Soon after the advent of the ‘germ theory of disease’ in the nineteenth century, the idea of voluntarily swallowing a pill full of bacteria would’ve sounded a little crazy. But as we learned more about the importance of the community of bacteria and other microorganisms occupying our intestines, eating probiotics has become the acceptable way to help re-populate our guts after courses of antibiotics or other stressors. As we’ve continued to learn, it appears that… Read More
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Here is The Roundup, Edition 7, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past This week, Chris Masterjohn, PhD has written two fantastic articles; the first chronicles his experience with vegetarianism, the second describing the many reasons why nutrient-dense animal foods are essential for mental health. While most new vegetarians experience health benefits when they first make the switch, there are many who develop significant health… Read More
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” – Irish Proverb The evidence for the health benefits of adequate, restful sleep is overwhelming. Decades of research has shown that sleeping between 7 and 9 hours per night can relieve stress, reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, improve memory and cognitive function, and may even help with weight loss. (1) As many of us know by now, getting… Read More
How irresponsibility and neglect in a clinical trial of psychiatric medications contributed to the death of one of the trial participants.
A new report shows that findings from clinical studies used to gain FDA approval of antidepressants aren’t applicable to most patients with depression.
A recent study showed that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is more effective than antidepressants for treating depression.