Autoimmune Disorders

Published 12/22/2013. Last updated 3/9/2014. Autoimmune disorders are conditions that occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. 80-100 such disorders have been identified, with many more suspected of fitting into the category. The American Autoimmune Related Diseases, Inc,  (AARDA) claims 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease. They publish this … Continue reading Autoimmune Disorders

Celiac – An Autoimmune Disease

        Celiac disease can be tricky. It often presents with a wide variety of disparate symptoms, many of them not seeming to be a gut problem at all. People with celiac frequently spend many years suffering before finding a proper diagnosis.  “Celiac disease can be difficult to diagnose because it affects people … Continue reading Celiac – An Autoimmune Disease

AUTOIMMUNE SUMMIT – dedicated to reversing & preventing autoimmune disease. Nov 10-17 2014. FREE online event.

        AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS An autoimmune disease, disorder or condition develops when your immune system, which defends your body against disease, becomes unbalanced and treats healthy cells as if they were pathogens needing to be destroyed. As a result, your immune system attacks healthy body cells. Depending on the type, an autoimmune disease … Continue reading AUTOIMMUNE SUMMIT – dedicated to reversing & preventing autoimmune disease. Nov 10-17 2014. FREE online event.

AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES: How they develop and how to put them in remission

            HOW AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES DEVELOP Autoimmune diseases develop when the body’s immune system produces an inappropriate immune response against its own tissues. Because the vast majority of our immune system is located in the composition of our gut microbiome, this is where we need to focus to understand how we … Continue reading AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES: How they develop and how to put them in remission

How to Reverse Autoimmune Disease

Updated 8/8/2020.   Autoimmune diseases, often referred to as Western Diseases because of our poor diets and life styles, are conditions that occur when the immune system becomes chronically out of balance and mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. 100 such disorders have been identified, with many more suspected of fitting into the category. … Continue reading How to Reverse Autoimmune Disease

MORE BAD NEWS ABOUT THE SAFETY & EFFECTIVENESS OF GARDASIL – AND SOME INFORMATION ABOUT VACCINES IN GENERAL

Updated 3/16/2020 A fact-checked post titled Top Health Official Cashes in on Merck Stock by Dr Joseph Mercola adds to the information about Gardasil, Merck’s HPV vaccine, in my article from a year ago, Is Gardasil Dangerous? Is It Even Useful? (Hardin, 2/23/2019) For those of you who still believe this vaccine was well researched, … Continue reading MORE BAD NEWS ABOUT THE SAFETY & EFFECTIVENESS OF GARDASIL – AND SOME INFORMATION ABOUT VACCINES IN GENERAL

The Gut’s Mucosal Lining & Leaky Gut

  10/21/2017 This is an excerpt from a longer article originally posted on 5/10/2015. For the full article, see INCREASED GUT PERMEABILITY – CAUSES & CONSEQUENCES.   Those of you who have been following this blog know I’m interested – for personal reasons and also just because it’s fascinating – in how the state of … Continue reading The Gut’s Mucosal Lining & Leaky Gut

Good vs Bad Bacteria in the Gut

    Our gut microbiomes are home to several pounds of minuscule microorganisms whose jobs include helping digest our food, producing certain vitamins, regulating our immune system, and keeping us healthy by protecting us against disease-causing bacteria.

Dr Kelly Brogan: When it comes to treating depression & anxiety, we’ve had it all wrong

  The following is a guest post written by Kelly Brogan, MD, a New York City based holistic women’s health psychiatrist and author of A Mind of Your Own: How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives for ParsleyHealth.com:     7 facts about Depression that will Blow You Away March 16, 2016 … Continue reading Dr Kelly Brogan: When it comes to treating depression & anxiety, we’ve had it all wrong

Dark Circles Under Your Eyes? Improve Your Gut Bacteria

      WHAT I LEARNED IN COSTA RICA I was worn out from traveling back and forth between NYC and Sarasota to help my mother through her several-year battle with stage 4 colon cancer. It claimed her in 2000. Ten days after she died and I’d returned home to NYC, my father collapsed from … Continue reading Dark Circles Under Your Eyes? Improve Your Gut Bacteria

‘Safe’ in the US While Banned Elsewhere

Updated 6/28/2015 & 5/15/2016.   This post is for those of you who believe the regulatory agencies in the US tasked with protecting our health and the health of us and our planet are actually fulfilling their mandates. The US declares as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) the use of chemicals that other countries, notably … Continue reading ‘Safe’ in the US While Banned Elsewhere

INCREASED GUT PERMEABILITY – CAUSES & CONSEQUENCES

    Those of you who have been following this blog know I’m interested – for personal reasons and also just because it’s fascinating – in how the state of the probiotics in our gut microbiomes affects our health in general. So this development is of great interest to me: A different kind of PREbiotic … Continue reading INCREASED GUT PERMEABILITY – CAUSES & CONSEQUENCES

Why You Should Avoid Flu Shots and What to Do Instead

Updated 4/15/2016.       In early December 2014 the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged that this season’s flu vaccine is not as effective as in years past because the viral strain circulating this influenza season has mutated. Of the 85 influenza samples the CDC collected and analyzed between October … Continue reading Why You Should Avoid Flu Shots and What to Do Instead

Alzheimer’s, Gut Bacteria and Music

LAST UPDATED 7/18/2018.         Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that gradually worsens over time, affecting memory, thinking and behavior – eventually becoming severe enough to interfere with all aspects of daily life. Alzheimer’s involves the progressive loss of brain function, is the most common cause of dementia and the 6th leading … Continue reading Alzheimer’s, Gut Bacteria and Music

PREbiotics and PRObiotics

A lot is being written these days about the importance of probiotics for maintaining or restoring good health. Probiotics are micro-organisms, mostly friendly bacteria and some yeasts, that we consume to create a healthy and balanced gut microbiome. Probiotics are essential to our health – an unbalanced gut microbiome produces chronic inflammation in the gut … Continue reading PREbiotics and PRObiotics

2nd WORKSHOP ON ALLERGIES, SINUSES, ASTHMA, AUTOIMMUNITY & THE GUT

  Last year’s workshop was well received so I’ll be giving it again in early 2015. ****************** ALLERGIES, SINUSES, ASTHMA, AUTOIMMUNITY & THE GUT WORKSHOP SUNDAY, 11 JANUARY 2015 2:30 – 5:30 PM Soho, NYC Limited to 20 people Cost: $50 ($45 if you enroll before 12/12/2014)   ****************** We’ll have some added bonuses for … Continue reading 2nd WORKSHOP ON ALLERGIES, SINUSES, ASTHMA, AUTOIMMUNITY & THE GUT

Omega-3 versus Omega-6 Fatty Acids

        The story of Omega-3 versus Omega-6 fatty acids for our health stated in its simplest form (Gunnars, 2014): A diet low in Omega-3s but high in Omega-6 but low in Omega-3 produces excessive inflammation. A diet that includes a balanced amount of each reduces inflammation. People eating the Standard American Diet … Continue reading Omega-3 versus Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Climate Change Impacts Allergies and Asthma

        Extreme weather events, from coastal flooding, intense heat, record amounts of rainfall in some areas and historic droughts in others, are becoming increasingly common as the Earth’s average temperature rises. The World Meteorological Organization has linked some of 2013’s most extreme weather events – think back to Typhoon Haiyan in the … Continue reading Climate Change Impacts Allergies and Asthma

Genetically Modified Organisms – Our Food

Updated 4/9/2016.   DEFINITIONS You’ve no doubt heard about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) but perhaps not understood why many countries have already banned them and  why so many people in the US want foods containing them to be labeled so we can make the choice to avoid eating them. GMO stands for GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM. … Continue reading Genetically Modified Organisms – Our Food

More on Overactive Mast Cells and How to Calm Them Down

I wrote earlier about an essential part of our immune systems called mast cells and the period when mine went wild, reacting to pretty much anything I ate or drank as if Attila’s Huns were at the gate and needed to be attacked at all costs – even if they killed me in the process. … Continue reading More on Overactive Mast Cells and How to Calm Them Down