Historically, medical care has focused on treating injuries or illnesses. Doctors and hospitals are skilled at offering acute care to people who are already suffering from a health problem, but they tend to falter when it comes to encouraging lifestyle changes that would improve patients’ overall health. Now, we’re seeing a shift in focus as employers, hospitals, and other industry stakeholders try to help people manage their health and prevent illnesses from developing in the first place.
You’re probably are aware of gut, skin, vaginal, lung, and even nasal microbiomes and the roles they play in our bodies. However, you may not realize that there is also an ocular microbiome. Today, we discuss the role of the ocular microbiome and how it may contribute to eye disease and overall eye health. We talk with Dr. Harvey Fishman about exploring the new frontiers of eye health, pushing the boundaries, questioning some of the most basic assumptions that we’ve made, and finding a new path forward that could lead to better and safer eye treatments.
Methylation is a biochemical process essential for the optimal function of many body systems. A growing body of research suggests that there is a connection between impaired methylation and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Read on to learn about the relationship between methylation and autism and why environment trumps genetics when it comes to preventing and treating this increasingly common neurodevelopmental disease.
There are significant benefits to our physiology when we move, and one of the biggest problems with the modern approach to movement is that there simply isn’t enough of it. With some people spending up to 13 hours a day sitting, we have an epidemic of sedentary lifestyles. Darryl Edwards, author of the new book Animal Moves: How to Move Like an Animal to Get You Leaner, Fitter, Stronger and Healthier for Life, has made it his lifelong mission to educate people about the dangers of being sedentary, and how to make movement more fun and more likely for you to want to do it.
Note: This article was originally published in July 2010 and was updated in May 2018 to include the latest research. My original discussion of the research on iodine and selenium still stands, but I have updated my recommendations for iodine testing in light of new evidence and added a section with practical steps for correcting iodine status.
When lab results for thyroid function come back as “normal,” it’s easy to assume that everything is functioning well. However, there are several different reasons these results can be misleading. Today we answer a listener question and discuss the various reasons why a “normal” lab result may not always mean optimal thyroid function.