We all know the drill: Many of us wake up bright and early in the morning Monday through Friday to get out and "make the donuts". Then, on the weekends, we stay up late and sleep in for an hour or 2 to catch up. We know sleep is important, right? It seemingly makes sense … Continue reading Sleeping in on the weekend may ruin your metabolic health
A study published earlier this month showed that variability in sleep timing and sleep schedule doubles a person's risk for metabolic dysfunction by increasing the risk of multiple metabolic abnormalities. These metabolic abnormalities include: High Body Mass Index(BMI) High Waist Circumference Elevated Systolic Blood Pressure Elevated Diastolic Blood Pressure Elevated Triglycerides Low HDL Cholesterol Elevated … Continue reading Variability in your sleep pattern doubles your risk of metabolic dysfunction
Given the focus of this blog, you can imagine that I feel gut health is pretty important to overall health. This not only applies to people who are dealing with functional gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS, SIBO, and IBD, but also to health and longevity as a whole. There's a ton of evidence linking "leaky … Continue reading The biohacker’s guide to preventing leaky gut
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
Sleep is one of the most important physiological events that we experience every day. In fact if you're doing it right, sleep will occupy 1/3 of your time on the planet from birth to death. Both our mind and body go through various levels of repair while we're asleep, so getting adequate sleep is crucial … Continue reading Using circadian rhythms to minimize sleep disruption from alcohol
Image source The great thing about science is that it causes us to evolve our thinking on topics over time. When we look back at the days of bloodletting as a serious form of medicine, it's easy to laugh at the simplistic approach to a very complex topic. It probably wasn't easy to laugh for … Continue reading Why We Sleep: A book everyone should read
While I'm in no rush to meet my end via any means, I can think of no worse final chapter in the story of a person's life than succumbing to Alzheimer's Disease. A slow progressive cognitive decline, punctuated by forgetting your family, not being able to form new memories, and a total loss of executive … Continue reading The only useful approach to avoiding Alzheimer’s disease…
Living in modern society has it's benefits. While our ancestors and fellow modern humans living in 3rd world conditions have to deal with a range of deadly pathogens, our modern healthcare system is well-equipped to deal with things of that nature. While both tend to die of these infections, we stick around because we have … Continue reading Wanna fix gut, adrenal, and sleep problems? You gotta start here…
"Nature wants 5 out of your 7 children dead. It wants you dead by 50. Everything better than that is brought to you by science and technology." -David Frum, someone I'll probably never quote again I was recently going through some presentations from RAADfest, a symposium put together by a few groups with the unified … Continue reading Are you a circadian night owl? Should you resist or embrace it?