For decades, scientists believed they had completely explored the physical structure of the human body. But recently, researchers at the University Virginia School of Medicine have discovered that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels that were previously unknown. This discovery may create dramatic changes in the way we understand and treat diseases like autism, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.
Your thyroid produces a hormone that controls every cell in your body. It regulates your brain, your heart, your metabolism, and your libido. No other hormone has this kind of power in your body. So when your thyroid is not working well, your body is not working well.
The importance of vitamin D is often overlooked, not just by average people, but also by physicians. Extensive research has shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and a number of serious health problems. As you monitor your own health, ask your doctor to order a blood test to assess your vitamin D level. If you are deficient, make a plan to get your D up to an optimal level. Your health depends on it!
If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, there are a lot of considerations. For most women in the United States, those considerations have to do with family, work, money and time. Recently, however, a new concern has appeared on the horizon: the Zika virus. That’s because women who contract the virus appear to be at risk of having babies with serious birth defects. So, if you’re ready to expand your family, what do you need to know?
It our last article, we explored the link between chronic inflammation and disease. Chronic inflammation is implicated in rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and Crohn’s, among others. Often you have chronic inflammation without knowing it is present. So how can you prevent this threat to your health, or stop it before it attacks your health?
The origin of the word “inflammation” is the Latin word for “set afire.” The link is apparent for people who have some conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. People suffering from RA experience heat, pain, redness and swelling of their tissues. But in other health conditions in which inflammation is complicit, the connection is not obvious. The inflammation only reveals itself through blood tests.
In our last article, we discussed the fact that mold is widely present in our environment. There are more than a thousand types of mold, and most houses are affected. Some molds cause allergies and asthma; others are responsible for deadly infections and even cancer.
Most people have seen mold inside a shower curtain, under a sink, or in a basement. But few people realize the extent of the mold problem in our environment. Mold can grow anywhere, and it is often invisible. In fact, mold is a problem to some significant degree in most homes.
Although most Americans have been vaccinated with the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, mumps has not been eradicated. Recently, 41 students at Harvard University came down with the disease, and, according to the Public Health department in Cambridge, each of those students had been vaccinated. Mumps have also cropped up at four other campuses in Boston, and four universities in Indiana. Thirteen cases of mumps have been diagnosed in California.