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Veganism after 65?

Is veganism safe after 65? If older adults need more protein, where should they get it?

Note to readers: the author of this article is a nutrition expert whose opinion we respect, otherwise we would not publish her work on our blog. However, we rate this post with a science score of 2 as we believe the opinions expressed here run contrary to the best science at present, specifically research by… Read More

Toxins in tap water

The toxins in your tap water

For all the years I lived in NYC, one of the most common refrains you hear is “the tap water in New York is the best.” I heard it repeated so many times that I believed it unquestioningly. It wasn’t until I saw research put out by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that I started… Read More

Apples Nutrition

Can polyphenols in fruit kill cancer cells?

Polyphenols are currently all the rage in some scientific circles, but what are they and why are folks so excited? In short, polyphenols are a group of more than 10,000 compounds found in plants that appear to have antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antiatherosclerotic, anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, hepatoprotective, antiviral, antiallergic, antidiarrheal, antimicrobial, and estrogenic activity (R). Not surprisingly, then,… Read More

Probiotics that kill Candida

Which probiotic strains get rid of Candida?

Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by over 20 species of yeasts in the genus Candida. The most common types of Candidiasis are oral thrush, skin infection, and vaginal yeast infection, but Candida overgrowth can also lead to systemic (invasive) Candidiasis. While most people with a yeast infection have uncomfortable, but generally mild to moderate… Read More

berkey water filter

How to buy the best water filter (yes, you need one)

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 1 in 12 Americans is exposed to potentially harmful microbes, pesticides, lead, or radioactive radon with every drink of tap water and every time they take a shower (R). For Native Americans living on tribal land, this figure rises to a staggering 1 in 4 without… Read More

6 natural anxiety remedies that work

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue experienced by people in North America, with almost 1 in 5 American adults affected each year (R). That’s around 40 million people, all suffering with a highly treatable condition. Sadly, only 36.9% of those with anxiety receive treatment (R), but the good news is that there are… Read More

Collagen Supplements

Do collagen supplements work? Is bovine the best?

Whether or not collagen supplements “work” is one of the most contentious issues in medical aesthetics. Can collagen pills and powders really make a difference for skin and gut health, or does the body simply break down the protein into its individual amino acids like any other protein? What makes collagen supplements so special, if… Read More

Best BCAA Supplements

BCAA supplements: muscle growth vs. cancer risk

In danger of sounding like an answer to a MENSA logic problem, not all essential amino acids (EAAs) are BCAAs, but all BCAAs are EAAs. What am I talking about? Why, branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), of course. Let’s take a look at BCAAs and why they are taking the supplement industry — particularly for athletes… Read More

Depression and Genetics

What causes depression? Is it genetic?

Depression is a multifactorial disease, meaning that there are many things that contribute to the condition. For a long time, scientists have suspected a genetic element to depression, but finding those links has proven difficult. Last month, however, researchers published a paper in the journal Nature Genetics detailing 44 genetic risk factors for depression, at… Read More

Caffeine Withdrawal

My experience with caffeine withdrawal: the science behind the headaches

Caffeine gives me the jitters, which makes sense in light of my genetics. I am homozygous for the CYP1A2 gene, which means I metabolize caffeine more slowly than some of my buddies who drink espresso rather than warm milk before heading off to bed. When I was first reviewing my genetic charts, this information made… Read More

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