Covid-19 and Vitamin D: What to do While You Wait for the Vaccine

Vitamin D can’t stop you from getting infected, but it can mitigate the severity of symptoms, and help get you through the winter. Vitamin D is safe and inexpensive. For that reason, scientists now take the view that by taking it, there is nothing to lose, and potentially much to gain. There are some remarkable similarities between those who are most vulnerable to Covid-19 symptoms, and those most likely to experience vitamin D deficiency.

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Could Parasites be the Cause of Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

If you have irritable bowel syndrome, you are familiar with the misery of abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhoea, and/or constipation. It just so happens that these are also common symptoms of a gut parasite infection. If your symptoms have not responded to standard IBS treatment, taking a simple test may be the first step on the road to recovery.

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The five best diet hacks to transform your mental health

There are many dietary factors that can affect brain function. Here I focus on the five that I encountered most frequently in clinic. The clue to identifying the right one(s) often lies in the accompanying physical symptoms. If you suffer from depression and anxiety, you too might spot the clues. Here’s a guide to nutritional sleuthing for mental well-being.

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How to Detox Your Brain

Sometimes described as “cellular housekeeping”, autophagy — meaning “self-eating” in Greek – is a process that takes place in all mammalian cells and tissues. It was in the 1960s that researchers first became aware that each cell can destroy its own components. These components include damaged proteins and organelles, considered to be “common features of neurodegenerative diseases”, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease.

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Can Your Genes Predict Your Diseases?

When the phenomenal Human Genome Project was completed in 2003, two years ahead of schedule and fifty years after the discovery of the structure of DNA, it looked like we had all diseases nailed. A simple DNA test would reveal which disease you were most likely to fall victim to, so you could pre-empt your nemesis. Forewarned is forearmed.

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Brain on Fire — How Inflammation Damages Mental Health

Inflammation is often visible and painful. Red, angry swellings make their presence felt. Yet sometimes inflammation is invisible and painless; you would never know it was there. When inflammation flares in the brain, it does so silently. Chronic, low-grade inflammation in the brain is a factor in the development of many neurodegenerative diseases, including depression and dementia. It is also seen in Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Huntington’s disease.

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How Your Gut Talks to Your Brain and Changes Your Mood

It is a curious fact that antidepressants are a common treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. But why give Prozac to someone with abdominal pain? Antidepressants work because the gut and brain are inextricably linked. What happens in the gut does not stay in the gut — it travels to the brain. More than half of all patients with IBS are affected by a mood disorder.

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