Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 16 seconds While the World Health Organization recently warned that air pollution may be linked to as many as 3 million deaths a year, here in the US, we are dumping 4 billion pounds of toxins into the environment each year—72 million of which are carcinogenic. (1) To make
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Gut, Lung, Skin + Blood Brain Barriers How does our body protect us? There are four main defense systems—read on to learn what they are and how to use them to your advantage! Early studies from the University of San Diego, published in the prestigious journal Nature, evaluated over 18,000 microbial samples of 33 types
Detox Chemicals + Pesticides Now Do you ever wonder how much chemicals and pesticides you’re exposed to? In 2018, about 76 million tons of pollution were emitted into the US atmosphere, according to the EPA.1 To make matters worse, more than one billion pounds of convention pesticides are used on US crops annually, according to
Where to Find Vitamin C For humans, consuming vitamin C is essential because we cannot make our own, like other mammals do. Therefore, consuming enough vitamin C is a requirement for optimal health. In summer, the abundance of fruits and vegetables makes this pretty easy. But in winter, fresh vitamin C-rich foods are scarce. While
The Taj Mahal’s Air Pollution Solution We’re all aware that air pollution poses health risks, but few of us realize what a global threat air pollution actually is. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is now considered the world’s largest environmental health risk.1 In India, air pollution around the Taj Mahal had
Overactive histamine responses can be miserable. With change of seasons upon us, it’s important to support the immune system before the first surge of environmental irritants hits. What you may not know is that the root cause of your congestion may not be environmental, but digestive! According to Ayurveda, hypersensitive immune responses are caused by
Have you been hearing the dire predictions about the future of our world? I know many people who feel helpless in the face of it. But there is at least one thing you can control: your diet. Switching to the Planetary Health Diet is a choice we can all make for ourselves and each other.
Remember the popular children’s tune, “Toe bone connected to the foot bone, Foot bone connected to the heel bone, Heel bone connected to the ankle bone…” and so on. Of course, in med school, one learns that things are a bit more complicated, but the message still holds strong: Everything in the body is connected.
Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 56 seconds For some, the more frequently they drink, the more liquor they tolerate. Others could either never hold their liquor or have watched their tolerance slowly wane over the years. Some are so affected by alcohol that even a glass or even a sip of red wine would
Sadly, Colorado and much of the western United States is ablaze, and smoke from these fires is being carried for hundreds of miles. These days, even when the air looks clear, the air quality is risky. I have been asked by many patients what the best herb is for protecting the lungs from smoke-borne air