To complete her homework assignment, Meran Hill needed total concentration. The University of Washington senior shut the blinds in her studio apartment. She turned off the music. She took a few deep breaths.Then she plunged into the task: Spend 15 minutes doing e-mail. Only e-mail, and nothing else.Soon enough, though, a familiar craving bubbled up. For some people, the rabbit hole of Internet distraction begins with cat videos. For Ms. Hill, who calls herself “a massive weather geek,” it starts with a compulsion to check conditions in outer space.As Ms. Hill plowed through e-mails, the voice beckoned: If I could only just leave and goRead More →

“We are raising our children in a world that is vastly different than it was 40 or 50 years ago,” says Yoni Freedhoff, an obesity doctor and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa. “Childhood obesity is a disease of the environment. It’s a natural consequence of normal kids with normal genes being raised in unhealthy, abnormal environments.” The environmental factors in these studies range from the seemingly minor, such as kids’ plate sizes, to bigger challenges, such as school schedules that may keep teens from getting sufficient sleep. But they are part of an even longer list: the ubiquity of fast food,Read More →

What is TEDX? TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Inc.) is the only organization that focuses primarily on the human health and environmental problems caused by low-dose and/or ambient exposure to chemicals that interfere with development and function, called endocrine disruptors. Since antiquity, humans have known that some chemical substances in the environment can cause adverse health effects. For example, the Romans knew that sentencing prisoners to work in lead mines was a death sentence due to the toxicity of elemental lead. via TEDX — About TEDX. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

How do you lose weight? Substitute diet drinks for sugary drinks. Eat low fat foods. Just eat less of the bad foods – it’s all about the calories. We are told, “Just have more willpower”. These ideas are false. They are food and diet industry propaganda that make and keep us fat and sick. Lies by the food industry combined with bad government policy based on food industry lobbying are the major cause of our obesity and diabetes epidemic. Now over 35 percent of Americans are obese, and almost 70 percent are overweight. This is not an accident but the result of careful marketing andRead More →

Long article in the NYT about the journalist’s 3 you child who suffers from arthritis and who is significantly helped by nutritional interventions. This paragraph is on page 5. I don’t think I knew about antibodies in the gut vs antibodies in the blood. Fascinating!   A small, 2006 study published in the journal Gut you probably subscribe points to a possible yes. The researchers found significantly elevated antibodies to various foods in the digestive tracts of rheumatoid-arthritis sufferers but not in their blood. So not only were many of the arthritis patients found to have some level of intolerance to certain foods, but itRead More →

Publish date: JUN 28, 2012 Print By: Contemporary Pediatrics Staff Exposure to antimicrobial agents commonly used in personal-care products may increase children’s risk of food and environmental allergies, a study of a large, nationally representative sample suggests. The endocrine system regulates hormone production in the body from conception through old age, and science suggests that chemical exposure could disrupt endocrine functioning and affect immune response. Some endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs) are used as antimicrobials and preservatives in food, medications, and hand sanitizers. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center investigated the relationship between EDCs contained in common household products and allergic sensitization in children. Using data onRead More →

One of my favourite definitions of (romantic) love is from His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, he once translated it very simply as “closeness-feeling”. Now neuropsychologist Barbara Fredrickson has researched love and seems, to my reading, to have come up with very similar conclusions. My favourite quote from the article is also a definition of love, which she has discovered occur in micro-moments not lifetimes or even hours, between people but not necessarily in ongoing relationship. “a micro-moment of love, which “is a single act, performed by two brains,” “To understand why, it’s important to see how love works biologically. Like all emotions, love has aRead More →