As food writer Mark Bittman recently remarked, since food is defined as “a substance that provides nutrition and promotes growth” and poison is “a substance that promotes illness,” then “much of what is produced by industrial agriculture is, quite literally, not food but poison.” Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way. Eliminating pesticides and transitioning to organic regenerative farming can get us back on track to nutritious food, restore microbiomes and protect our health. Let’s break all this down, and then talk solutions.   Source: Broccoli Is Dying. Corn Is Toxic. Long Live Microbiomes! – Scientific American Blog Network Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

The link of low vitamin D levels and Epstein Barr Virus in causing lupus: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22312480 SHARE with everyone who has lupus There is a well thought out theory linking low vitamin D levels with Epstein Barr virus (EBV) infections and its ability to cause SLE. Low vitamin D levels has been linked to causing low levels of a type of white blood cell of the immune system called CD8+ T-cells. CD8+ T-cells are important for our body’s ability to fight off viral infections such as EBV. Therefore, low vitamin D levels could cause low levels of CD8+ T-cells in a person. If that person becomesRead More →

Pollution is implicated as a potential trigger for #lupus: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1821321/ In 1976, a six-block subdivision in Hobbs, New Mexico was built on an abandoned oil field that previously was used as an oil waste pit. Residents frequently noted the smell of rotten eggs and petroleum and even found black oily material oozing from the ground. They noted a high rate of diagnoses of SLE in their small neighborhood and filed a lawsuit against the oil company. High levels of PAHs were confirmed as well as the excessively high rate of lupus cases. Residents of the subdivision were twenty times more likely to have lupus than communities studiedRead More →

As papers just pour out implicating the gut flora in a wide range of diseases the question becomes more and more what to do about it.  While pre and probiotics can help, it’s possible that fecal transplants – the direct transfer of stool (or portions of the stool) from a healthy person into the gut of an ill person –  may provide a larger, more lasting impact.   The First ME/CFS Fecal Transplant Study Suggests the Treatment Holds Promise Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

“A brief video of how I talk to my little people in therapy about their PVT physiology, which I was asked to share sometime ago and only did it Aug 2019.. Hope it helps, its aimed at therapists/parents to explain this to younger ones but the feedback I’m getting is lovely (I has shared on IGTV and Facebook previously)” -Cathering Knibbs Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

Previously, I’d been taught that children and teens primarily “use” behavior either to get something or to get out of something. In other words, children’s behaviors are always driven by incentives. But after several years of studying neurodevelopment, I came to realize that this notion was wrong. Studying the work of neuroscientist Stephen Porges, I learned about the brain-body highway known as the autonomic nervous system (ANS). When we understand the ANS, we understand that the behaviors we observe are only the tip of the iceberg; their myriad causes are hidden from view. Porges’s Polyvagal Theory shows that the drive to avoid threat and secureRead More →

Although the term hatha is often translated as “force,” hatha yoga is usually associated in the West with a gentle, traditionalist approach to yoga postures in distinction to more athletic Western varieties. Premodern Indian hatha yoga, however, was a complex group of bold and sometimes dangerous tantric practices that went well beyond asana and aimed to restrain and harness the vital energies of the body for the ultimate purpose of spiritual liberation. That group of practices was thought until recently to originate in Hindu tantra, but Mallinson and others say there is mounting evidence that they actually originated in Indian Buddhist tantra, or Vajrayana.  Read More →