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Kids Probiotics

Should kids take probiotics? Tips for building gut health in kids

Updated February 24th, 2018 This past weekend, my 8-year-old cousin had a stomach bug and asked me what she could do to make her stomach ache go away. The best advice I could give her was to not have anything with milk or dairy, to eat small portions of clear soups if she was hungry,… Read More

Organic Mattress Recommendations

How to buy an organic mattress – the hippie’s guide to buying a mattress

Updated February 18th, 2018 Some things in life are harder than you’d think at first glance. Puppies are one example. Shopping for a non-toxic mattress is most certainly another. Some mattress buyers nerd out over edge support, breathability, and firmness. I definitely care about comfort, but after reading about all the toxins that find their… Read More

Best Air Purifier

How to find the best air purifier

John has written a lot on this blog about histamine genes like AOC1 and his strategies for beating histamine intolerance, so the topic of air purifiers seemed like a natural fit. We know that air purifiers can do some good, but how do you go about choosing one? We set out to answer the hard… Read More

MSG in supplements

The MSG in your supplements

Updated January 24th, 2018 Most everyone has heard of the dreaded monosodium glutamate, or “MSG” for short (remember the word glutamate in that phrase). The stereotype is that MSG is an additive in many Chinese dishes, and so it’s easily avoided, but it’s actually much more common than you might think. What if I told… Read More

Carbs Addictive

Why are carbs addictive? Because they make us happy, literally

Pasta, mashed potatoes, pizza, oatmeal, crunchy sourdough bread with butter. Yum. Maybe not great for you all the time, but so tasty. Some would even say addictive. I can only speak for myself, but if I get rolling on a pizza, you’re looking at a runaway freight train that can easily put back a whole… Read More

Bifidobacterium vs Lactobacillus Strains

Bifidobacterium vs. Lactobacillus probiotics: what’s the difference?

All the growing interest surrounding probiotics has led to an explosion in the supplement market, which is estimated to be valued at $45.64 billion and growing. A probiotic is defined as a microorganism that survives the digestive process to confer a health benefit on the host, which in this case, is us. The health benefits… Read More

Acetyl-L-Carnitine

Boosting serotonin with food and supplements: what you need to know

We’ve all heard of serotonin, the “feel good” neurotransmitter that regulates sleep, mood, and sex drive. And because of its role in making us feel good, serotonin maintains a coveted place in the popular culture, especially in the supplement industry. People take supplements like 5-HTP to increase serotonin levels, but is this the best way… Read More

Zinc Supplements Benefits Side Efffects

Zinc has many health benefits, but don’t overdo it

We’ve all been there. A few weeks in to the craziness of Christmas parties and year end dinners with friends, our body is telling us stop, but the calendar is saying Go! This year, partying and poor food choices had me feeling like I was coming down with something, so I reached for the zinc…. Read More

CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing

What is CRISPR-Cas9? An introduction in genome editing

CRISPR-Cas9 is one of the hottest topics in molecular biology (see this Nature special), and with recent advances is starting to gain attention in the mainstream media; see NYT, Guardian, BBC and many, many more news sources. A lot of this interest has been driven by the case of┬áBrian Madeux in California. Brian, who has… Read More

Best DNA Test

Finding the best DNA test: should I genotype or sequence?

Updated January 25th, 2018 If you’ve arrived here you’re probably somewhat aware of the various consumer genotyping kits available for people wanting to check their ancestry and more recently (at least in an official sense) their health.┬áThe 4th quarter of 2016 saw 1.6 million people gain access to their genetic data in one form or… Read More

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