Millions of people suffer from chronic lower back pain and experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience this form of pain in their lifetimes. As much as 10% of those will develop chronic back pain. It is one of the most stated reasons for loss of work around the world. Adults in their mid-to-late thirties are most susceptible to low back pain and are more likely to have recurring cases. The lower back is the support system for your entire upper body – so losing that support to pain can affect your entire life. Lower back pain is defined as starting below the ribcage to the base of the spine and it may cause discomfort elsewhere in the body that ma ...[click to continue]
Multiple studies around the world now link your quality of life to psychological conditions such as depression, diabetes control, sleep complications, kidney disease, increased risk of cancer, and the occurrence of chronic illness such as fibromyalgia and Lyme disease.

Defining “Quality of Life”

Often difficult to define, in regards to your overall well-being as a human being, quality of life weighs the positive and negative aspects of your daily existence. This includes your current level of health, family history, freedom of movement, exposure to inequality or discrimination, living circumstances, exposure to environmental pollutants, socioeconomic status, available support systems such as education and health care, and ...[click to continue]
I don’t mean human terrorists, of course. I mean microbes. I have written frequently and pointed out that the “Golden Age” of antibiotics is over. Sometimes I wonder—even myself—if raising the alarm is the right thing. People seem to want to stay asleep, while danger gathers on every side. It’s more comfortable. Well, is it too cruel to point out that comfort is only relative and if you are one of the individuals carried off by some creepy infection, with a name that’s hard to pronounce, then remaining ignorant of the dangers not a good idea. As I keep writing and teaching: adaptation and getting round problems is what living organisms do. Life forms are incredibly clever (like the breakaway dinosaurs in Jurassic Par ...[click to continue]
Recent scientific discoveries reveal and prove beyond a doubt that the problem behind 99% of medical conditions lies in your intestines. It’s this stomach inflammation or “fire in the belly” that affects the health of ALL our other organs and tissues. If your gut is "on fire,” it damages your whole body – exactly like a wildfire. stomach_inflammationFire in the belly creates a dizzying array of diseases, including allergies... autoimmune disease... heart attacks... stroke...diabetes... Alzheimer's... Parkinson's mental illness... behavior diso ...[click to continue]
There’s a reason sleep deprivation is considered “torture” by the United Nations. Over time, lack of sleep can lead to a breakdown of the nervous system as well as severe physical and psychological damage. Of course, in your day-to-day life, you likely don’t experience sleep deprivation to such an extreme…but not getting enough sleep over years will have the same effects. It simply happens more slowly. Getting a good night’s sleep seems elusive in a world of artificial light, long work hours, and technology that we are connected to 24 hours a day. Make no mistake, lack of sleep kills, it’s stresses you up, shortens your lifespan, and guess what? Women are 50% more likely to be sleep-deprived than men! ...[click to continue]
We are overdosing our bodies with food! Over the years, I’ve learned that some of our biggest health concerns come not from what you are lacking but what you are eating that your body doesn’t want or need. Portions in the developed countries of the world are ridiculous…it’s simply too much. Add to that the flood of over-processed and chemically heavy choices, and you create a perfect storm of inflammatory conditions that your body is unable to overcome naturally. Simple, whole foods that provide the energy and nutrition you need to live have fallen by the wayside. The obesity epidemic is real. More than 60% of the United States population alone is considered overweight or obese. Childhood obesity statist ...[click to continue]
I chanced to pick up a copy of a very remarkable work in a secondhand bookstore just a few weeks ago. I was overjoyed to find it, like coming across an old friend again after many decades, thinking he or she was dead. For it was a book I had first read as a late teen, when in medical school. It made a profound impression on me at the time, taught me some things I hope never to forget and set me up for a lifetime of joyous rompings with some great (and grateful) women, not to mention how to have a healthy marriage. I’m talking about The Ideal Marriage (sometimes translated as The Perfect Marriage), by Dutch gynecologist Theodoor Hendrik van de Velde. In the words of one reviewer: This classic work, first ...[click to continue]
You depend on your immune system to protect you from “outside invaders” such as bacteria, pollution, and toxins caused by your diet, drugs, or environment. The fighters in your body recognize, fight, and eliminate these threats to your health. An autoimmune disease is the result of your immune system breaking down, failing to recognize outside threats known as autogens, interpreting healthy tissue as the danger, and attacking those healthy cells instead of the bad stuff.

It goes against everything your immune system is intended to do.

There are more than eighty types of autoimmune disease and it is estimated that more than 50 million people in the United ...[click to continue]
the-spread-of-fear A two-hander this week. First Ebola… Healthy well-fed victims of Ebola who died: zero. Undernourished, already-sick victims of Ebola who died: 2,461 to date. Serious fatality: the truth. Note that the rough figures released last week put total cases at around 6,500 and deaths at 2,200, that means it’s only about 30% fatal and NOT 90% as the US media keep screaming in their scare frenzy. Four healthy, well-fed Americans have contracted Ebola and survived co ...[click to continue]
Asthma is the most common childhood disease and it affects children from all walks of life, all socio-economic levels, and is often under-diagnosed. Airways in the lungs become inflamed, narrowing the path for oxygen. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates more than 300 million people suffer from the debilitating effect of asthma. In poorer countries, asthma is regularly untreated. Though doctors and scientists don’t understand what actually causes asthma, they have worked diligently to narrow down the most common triggers for attacks. Allergy induced asthma episodes are common because 70% of those who have asthma also have allergies.

Primary Triggers for Asthma

  • Genetic predisposition ...[click to continue]
She went for a simple medical procedure and died suddenly. All that is definite at the time I write this is that she went for an endoscopy, had a cardiac arrest, was given competent CPR and transferred to Mt Sinai Hospital, where she subsequently died. It’s not with any sense of smugness or glee I remind readers of my old saying that: if you want to live well and live long—stay away from doctors and hospitals! Of course the clinic she went to, Yorkville Endoscopy, is coming in for heavy flack. Doctors (real doctors!) are cashing in and saying if she had come to a proper doctor’s office, she wouldn’t have died. I doubt the truth is that simple. The clinic claims she was never ...[click to continue]
Not long ago, a friend of mine was in extremely poor health, a situation which was only being aggravated by her stressful work environment and personal lifestyle. She was under the care of a holistic practitioner and he had diagnosed her with adrenal exhaustion. This friend was prescribed large doses of B12 and folic acid as a natural remedy for adrenal fatigue. I was shocked! What further alarmed me was the dosages were insane! They were 35 times the maximum dose I would ever consider. Not long into her 'treatment', the holistic practitioner had her double the originally prescribed dosage. Sad to say, this is a glaring example of a drug-doctor mentality, and clearly an unfortunate tale of misdiagnosis. As a va ...[click to continue]