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S00052736In a special issue of the research journal Biochimica et Biophysica Acta Biomembranes, entitled Membrane Lipid Therapy: Drugs Targeting Biomembranes, Garth Nicolson PhD, MD (H) and Michael Ash DO, ND published an invited review on the role of a specially prepared mixture of glycerolphospholipids on human health, via their interactions with cell membranes and natural replacement of damaged membrane phospholipids.[i] Exploring the vital role that glycerolphospholipids play both in cell membranes and intracellular organelles, such as mitochondria, this review along with other recent articles2,3 explore practical ways to replace damaged lipids within these important structures. This allows cellular membranes to maintain their chemical and electrical barrier functions and also act as cellular signals to promote positive changes in cellular functions and health.

If you’ve been too busy in clinic or with other activities that keep you from perusing research and following supplement industry trends, you may have missed the tremendous swing of interest to investigating the impact of Nrf2 and Nrf2-inducing substances on health. A simple search of the term Nrf2 in PubMed or other medical publication

types_of_sources_02-2012Dr Carrie Decker ND and Michael Ash DO, ND, RNT explore the role of natural agents in assisting the bodys healing capacity from damage linked to particulates. In a recent article, mechanisms by which the particulate matter (PM) found in air pollution may be detrimental to  health were discussed, as well as how specific antioxidants, cell membrane specific lipids and some of the B vitamins may offset this damage. Here, we dive deeper into these potential issues and the importance of supporting the body in the process of ongoing cellular repair and detoxification.

CaptureDr Carrie Decker ND, explores the terminology and the accuracy of the ubiquitous moniker of adrenal fatigue.

“I’m so exhausted all the time, I think I have adrenal failure.” “My friend told me her naturopath said that her adrenals crashed and I think mine have too.” “I took a test and my cortisol was low and my chiropractor told me I have adrenal fatigue.”

GrapeseedGrape seed extract by no means is “new” to the nutraceutical world, however, we are learning more about the potential broad benefits of this antioxidant-like nutritional compound, and starting to gain broader knowledge of mechanisms by which individual responses to this substance may vary. Grape seed extract is high in antioxidants in the form of polyphenols, which contribute to its potential therapeutic action.[i]  Resveratrol, the grape’s greatest claim to fame, is found primarily in the skins of grapes, with gallic acid, catechin, and epicatechin being the main polyphenols found in GSE.[ii] The amount of each of these substances in Grape seed extract varies widely by the variety of grape from which the seeds are sourced. Studies have shown that some of the compounds sourced from grapes, such as catechin and epicatechin, have a synergistic antioxidant effect.[iii]

biomolecules-05-01399-g001-1024Dr Carrie Decker ND explores some of the mechanisms linked to airpollution and human health. The action of taking a deep breath in and slowly exhaling is an experience we can likely all attest to as being restorative, balancing, and calming. Even much better so if this experience can be in a place where we are held by nature such as a forest with trees towering around us or at the oceanside with the sand between our toes. We take it for granted that the very action of breathing is a positive health-promoting activity, and how can it not be? Everyone, even the very little child, is aware that we cannot hold our breath far beyond a minute without the need for the refreshing blast of a new gulp of oxygen. It is our very nature to breathe, and now we even have evidence from studies surrounding meditation and controlled breathing techniques that further our knowledge that yes, taking time to breathe, will positively impact our health.[1],[2] Additionally, we also can thank science for showing us that the experience of breathing in natural settings also is truly more restorative than in an urban environment.[3],[4]

UntitledOutdoor air pollution is contributing to about 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK, say the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health.

They say diesel emissions have been poorly controlled. And indoor air pollution has been overlooked. Tobacco still poses the biggest indoor threat, but wood-burning stoves, cleaning products and air fresheners can contribute. Mould and mildew in poorly ventilated rooms can also cause illness.[1]

spermA paper, presented via abstract submission to a conference in Ururguay in 2017, by researchers exploring the role of membrane replacement therapy in the reduction of oxidative damage in spermatozoa, describes how carefully selected membrane compatible lipids improve sperm motility and potentially offers a reproductive advantage to aging or oxidatively damaged spermatozoa membranes.

The authors are: *Costa, C;* Baissazteguy, V; Santos, M; Ordoqui, R; Montes, J; Settineri, R; Nicolson, GL y Ferreira, G.

Sleep and Its Detoxing Effect on The Brain and Body

Thursday, 06 April 2017 by | Comments: 1

497S2a-f1.2Dr Carrie Decker ND explores the role of sleep as a toxic evaporation technique.

As we focus on health, and how to improve it, it is important to consider the impacts not just of diet and exercise but also sleep. So many individuals experience a lack of sleep in overall quantity or quality, whether it be due to nighttime awakenings to care for children or loved ones, a job that is demanding or requires work at evening hours, or other health conditions that contribute to insomnia. As healthcare practitioners, on a daily basis we likely see other aspects of health worsening when patients are unable to sleep. We often hear that sleep is healing and restorative, but what is the research that supports this?

plaque-psoriasis-infoDr Carrie Decker ND, explores some practical interventions and provides a brief overview on the role of your gut and the development and progression of psoriasis.

If you or a loved one has psoriasis, you probably are familiar with the struggles of waxing and waning symptoms of dry, flaking skin, possibly accompanied by itching and pain as the skin repeatedly cracks in regions, while it goes through various phases of healing and shedding. For some people the issue is rather mild, and only presents as a somewhat unsightly patch which may be uncomfortable for others to see as they may fear it is contagious.  For others, the pain and symptoms are more severe, and may be accompanied by arthritis (known as psoriatic arthritis), which causes progressive damage to the joints and often requires medications and management by a rheumatologist to prevent irreversible joint destruction.

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