by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD
Iodine deficiency was first recognized almost 80 years ago, as a cause of goiter. During the 1920's it was determined that the MINIMUM daily requirement for adults was 150 micrograms daily. Deficiencies lead not only to goiter but, when iodine-deficient pregnant women delivered babies, the brain of the newborn was severely damaged, leading to cretinism. Salt was iodized in order to supply this essential nutrient. However, only half the salt in the U.S. is iodized and for 50 years physicians have recommended minimizing salt intake. In the past 15 years average intake in this country has fallen from 300 to 150 micrograms daily...
by Victoria Girard
As summer comes to an end you be thinking about how much time your skin spent in the sun; maybe a little too much sun exposure during those oh so enticing months...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Summer is slowing being tucked away for yet another year. The sun has had its way with us, how did your skin fair? What better way to find a path to better skin than someone who is passionate about it - just makes our job easier. Read these great tips and get ready! The winter dry season is not far behind!
by Nicole Schmidt
I’ve been running for as long as I can remember. As a child, I ran with our horses in their pasture. In high school, I ran to chase teenage loneliness. In college, I ran to prevent beer and pizza from monopolizing my middle. As a carefree tourist in my twenties, I ran to see the world, best observed on foot. As a Middle Eastern Diplomat in my thirties, I ran to protect myself in danger zones...
Editor's Note from Melanie Webb: Nicole and I connected online over our shared understanding that exercise improves brain function. But we became friends over a hike in the Mojave Desert while Nicole was in Utah training to run two 50k endurance races. It was then that I learned about her work to raise money for brain damaged children through her non-profit The Baby Alex Foundation.
Exercise & Fitness
by Bryan Knight
Anyone can become enraged once in a while. But if you feel rage boiling within almost constantly, or rage erupts from you frequently, you may have an organic illness.
On the other hand, you might have suffered some terrible injustice as a child.
One major, but largely ignored, category of such abuse is that of boys emotionally, physically or sexually damaged by women. This abuse is not only widespread but may be at the root of much subsequent abuse of women by men...
by Dr. Brian Casteels
Have you ever had a sore back, or a soft tissue injury? Whether it be acute or chronic, it can negatively affect your life and you may still be suffering. A focused approach, based on a proper assessment will have the best results and can help to rebalance your system. A combination of herbal medicine and acupuncture can be very effective tools in relieving your pain...
Editor´s Note: This article explains how and why acupuncture and herbal medicine are used to treat pain. Whether it is decreasing muscle soreness and inflammation, improving healing time, or helping regenerate damaged tissue, acupuncture and herbs are safe and effective modality for any pain condition.
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Does your fish taste like chicken? How did the model for corporate farming become so backwards that we are feeding chicken to fish? Fish farming sounds like an idea that supports a natural system; however, Chef Dan Barber gives a funny and poignant talk about how falling in love with few fish opened his eyes to the damage of a practice we've come to accept and support each time we buy a tuna or halibat. Critics of organic farming and practices often ask how we can feed the world from the little farmer down the road. Tune into this video and your eyes will open at the incredible fish farm that not only reverses the damage done by "conventional" methods, but also shows without a doubt that following the eco-systems 2 billion years of example will not only feed us, but save us.
by Max Goldberg
I almost fell over in my chair the other day when I read this one in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: The chemicals that resist fire damage can easily be imagined as harsh substances. Now imagine those substances going in your family's stomach. Traces of a flame retardant often used to on furniture and walls have been found in peanut butter, beef, and cold cuts. If you haven't moved to organic yet, this information should start a fire beneath your eating habits to change!
by Don Fedoryk, DC, DACRB
"Neuropathy is a term for a collection of disorders that occurs when nerves of the peripheral nervous system are damaged. The condition is generally referred to as peripheral neuropathy, and it is most commonly due to damage to nerve axons..."
Editor's Note from Dr. Jeffery Tucker: In this interview I asked Dr. Don Fedoryk what his thoughts on neuropathy are. Dr. Fedoryk is a rehab, sports medicine, patient centered doctor. He feels it is important that patients are properly educated and informed about there conditions.
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