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Nature, religion and art are some of life’s best anti-inflammatories

February 8th, 2015 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Taking in such beautiful wonders as the Grand Canyon, Sistine Chapel ceiling may give a boost to the body’s defense system, according to new research from UC Berkeley. Researchers have linked positive emotions — especially the awe we feel when touched by the beauty of nature, art and spirituality — with lower levels of pro-inflammatory Read the entire post…


Brain Inflammation Causes Major Depression

February 1st, 2015 by Dr. Keith Nemec

A new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) found that the measure of brain inflammation in people who were experiencing clinical depression was increased by 30 per cent. The findings have important implications for developing new treatments for depression. “This finding provides the most compelling evidence to date of brain inflammation Read the entire post…


Two are Always Better than One when Restoring Health

January 25th, 2015 by Dr. Keith Nemec

People are more successful in taking up healthy habits if their partner makes positive changes too, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Scientists at UCL funded by Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation, and the National Institute on Aging looked at how likely people were to quit smoking, start being active, or Read the entire post…


Want to Lose Fat- Get Cold

January 11th, 2015 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that exposure to cold temperatures increases levels of a newly discovered protein that is critical for the formation of brown fat, the type of fat in our bodies that generates heat. With extended exposure to cold air, the protein, called transcription factor Zfp516, also helps the more Read the entire post…


Hugs help protect against stress and infection

December 29th, 2014 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Researchers found that greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms. Instead of an apple, could a hug-a-day keep the doctor away? According to new research that may not be that far-fetched of an idea. The researchers Read the entire post…


Religion/spirituality has positive impact on marital relationships and child development

December 14th, 2014 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Adolescents who attend religious services with one or both of their parents are more likely to feel greater well-being while married couples who pray for their spouses experience greater relationship commitment, according to research. These were among the findings of studies published in the Journal of Family Psychology looking at how spiritual beliefs or behaviors Read the entire post…


Are Mental Disorders Caused By Permanent Stress?

November 30th, 2014 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Activated through permanent stress, immune cells will have a damaging effect on and cause changes to the brain. This may result in mental disorders. The effects of permanent stress on the immune system are studied by the research group at the LWL university clinic at the Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum (RUB). Stress activates the immune system The Read the entire post…


A Diet Change- You Get Healthy and the Planet Gets Saved

November 16th, 2014 by Dr. Keith Nemec

As cities and incomes increase around the world, so does consumption of refined sugars, refined fats, oils and resource- and land-intense agricultural products such as beef. A new study led by University of Minnesota shows how a shift away from this trajectory and toward healthier traditional Mediterranean, pescatarian or vegetarian diets could not only boost Read the entire post…


Plant vs Animal Based Diet- Inflammation and Cancer Risk

November 2nd, 2014 by Dr. Keith Nemec

A team of Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland (CHORI) researchers has found that a category of lipids known as sphingolipids may be an important link in the relationship between diet, inflammation and cancer. Researchers provide evidence that a sphingolipid metabolite called sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) found in both animal food products can contribute to inflammation of Read the entire post…


Sunlight Slows Weight Gain and Balances Blood Sugar

October 26th, 2014 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Exposure to moderate amounts of sunshine may slow the development of obesity and diabetes, a study suggests.The researchers showed that shining UV light at overfed mice slowed their weight gain. The mice displayed fewer of the warning signs linked to diabetes, such as abnormal glucose levels and resistance to insulin. The beneficial effects of UV Read the entire post…