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  • 2013-07-01
    Polycystic Kidney Disease
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    Polycystic Kidney Disease Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disease in which multiple cysts grow on the kidneys. As the cysts expand in size, they impinge on the normal structure of the kidney, and there is a decrease in kidney function. In people with severe forms of the disease, this leads to a condition called end-stage renal disease (ESRD), which refers to such low kidney filtering function that dialysis and kidney transplantation become necessary.
  • 2013-07-01
    Brain on Fire
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    Brain on Fire North America is suffering from an epidemic of chronic inflammatory disease, caused by changes in our food supply, diet, and lifestyle. While you may be very familiar with joint or muscle inflammation, or with inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis, you may not realize that we experience inflammation in our brain, or that when we look at the biochemistry behind depression, inflammation is considered a major contributing factor.
  • 2013-07-01
    Insomnia
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    Insomnia Insomnia is the inability to fall or stay sleep; it is not only physically and emotionally stressful, but has also been proven to lead to increased risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and depression. Insomnia is a complex problem, and may be influenced by stress hormones as well as imbalances in neurotransmitters such as excess epinephrine or deficient serotonin and melatonin.
  • 2013-06-17
    Magnesium and the Human Body
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    Minerals are chemical elements that provide structure and regulate the internal environment in living organisms. Despite making up only a small fraction of the body, only 4% of total body weight, their importance is markedly undervalued. In fact, human life would not even be possible without them.
  • 2013-06-17
    Social Anxiety Disorder
    Approximately 13% of the population experience social anxiety over the course of their lifetime, the most common form of all anxiety disorders. After alcohol abuse and depression it is the most common psychiatric illness. Many questions and controversies surrounding its diagnosis and treatment still remain.
  • 2013-06-17
    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common women’s health concern, affecting between 5-20% of women of reproductive age. Polycystic ovary syndrome is so named as a reflection of the multiple cysts that form in the ovaries of these women, and which are visible on ultrasound. Although PCOS primarily affects ovarian function, it is important to note that it is a diffuse syndrome affecting many aspects of a woman’s physical function, including skin, hair, cardiovascular health, and risk of diabetes.
  • 2013-06-16
    Leaky Gut Syndrome
    The intestinal epithelium is the largest surface in the human body exposed to the external environment. The ability of this epithelial layer to act as a barrier is found to be essential to health. The selective permeability (allow some things to pass, prevent other things from passing) of the intestinal epithelium is a highly regulated process that is part of the normal functioning of the intestinal tract.