You may have seen the acronym but wondered, "What is NAC?" It stands for N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), a form of the amino acid L-cysteine. NAC benefits both the brain and body, which is why it has been in use as a supplement for decades. In clinical trials, supplementation with NAC … Read More
You’ve heard since the time you were small that brushing your teeth is vital to stave off oral hygiene problems. Even so, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that nearly half of all Americans aged 30 and older have some degree of periodontitis (gum disease). … Read More
Asthma is often thought of as a disease of childhood, but it can affect anyone at any age. In fact, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute reports that about 25 million Americans—including 7 million children—have asthma.
It’s a condition in which the airways become inflamed and narrowed. … Read More
You may have heard the term without realizing its impact, so let's start by answering the obvious question: what is dioxin?
Dioxin is a hormone-disrupting, cancer- and diabetes-causing toxic chemical now found in humans all over the world. Dioxin is formed during many industrial processes when chlorine or bromine is burned … Read More
Your immune system is like a home security system. When you suffer an injury or infection, it sets off an alarm—what we know as an inflammatory response—by sending immune cells to neutralize viruses, bacteria, and other intruders that breach your outer defenses, thereby protecting healthy cells and … Read More
When you have the option, do you always choose mild over spicy foods? When your waiter asks, “how hot would you like that?” do you order one star out of five? If so, it may be time to dial up your spice level.
These mouth-burning foods are worth getting used to. … Read More
With literally billions of people traveling by air every year now, researchers are finally starting to gather and publish more data about the health risks associated with airplane travel. In terms of the common cold, it is now well-accepted that acute respiratory infections are frequently experienced after air … Read More
Where I live in Seattle, August is the perfect month to get outdoors, enjoy the sun, and do some good old-fashioned sweating. For some ultra-therapeutic sweating, I’m hoping to make it to the mountains and hike up to some hot springs this … Read More