Low vitamin D levels can alter your gene expression

Mon. Apr.1, 2013 by Blanche Levine

Antibiotic News(NaturalHealth365) Low vitamin D levels can be the most damaging influence on our genetic health, according to professor George Ebers, Action Medical Research professor of Clinical Neurology and one of the senior authors of published scientific research.

What are the capabilities of vitamin D?

Researchers, at the University of Oxford, have shown the extent in which vitamin D interacts with our DNA. The researchers found 2,776 binding sites from the vitamin D receptor along the length of the genome. These are the ones unusually concentrated near a number of genes associated with autoimmune conditions such as MS, Crohn’s disease, systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and cancers such as, lymphocytic leukemia and colorectal cancer. (more…)

Dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Success Begins in the Gut!

Find out what physicians are saying about IBS—balancing gut ecology is the key to your recovery!

IBS may be the result of a gut infection.

Since the 1970s, physicians have labeled IBS as a psychological disorder. This is because IBS symptoms are frequently made worse by stressful life events. And a physical exam shows no damage to the gut.

Over the last 20 years, research has revealed that the brain and our emotions share a strong relationship with the gut and the immune system.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a collection of symptoms that often point to poor digestion, including:

Although IBS can be aggravated by stress, it is much more than a psychological disorder. Theories behind the cause of IBS include bacterial overgrowth, gut infection, serotonin imbalance, or even depression and anxiety. (more…)

How Stress Affects Your Heart and Gut Health

By Dr. Mercola

As much as you may try to ignore it, you cannot separate your wellness from your emotions. Every feeling you have affects some part of your body, and stress can wreak havoc on your physical health even if you’re doing everything else “right.”

The classic definition of stress is “any real or imagined threat, and your body’s response to it.” Celebrations and tragedies alike can cause a stress response in your body.

All of your feelings, positive or negative, create physiological changes. Your skin, heart rate, digestion, joints, muscle energy levels, the hair on your head, and countless cells and systems you don’t even know about change with every emotion.

Stress plays a major role in your immune system, and can impact your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, brain chemistry, blood sugar levels, and hormonal balance. It can even “break” your heart, and is increasingly being viewed as a cardiovascular risk marker.

Women are more vulnerable to feeling sadness and anxiety than men, according to research, and feel the pressures of stress more than their male peers, both at work and at home.

You cannot eliminate stress entirely, but you can work to provide your body with tools to compensate for the bioelectrical short-circuiting that can cause serious disruption in many of your body’s important systems.

By using techniques such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), you can reprogram your body’s reactions to the unavoidable stressors of everyday life. Exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and meditation are also important “release valves” that can help you manage your stress.

How Women Experience Stress (more…)

How GMO Farming and Food Is Making Our Gut Flora UNFRIENDLY

How GMO Farming and Food Is Making Our Gut Flora UNFRIENDLY

Two studies published in the past six months reveal a disturbing finding: glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup® appear to suppress the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, leading to the overgrowth of extremely pathogenic bacteria.

Late last year, in an article titled Roundup Herbicide Linked to Overgrowth of Deadly Bacteria, we reported on new research indicating that glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup® may be contributing to the overgrowth of harmful bacteria, both in GM-produced food and our own bodies.  By suppressing the growth of beneficial bacteria and encouraging the growth of pathogenic ones, including deadly botulism-associated Clostridum botulinum, GM agriculture may be contributing to the alarming increase, wordwide, in infectious diseases that are resistant to conventional antibiotics, such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), which the CDC’s director recently termed a ‘nightmare bacteria.’ (more…)

How Vegetables Support Gut Immunity

By Michael A. Smith, MD

In case you didn’t already know it, most of your immune system is located in your gut.

That’s why if your gut isn’t healthy, neither is your immune system.

For instance, people with inflammatory bowel disease often suffer from immune hypersensitivities and other allergies as well.

Fortunately, new research shows that eating more cruciferous and leafy green vegetables is a great way to boost your gut immune system and improve your overall immune function throughout your entire body.

Let’s dive into the details!
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How Inflammation Affects Every Aspect of Your Health

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Dr. David M. Marquis, DC, DACBN

Inflammation controls our lives. Have you or a loved one dealt with pain, obesity, ADD/ADHD, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues, dental issues, or cancer?

If you answered yes to any of these disorders you are dealing with inflammation.

Sadly, most of us are suffering from one or more of these disorders but have no idea how to eliminate inflammation. Most doctors are utilizing pharmaceuticals in lieu of getting to the root cause.

It often seems extremely foreign to most people when they realize the majority of inflammatory diseases start in the gut with an autoimmune reaction which progresses into systemic inflammation. To truly be effective at managing or hopefully overcome a disease it needs to be addressed on all levels. Taking a look at where this process starts is the key.

Where Does Inflammation Begin? (more…)

The peppermint herb offers outstanding health benefits

Cold Shower News The peppermint herb is considered by many cultures to be a true “superfood”. Superfoods are foods and herbs that have a unique concentration of nutrients that synergize together to boost potential. These foods and herbs are typically loaded with a combination of critical fatty acids, anti-oxidant phytonutrients and essential amino acids.

Peppermint is a natural hybrid cross between mint and spearmint and thrives in Europe and North America. The plant and oil are commonly used in fragrances, soaps, cosmetics, foods and drinks. Peppermint has been shown to improve digestion and stimulate higher level brain function. (more…)

How to calm IBS without prescription drugs

More than 50 million Americans suffer from some form of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a mysterious health condition that can manifest itself in many forms including upset stomach, constipation, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, flatulence, and heartburn. Though distinctly less severe than inflammatory bowel conditions like Crohn’s disease, which can cause damaging ulcers in the bowel, IBS is still a greatly discomforting condition that deprives its victims of vitality and well-being. (more…)

Inattentive, Moody, or Even Violent? You or Your Child May Be Suffering from Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

Mood and Behavior May Be the Only Indicators of Gluten Intolerance

Many patients diagnosed with celiac disease also deal with behavioral and neurological disorders.

Patients with schizophrenia and children with autism show a marked improvement when placed on a gluten-free diet.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that is marked by an immune response to the body’s own intestinal cells.

Autoimmunity is an inside job, and disease comes from a confused immune system, rather than an infectious bug. During a flare-up, the immune system will tag cells lining the small intestine and begin destroying them. (more…)

Black Seed – ‘The Remedy For Everything But Death’

Black Seed - 'The Remedy For Everything But Death'

This humble, but immensely powerful seed, kills MRSA, heals the chemical weapon poisoned body, stimulates regeneration of the dying beta cells within the diabetic’s pancreas, and yet too few even know it exists.

The seeds of the annual flowering plant, Nigella Sativa, have been prized for their healing properties since time immemorial.  While frequently referred to among English-speaking cultures as Roman coriander, black sesame, black cumin, black caraway and onion seed, it is known today primarily as black seed, which is at the very least an accurate description of its physical appearance.    (more…)