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Get in charge of electromagnetic fields

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Working on a computer every day is tough enough without thinking about electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Yet our exposure to EMFs increases every year, much faster than we can understand how it changes our body chemistry. Just last week, the National Toxicology Program reported partial findings of heart and brain tumors in rats exposed to . . . → Read More: Get in charge of electromagnetic fields

Lefties: One giant leap for handkind

Last week I was failing miserably at darts, a game that transforms an unfortunate limb into a repetitive launching machine that advertises human inaccuracy and weakness. Somewhere after 11pm, long past my middle-aged bedtime, I gave up and started throwing with my left hand. Between gasps, the points started racking up. By the end . . . → Read More: Lefties: One giant leap for handkind

Gluten-free Grattitude

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Thanksgiving brings unusual challenges to some of us gluten-free geeks. Every year we bring back a few trays of leftovers and even more dishes of disappointment. It seems that no amount of sugar, cream, and bacon bits can make our gluten-free desserts more appealing to the non-gluten-free (NGF) crowd. Can we make a dent . . . → Read More: Gluten-free Grattitude

Happy Father’s Day to a newfound father

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DNA testing used to be an expensive process we’d hear about in paternity court. Now it’s as easy as buying gluten-free cookies. Last month I tested myself and my kids through 23andme.com after reading about ways we might predict health risks through our genes. I was also interested in finding clues to our ancestry . . . → Read More: Happy Father’s Day to a newfound father

Vaccine policy: Another brick in the wall

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The vaccine controversy reveals some of our darkest shadows and deepest fears. When we face limits of human knowledge as experienced with the complexity of modern medicine, we often fall back on the power of belief. When we battle over beliefs, we create monster storms that cannot be tamed. The tightening vaccine laws are . . . → Read More: Vaccine policy: Another brick in the wall

International airline risks with lithium battery transport

Shipping a hot commodity The tragic airline incidents this year have evoked a sense of helplessness and frustration as we humbly face limits of surveillance technology and human oversight. One shortcoming less covered by the media is the high risk of transporting bulk lithium ion batteries on passenger planes. These products are highly flammable . . . → Read More: International airline risks with lithium battery transport

Autism & ADHD part 4: Food for thought

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The antioxidant-starved brain

Feeling a little brain fog? Anxiety? Depression? Imbalances and deficiencies in the brain can mess with our thoughts just as they manifest neurological conditions like autism, ADHD, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. When we step back and listen for clues, we can hear our cognitive health screaming for attention, namely in . . . → Read More: Autism & ADHD part 4: Food for thought

Autism & ADHD part 3: Testing and diagnosis

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Testing for autism – a dangerous waiting game

Currently, autism can only be diagnosed through careful observation by professional health experts, and we are lacking doctors with experience and training for early screening. At-risk infants and toddlers may be identified early, but most wait many months or years before official diagnosis and treatment . . . → Read More: Autism & ADHD part 3: Testing and diagnosis

Autism & ADHD part 2: Proposed prenatal prevention

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The CDC reports that up to 1 in 5 children have a mental disorder. While autism is the fastest growing type, ADHD is the most common. According to studies, both autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often involve similar environmental toxins, nutritional deficiencies and therapies. A child’s problems can range from stuttering to social . . . → Read More: Autism & ADHD part 2: Proposed prenatal prevention

Autism & ADHD part 1: Damage to precious cargo

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Highlights

• Autism appears to be a condition that stems from early developmental disturbances in the womb

• Symptoms may be aggravated by exposure to inflammatory substances that are not well tolerated by these individuals

• Autism (ASD) and ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) tend to co-occur in families and within individuals

• Genetics, exposure to . . . → Read More: Autism & ADHD part 1: Damage to precious cargo