People born in May are more likely to develop multiple sclerosis than those born at other times of year; those born in November have the lowest MS risk. It sounds a little astrological, and it turns out the link may be “in the stars,” as zodiac types say. More
Regular exposure to sunlight can drive down a woman’s risk of rheumatoid arthritis, according to Harvard School of Public Health researchers. Their research focused on older women, but almost all of us could benefit from more — and the right kind of — sunlight. Here’s why.
As I’ve mentioned before, I grew up in a very cold and dark area of the country. Because of this, as well as a bizarre cocktail of genetics, I am extremely pale. On the bright side, I can dress up as any member of the Addams Family for Halloween; on the bad side, I nearly always have a low vitamin D level. I never took this too seriously until my doctor informed me of all the positive effects on your body that come from enough vitamin D, and apparently, there is yet another. More
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I love the summertime—seriously: Who doesn’t look better with a healthy glow of sun-kissed color? Yet in light of the recent viral photo of a truck driver whose sun-exposed, window-side face showed severe wrinkling, it’s hard not to wonder whether we should head outdoors in a full bodysuit this summer. Alas, could there be a middle ground and can we do it safely? More
Porcelain pale skin is gorgeous (and the less you tan, the lower your risk of skin cancer, which will never go out of style), but new research say that it might mean you need more vitamin D—a vitamin that’s linked with lower chances of heart disease and better chances of recovery from breast cancer. More
Here’s my new formula for fat loss (no longer based solely on calorie count):
Hormonal Balance + (Calories In – Calories Out) = Lasting Fat Loss
If you would like to ensure your hard work in the gym and in the kitchen will pay off this summer, you need to ensure that all parts of this equation are in check. You’ve got plenty of resources for measuring calorie intake and calorie burn, but getting the hormonal balance part of the equation down is slightly more complicated. For that, you’ll need to schedule a visit with your doctor and request the following basic blood tests: More
Blisstree’s no enemy of prescripion meds when you need them; in fact, some of us are of the opinion that the demise of talk therapy might be good for depressed patients, who seriously just need a psychiatrist to meet their needs. But proponents of functional medicine, like Dr. Mark Hyman, say that attitude isn’t the best approach. Instead of treating depression like a Prozac deficiency, he says, we need to figure out what’s causing our mood shifts (and other chronic symptoms) in the first place.
“Just knowing you have depression isn’t helpful,” he said at a recent event hosted by New York City’s Urbanzen Foundation. He and other proponents of functional medicine say that diagnosing patients with a disease doesn’t bring them any closer to a cure. Instead of racing to a diagnosis and prescription meds, we should be searching for the source of our symptoms, which he says is often easy to cure without prescriptions or extreme treatment measures. More
By now you know the tell-tale signs that you’re getting a cold. First you wake up with a scratchy throat that looks like will be gone by the end of the day with a few “ahems” and glasses of water. But as night draws nearer, you admit to yourself that this is the just the beginning of a week of sniffling, sneezing, hacking, coughing, and wheezing. At best it will be a snotty inconvenience, but at worst, you’ll be laying in bed, dizzy with a fever, deliriously fluctuating between hot and cold. It’s not March Madness, it’s March Sadness! Cold and flu season is depressing.
That was me last week, waking up with a throat so sore and red, it felt as if it had been scrubbed with a Brillo pad. I decided to use this opportunity to enact a long-desired experiment I’d been planning. Instead of reaching for the acetaminophen or the paracetamol, over-the-counter medications that help fight cold symptoms, I reached for the natural supplements which would fight the cold where it began, in my immune system. Comparing and contrasting this experiment with past experiences on pharmacy drugs, my objective was to compare how long it took for the cold to subside, contrast any side effects, and the overall sense of wellness I felt in the end. More
Sure osteoporosis meds allegedly can reduce the risk of fractures in osteoporosis patients, but can they really add five years to your life? That’s exactly what an Australian study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism claims. The research shows that participants taking bisphosphonates (or drugs that prevent bone loss) for an average of three years had a significantly longer life span than those treating the disease with treatments such as Vitamin D and hormone therapy. According to Medical News Today, “Among younger women with osteoporotic fractures, where one might expect about 20-25% of deaths over five years, there were no deaths at all.” More