Depression (S2E17)

One of the most prevalent conditions that people seek medical attention for world-wide, is depression. Although a lot of conventional allopathic medicine relies on anti-depressant medications such as the selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, monoamine oxidase inhibitors and tricyclics, … Read More

Natural Anti-inflammatory Herbs (S2E16)

One of the most famous non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs is aspirin, which comes from the bark of white willow trees. One of it’s mechanisms of action in the body is by it’s ability to inhibit the cyclooxygenase enzymes COX-1 … Read More

Selenium (S2E15)

Selenium is an essential trace element that acts as a co-factor in the conversion of thyroid hormone and production of the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase. It also functions as an anti-oxidant and has anti-viral properties. It’s name comes from the … Read More

The Follies of Fluoride ion (S2E14)

Fluoride ion in the body acts in a variety of ways. It is an enzyme disruptor, carcinogenic, neuro-toxic, goitrogenic (goiter producing), increases lipid permeability of drugs and mineralizes bone at an accelerated rate. Fluoride ion is used in the pharmaceutical … Read More

Frankincense has good sense (S2E13)

From before biblical times, Frankincense has been used in many forms of medicine, Chinese medicine notwithstanding. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (or TCM), it is known as Ru Xiang, which translates as Fragrant Milk, and is used to invigorate the blood. … Read More

Chromium sans Brockovich (S2E11)

In the popular movie Erin Brockovich, we get to hear about the toxic effects of the hexavalent form of chromium (aka Cr6+). However, in its trivalent oxidation state (Cr3+) as Chromium picolinate is a very useful mineral supplement, which is … Read More

Reactive Hypoglycemia (S2E9)

Nothing makes life in my practice of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine more challenging, than Reactive Hypoglycemia. For the most part this is due to one of three things. The three things that cause it are high glycemic, carbohydrate rich … Read More

MSG to taste (S2E8)

MSG or Monosodium Glutamate is a chemical that is used to enhance the flavor of food. If you’ve ever been to a Chinese restaurant or eaten certain brands of chips, you’ll know how difficult it can be to stop eating. … Read More

Choline is the precursor that’s going places (S2E7)

Choline is a neurotransmitter precursor that is definitely going places. It is a precursor to acetylcholine, which is an important neurotransmitter in both the brain and body. In the brain, acetylcholine is responsible for arousal, attention, memory and motivation. In … Read More

Phenylalanine D & L: Happily pain free (S2E6)

To be happily pain free (pun explained shortly), there are many health interventions that would help you achieve this end, from exercise and low carb diets to supplements and drugs. However, one particular amino acid kills twin birds with twin … Read More