Epstein-Barr Virus: Understanding Its Role in Autoimmunity and Cancer

epstein barr virus and autoimmune diseaseMost of us know about Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) as the “kissing disease” and cause of infectious mononucleosis.

While we know a lot about the heavy fatigue, the lost school days, the swollen tonsils and the body tenderness that can last for days and weeks with mononucleosis; the conversation tends to stop there.

But for some, the conversation doesn’t stop there. EBV can become reactivated later in the life, and you may not even know it.

EBV is a gamma-herpes virus also known as human herpesvirus 4 and is estimated to infect as much as 98% of the world’s population (1). While the history […]

My Doctor Says I am Not Celiac, Can I Still Eat Wheat?

gluten stomach ache and bloatingDoes your belly feel chronically bloated, distended or uncomfortable?

Or maybe occasionally you have the sudden urge to run to the bathroom after eating?

You may have gone to your doctor doctor suspecting a food allergy, especially this “gluten problem” that seems to be all the craze.

But the gluten antibodies came back negative. The biopsy of your small intestine – looks like that came back normal too.

Your doctor tells you “I think that your symptoms are Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS, we do not know what causes it, but here’s a medication to help control the symptoms.

You reply “But doc, I tried eliminating wheat for a few days and actually starting to think that I was feeling a little better?

Your doc responds: “According to the testing, you can still continue eating wheat, be careful of those fad diets out there. While the Paleo Diet can sometimes be helpful, there’s no good research supporting it

You tell your Paleo friends that you had been tested for wheat and it came back negative. The new medications seem to help, you will stick with them for now.

But you still suspect something is off.

You still experience chronic bloating, and you are foggy headed all of the time. Your energy is spent, and your skin just doesn’t seem to have the same glow any more.

Could it still be wheat? […]

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 […]