In ancient Rome, the health benefits of walnuts were considered otherworldly, thought as they were to be “Jupiter’s Nut” or “the food of the god.” As outlined by a Greek physician called Dioscorides who served in the Roman army more than two thousands years ago, walnuts could heal anything from baldness to breast disorders to acting an anti-inflammatory for abscesses and dog bites; to eye disorders and more, when mixed with the right combination of oils, herbs and fruits.
Fiber - it’s a bit misunderstood. Conventional wisdom associates a high-fiber diet with going to the bathroom regularly, and not many other benefits. For many people, fiber is viewed as a “medicine” that gets things moving down there, usually a thick, granular solution like Metamucil or other fiber-based drink that’s tough to gag down.
Before Vitamin D was isolated and identified as a compound in the 1930s, the medical community knew its benefits. The “sunshine cure” for rickets and tuberculosis, prescribed by doctors and practiced in sanitoriums with bright balconies and rooftop terraces, had identified (correctly) the restorative powers of the sun. The magical healing component? We now know it to be Vitamin D.
Although respiratory symptoms like cough and shortness of breath are the classic symptoms of COVID-19, gastrointestinal symptoms can occur as well. A significant number of patients with the disease experience nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, along with pulmonary distress.
For most of us, home is where the heart is, but for trillions of bacteria and other microbes that live inside you, home is your gut.
Microbes, or micro-organisms, are one-celled organisms like bacteria, fungi, and viruses that may help to either promote your health or harm it. Human beings acquire these microbes at birth during vaginal delivery when exposed to their mother’s bacteria.
Digestive diseases and disorders are very common in the United States today, responsible for over 22 million visits to the doctor's office annually. One reason for this alarming number is that there are so many different conditions that affect the digestive system. Combing through all of these conditions can raise more questions, starting with "What do all of these acronyms stand for?"
It’s a zen koan for 2020, a spin on the parable of the tree falling in the forest: if your immune system speaks and no one understands what it’s saying, does it make a sound? The answer is yes. When in distress, the immune system rings proverbial alarm bells that are accompanied by warning messages that we need to decode.
In the 4th century BC, fresh from the heat of battle, his wounds and abrasions stinging and sore, Alexander, Prince of Macedon soaked in a warm tub dyed golden orange by the blood-red filaments of the saffron crocus. The tinted water, he knew, would clean his wounds and encourage healing while the heady aroma swirling around him soothed his weary mind.