East County Natural Medicine
|Posted on August 23, 2014 at 12:30 AM||comments (1813)|
The basics of aging
Over 50 years ago, two researchers, Drs. Hayflick and Moorehead, discovered that individual human cells have a limited lifespan. This is known as the Hayflick Limit.1,2 Since then, many researchers have studied how humans age and if aging could either be slowed down—or, if they were feeling particularly hopeful—if the aging process could be stopped completely. But, let’s be realistic here—the emphasis should be on limiting the ...Read Full Post »
Alzheimer's Disease and Inflammation:The potential advantages of the anti-inflammatory and the anti-aging diet
|Posted on August 23, 2014 at 12:30 AM||comments (1274)|
Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a disorder where abnormal brain proteins collect and disrupt normal thinking is recognized as having inflammatory components. (1-3) Remember, inflammation happens when you get a thorn or splinter under your skin—and it happens because the thorn or splinter isn’t supposed to be there—inflammation is one of the ways the body gets rid of foreign objects or proteins. In AD, the “thorn” is the co...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 23, 2014 at 12:25 AM||comments (1488)|
At first glance, you might wonder what an anti-inflammatory diet has to do with aging.
Well, quite a lot, it seems!
Aging can be seen as an inflammatory process—those normal biochemical reactions that produce free radicals like reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) which can, if not limited, produce the damage that we see as aging. Some of this damage is seen as:
• Chronic diseases such as diabetes, hear...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 23, 2014 at 12:10 AM||comments (1546)|
If you didn’t know any better, you might think vitamin D had just been discovered, with all the “news” about it! Well, Vitamin D has been around for awhile, it’s just celebrating a sort of “rebirth” in the mainstream media and medical profession. It is a vitamin AND a hormone, but it was rather ignored for years. Researchers, scientists and doctors are now beginning to recognize vitamin D for the various functions it performs—and for its...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 23, 2014 at 12:10 AM||comments (1382)|
Two of the conditions that may be associated with gluten sensitivity (GS) and/or Celiac Disease (CD) are osteoporosis (thinning and weakening of the bones) and osteopenia (softening of the bones.
Bones go through a continuous process of forming and re-forming. For the most part, this slows down as we age—and the bones can become brittle (osteoporosis) or soft (osteopenia). Both may be due to a number of factors and complicating conditions. It’s a...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 23, 2014 at 12:10 AM||comments (1881)|
It happens all the time—it may be accidental (as in “Dr. Zora, I went over to my friend’s house and ate some of her snacks! I didn’t know there was gluten in those snacks!”;),or it may be the fact that is not always easy to stay away from pizza, pasta or that sandwich. Sometimes, the way gluten is measured—a food label may say it’s gluten-free, but as was recently stated in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, &...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 23, 2014 at 12:10 AM||comments (1054)|
Food sensitivities and allergic reactions to food are increasing in Westernized societies—the rates have almost doubled in the last 20 years. To make matters even worse, not only have the rates doubled, the severity of the reactions seem to have gotten worse. It is fair to say that something is going on….
First, let’s define some terms—it has been many patient’s experience that if they are not precise in using some medical terms, ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 23, 2014 at 12:05 AM||comments (798)|
We tend to think about Celiac Disease (CD) and Gluten Sensitivity (GS) as primarily problems with our guts and how our guts respond to gluten and other gliadins in wheat and other cereal grains. Recent research has shown what many of us have known for a long time—CD and GS are not just a problem for our digestive systems, all of our body systems can be affected until we get gluten free—and, some of the effects of long-term exposure to glutens may be longe...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 23, 2014 at 12:05 AM||comments (468)|
The Advantages of Quinoa
Why quinoa? Perhaps first, what is quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) and why should anyone with celiac or gluten sensitivity want to know about it?
Quinoa is not a grain, truly, but more closely related to beets and spinach—and it is actually the seeds of the quinoa plant. It is native to the Andes and was domesticated for human use over 4000 years ago—and may have been used as food for over 7000 years! The Incans believe...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM||comments (1597)|
So you have found out that you “have” celiac disease (CD) or gluten sensitivity (GS). You have learned how to eat gluten-free and are enjoying that you are feeling SO much better. Done, right? Well, almost done. You also need to be aware that CD and GS can be associated with a number of autoimmune disorders as well. Education is knowledge, and knowledge is power—best to know ahead of time, don’t you think?
First, a bit about our imm...Read Full Post »