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Psychobiotics Brain Health

Psychobiotics: can probiotics make our brains work better?

Nootropics (supplements that increase cognitive ability) are all the rage these days, and I’ve already written on this blog about my experiences with the popular nootropic theanine, however, I’ve read studies lately that make me believe that the best path to cognitive enhancement may just travel through the microbiome. Probiotics as brain enhancers It turns… Read More

Gut Microbiome

How our gut bacteria can fight tumor growth

The average adult gut extends over 20 feet and is the home of over a thousand different bacteria species, all with specific roles to play in digestion. In fact, science is just starting to understand how important the microbiome is to our health, with animal studies even showing the potential for certain strains of bacteria… Read More

Should you eat eggs everyday? No, and cholesterol has nothing to do with it

Updated November 23rd, 2017 I just finished a delicious breakfast of three scrambled pastured eggs cooked in ghee, half an avocado, and some roasted brussell sprouts. Yum. Prior to breakfast, I went for a run and listened to Joe Rogan interview Chris Kresser on his podcast. I am fans of both of these guys, but… Read More

Homocysteine Levels and Genes

7 genes linked to high homocysteine levels and what to do about them

Homocysteine is a vital molecule required for numerous processes within the cells of our body to ensure good health. However, as with much in life, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. When present at elevated levels homocysteine is associated with numerous poor health outcomes including; increased cardiovascular risk (R,R), increased risk… Read More

Cystic Fibrosis Pancreas Nutrition

Cystic fibrosis, nutrition and choline

We’re going to have a bit of  change of tack with topics and rather than talk about how polymorphisms can affect otherwise healthy people; I’ll instead talk about how polymorphisms can impact on people with already existing diseases. This also gives me a chance to talk about the research that initially got me interested in… Read More

Histamine Intolerance

Don’t fear the fridge! Histamine intolerance is bigger than food

Updated December 1st, 2017 Histamine intolerance. A real condition with a very unfortunate name. No one is actually histamine intolerant, we all need histamine, it’s an essential neurotransmitter. (R) However, as with anything, too much of a good thing can cause problems. When we accumulate more histamine than our body can handle, symptoms begin, and… Read More

Can you handle a high protein diet? The answer may be genetic

Updated October 15th, 2017 Just like I think it’s fair to say that New York City is a “drinking town,” I think it’s also fair to say that America is a “protein country.” We are all obsessed with protein, and lucky for us, there is an ample cheap supply produced by our factory farming machine…. Read More

Dealing with Lipoprotein(a): tests, supplements, strategy

Updated November 16th, 2017 Lipoprotein(a), also called Lp(a), has gotten a good deal of press lately as a metric to watch if you’re concerned with heart health. Elevated Lp(a) levels have been linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and unlike some other cardio related biomarkers, they’re reputed to be tough to move with… Read More

Warrior Gene Myths Debunked

The Warrior Gene: 5 common myths debunked

Much has been written about the so called “warrior gene” MAOA, also sometimes not as diplomatically referred to as the Psycho gene. We all carry this gene but certain mutations in these genes have been linked to an increased risk of violence, especially when there has been early life abuse [R]. First made famous by… Read More

MTHFR mutations

The science of MTHFR mutations explained

Updated April 28th, 2017 If you’re interested in personalized genetic medicine you will have undoubtedly come across the protein methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR). MTHFR is an enzyme which is encoded by the MTHFR gene and functions to convert 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate (MeTHF) to 5-methlytetrahydrofolate (MTHF). What sounds like a pretty un-inspiring reaction has actually become one of, if… Read More

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