Here is The Roundup, Edition 12, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!
Blast from the Past
Chronic infections have been a major research interest of mine as of late. Many of you probably know that I just got back from the Ancestral Health Symposium, where I presented a talk on helminth therapy and the ‘old friends’ hypothesis. I discussed this hypothesis with Moises Velasquez-Manof on a previous podcast, and it’s based on the idea that our immune system has become dependent on certain organisms during its evolutionary development, and that the disappearance of these organisms from our environment has negative health consequences. Helminths are increasingly considered to be ‘old friends,’ and chronic helminth infection can actually help modulate the immune system and reduce autoimmune and inflammatory disease.
I’ve also been reading a lot recently about “stealth infections” like Lyme, bartonella, mycoplasma, chlamydophila pneumonia, and others. Unlike our ‘old friends,’ these chronic infections can be detrimental to health, and are likely contributing to the burgeoning epidemic of chronic, inflammatory disease. I came across this program last week, which describes the connection between stealth infections and autoimmune disease. The problem is that few clinicians are aware of this connection, and even when they are, by definition these infections are difficult to test for—not to mention treat. Chronic infections such as these have been a popular topic on past podcasts: I discuss Lyme disease here and here, and Paul Jaminet give his take on chronic infections here.
I think chronic infections will be popping up in the research more and more, between potentially helpful infections by ‘old friends’ and harmful ‘stealth’ infections. If you’re interested in learning more about helminth therapy and ‘old friends,’ stay tuned for when my AHS talk is posted online!
- This study shows a greater sensitivity to casein and gluten and more intestinal permeability in kids with autism compared with healthy children.
- A recent study suggests that engaging in light-intensity exercise while studying can improve learning and later recall of information. Another point in favor of a treadmill desk!
- Researchers found that food rituals increase the taste and enjoyment of food. I’d wager they help with digestion, too.
- Gallup reports that Hawaii remains the least-stressed state in the nation. They also have the greatest healthy life expectancy from age 65. Coincidence? I think not.
- A new study found that adding the mouse-equivalent of three cans of soda per day to mice’s diets decreased male fertility and increased female mortality.
Worth a Look
- SuppVersity describes some natural supplements that can help control migraines, including riboflavin, alpha lipoic acid, magnesium, CoQ10, feverfew, melatonin, and more.
- 180 Degree Health reviews the studies suggesting that thyroid hormone is effective for high cholesterol and CVD prevention.
- The first lab-grown burger made big news in the ancestral health community two weeks ago. Here’s Mark Sisson’s take on the matter.
- Questioning Answers discusses a case study on the use of N-acetylcysteine for treating autism symptoms in an 8-year old boy.