Broken System

March 18th 2019

When we as Americans think about medicine, we often think about the dysfunctional cost structures of big health systems and insurance oligarchs deciding your fate while making you pay more and more of the share of the cost burden. Medical costs are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States. That is disturbing. Being a reluctant participant in this insanity is often deeply troubling to me and my soul.

Clearly there are others who share these feelings in the world, but one man/MD has decided to parody and expose the insanity in video format.

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Dogs for Better Lives

March 11, 2019

As many of you know, Dr. Rose has been working with service dogs for years at Salisbury Pediatrics. Service dogs are a vital part of the therapeutic effect for children with behavioral and other disorders. Her commitment has led her to becomming a key part of a non profit organization called Dogs For Better Lives.

This year as you plan your charitable giving consider giving directly to Dogs For Better Lives via this link.

Or, you can go to the website Wooftrax and walk your dog for the charity of your choice.

Wooftrax

First 2000 Days for Mom and Baby Nature versus Nurture part II

March 11, 2019

Ideally, we would like to shelter our mother-child dyad from all significant stressors during pregnancy and childhood until they are significantly older and their genes are well established and running full steam ahead. Clearly this is polyannish as life happens to us and often not by choice. That being said, we have the ability to make choices and to learn how to perceive events in a positive light.

How can we see any event in a positive light? How do we choose this route?
Are we born seeing the glass half empty or half full? I think not.

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Asthma, Allergies and Nutrition - The Story Part IV

March 11, 2019

 THE NUTRITIONAL STUDIES

Looking at the studies, there is a paucity of evidence that the DASH diet has any effect on asthma prevalence or morbidity because it has not been studied other than a pilot study in poorly controlled asthma that showed a non-statistically significant reduction in symptom scores.(Ma et. al. 2013) The known benefits to cardiovascular disease are not immediately translatable to asthma.

The Mediterranean diet is the most studied of all of the "positive", i.e. thought to be beneficial diets. When it comes to the onset and prevalence of asthma, the Mediterranean diet has mixed results. It has positive results in relation to asthma morbidity.(Barros et. al. 2008)(Sexton et. al. 2013)(Garcia-Marcos et. al. 2013)(Papamichael M. 2017)

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Calling all High School Students that are between the ages of 14 and 17!!!!!

 March 11,  2019

This is a phenomenally beneficial experience for all teenagers! Last year my son and my best friend from High School's son attended this camp for a week. The learning, the friendship and the mentoring provided were top shelf. If you have a 14 to 17 year old teenager, consider sending them to this camp this summer.

Catawba College Center for the Environment host's the event. My good friend Dr. John Wear is the man in charge and we are blessed that he is!

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Asthma, Allergies and Nutrition - The Story Part V


March 18, 2019

 

THE NUTRITIONAL STUDIES
THE DO

There is good quality data on specific parts of a diet or nutritional plan as it relates to asthma. This section will detail these micronutrient and macronutrient benefits and how to implement them in an overall asthma plan. We will start by looking at a list of high quality nutritional interventions and then follow with an expanded view of a few critical players.

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Infant Cognition


March 11, 2019

 

Dr. Cheatham's lab does excellent research to help us understand the effects of certain micronutrients on infant's cognition and health. If you have a newborn that fits this study's parameters, you may find the study most beneficial .

Read the introduction above and then head to this link for more details.

Dr. M

 

2000 Days for Mom and Baby Nature versus Nurture

March 4th, 2019 

Now that we have set the table for health with optimal delivery and newborn feeding methods, we need to look at the issues of nature versus nurture.

The theory of nature versus nurture is that your genes, your environment or both have a profound impact on human health. Essentially, is it your genetic code that dictates your health outcome or is it your parents nurturing nature of you? My favorite researchers in this space are Dr. Moshe Szyf and Dr. Michael Meaney at McGill University.

They performed some of the seminal research in rodents looking to prove this answer. From his epigenetic explanatory article, "We propose that the modulation of DNA methylation in response to environmental cues early in life serves as a mechanism of life-long genome "adaptation" that molecularly embeds the early experiences of a child ("nurture") in the genome ("nature"). (Szyf 2011)

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Asthma, Allergies and Nutrition - The Story Part III


March 4, 2019


THE NUTRITIONAL STUDIES
INTRO

We know that the foods that we consume affect our intestinal microbiome, our immune system and therefore have a significant effect on inflammation. Is this knowledge translatable to asthma? Let us look specifically at nutrition as it relates to Asthma. Are there specific diet studies available that lead us toward a unified diet for better asthma health?

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Little Hits part 2

 February 25,2019

1) Severe stress is associated with shorter telomere length in children who lose a father during childhood. Dr. Mitchell and colleagues looked at this topic in the Journal Pediatrics in July of 2017. The stress of losing a father causes a 14% reduction in telomere tail length. If you remember, telomeres protect your DNA from damage and are associated with reduced all cause mortality and morbidity.

What this data tells me is that we need to be extra sensitive to children during periods of significant stress. Offering counseling, meditation and prayer can combat the telomere loss and protect the child. Nurture them.

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Asthma, Allergies and Nutrition - The Story Part II


February 25, 2019

  

What is now evolving rapidly is the scientific understanding that beyond the early life risk factors for immune disruption as stated earlier, there is clear evidence that the nutritional components of the human diet dramatically effect what microbes make up the intestinal microbiome.(David et. al. 2014) The diet and lifestyle induced microbial community in turn can increase the risk of low level bacterial endotoxemia and therefore systemic inflammation that we see as worsening of a disease like asthma.

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Personalized Lifestyle Institute

February 18, 2019

Jeffrey Bland Discusses Sugar, Insulin and Disease. One of the smartest humans that I have had the pleasure to meet.

Part 1 Link
Part 2 Link
Part 3 Link

Parts of these 3 talks are a little complex, but the vast majority of the thoughts are not. it is roughly one half hour long. Give is a listen.

Dr. M

The Highest Good

February 18, 2019

In a fourth turning environment, as predicted by historians Neil Howe and William Strauss in 1997, we find ourselves in a polarized society that breeds distrust and disdain for the other side. Politics is rife with dysfunctional attitudes that bleed into our ears from the news media. We are trying to raise our children to be honorable and hard working, yet, they see dishonor and amorality daily on social media. What a mess! Or is it the normal fluctuations of life that has repeated itself throughout time? This is what historians would have us believe.

From a recent email, the Daily Stoic:

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Asthma, Allergies and Nutrition - The Story

February 18, 2019

 

This is a chapter that I wrote for an Integrative Medicine Textbook on Allergy and Asthma. I will break it up into parts for your consumption. It is mostly unaltered from its original form which means at points it is quite technical, however, the gist is there and I hope that it provides a roadmap to health for allergy and asthma sufferers.

• Asthma is now well known to be an inflammatory disease based on the response to anti-inflammatory medications and pathophysiological evidence making it a prime candidate for anti-inflammatory nutritional interventions.

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The Adult Chair -Autoimmunity

 February 1, 2019

Reversing Autoimmune Disease Link

If you or someone you know struggle with an autoimmune disease or any illness, this is a show you will not want to miss.

Dr. Keesha shared how she reversed her own autoimmune disease naturally and how any disease can be reversed. We touched on the microbiome and how it relates to health, the root of autoimmune and other diseases and how to get your body healthy again naturally by examining Dr. Keesha's "4 corners of the puzzle" to health. She is a wealth of information and has some beautiful offerings for anyone ready to get healthy.

Enjoy,
Michelle

Little Hits

February 11, 2019

 

1) We are dead in the middle of winter and that means that your vitamin D level is likely bottoming out and you may feel the winter blues. This is a good time to consume foods with vitamin D in them, stand in front of a full spectrum light daily or to take a supplement. Oily fish like mackerel, sardines, salmon are great sources of D. Other sources are fortified milks, livers and shellfish. It is especially important for nursing mothers and their infants to get adequate amounts of vitamin D. We recommend that all babies take 400 IU of liquid oral vitamin D daily while nursing. 

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Vaccine Preventable Diseases

February 11, 2019

Vaccine preventable diseases are making the headlines again. It is time to reconsider your vaccine stance if you or your child have not had the measles or hepatitis A vaccines. In 2018, we had a significant uptick in cases of measles in New York City and there are currently significant outbreaks of both diseases on the west coast of the US. Currently, there are measles cases in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas and Washington. The vast majority of documented cases are in non-vaccinated individuals with the index case coming from abroad where the traveler visited an area with high rates of the disease.

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Be happy! It is a Pollyanna kind of day

February 4, 2019

          The weather is freezing outside with the lovely arctic polar vortex descending on us all even in North Carolina. I see days like these as the contrast like black is to the white of a perfect 70 degree sun day. We appreciate the beauty best only in the context of the opposite extreme. I find that I love the sun so much more after a few days of rain. (ever present this year.)

           Everything is about perspective. The half full/empty glass analogy is real. Love the extremes for they provide you with so much more joy during the resolution phase. I think of children and longevity again here. I want my kids to outlive my wife and I by many years. The extremes of the environment are so useful to elaborate human longevity genes like sirtuins, mTOR, AMPkinase and so on. I want my kids to know that starvation, cold, heat, sadness, and other stressors are beneficial to them to live longer lives when the stress is acute and then gone.

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Marijuana

February 4, 2019

 Is marijuana safe for use 2.0? Last year, I wrote about this topic with the intent of laying out the facts for those that are now falling into the cannabis is safe camp. Danger Will Robinson!

The American sentiment continues to shift to an "it is safe" feeling, especially out in the wild west. When it comes to drugs that affect the brain, we have to be very careful to conclude this on a population level. What happens in adults is vastly different than what happens in teens. Consider the vaping debacle of the last few years when pondering safety. Easy access can explode use and therefore increase the risk of a subset of teens having negative outcomes.

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Nourish Your Tribe has hit #1

February 3, 2019

I am really excited to report that Nourish Your Tribe has hit #1 bestseller on Amazon and remains there.

I am truly excited mostly because this information needs to be out there in a digestible form. All parents need to know what is happening to us. This story is mission critical for our kids!

if you read this book, you will know exactly what you need to know for the health of your child. If you want to go a little farther, read The Inside Tract by Dr. Gerry Mullin.

Reviews for Nourish Your Tribe

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