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A HEALTHY GUT MAY SAVE YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR LIFE

A HEALTHY GUT MAY SAVE YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR LIFE

 

As a member of the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine I just attended their 2016 national conference in Las Vegas. I want to bring you crucial information about how the environment of your GI tract, called the Microbiome, may determine whether you are more susceptible to the onset of Alzheimer’s and other Neurodegenerative and other diseases. A great talk about this was presented by David Perlmutter, MD a board certified Neurologist a leader in the field of Natural Medicine as it relates to the mind and how we may be able to help ourselves through non drug therapies.

In tandem with my own experience as well as incorporting Dr. Perlmutter’s presentation of the latest sci4ece , my advice to patients is the following:


1. Take broad spectrum Pre and Probiotics. It’s not just the number of organisms on the bottle, but the variety of species that counts.
2. Avoid sugar. The government’s long campaign against fat has been proven to be an enormous national mistake. Sugar is the culprit.
3. Relieve “leaky gut” inflammation by finding out about your food sensitivities, and avoiding those foods.
3. Get at least 7 hrs of sleep per night. Americans are getting less sleep than ever before, and it’s bad for your brain and your body.

It has always been my passion to prevent disease, not just treat it. I hope to help you learn how to prevent the worst types of illness for which no good treatment exists.

For more of the latest in nutritional/ lifestyle research check all of my blog posts at www.drsobo.com/blog

For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net

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More Scientific Evidence of the Mind-Body Connection

More Scientific Evidence of the Mind-Body Connection

Neural pathways between the adrenal gland and the brain have been discovered, revealing a physical connection between stress and its effect on the body. This research by the University of Pittsburgh’s Brain Institute provides another potential explanation for the health benefits of meditation, yoga and other stress reducing, natural modalities.

The adrenal gland  is responsible for the body’s rapid response in stressful situations. Nervous system cells’ links with the adrenal medulla were discovered in areas of the brain known to show changes in bipolar disorder and have also been shown to increase their are activity  during mindfulness meditation.”One way of summarizing our results is that we may have uncovered the stress and depression connectome,” says lead research author Dr. Peter Strick, director the Brain Institute.

Acute responses to stress from the adrenal gland produces a faster and pounding heart rate, sweating and dilated pupils. These responses help prepare the body for action and often are characterized as “fight or flight responses.” Many situations in modern life call for a more thought-out reaction than simple “fight or flight,” and by thinking, we have some  control over our responses to stress.

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Sleep Deprivation Promotes Overeating, Study Says

Sleep Deprivation Promotes Overeating, Study Says

A new study, published  in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that sleep-deprived people consume an average of 385 calories more per day. Lead researcher Dr Gerda Pot, of the Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division at King’s College London says, “There may be some truth in the saying, “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy and wise”.

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Exercise Helps Protect Against Inflammatory Changes of Excessive Diet

Exercise Helps Protect Against Inflammatory Changes of Excessive Diet

Research in the past has shown that  inflammatory markers that can be measured in simple blood tests  are elevated in obesity. Also, it is known that a fairly brief period of overeating can raise these inflammatory markers. New research from the University of Michigan researchers shows that exercise protects against the changes in inflammatory markers that can occur after  a week of overeating.

In this study, the researchers studied four lean and active adults who ate 30 percent more calories than they normally would for one week. During the study, the subjects continued their regular exercise habits.

Dr Alison C. Ludzki lead researcher says,”Our preliminary findings suggest trends for increases in markers of inflammation (C-reactive protein, pJNK/JNK) after one week of overeating in people who do not exercise. ” They also found, however , that  among study subjects who were exercising  “overeating did not increase the protein content of markers of adipose tissue inflammation (i.e., pJNK/JNK, pERK/ERK) or circulating C-reactive protein.”

“Our preliminary findings expand on existing work to support a protective role of exercise in the metabolic response of adipose tissue to brief periods of overeating,” the researchers concluded

For more of the latest in nutritional/ lifestyle research check all of my blog posts at www.drsobo.com/blog

For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net

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Children’s Reading Improved With Omega-3/ Omega-6 Supplementation

Children’s Reading Improved With Omega-3/ Omega-6 Supplementation

A newly published study of 154 Swedish schoolchildren between nine and ten years old showed that three months of supplementation with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids improved reading their reading skills. The children in this study were divided into two groups to receive either capsules with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, or identical looking placebo capsules that did not contain them. Until the study was completed neither the children, their parents or the researchers knew which children had received the  fatty acids and which had received the placebo capsules.

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Eating A Western Diet Promotes Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

Eating  A Western Diet Promotes Development  of Alzheimer’s Disease

Rates of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, are on the rise    worldwide. The most important risk factors seem to be linked to the diet, especially the consumption of meat, sugar, and high-fat dairy products. A review article regarding the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, appearing in  the Journal of the American College of Nutrition  comes to the conclusion that the Western Diet is at least partly responsible for the rise in Alzheimer’s disease.

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Don’t Blame Your Genes If You Don’t Lose Weight

Don’t Blame Your Genes If You Don’t Lose Weight

You may be right in thinking that your genes may be at least partly responsible for your being overweight, but an extensive new study shows that you can’t  blame your genes for failing to lose weight.

A gene known as FTO makes carriers of the gene more  likely to be overweight. However, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal researchers at Newcastle University, carrying this gene does not prevent a person form losing weight.

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Six-day Deepak Chopra Holisitic Medicine Program Produces Benefits

Six-day Deepak Chopra Holisitic Medicine Program Produces Benefits

A study to assess the  health benefits of natural and holistic practices was performed with participants of a six day wellness program at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, Calif.  The study  subjects were shown to decrease  blood metabolites associated with inflammation, and risk of cardiovascular disease.

The research published in the journal Scientific Reports was authored by the well known advocate of Natural Medicine Deepak Chopra, MD,of California’s San Diego School of Medicine. Amazingly the study period was just 6 days. The study subjects ate a vegetarian diet, meditated, practiced yoga and received therapeutic massages. “It appears that a one-week Panchakarma program can significantly alter the metabolic profile of the person undergoing it,” said Dr. Chopra. Another of the studies’  authors  Christine Tara Peterson, PhD, explains, “Panchakarma refers to a detoxification and rejuvenation protocol involving massage, herbal therapy and other procedures to help strengthen and rejuvenate the body.The researchers looked at the effects of a Panchakarma-based Ayurvedic intervention on plasma metabolites in a controlled clinical trial.”

The study involved 119 healthy male and female participants  who stayed at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. The researchers hypothesized that since results were seen after only six days, the improved biochemical markers were most likely due to the vegetarian diet component of the program. They say further studies are needed to understand the underlying processes and mechanisms involved.

For more of the latest in nutritional/ lifestyle research check all of my blog posts at www.drsobo.com/blog

For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net

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