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Multi-institutional Collaborative Clinical Trial to Examine Health Benefits of Integrative Lifestyle Practices at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing

Deepak Chopra | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Self-Directed Biological Transformation Initiative (SBTI) study will use latest mobile health sensors and genomic/cellular/metabolomics biomarkers ...

4 Summer Foods That Can Help Trim Your Waist

Dr. Raphael Kellman | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Raphael Kellman

I've learned that there are certain foods that produce and nourish "friendly" bacteria and others that help eliminate the unfriendly bacteria that might be making it difficult for you to lose weight.

The Cure for Everything

Dr. Jeffrey McCombs | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jeffrey McCombs

If we are to have any chance at adapting and staying healthy in the toxic world that we've inherited and continue to create, we need to use the one thing that can adapt faster and more efficiently than we can, the human microbiome.

Lynne Peeples

To Lead A Longer Life, Go With Your Gut

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.23.2014 | Green

The best predictor of our lifelong health may well be the bacteria that live within us. Specifically, the trillions of microbes that colonize our bodi...

How Bacteria in Our Gut Can Guide GI Treatment

Colleen R. Kelly, M.D. | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Colleen R. Kelly, M.D.

Even though greater access to mass DNA sequencing technology and the emergence of bioinformatics has given us the ability to study the four pounds of microorganisms that make up the microbiome in greater detail, there's still much more that we can learn about the body's "unsung organ."

Trust Your Gut

Ann Reid | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science
Ann Reid

Quick: What do you say when someone tells you that your entire body is covered in bacteria? A) "Yuck!" or B) "Yay!" If your answer was A, you're not alone, but your gut would certainly disagree.

Weight-Loss Resistance and Choices

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Weight, per se, is not a choice. Addressing the variable challenge of weight management with insight, understanding and compassion certainly is. It's a choice we should all be making.

We'll All Be Having a Hacking New Year

Marian Salzman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business
Marian Salzman

The watchword is hacking, which used to imply something both geeky and malicious. Now it's the height of cool, and we'll be seeing it done big.

Goats, Gills and Guts: Animals in the News

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Our furry and scaly fellow subjects of the animal kingdom never cease to surprise and amaze. Consider these three fascinating stories ripped from recent headlines.

Antibacterial Products: More Harm Than Good

Kristin Wartman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Wartman

Make it a priority to avoid all antibacterial products -- including that antibacterial soap you thought would keep you and your kids from getting the flu. Good old fashioned soap and water works just fine.

Weight Is Not a Choice

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We do indeed have stunning potential control over our health, and should make better use of it. Our feet and forks are, or should be, the master levers of medical destiny. But even the best application of skill-power will not turn weight into a behavior. Weight is not a choice, and we should all choose to recognize that.

Thinking Outside the (Skull) Box -- Part 6

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2013 | Science
Deepak Chopra

Intellectually you know that your body today isn't the same as the body you had in the past. But if you tune in, you generally feel the present you in continuity with yesterday's you and all the others going back to childhood.  

The Latest on Microbes: New Insights Into the Life Lived on the Wee Small

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.12.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Microbes, they get a bad rap. But not all microbes are bad news. A couple new papers shed light on the latest good news on the microbial front.

Genes, Germs and Girth

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The more we've learned about the importance of our resident microbes, the more we've learned about the need and opportunity to learn more. The process may be likened to climbing a hill, and then gaining a view of the higher hills and mountains beyond. There is a lot of climbing left to do.

Thinking Outside the (Skull) Box, Part Five

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Your brain doesn't determine your mind. Brain and mind are recreating each other with every act of perception. Moreover, with training, you can learn to experience your mind in parts of your body beyond the enclosure inside your skull, perhaps experiencing it even as filling your body.

The Obesity Plague and Antibiotics

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.05.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Can the growing obesity epidemic be linked to over-prescribed antibiotics? The Epidemic You don't have to look far to get a sense that many Americans ...

Social(organ)ism

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Socialism is a dirty word, perhaps deservedly so. But the real trouble resides with our persistent use, and misuse, of a word we made dirty. Vocabulary so encumbered is like bathwater we refuse to drain; it takes on an opacity that quite obscures the baby

Prebiotics and Probiotics: The Importance of Gut Health

Mandana Arabi, M.D., Ph.D | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Mandana Arabi, M.D., Ph.D

All signs point to a growing public interest in the possible benefits of prebiotics and probiotics in digestive health and beyond. However, science has to lead the way to ensure sound evidence is the basis for introduction of interventions for public health and new products in the marketplace.

How Diet Can Bug Your Gut

Dr. Franck Carbonero | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Franck Carbonero

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the potential relation between diet, microbiome and colorectal cancer risk. To explore this disparity, we switched the diet in healthy subjects from a traditional high fat, high meat, low fiber Western diet to a high fiber Zulu African diet, and vice versa.

Unity, Balance, and Power

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The notion that parasites are ravaging populations -- and clearly, they are -- is hard to reconcile with the already-impressive and fast-accumulating evidence that the aftermath of eradicating parasites is ravaging other populations.

Gut Check: Science Probes Frontier Within Us Made Up of Millions and Billions of Microbes

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

The microbiome is a relatively new frontier for scientists, who have only begun to examine how microbes might affect the function of our bodies.

The Extra Pounds You Can't Afford to Lose: An Interview With Microbiologist Margaret McFall-Ngai

Brandon Brown | Posted 09.05.2012 | Science
Brandon Brown

Recent revelations about our microscopic partners and tenants are numerically startling, if not downright existential. Try these for starters: Most of the cells within your body are not human cells, and you are literally teeming with pounds of busy microbes.