Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a condition where a person's heart rate elevates rapidly when going from seated to standing. POTS occurs because blood vessels don't tighten rapidly enough when you stand quickly. It's a form of autonomic dysfunction that causes blood to pool in the legs and the brain receives inadequate blood flow. … Continue reading Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome bites the dust!
Menopause symptoms can be terrible whether you're pre-, peri-, postmenopausal. I need to do a lot more blogs on health factors that affect women beyond child-bearing age. Not only is it a tremendously under-served group, but it also happens to be one that regularly reads my blog. Fortunately, I dug in to the topic a … Continue reading Menopause symptoms are worse with circadian disruption
I shared a study last week on Facebook indicating that insulin resistance may play a role in a majority of cases of Fibromyalgia. The study looked at the relationship between hemoglobin A1c(HgA1c) and a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, but to find an effect they needed to stratify by age. This makes sense because an HgA1c of … Continue reading Can reversing insulin resistance reverse fibromyalgia?
"It's all in your head." "There's nothing wrong with you." "All tests come back negative." If you're someone battling a chronic illness, statements like these from your healthcare provider likely cut at you like a finely sharpened razor. Then, of course, come the subtle remarks from your friends and family. It's not that they don't … Continue reading Stopping the cycle of chronic disease
My foray in to circadian biology over the last few years has given me a fresh perspective on a number of things. There are a few things I've told people with gut and adrenal problems to avoid because they can make those issues worse. Most of the time, this has to do with how things … Continue reading Could this common beverage help improve adrenal dysfunction, fatigue, and brain fog?
A study I posted recently on the Facebook page generated a decent discussion on how traumatic brain injury promotes a leaky gut. The interesting take-home message from the study is that one long term symptom of traumatic brain injury(TBI) is "leaky gut". The theoretical trek from there is that endotoxin can then cross the gut … Continue reading Could sealing the blood brain barrier and gut really be this easy?