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October 21, 2014

Seven Million Years of Evolution: Greens and Human Beings Together

In the decision making that we as consumers make when we select foods, it is rare that we also consider the mutual needs of our bacteria found in the gut. Yet we have co-evolved with those bacteria over millennia. As scientists continue to study the ...

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October 16, 2014

Insights into the Early Epidemic Spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone Provided by Viral Sequence Data

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be spiralling out of control. More than ever, local and global health authorities want to know how the epidemic will develop and, above all, how to prevent it from spreading further. Certain parameters hel...

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October 9, 2014

Dr Alex Vasquez Interview with Mike Mutzel

Our esteemed colleague Dr Alex Vasquez was interviewed this week by Mike Mutzel, a functional medicine practitioner and the result is an interesting and informative presentation that explores numerous interconnecting health disruptor's and focuses on...

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September 25, 2014

Medicine’s Dirty Little Secret

No, this is not about the vagaries of drugs, nor the immense pressure brought to bear on governments by the pharmaceutical behemoths determined to medicate everyone. It is about something discussed a number of times in this educational web site – F...

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September 9, 2014

What You Eat And Not Just The Number Of Calories, Is A Significant Factor In Diabetes Risk

New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that the postprandial levels of circulating metabolites in the blood of identical twins tends to be similar after a fast food meal, independent of weight difference. If you think losing weight is enough t...

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July 31, 2014

Study Suggests Cinnamon May Be Used To Halt Progression Of Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson disease (PD) is a common age associated neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system[1]that was first described in an essay entitled “An essay of the Shaking Palsy” by James Parkinson in 1817. Clinically PD is characterised ...

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July 2, 2014

Being Gluten-Free Linked to Less ‘Brain Fog’ in Coeliac Study

In a paper published in Aliment Pharmacol in Jul 2014, the symptom of ‘Brain Fog’ in effect a loss of cognitive clarity was resolved after going gluten free.[1] Irene T. Lichtwark, PhD student, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash Universi...

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July 2, 2014

Selected Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG Research Abstracts

Symbiosis between the gastrointestinal microbiota and the host is the basis for these health benefits. In exchange for a stable environment and adequate nutrients, the microbiota play a role in maturation of the gastrointestinal tract, provide the...

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June 18, 2014

Once Broken; Difficult To Fix Microbiomes Have Long Term Consequences

The gut microbiomes of young children appear to fail to fully recover from the trauma of early-life malnourishment, even after they are treated with more-complete diets, according to a 2014 study published in Nature.[1] In this paper the research ...

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May 26, 2014

The Detox Summit

A group of health experts (very kindly including Michael Ash DO, ND, BSc, Dip ION) have been interviewed by Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS to provide a unique, considered set of opinions in the Detox Summit on the role that enhancing the safe and heal...

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May 20, 2014

Boost Brain Function: PRPS Are Beneficial Neuro-Cytokines That Protect The Brain

Can proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs) protect your brain and even boost brain function? Studies in vitro on animals and humans support that idea. The neuro-protective cytokines in PRPs have a remarkably stabilizing effect on cognitive function in Alzh...

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May 5, 2014

Mitochondrial Medicine: Diving Deep into the Secrets of Cellular Health

As basic science and clinical research cross paths, a new understanding of the importance of mitochondria in health and disease has emerged. On March 20, 2014, FOCUS moderated an international Skype conversation between Michael Ash, BSc, DO, ND, F.Di...

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October 21, 2014

Hot, Confused and Cranky: A Novel Approach to Menopause

Thinning hair, painful joints,lost libido, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, moodiness, crushing fatigue, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, itchy skin, incontinence…the list of symptoms during menopause is staggering. Staggering, but...

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October 9, 2014

Artificial Sweeteners Attack Health Via the Microbiome

Oh Boy… the journal Nature has this week (9.10.14) identified the insidious effect of consuming ‘diet’ or non caloric sweeteners on the burgeoning mass of human adipocytes and they have really taken a good run at it.[1] Non-caloric artificia...

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September 25, 2014

Psoriasis, Diet and Food Concentrates

It has been argued in many cases quite vehemently that diet has no role to play in many of the common dermatological conditions that trouble people. Yet as no surprise to those who use changes in diet to assist skin management a number of studies are...

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August 28, 2014

Acid Or Alkali – What Does Food Choice Have To Do With It?

Whilst it is generally recognised and understood that diet is able to markedly affect acid-base status and that manipulating this may have a positive effect on conditions such as osteoporosis and kidney health, there is a great deal of misunderstandi...

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August 13, 2014

Supplements for the Management of Age Related Influences on Parkinsons Disease.

Although the death rate from stroke is declining (mostly), it is rising for other neurologic diseases such as Alzheimer disease and Parkinson disease (PD). As opposed to Alzheimers we can pinpoint the abnormality in the brain that leads to PD, which ...

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July 31, 2014

Ebola – Should We Be Worried?

At the end of July 2014, there has been a steady awareness of a rare and mostly geographically contained disease breaking cover from the far flung lands of West Africa and due to air travel making a noise in the western world. As most nutritional ...

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July 31, 2014

‘Human Clinicals’ Build Natural Medicine Reference Site

Are you someone who likes to do research but can be overwhelmed at where to start, how to separate murine from human, in vitro from in vivo and really get to the nub of data trawling. Well you are not alone, and a new site has been established to hel...

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June 18, 2014

The Use Of Vitamin U For Gastric Ulcer Recovery

From a nutritional point of view, the gastrointestinal tract is considered one of the most important organs in the body. Maintaining a healthy digestive tract is paramount in achieving optimal health, as poor digestion can cause a multitude of seemin...

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May 16, 2014

Self-Diagnosis of Gluten Sensitivity: Potentially Disturbing Trends

A recently published paper in the journal Nutrition in Clinical Practice[1] discussed the results from an Australian group exploring the global trend in self-diagnosis of non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). We are all aware that the possibility t...

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May 5, 2014

Gods, Nuclear Weapons and Potent Pathways – How Gamma Tocotrienol Works Molecular Magic: The Mevalonate Pathway

Introduction: The mevalonate pathway is a hotbed of new research. It is best known to us through statins—which interrupt and downregulate the pathway at an early step, and thus lower cholesterol. But now scientists are realizing that this profoundl...

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April 30, 2014

10 Key Attitudes Employed by Successful People

As a health care practitioner it can sometimes be part of the human make up of a caring person to neglect skill sets that enhance the success of your practice outside of training - these skill sets or habits are commonly employed by people driving th...

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April 24, 2014

Colostrum Meets the Microbiome A Tried and True Remedy for Gut Health Takes Centre Stage

The microbiome is one of the most exciting discoveries of 21st century biomedicine, and scientific heavyweights as prominent as Craig Ventner, whose company sequenced the human genome, are now sequencing the microbiome. The microbiome is the ecologic...

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