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

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 31, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past While most of us focus on diet and exercise when attempting to get healthier, lose weight and prevent chronic disease, we may be missing an extremely important piece of the wellness puzzle that might completely derail our efforts: adequate, good quality sleep. In an article by BBC News, one professor at Oxford… Read More

Does Eating Red Meat Increase the Risk of Diabetes?

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No matter how often I write articles defending the place of red meat in a healthy diet, there are always people who get bent out of shape whenever a new study is published with a different twist on the same old “red meat is killing us” story. Although I can’t say addressing these (often ridiculous) studies is the most exciting undertaking, I wanted to write about this one because it’s a prime example of the… Read More

5 Reasons Why Even Vegetarians Should Eat Gelatin

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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 blog or visiting her on Facebook. There are so many amazing benefits that can come from eating gelatin, including improvements in digestive, skin, and mental health. Plus, gelatin can be used to make a yummy, all-natural dessert that’s actually good for us. So why aren’t we eating… Read More

Harmful or Harmless: Carrageenan

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Carrageenan, a heavily discussed additive in the world of alternative health, is an indigestible polysaccharide that is extracted from red algae, and is most commonly used in food as a thickener or stabilizer. Carrageenan-containing seaweeds have been used for centuries in food preparations for their gelling properties, but the refined, isolated carrageenan found in modern processed foods has raised concerns in the health-conscious online community. (1) Carrageenan is especially common in non-dairy milks such as… Read More

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 16, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past A new study was published this week reminding us that sleeping in on the weekends doesn’t fix all the deficits caused by workweek sleep loss. This is a serious issue because as we know, inadequate sleep is linked to a variety of negative health outcomes, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, inflammation,… Read More