Iodine and The Origins of Human Diet and Brain

In his thorough review of the Paleolithic origins of the human diet, Cordain et al may have missed iodine and its role, according to Stephen Cunnane (1;2). Cunnane writes that “1 of the 2 nutrients (the other is iron)” that modern humans most often find themselves deficient in is iodine. Human brain development, Cunnane explains,Continue reading “Iodine and The Origins of Human Diet and Brain”

Treating cancer with IV-therapy vitamin C

Cancer treatment with vitamin C was first researched by Nobel-prize winner Linus Pauling in the 1970s. Massive oral doses, however, were not found to be effective according to Mayo Clinic. But researchers of the University of Puerto Rico are finding that intravenous (IV) massive doses just might be used as treatment (1-3). The Bio-Communications ResearchContinue reading “Treating cancer with IV-therapy vitamin C”

Another protein that could be targeted for breast cancer

Soon we may see a new way to treat breast cancer. Cyclophilin B is a protein that was just uncovered by Northwestern University researchers and was found to have an increased presence in metastases (1). The protein could be a target of drugs in the future (2). References 1. Fang F, Flegler AJ, Du P,Continue reading “Another protein that could be targeted for breast cancer”

Hocus pocus cancer healing?

A review published in 2000 of four spontaneous cancer healing reports offered that the most likely event that occurred was immune modulation (1). Although mention was made of other factors such as “genetic therapy, withdrawal of carcinogens, infection, fever and vaccine roles, apoptosis, antibody, antiangiogenesis and maturation mechanisms, withdrawal of therapy, natural killer activity, endocrine,Continue reading “Hocus pocus cancer healing?”

To reduce risk of colon cancer, head south

When you live in a sunny climate (like I do), your risk of colon cancer and other cancers drops. Scientists from Johns Hopkins University credit this phenomenon to possibility that greater serum levels of vitamin D is responsible. But don’t start thinking of joining me in Arizona just yet. Skin cancer risk skyrockets here. ReferenceContinue reading “To reduce risk of colon cancer, head south”

Welcome home my gut-friendly little buddies!

Now that I’m off antibiotics it’s time for probiotics. Considering that there are around 500 species of bacteria in our guts, it’s worth noting that in the future we shouldn’t question probiotic therapy, but should question which species to use. The future of probiotic therapy may be in studies for selection of “disease-specific strains” thatContinue reading “Welcome home my gut-friendly little buddies!”

What happens when you don’t chew your food

My mother always used to tell me to chew my food. Did she know that salivary alpha-amylase was hydrolyzing carbohydrates in my mouth? She probably had a good idea. Still, I swallow too quickly. So little gets digested and the food ends up in my stomach. Alpha-amylase can’t work in the stomach because the pHContinue reading “What happens when you don’t chew your food”

Bile, Bacteria and Bears

Enterohepatic circulation is the process of secretion and reabsorption of bile (1;2). When you eat a fatty meal, your gallbladder secretes bile to convert large fat globules to small droplets called micelles to be absorbed (1;2). Ninety percent of the bile is then reabsorbed via active transport or passive transport in the small intestine (1).Continue reading “Bile, Bacteria and Bears”