Sugar Linked to Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Sugar Linked to Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

It is hard to comprehend the degree of damage perpetrated by sugar, one of the most wildly popular and ubiquitous ingredients in the typical Western diet. Consumption of sugar has already been identified as a leading risk factor in obesity, tooth decay, fatty liver disease, insulin resistance leading to diabetes and the metabolic syndrome, cancer, and heart disease. It has been likened to any other…

The Hefty Cost of Caring for Children and Adults with Autism

The Hefty Cost of Caring for Children and Adults with Autism

According to the 2014 Health National Survey, 1 in 45 American children between the ages of 3 and 17 years old have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S. This figure is concerning for several reasons, one of which is the financial cost to parents for caring for their child. In the U.S., poverty among families with…

Health Lessons from the Amish, Mennonites and Other Plain People

Health Lessons from the Amish, Mennonites and Other Plain People

Since a scientific study comparing the long-term health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated children is considered “unethical” by traditional medical standards, it is unlikely to be initiated any time soon. Of course, there is a population of children whose parents choose not to vaccinate and would likely be more than willing to allow the health and well-being…

The Blood-Brain Barrier: Nature’s Security System

The Blood-Brain Barrier: Nature’s Security System

It would appear to be a most challenging problem: How can we allow in the essential molecules needed to nourish and support the brain while keeping out potentially harmful bacteria and chemicals? The Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB) is one of nature’s many amazing and elegant solutions that allows human and animal life to exist as we know it. It would appear to be a most…

CDC: 1 in 45 Children Diagnosed With Autism

CDC: 1 in 45 Children Diagnosed With Autism

A total of 2.24% of U.S. children (1 in 45 children) aged 3 to 17 years have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to new statistics released by the 2014 National Health Interview Survey. The new figure is up from 1.25% reported from 2011 to 2013. The prevalence of developmental delay fell to 3.57% from 4.84%, while the rate of intellectual disability remained virtually…

Toxic Exposure and Its Impact on American Students’ Cognitive Abilities

Over the last few years, there have been several news stories reporting that American students rank in the middle of the pack on cross-national tests, particularly in mathematics and science. The largest cross-national test, the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), is a triennial survey evaluating education systems on a global level through…

Study Concludes Rise in Autism Not Due to Better Diagnosis

A new study recently published in Frontiers in Pediatrics provides evidence challenging one of the biggest myths about the autism epidemic among children, which is that “better diagnosis” is entirely responsible for the substantial increase in the diagnosis of cases of autism and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) over the past three decades. The study, “A prospective…

Under Our Skin: A Film About the Hidden Story of Lyme Disease

Andy Abrahms Wilson’s documentary Under Our Skin tells the sometimes hidden story of Lyme disease, an infectious disorder caused by the bite of an infected deer tick, a tiny parasite not much bigger than a pencil point. Wreaking havoc across the country, the disease was originally called “Mrs. Murray’s Disease” after the mother in Lyme, Connecticut, who noticed…

The Many Faces of Autoimmunity

Normally, the body’s natural immune system protects it against harmful outside substances called antigens, which could be a bacteria, virus, toxin, or a chemical or environmental irritant. An allergic reaction occurs when that protective action extends to a substance that is not ordinarily harmful, and an autoimmune reaction occurs when that same overprotective behavior…