Restore Willpower and Self Control by Doing this One Thing

Most of our choices are made in autopilot – outside of our conscious control.

There’s an old adage: “Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man”. As much as 95% of our habits and behaviors are patterned in the first 5-6 years of life.

This is because our first learning is conducted by mirror neurons. These neurons mimic what we “see” in our environment – both consciously and subconsciously.

While you think that this form of learning disappears as we get older, it’s still there. Our subconscious continues to have  zero filter. It sees two things and, instinctively wants to make an association between them.

Our mind does not just make connections between people, places and things but also connects context. This is why […]

Parasitic Hookworm Infections and Autoimmune and Allergic Disease

The hygiene hypothesis proposes that the rising incidence of autoimmune and allergic disease may be associated with improved sanitation, less incidence of childhood infections as well as chronic parasitic infections in the developed world.

Since Strachan first proposed the theory in 1989, the hygiene hypothesis may lead to novel therapies for autoimmune and allergic disease treatment and prevention, however; ongoing debate still exists as to whether infections help prevent or induce autoimmune disease (1).

Most viruses, bacteria and parasites can trigger autoimmunity through a variety of mechanisms juxtaposed on genetic, hormonal and environmental circumstances (2; 3; 4).

But could they possibly prevent autoimmune and allergic disease?

Necator americanus (hookworm) and other helminth infections such […]

The Importance of Supplementing Vitamins and Minerals While on Oral Contraceptives

While many women take oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy, there are many other reasons women choose to take oral contraceptives. Treating hormonal imbalances, ovarian cysts, and irregular periods as well as preventing pregnancy are all scenarios where the benefit of taking oral contraceptives may outweigh the risks.

Considering many women begin taking oral contraceptives in early adolescence and continue their usage for many years, it is important to look at the possible nutritional effects of oral contraceptives on a woman’s body especially when it comes to the depletion of vital nutrients.

The World Health Organization (WHO) points out the influence of nutrient depletion caused by being on oral contraceptives is a great cause for concern and should be of high clinical relevance.  Oral contraceptives may affect levels of folic acid, vitamins B1B2, B6, […]