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January Research and News

February 6, 2020

Should Vitamin D and Probiotics Be Part of Your Daily Drill if You Suffer from PCOS?

What does the evidence say? Research indicates this dynamic duo is something you should consider. We know that hyperandrogenism, inflammation, and oxidative damage play central roles in PCOS. Beneficial effects were noted on serum testosterone levels, hirsutism, inflammatory markers, antioxidant levels, oxidation levels, and mental health parameters. Read up via the link now….it might be for you!

Is Toxoplasma gondii a Potential Risk Factor for Alzheimer's disease? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Could your gut health predispose you to Alzheimer’s disease?

We know from Dr. Dale Bredesen’s research and publications related to cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s that brain health is multifaceted and requires a comprehensive approach. A healthy microbiome is one part of the puzzle we look at.

The brain and intestine have an intimate connection that goes both ways. Just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut so can a troubled intestine effect the brain. Click here to read:


I love cinnamon… especially in the winter. Cinnamon might be the next SUPER SPICE! Here are a few studies exposing cinnamon’s “superpowers”! Studies show promising evidence of cinnamon lowering fasting blood sugar, showing evidence of prevention of renal damage related to acetaminophen, and demonstrating protective properties related to colorectal cancer.

Protective Effect of Cinnamon Against Acetaminophen-mediated Cellular Damage and Apoptosis in Renal Tissue

Cinnamon Intake Lowers Fasting Blood Glucose: Meta-analysis

Nrf2-dependent Suppression of Azoxymethane/dextran Sulfate Sodium-induced Colon Carcinogenesis by the Cinnamon-derived Dietary Factor Cinnamaldehyde 

Yoga Therapy Can Help Alleviate Tinnitus-Linked Distress

Could yoga be the fix for your ringing ears? Here’s a well-documented article suggesting its worth trying! In a 12-week course, with MRI’s take before and after, results show connections in the white matter of the brain appeared stronger as a result of the yoga training. Additionally, participants felt a greater sense of control of their tinnitus and experienced improvements in sleep, quality of life and intrusiveness.

Association Between Coffee Consumption and All-sites Cancer Incidence and Mortality

Coffee and Cancer: Grounds for prevention? Looks possible. There are 361 randomized controlled trials and meta-analysis listed on PubMed alone, published over past 10 years, related to coffee and its relationship to lower incidences of cancer. This study links lower incidence in all types and sites of cancer with a decreased risk. So maybe a cup of morning joe can be part of a healthy lifestyle… and if you live out in the Leipers Fork area The Red Byrd Coffee Shop serves up a mean vanilla lavender latte known as the Momma Byrd! See Sadie or Kyle and tell them the neighborhood wellness geek sent you ☺

Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms Associated with Statin Myalgia and Myositis were Observed with Increased Frequency Among Patients with Statin Myalgia

I have a keen interest in how our genetics play into everything. Genes are responsible for more than biological variations. Our susceptibility to disease and response to/or ability to metabolize drugs are also influenced. Most of the time there is no real observable difference when a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) is present. However, sometimes in the case of drugs, such as statins, there is a noticeable difference in how people with certain SNPs are affected. If you have an intolerance for statins you might be one of those people and this article does a great job of exploring that.

You can learn more about what a SNP is here: 

Inverse Association Between Physical Inactivity and Mental Health in Men and Women

Exercise makes you happy? Well, maybe. There is a correlation between lower depressive symptomatology and greater emotional well-being and those who exercise regularly. This isn’t really news; we have been studying and preaching the benefits of being physically active for years this study of over 6500 participants is strong evidence we have been spot on.

Association of the Functional Medicine Model of Care With Patient-Reported Health-Related Quality-of-Life Outcomes

Research is showing us that functional medicine improves patients quality of life. In this study of 7252 patients, comparing traditional family health care to functional medicine care patients, significantly larger improvements are noted in those functional medicine patients. This is awesome evidence of the interconnected biological systems approach of functional medicine in addressing health challenges, leading to improvements in physical function and well-being that are also noted to be sustainable. This is not yesterday’s medicine; this is cutting edge science married to ancestral wisdom improving the management of chronic disease and patients quality of life.

The Effect of Nature Sounds on Physiological Indicators Among Patients in the Cardiac Care Unit

Prescription: Nature. In this study, nature sounds had a positive effect on heart rate and mean arterial pressure in patients hospitalized in cardiac care units. When we think about this, you have to wonder if we don’t all need a prescription for nature. Of course we do! There is even a program known as ParkRx where health care and social service providers can encourage patients to spend time in nature as a means of improving health and well-being using ParkRx. And in Tennessee ParkRx is associated with Healthy Parks Healthy Person app that rewards you for going outside. Nature has much healing to offer!

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