Is Depression a Disease—or a Symptom of Inflammation?

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The idea that depression and other mental health conditions are caused by an imbalance of chemicals (particularly serotonin and norepinephrine) in the brain is so deeply ingrained in our collective psyche that it seems almost sacrilegious to question it.  Of course Big Pharma has played a role in perpetuating this idea. Antidepressant drugs, which are based on the chemical imbalance theory, represent a $10 billion dollar market in the U.S. alone. According to the CDC,… Read More

Guess what? Organic really is better.

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For some reason that isn’t clear to me, the mainstream media and medical establishment seem very attached to the idea that organic produce is no healthier or safer than conventional produce.  They often point to a study performed at Stanford in 2012 as proof of this claim, as if it were the final word. After all, it’s Stanford!  New study confirms that organic produce is higher in antioxidants and lower in pesticide residues. But it… Read More

Is Refined Sugar Really Toxic?

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So far in this series, I’ve covered a variety of ‘alternative’ sweeteners: natural sweeteners like honey and stevia; artificial sweeteners like aspartame; and sugar alcohols like xylitol. But what about plain old white sugar? And what about the increasingly common industrial sweetener, high fructose corn syrup? These two get a pretty bad rap, even from mainstream media, and although much of their reputation is deserved, there are some misconceptions that I’d like to straighten out.… Read More

Get Your Period Back: 5 Tips For Recovering From Post Birth Control Syndrome

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This is a guest post by Laura Schoenfeld, a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s degree in Public Health, and staff nutritionist and content manager for ChrisKresser.com. You can learn more about Laura by checking out her popular blog or visiting her on Facebook. One of the downsides of using “the Pill” is that many times it’s hard to get back to a normal menstrual cycle once you stop taking it. Some of my young female clients in their 20s and 30s who were… Read More

How (and Why) To Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

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High blood pressure, or hypertension, is the most important risk factor for premature death, accounting for half of all deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and 13.5 percent of all deaths each year. It affects 26 percent of the population worldwide, and one-third of the population in the U.S. Nine in ten Americans are expected to develop high blood pressure by the age of sixty-five. With this in mind, it’s no exaggeration to suggest that keeping… Read More

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 32, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past Last week, The Economist reviewed the much buzzed about book,  by Nina Teicholz. In this book, Teicholz covers decades of nutrition research and government policy, and pokes holes in the major studies that have often been used to justify the American Heart Association’s policy on dietary fat intake. She points out that… Read More