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B12: Exploring Function, Deficiency, and Toxicity

The prevalence of vitamin B12 deficiency is common within the elderly population; between 10-40% of individuals in advanced age are diagnosed with inadequate levels of said micronutrient.1 As such, it is imperative to restore B12 levels back to optimal ranges. However, inappropriate consumption of B12 can induce deficiency or potential toxicity. As a means of appreciating…

Improving Sleep Quality and Duration with CBD/THC Oil

As has been discussed in this author’s previous posts, consistent and optimal sleep quality and duration are paramount in maintaining health and homeostasis. Sleep hygiene, to include consistent sleeping times, dark rooms, cool temperatures, and the use of blue light-blocking glasses were covered as low cost/low risk interventions. However, when necessary and where indicated, an…

ADHD and Western Diets

Chronic diseases continue to grow in number, now extending their reach into developing countries who have adopted Westernized foods and habits.1 Conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), stroke, osteoarthrosis, obesity, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are but a sample of conditions associated with Westernized foods and culture, which have now migrated into other…

Improving Sleep Quality and Duration

Sleep is a critical, yet often underappreciated, constituent of health and homeostasis. In many industrialized societies, however, a trend towards less hours of sleep per night has become more prevalent.1 Seven hours or less of sleep has been attributed to factors such as greater time associated with leisure activities and longer work schedules.1(148) Ultimately, such…

Migraines, Lifestyle, and Nutrition

Migraines are a form of headache which lasts between 4-72 hours and presents with, at minimum, two of the following: moderate/severe pain intensity, unilateral localisation, further aggravation by movement, pulsating feeling, nausea, vomiting, photophobia (light sensitivity), and phonophobia (sound sensitivity).1 Migraines are deemed chronic when lasting 4 hours a day/in excess of 15 days per…

Parkinson’s Disease, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Interventions

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder where neurons that make the neurotransmitter dopamine, responsible for human movement, are destroyed.1,2 Furthermore, such a condition has reached and affected approximately 4 million individuals, worldwide.1(120) Said condition is progressive in nature and characterized by a multisystem disorder affecting vulnerable populations, suspected to double in…

Alzheimer’s Disease and Nutritional Support

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a condition which has increased its reach exponentially, and worldwide, over the last 10 years.1 AD is characterized by the development of two abnormal proteins in the brain known as tau and β-amyloid, which are toxic to nerve cells within the brain.2 Aggregation of said proteins inexorably leads to neuron destruction, degraded…

Metabolic Syndrome, Biomarkers, and Nutritional Interventions

Metabolic syndrome (MS) is a condition defined as a constellation of risk factors which induce other disease states such as stroke, cardiovascular heart disease (CVD), and diabetes.1 Said biomarkers/risk factors include high blood pressure, decreased high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), abdominal obesity, impaired fasting glucose, and elevated fasting triglycerides.2,3 Therefore, proper…

Hyperinsulinemia, Type 2 Diabetes, and Low Carbohydrate Nutritional Interventions

Insulin resistance (IR), a condition that effects 57 million people, is considered an early biomarker, and pre-cursor, of type 2 diabetes (T2D); a disease that currently effects 8% of the US population.2 IR is further characterized by high/normal levels of insulin, known as hyperinsulinemia (HI), required to dispose of blood glucose.1 Left unchecked, HI/T2D can…

Hydration, Headaches, and Health

Headaches are a major public health problem and a common neurological issue, especially amongst adolescents.1 Such a condition can become chronic and incapacitating if left untreated. Thus, early diagnosis and treatment is paramount to improve quality of life. Proper hydration can be a simple and cost effective first-step intervention, as part of a more complete…