin By Dr Carrie Decker ND We often don’t know what we have until it is gone. Our youthful skin with its healthy glow, the ease with which we jump out of bed to take a morning run: these are things we often do not

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How a Trace Mineral, Maitake Mushroom, and Adaptogenic Herbs Offer Comprehensive Immune Protection by Carrie Decker ND. The times when we need additional immune support often hit us by surprise. Whether it is waking up with a sore throat and the sniffles or leaving work early with a fever and the chills, we often don’t

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Joints inflamedHow the essential mineral boron, cartilage-derived proteoglycans, and a bioavailable form of curcumin may be your best allies for keeping joints healthy as you age by Dr Carrie Decker ND

Gravity. From our first days on this earth, we are combating its effects. Falls and tumbles in our youth all too fast progress to sagging skin, joints that hurt when we exercise, and our dwindling height. Our capacity for growth and the regenerative nature of our cells and tissues becomes progressively less with age, particularly in tissues such as our skin and those that form our joints. With this we see the joint changes associated with osteoarthritis and a loss of skin elasticity and wound-healing capacity.[i],[ii],[iii],[iv]  

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A paper published in the British Medical Journal which explored the possible impact of gluten consumption by mothers on the risk of their children developing Type 1 Diabetes has highlighted a potential nutritional relationship.[1] The researchers from Denmark found that children of women with the highest gluten intake, of 20g or more a day, were

IJCM2016070510165294Fibromyalgia is a condition of complex aetiology and up to 2% of the population with a higher frequency in females are currently diagnosed.

The symptom profile includes chronic, widespread pain, abnormal processing of pain and increased sensitivity to external stimuli, along with fatigue, gastrointestinal symptoms and changes in memory, mood and sleep.

The Gut-Liver Axis

Monday, 17 September 2018 by

Nature_Reviews_Gastroenterology_Hepatology_250x329The relationship between the contents, metabolites, barrier and immune response of the gut and organs and function in the body are becoming well understood, albeit there are many nuances associated with this relationship yet to be quantified.

One area in which the dynamic interaction between the gut and a specific organ is rapidly rising up the knowledge tree is the ‘gut and liver axis’. In large part this is due to the increase in the prevalence of liver related inflammation, of which non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is becoming a global problem. For with the global rise of obesity and the associated metabolic syndrome, there has been an equally alarming and related rise in the incidence of NAFLD and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) – the hepatic manifestations of the metabolic syndrome and the predominant chronic liver diseases worldwide[1]

gutjnl-2018-August-67-8-1373-F1.mediumFunctional gut problems such as IBS remain a considerable challenge to both clinician and patient. Finding safe and simple interventions as therapeutic strategies is an important part of ongoing research. Many practitioners are familiar with the use of the amino acid L-glutamine as a nutrient that confers benefit to gastro intestinal tracts experiencing increased levels of permeability and translocation of immune activating components such as LPS.

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