The Magic of Manganese (S2E12)

“Manganese” comes from the word “Magnesia”, which is a province in Greece, where both Magnesium and Manganese were first isolated by primitive chemists. Manganese is a trace element essential to the production of chondroitin sulfate, a substance that makes up … Read More

Niacinamide the less bashful brother of vitamin B3(S2E10)

Vitamin B3 comes in two forms: Niacin and its amide form Niacinamide. While we have already covered Niacin in Episode 35 of season 1, Niacinamide also deserves its own episode as it has substantial benefits for health and mental wellness. … 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

Tyrosine, The terrific antidepressant, stimulant & adaptogen (S2E4)

Tyrosine: Antidepressant, Stimulant & Adaptogen: Tyrosine is an amino acid that acts as a precursor molecule to Dopamine, Norepinephrine, Epinephrine and Thyroid hormone. All of these substances help to keep us active, cheerful and wakeful, but when they are at … Read More

Erectile Dysfunction (S2E3)

All gentlemen (myself included) are susceptible to a certain amount of what I like to call Samurai vanity. Put simply, it is a belief in one’s own competence with regards to our capabilities. As such, nothing is more of a … Read More

Acne treatment with Orthomolecular and Traditional Chinese Medicine (S2E2)

One of the unpleasant rights of passage for most people as they go through puberty is acne. Acne vulgaris is characterized and treated differently by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) than in Allopathic medicine. In TCM, it is called Fen Ci … Read More

Episode 52: The Irony of Iron

The irony of iron supplementation is perhaps that it could be thought of as a double-edged sword. Too little will hurt you just as too much will. Iron’s main functions are to transport oxygen to our tissues (as the iron … Read More