Next Generation Probiotics: Bacillus

Found throughout the environment in soil and water, Bacillus bacteria are gram-positive, rod-shaped and form spores.  While the Bacillus family includes a few pathogenic strains, the large majority of are not harmful. Bacillus bacteria have a history of use in traditionally fermented foods, such as natto and iru. They also have been used for treating […]

Food as Medicine: Turmeric, a Potent Example

Food as Medicine: Turmeric, a Potent Example

Turmeric, a brightly colored spice common in Indian cuisine, has become more widely known and heavily researched in recent decades.  Its health benefits are wide ranging, as indicated by thousands of research studies, including human trials.    Research is revealing its mechanisms of action in many chronic conditions and multiple forms of cancer.   Turmeric is […]

Natural Strategy for Allergy Relief

Natural Strategy for Allergy Relief

We welcome the signs of spring, as trees blossom and bright flowers pop out of the ground.  For some of us, these beautiful changes trigger seasonal allergies that are downright miserable, sneezing, sniffling, sinus congestion and itchy eyes.  Allergy symptoms correlate directly to the level of histamine in the body, which is a normal part of […]

Reliance on Antihistamines is Risky

For those who suffer with seasonal allergies, the sinus pressure, nasal drip, itchy eyes and sneezing interferes with daily tasks.  As such, the habit of antihistamine use is pretty common.   However, solid research points to risks with regular use of certain antihistamines. First generation antihistamines, like Benedryl, may have long-term consequences because the effects in […]