Fly in the Kitchen

When you have an irritating fly in your kitchen, what do you do? Do you open the window and usher it out? Or do you choose another method, such as swatting it with a rolled-up magazine or a flyswatter? There are, in fact, any number of methods you can use to deal with the fly […]

Quercetin Wagon Trails and Lard

The pioneers who travelled in search of a new life brought with them many things, including food. One staple that was always found in their wagons was lard. It was a valuable resource that kept many alive. However, it was necessary to keep the lard from going rancid during the long journey. To do this, […]

Meat Tenderizer and Your Muscles

Musculoskeletal pain, aka joint pain, can occur in any part of the body. There are four main things that lead to joint pain. These include connective tissue damage, inflammation, muscle tension and fibrosis. Fibrosis occurs when an area has been tight for a long time and the tissue becomes very tough and gristly (like tough […]

4 Cardinal Signs of Inflammation in Latin

When I diagnose someone with inflammation I look for four cardinal signs. In Latin, these signs were defined by the Roman medical writer Aulus Cornelius Celsus and include redness (rubor), heat (calor), swelling (tumor), and pain (dolor). Redness is the result of small blood vessel dilation. Heat occurs when there is increased blood flow to […]

Is Your Gut an Internal Brewery?

Auto-brewery syndrome, also known as gut fermentation syndrome, occurs when excess yeast trapped in the small intestine ferments sugars into ethanol causing drunkenness. We all have a certain amount of yeast in our gut and ideally enough good bacteria to keep the yeast in check. People with auto-brewery syndrome have elevated yeast levels which create […]

Forest Bathing Reduces Inflammation

The ancient Japanese practice of Forest Bathing (Shinrin-yoku) has very positive impacts on blood pressure and markers of inflammation. The woods offers a plethora of sights, scents, textures and tranquility. A perfect place to relax and unwind. If spending time in the woods is really healthy, you need to be doing more of it! — […]

Stay Clear of Farm-Raised Salmon If You Want to Be Healthy

Did you know that farm-raised salmon are fed all sorts of things that are not natural, such as ground-up fish parts, mashed poultry pieces, feathers, soybeans, wheat and corn. The type of feed that salmon farmers use determines the color of the flesh of these fish. Why does this matter? It matters because eating farm-raised […]

Being in “Awe” Can Reduce Inflammation

    Chronic inflammation is dangerous and can lead to some very serious life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Perhaps you have been told that improving your diet, getting more sleep and reducing stress will all help combat inflammation. While these are all great things that will help with inflammation, there […]