It’s hard to ignore; the increase in pollutants in the air is having a serious impact on human health, function and well-being. Outdoor air pollution has grown by 8% globally in the past 5 years, with billions of people around the world now exposed to dangerous air. It causes up to 7 million early deaths a year—more than malaria and human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) combined—and is now the greatest single killer in the world. Read the rest of this entry »
The short answer is yes – they are, and they have a consequence.
You see, interpretation and assessment errors in daily clinical care occur for many reasons, some of which are based in cognitive biases. These result from limited perspectives, faulty mental shortcuts, or unconscious biases, and yet practitioners are usually unaware they exist. Read the rest of this entry »
We often think of climate change solely in terms of influencing the weather and the environment. We may also link climate change with reduced food production due to drought and adverse weather. But we are also now learning that climate change will have a profound and negative impact on food quality and nutrient content not just quantity. Read the rest of this entry »
The 2019 Institute for Functional Medicine’s International conference in the USA looked at addiction and its related challenges to human life and all that involves. Sharing this learning experience with like-minded professionals highlighted the innate attraction to shared community, engagement and shared values. It was, as one speaker alluded, somewhat ‘tribal’. Read the rest of this entry »
Let’s start with some clarifications – there’s no such thing as a super food! There are, however, many foods with terrific nutritional profiles: rich in valuable nutrients, free from nutritional liabilities, and either low in calories or notably satiating and with special qualities. Read the rest of this entry »
A recent report published in April 2019 by the USA based Blue Cross Insurance Group reveals a worrying trend in declining health of people born between 1981 and 1996, a demographic given the moniker of ‘millennial’. This follows a report in 2017, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that exposed a growing gulf in life expectancy between the poorest and wealthiest people, and worse still, children born in at least 13 counties were expected to live shorter lives than their parents would have in 1980. Other studies have correlated the change in body mass ‘obesity’ as a primary risk factor for early demise and longer periods of health compression. Read the rest of this entry »
The generation of molecular defences to trigger and sustain the production of metabolic inflammatory episodes driven by Western lifestyles appear to create an immune programming capability.
What does that mean? Our innate immune system, the one we are born with and which is not meant to have any related memory capabilities can it seems, be imprinted with patterns that retain activation after the trigger has been resolved. A challenge that may require immune resetting along with dietary and lifestyle changes to generate resolution. Read the rest of this entry »
I am sure that you have experienced this inner challenge all too often, probably not that far from home either. It’s frustrating isn’t it, when the chance of an altered life (for the better) is within reach but requires a change in actions, behaviour, circumstance and choices. Read the rest of this entry »
Vitamin K is an essential bioactive compound required for optimal body function. Vitamin K can be present in various isoforms, distinguishable by two main structures, namely, phylloquinone (K1) and menaquinones (K2). The difference in structure between K1 and K2 is seen in different absorption rates, tissue distribution, and bioavailability. With K2 being better absorbed than K1. Read the rest of this entry »
Chronic consumption of a Western diet along with sedentary behaviour causes chronic metabolic inflammation (termed metaflammation) and is ‘memorised’ by innate immune cells through long-lasting metabolic and epigenetic cellular reprogramming. Suggesting that the innate immune system, thought to have no memory, can be programmed over time to adopt a fast memory induced response. Read the rest of this entry »