Blooming Wellness https://www.bloomingwellness.com Health & Wellness Blog by Dr. Eeks Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:02:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Nutrition hacks to make you healthier https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2020/01/nutrition-hacks-to-make-you-healthier/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2020/01/nutrition-hacks-to-make-you-healthier/#respond Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:42:21 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=17715 Guest Post by Uttam Singh It is possible for every single one of us to make improvements to our current nutrition plan. Whether you’re not eating enough fruits in addition to vegetables, relying too much on packaged foods or indulging in indulgent desserts more often than you should be doing so, no one is perfect […]

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Guest Post by Uttam Singh

It is possible for every single one of us to make improvements to our current nutrition plan. Whether you’re not eating enough fruits in addition to vegetables, relying too much on packaged foods or indulging in indulgent desserts more often than you should be doing so, no one is perfect when it comes to eating. However, planning change can feel overwhelming as proving your day-to-day nutrition can seem daunting. However, if you’re feeling stuck there are tons of nutrition hacks which will make eating well that much easier.

Dial back on the dinner time carbs

Over the past twenty years, carbohydrates have been seen as something that needs to be avoided if you want to remain healthy. Chips, crisps, bread and pasta – we all adore delicious carbs however apparently this love affair comes at the cost of our own waistlines.

The problem with carbs, specifically refined carbs, comes from the short-term injection of energy (sugar) which these foodstuffs supply. If you don’t perform any exercise in the few hours after eating them your body has to find a use for the excess of energy which, in this case, it into fat. Hence why carbs have become demonized by countless celeb-loved diets.

So, then, does no carbs equal a lean you? Well, maybe. Low-carb diets certainly yield short-term results, but their longer-term efficacy is open to debate. A more sensible as well as sustainable approach is to plan your intake of carbs so that it corresponds with when your body needs energy.

Eat more essential fatty acids

The average individual’s diet is seriously lacking in omega-3 fatty acids. These elements are important for many areas of health, such as cardiovascular health, mood in addition to movement. These important nutrients can’t be created by your body, which means that you must obtain them via proper nutrition or supplementation. A simple way to get your omegas is by consuming fatty fish (such as salmon), walnuts, chia seeds or flax seeds. A good fish oil or krill oil supplement also works wonders.

Steer clear of processed food

We all know that frozen pizzas, fizzy drinks in addition to fast food aren’t that great for us. However, you may be surprised to realize just how bad these really are.

Two studies which were published recently in the British Medical Journal stated that if a person consumes a diet which is rich is ultra-processed the risk of early death is increased by 60%. This is a worrying statistic as another 2018 study stated that these types of foods make up 50% of our diets.

Make more healthy meals

Think in addition to the meal you’re about to eat. Get into the habit of preparing extra brown rice, quinoa or, alternatively, lentils while you’re preparing meals. This is so that you have those ingredients on hand as a quick as well as easy add-on to any other proteins or vegetables which you prepare later on in the week.

Make your own sauces

Sauces which you make yourself add tonnes of flavour to any meal without piling on fat and calories. Steer clear of store-bought sauces as you don’t know what goes in them. A simple, healthy combination – such as sundried tomatoes that are pureed with olive oil, Dijon mustard, dill as well as olive oil or, alternatively, a simple basil, pine nut, and olive oil pesto are quick, healthy in addition to easy to make. Just add a lean grilled, broiled, or poached protein of your choice.

Remember that any progress is good progress towards you goal. Gradually including healthy habits into your diet is a good strategy which can work for you as opposed to quitting eating treat foods cold turkey. If you are looking at incorporating a fitness routine into your life then eating well and watching your nutritional intake will benefit that as well.

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Julie Ryan, Medical Intuitive on Causes or Cures https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2020/01/julie-ryan-medical-intuitive-on-dr-stairs-podcast-causes-or-cures/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2020/01/julie-ryan-medical-intuitive-on-dr-stairs-podcast-causes-or-cures/#respond Fri, 03 Jan 2020 21:22:57 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=17624   In the latest Causes or Cures podcast, I had a great chat with Julie Ryan, a medical intuitive, psychic and energy healer. If you’re skeptical about all of those things, good. Even more reason to listen with an open mind. I told Julie I was skeptical during the interview, and we talked about that […]

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Julie Ryan, Medical Intuitive

In the latest Causes or Cures podcast, I had a great chat with Julie Ryan, a medical intuitive, psychic and energy healer. If you’re skeptical about all of those things, good. Even more reason to listen with an open mind. I told Julie I was skeptical during the interview, and we talked about that and how she handles skepticism in general. Interestingly enough, a medical professional in my family discovered that she has abilities similar to Julie Ryan’s. Again, I was skeptical, but after you listen to the stories, one starts to wonder if there’s any truth to it. As someone educated within the strict and rigid boundaries of traditional medicine, one thing doctors never learn, at least in medical school, is how to think outside the box. Evidence matters, but so does a humble acknowledgment of the vast amount of things we don’t know about the Mind, Body and Spirit.

Julie Ryan, Medical Intuitive

Before Julie Ryan started a career as a medical intuitive, she founded several companies and invented surgical devices that are used around the world. Some of the services Julie Ryan offers include scanning a person for potential illnesses, energy healings, scanning pets for diseases, accessing past lives, and communication with spirits. She also helps remove ghosts from folks’ homes. During the interview, Julie Ryan discusses a time she was shocked by a ghost’s behavior. Listen and be the judge. Do you believe or don’t you? 😉

Julie Ryan also discusses  the “12 Phases of Transition” everyone goes through when he/she is dying, some of her specific experiences, including the most alarming one, what she tells skeptics and her new book, Angelic Attendants. To contact Julie and learn more about her work, visit AskJulieRyan.com.   As always, you can contact me here.

To listen to the Causes or Cures podcast with Julie Ryan, Medical Intuitive, please click on the link. Share, subscribe, hit me up if you have podcast ideas…you know the drill. 😉

Other Causes or Cures Podcast Episodes to check out:

An interview with a polygamist couple on everything about polygamy, why they choose to do it and what, if any, health benefits come with it

Antidepressant withdrawal. Dr. Michael discusses how long it can last, the symptoms and what people taking antidepressants should be aware of

Dr. Fiorella Belpoggi, the woman who ran the largest animal study on EMF wireless radiation exposure discusses why you should ditch your wireless devices 

Fake balls for Dogs? Oh, yeah. Hear an entertaining and hilarious interview from the inventor of Neuticles.

 

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Fat-Shamed Celebrities and What that Does to Us https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/12/fat-shamed-celebrities-and-what-that-does-to-us/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/12/fat-shamed-celebrities-and-what-that-does-to-us/#respond Sat, 21 Dec 2019 22:40:18 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=17487 Have you ever been fat-shamed? I have. I remember the day vividly, because one always remembers the day he or she was fat-shamed. I was in junior high and in the teachers’ lounge getting my homeroom teacher’s coffee. Mr. Simon. That was his name, and Lord knows why he trusted a sixth grader to get […]

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Fat-shamed

Have you ever been fat-shamed?

I have.

I remember the day vividly, because one always remembers the day he or she was fat-shamed. I was in junior high and in the teachers’ lounge getting my homeroom teacher’s coffee. Mr. Simon. That was his name, and Lord knows why he trusted a sixth grader to get his coffee. Sometimes one of my friends would join me on my coffee mission, and because we were kids, we’d squirt Ketchup or mayonnaise in his coffee. One time I think we put a penny in it. We thought it was hilarious, and oddly enough, Mr. Simon always complimented me on how great the coffee tasted. His perpetual compliments baffle me to this day. Mr. Simon died suddenly a few years ago, and I often regret not asking him if he realized we were tampering with his coffee.

One time when I went to fetch his coffee, two of my male classmates were in the teachers’ lounge. I went to a Catholic school, so I was dressed in a plaid jumper over a white blouse. They were dressed in dark blue slacks and light blue blouses. The boys started joking about my legs. They said my calves were fat and even made obnoxious animal noises. I remember pouring the coffee, my pale legs exposed under my jumper, and wishing I could throw a blanket around them. They laughed, and it hurt. That’s all it did. Looking back, I wish I had the strength to ignore their comments, but I didn’t. I was a kid and had a lot of learning to do. I struggled with an eating disorder, the idea of being perfect and did some stupid things to my body that I mistakenly thought would make me a better athlete. If you read my book, Manic Kingdom, you’ll know that I wrestled with bulimia, an absolute monster, for years. Anyhow…fast forward several years after that incident in the teachers’ lounge, and my muscular legs got me a full, soccer scholarship to college, and the kid who made fun of me died of a heroin overdose. Of course I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. He had a lot of potential and learning to do, just like me, and I wish he never took that damn drug. But it’s interesting to discover where folks end up in life, isn’t it?

Fat-shaming doesn’t work, yet people have been doing it forever. If fat-shaming worked, logic should tell you that we wouldn’t have any problems with obesity. But, we do. Obesity is currently a top public health threat, and it’s a complicated one that requires a thoughtful strategy. Some folks claim the “Body Positive” movement is contributing to the obesity epidemic. There is no evidence for that, just a few editorials here and there. The only solid evidence we have shows that fat-shaming doesn’t motivate people to lose weight, and in fact, does the opposite. After being fat-shamed, people become unhealthier. It’s safe to say that fat-shaming is just another form of bullying, and if you fat-shame, you are a bully.

This brings me to my latest Causes or Cures podcast. I was thrilled to interview Amanda Ravary, a clinical psychologist and researcher at McGill University in Canada. Amanda conducted an interesting study in which she analyzed several high-profile incidents of celebrity fat-shaming and studied the effects they had on a large sample of women. Celebrities face constant scrutiny over their looks and weight and when they are fat-shamed, it’s in a very public way: a viral social media post, a magazine article, a TV show, etc. And while we can imagine that this is a painful experience for the person being fat-shamed, does it impact the rest of us, and if so, how? Listen to my Causes or Cures podcast with Amanda Ravery here.

I hope you consider subscribing to Causes Or Cures, too. I record all of the episodes from my NYC apartment. There is very little editing, it’s raw, honest and very real. Most of the time, it sounds pretty good and I think I get my point across. ( You tell me.) I’m going to link to some other episodes below:

The Social Brain Hypothesis for Depression, with Dr. Doug Watt

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal: One Doctor’s Horrible Experience

Wireless and Brain Cancer Risk: An Interview with Dr. Fiorella Belpoggi

Does Atheism go against the Scientific Method?

A chat with the wonderful holistic psychologist, Dr. Nicole LePera  

 

Thanks guys.

Till later,

Erin ( Dr. Eeks)

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Comedic Meditation: With Comedian Carla Collins & Katie Reese https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/12/comedic-meditation-with-comedian-carla-collins/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/12/comedic-meditation-with-comedian-carla-collins/#respond Thu, 12 Dec 2019 23:15:32 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=17442 What in the world is Comedic Meditation? Listen to this episode of my Causes or Cures podcast, and I promise you’ll want to try it. But, even before you listen, doesn’t it just sound fun? Comedic Meditation?!?  It combines two of my favorite things, comedy and meditation, to form a super zen baby. 😉 I’ve […]

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Comedic Meditation

What in the world is Comedic Meditation?

Listen to this episode of my Causes or Cures podcast, and I promise you’ll want to try it. But, even before you listen, doesn’t it just sound fun? Comedic Meditation?!?  It combines two of my favorite things, comedy and meditation, to form a super zen baby. 😉

I’ve been interested in the health effects of humor and laughter ever since I read Norman Cousins’ book, Anatomy of an Illness. In the book, Cousins talks about being diagnosed with an incredibly painful and debilitating illness, being told he was going to die, and then finding his own path to healing. Humor and laughter were key elements of his healing process, and he writes beautifully about how he used them, how they reduced his pain and how they significantly improved his overall well-being. After reading Anatomy of an Illness, I interviewed Dr. Kataria, a medical doctor based in India who invented laughter yoga after being assigned to research the health benefits of laughter. Today, laughter clubs are all over the world. I used to go to one in the heart of Times Square, but now I just laugh a lot in my living room. Then I read Dr. Paul Mcghee’s book, Humor, The Lighter Path to Resilience and Health, which dives deep into the research on humor and health benefits. He gets really specific, including how specific immune cells and organs respond to laughter and humor, so I highly recommend the read if you are interested in this topic. And that brings me to Comedic Meditation! I stumbled across comedian Carla Collins’ Instagram page and saw several posts about comedic meditation. I was intrigued and had to learn more. I reached out to Carla and she agreed to do the interview with the co-founder of Comedic Meditation, Katie Reese.

But more specifically, who are these people? Carla Collins is an award-winning comedian, originally from Canada, who performs all over the country. She’s also the bestselling author of Angels, Vampires and Douche Bags. You can watch her reality show Carlawood now showing on Amazon Prime. Katie Reese is a former comedian and co-founder of Elements of Wellness, a LA-based functional medicine and wellness center. In this episode we talk about their personal journeys, health setbacks, experiences with traditional medicine, comedy, meditation and how they collaborated to create Comedic Meditation. Click here to listen. I promise something in here will resonate with you. 😉

 

Other Causes or Cures episodes to listen to:

Mental Health and the Current Political Climate: A fun and funny conversation with Gabriel Nathan.

Polygamy: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: An interview with the polygamist couple who founded SisterWives.com

What does it really mean to be holistic: An interview with holistic psychologist Nicole LePera

 

 

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Polygamy: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/12/polygamy-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/12/polygamy-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/#respond Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:49:08 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=17439 Can polygamy work? According to Chris and Robyn Alesich, the founders of the largest polygamist dating site, SisterWives.com, it can work, but it takes a lot of work and the right people. In this Causes or Cures podcast episode, I chat with polygamist couple Robyn and Chris about their chosen lifestyle of polygamy and how […]

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Polygamy

Can polygamy work? According to Chris and Robyn Alesich, the founders of the largest polygamist dating site, SisterWives.com, it can work, but it takes a lot of work and the right people.

In this Causes or Cures podcast episode, I chat with polygamist couple Robyn and Chris about their chosen lifestyle of polygamy and how it relates to mental well-being, relationship health, the current epidemic of loneliness and the universal feeling of jealousy. Loneliness is considered a top public health threat and is  linked to a myriad of health problems, including premature death. Chris and Robyn say polygamy is the opposite of loneliness. Jealousy ruins so many relationships, so how do polygamists make it work?  Is it ever possible to overcome jealousy? Chris and Robyn say it is.

Chris and Robyn live in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and are very honest and open about polygamy, including the good, the bad and the ugly. This isn’t a marketing pitch for polygamy, it’s just a conversation with two people and an opportunity for you, the listener, to sideline your preconceived notions, tune in and learn. By the way, around the time I did this interview, Chris and Robyn had just ended a really traumatic relationship with a woman, and they weren’t in the best of moods. They were upset, fatigued and angry, you know, like every single one of us after a bad breakup. Still, they were gracious enough to do the interview and talked about the breakup, how it impacted them as a couple and how it affected their views of polygamy. The conversation is raw, honest, fun and funny, and I hope you listen with an open mind.

In case you are interested, I conducted a previous interview with Robyn and Chris on the mental health benefits of polygamy, so this podcast also serves as a follow-up from that. That post turned out to be wildly popular, so if it makes sense to you, read that first and then listen to this podcast.

Causes Or Cures: Polygamy: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, with Chris and Robyn Alesich

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write me through Blooming Wellness. I’m always looking for new ideas and potential guests for shows. And if you like the podcast, please share it and subscribe. Thanks guys!

Erin

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Killer Selfies : How Selfies Kill People, with Dr. Roger Byard https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/11/killer-selfies-how-selfies-kill-people-with-doctor-roger-byard/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/11/killer-selfies-how-selfies-kill-people-with-doctor-roger-byard/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:19:20 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=17164 It’s Killer Selfies Time! 😉 Hi guys, Have you listened to my podcast on killer selfies yet? It’s exactly what it sounds like: Selfies that have killed people. The world has an obsession with selfies, and while there are many elements to analyze from a health and wellness perspective, this episode of Causes or Cures […]

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Killer Selfies

It’s Killer Selfies Time! 😉

Hi guys,

Have you listened to my podcast on killer selfies yet? It’s exactly what it sounds like: Selfies that have killed people.

The world has an obsession with selfies, and while there are many elements to analyze from a health and wellness perspective, this episode of Causes or Cures focuses on killer selfies.

In this Causes Or Cures episode, Dr. Roger Byard discusses the forensic elements of killer selfies. Click to listen to find out who’s most at risk, the countries with the highest rate of selfie deaths and how they are responding, and some of the more dramatic examples of selfie deaths. I won’t lie: Some are worthy of Darwin awards. Dr. Byard dives into other interesting tidbits on how our obsession with selfies is impacting our physical and mental well-being. His story about his father who has dementia is especially telling.

Dr. Byard is a forensic pathologist and Professor of Pathology at The University of Adelaide. He has written over 700 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Science Medicine and Pathology. If you watch The History Channel, you might have seen him recently featured in Lawless: The Real Bushrangers. He also has a book coming out called The Pathology of Old Age, that I can’t wait to read.

Click to listen all about Killer Selfies! Consider subscribing to my podcast, too, as I plan on having a plethora of interesting people on in the future, and I’ve already featured many brilliant minds with brilliant stories and wisdom about current health topics and health risks. Admittedly, I was slow to post a podcast this past month, because I’ve been busy with work and writing two books. One is a parody on the wellness industry and the other is a fictional book about a girl caught between two worlds. I try to write two chapters a night, but that means other things don’t get done. You know how it is- time management! Sigh! 😉

Other interesting topics to check out:

EMF Shields Don’t Work

Are Lefties Really Crazier? 

Ten Health Benefits of Coffee

 

 

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Is Age Your Dictator? Change that. https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/11/is-age-your-dictator-dont-let-it-be-as-its-holding-you-back/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/11/is-age-your-dictator-dont-let-it-be-as-its-holding-you-back/#respond Wed, 06 Nov 2019 16:32:50 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=17047 Is Age your dictator? How many times do you hear someone say he/she is too old to do something? Too old to start, too old to go back to school, too old to make a desired career change, too old to get married, too old to travel, too late to start, the ship has sailed…the […]

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Is Age your dictator? How many times do you hear someone say he/she is too old to do something? Too old to start, too old to go back to school, too old to make a desired career change, too old to get married, too old to travel, too late to start, the ship has sailed…the list is endless. Maybe you say such things to yourself. I know I have.

It’s good to be practical about age. If women want kids, they need to be conscious of their biological clock. Men, too, since a lot of kid illnesses are linked to old(er) sperm. As we age, we should be aware that our bones become more brittle and our muscles weaken. Our memories dull, our eating and sleep patterns change, and our risk for illness increases. We should be conscious of these things, take precautions and do what we can to prevent or slow down the inevitable changes of aging.

However, it’s not healthy to make Age our dictator, though mainstream society indoctrinates us to do this. Society tells women they lose their desirability by a certain age, causing many to devote huge chunks of their live to camouflaging the inescapable, natural transitions of aging. ( Imagine what they could be doing instead?) People fear wrinkles and age spots like they’re Scarlet Letters instead of regular signs of the passage of time. Corporate hiring managers prefer younger candidates, often passing up older, more qualified ones, who lose hope and give up on applying. Countless people have preconceived notions about what age is too old to do what, as if these are rules written in stone. In many ways, we are part of an inescapable system that, stupidly, only values youth, and when we internalize society’s values as our own, we set ourselves up for misery and disappointment.

I often tell people that to be healthy, one must tell conventional society to go to hell. I view mainstream society as an illness. If I could send it a “Get Well Soon” card, I would. Not only is Age its dictator, but mainstream society has sick and twisted standards and values that don’t benefit individuals. We need to be brave and set our own damn values and follow our own damn dictators.

Don’t let Age be your dictator. Don’t let it stop you from starting something or doing something you really want to do. It’s only too late to do something if YOU decide it’s too late to do something. None of us are promised another day, but imagine if we all did nothing because “we might die tomorrow.” One of the saddest things is seeing people who made Age their dictator staying stagnant in one spot, uninspired, bitter, miserable and depressed about how “old” they look. Is that a healthy way to spend your life? I don’t think so.

Make your own values. Set your own standards. Follow your own timeline, and trust that the timing is right. If people around you make Age their dictator and that negatively impacts you, detox them from your life. It’s never too late to find a new tribe. It’s never too late to start. It’s never too late to go for a dream. – Dr. E

Also check out-

Dr. Erin’s book Manic Kingdom. Dare to think differently about mental illness.

Are Lefties Crazier?

The truth about the Vaccine War

Hypnobirthing and Pregnancy: How it Helps

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Tryptophan for Depression? What about 5-HTP? https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/10/tryptophan-and-5-htp-for-depression-and-sleep-does-it-work/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/10/tryptophan-and-5-htp-for-depression-and-sleep-does-it-work/#respond Fri, 25 Oct 2019 12:14:19 +0000 http://www.bloomingwellness.com/blog/?p=5127 Tryptophan is most known for causing “Turkey coma” on Thanksgiving Day, but you’ve probably seen it sold in drug stores as a potential cure for depression. Can Tryptophan cure or help with depression? Let’s take a look at the evidence…, but basics first. What is Tryptophan? Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, which means that […]

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Tryptophan is most known for causing “Turkey coma” on Thanksgiving Day, but you’ve probably seen it sold in drug stores as a potential cure for depression. Can Tryptophan cure or help with depression? Let’s take a look at the evidence…, but basics first.

What is Tryptophan?

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, which means that we cannot manufacture it on our own and get it from our diet. Tryptophan is a precursor for serotonin, a chemical long associated with depression. Older theories associated low serotonin with depression, but more recent theories suggest an irregularity in the metabolism of serotonin. Remember, serotonin ( low, high or irregular) is just one theory for depression. For others, please read one of my earlier blog posts.

Is Low Tryptophan Linked to Depression?

There is evidence that shows that acute tryptophan depletion causes depressive symptoms in otherwise healthy individuals , as well as exacerbates symptoms in those with a mental illness diagnosis. A review by Reilly et al. shows that acute tryptophan depletion increases feelings of panic and aggression, and another study shows that it can affect one’s ability to learn. I found that interesting, since “difficulty concentrating” is a common symptom of depression. I experienced that during my struggle with depression, and went from being a high school valedictorian to a top student at West Point to practically failing during my first year of medical school when my depression hit.

Evidence indicates that there may be sex differences when it comes to low tryptophan. Sambeth et al. analyzed nine studies and showed that acute tryptophan depletion impaired both delayed and immediate recall (memory). He then stratified the data by sex and discovered that memory deficits were worst for females than males. Another study by Robinson et al showed that acute tryptophan depletion in healthy females is more likely to cause a negative mood in women who have previously experienced low mood and tryptophan depletion than those who have not. This study is interesting because depression has a notorious boomerang effect. My take away from the Robinson study is that women who aren’t currently depressed, but have a history of depression, may be most affected by tryptophan depletion.

Does Supplementing with Tryptophan via Pill or Diet Help Depression? 

Maybe. There’s not a robust body of evidence, but there are a few studies that stand out. A randomized controlled trial showed that adding 2 mg of tryptophan to 20 mg of Fluoxetine ( an SSRI) may have a more rapid antidepressant effect and help with insomnia, a common side effect when first starting an SSRI. I’m not a huge fan of SSRIs for depression, but I feel this study is worth mentioning. A small randomized controlled trial involving 25 healthy female volunteers compared a high tryptophan diet vs. a low tryptophan diet. The women who followed the high tryptophan diet had significantly lower symptoms of depression and anxiety.

For anyone whose depression gets worse when premenstrual or for anyone with premenstrual dysphoria, a placebo-controlled, randomized controlled trial showed a significant decrease in premenstrual dysphoria ( mood swings, irritability and tension) in women who took 6 grams of L-tryptophan per day, starting on the day of ovulation till the 3rd day of their menstrual cycle.

What is 5-HTP and how does it relate to Tryptophan?

5-HTP stands for 5-hydroxytryptophan and is part of the metabolic pathway to create serotonin from tryptophan.

5-HTP is commonly sold in health stores and marketed as a treatment for depression. Does supplementing with 5-HTP help depression? Maybe. The evidence is of low-medium quality, but it seems to work better than placebo. If you decide you want to try a supplement, be sure to trust the supplement company that makes it. If you’re like me and prefer to boost tryptophan and 5-HTP via diet,  see below for a list of foods that are high in tryptophan. If you are a vegetarian, soybeans are a very good source of tryptophan, and of course you can always take a supplement.

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What is the Relationship between Tryptophan, Depression & BAD Sleep?

If you are a frequent visitor of my blog, you’ll know that I write a lot about the relationship between depression and bad sleep. When I used to work as the chief of research for an international digital mental health company, we often marketed our insomnia program for depression. The reason we did that is because research shows that if you treat a depressed person’s insomnia and/or bad sleep habits, his/her depression will get better. This is without addressing the depression at all, which makes me wonder what percentage of “depression” cases are really cases of bad sleep? Of course, depression can lead to bad sleep habits, so I think it’s important to remember that depression and sleep have a chicken/egg relationship.

The reason I’m bringing up sleep is because tryptophan is a precursor for serotonin which is a precursor for melatonin. Melatonin is commonly nicknamed the “Vampire Hormone,” because it is the hormone that “only comes out when it’s dark,” and enables us to get the sleep we need for mental and physical wellbeing. It really does act like a vampire, because any light in your bedroom ( including the soft glow of phone lights), will interfere with melatonin secretion.  When we aren’t making enough or secreting enough melatonin, we won’t sleep well, and that can lead to symptoms of depression.

Tryptophan, Depression and Sleep

 

Hope this blog helps explain the relationship between tryptophan, 5-HTP and depression. See below for links to other ways diet may impact mood.

The riddle of Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Depression

The best diet for Depression: What the Research Says.

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Alkaline Water and its Health Claims https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/10/alkaline-water-and-its-faulty-health-claims/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/10/alkaline-water-and-its-faulty-health-claims/#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2019 21:41:38 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=16886 Unless you’ve never set foot into a natural health store, you’ve heard of alkaline water and its health claims. Alkaline water, or high pH water,  is a very popular wellness product and one you’ll see in natural stores across the country. Along with alkaline water, the alkaline diet is also very popular, with many websites […]

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Unless you’ve never set foot into a natural health store, you’ve heard of alkaline water and its health claims. Alkaline water, or high pH water,  is a very popular wellness product and one you’ll see in natural stores across the country. Along with alkaline water, the alkaline diet is also very popular, with many websites and books dedicated to it. Both alkaline water and the alkaline diet are linked to various health benefits, but is there any solid evidence to support these claims?

In this Causes or Cures podcast episode, I chat with Dr. Tanis Fenton, a researcher who studied the alkaline diet, alkaline water, and the many health claims. Through her research, she discovered the health claims made about alkaline water and the alkaline diet are unfounded and make no sense on a basic scientific level. Yet, alkaline water is very popular, and one can only assume due to spiffy marketing tactics and possibly the placebo effect. Dr. Fenton is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary, a Registered Dietitian, Epidemiologist and Evidence Analyst for Dietitians of Canada. She is the Nutrition Research Lead for Alberta Health Sciences.

I truly hope you listen to the podcast on alkaline water, but before someone accuses me of being “paid by Big Pharma,” like someone did in a natural health Facebook group, I want to assure you that’s not the case. In fact, based on my podcasts about psychiatric medication and the opioid epidemic, Big Pharma probably hates me. Questioning the legitimacy of  health claims surrounding a natural health product or alternative treatment does not make me a pawn of Big Pharma. It makes me logical. In fact, I think it’s smart to not take sides and make it a habit to question everything.

If you don’t listen to the podcast on alkaline water, the most important thing to remember is this: Our blood pH has a very narrow range. It’s between 7.35 and 7.45. When there is a disturbance to the normal pH range, meaning if our blood becomes either acidic (low pH) or basic (high pH), our lungs and kidneys work hard to bring our blood’s pH back to the range of 7.35-7.45. It’s our lungs and kidneys job to ensure that our blood pH remains between 7.35-7.45, because that is the range in which our enzymes ( molecules involved in every bodily reaction) work. When our blood pH is outside the range of 7.35-7.45, our enzymes and organs don’t function properly. People who have blood pH levels outside the range of 7.35-7.45  for a long enough time, are usually very ill.

Also, folks who drink alkaline water believe it’s “making their blood alkaline” because urine strips show that their urine has a high pH. This is 100% false. The urine having a high pH does not have any meaning when it comes to the pH of blood. In fact, because our organs run a tight ship when it comes to keeping our blood pH in a specific range, it’s probably nearly impossible to shift our blood pH through diet and drink alone.

Anyhow, hope you listen to the podcast. I included a graphic to go along with the above explanation on blood pH. Please check it out.

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EMF Shields Don’t Work https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/10/emf-shields-dont-work/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/10/emf-shields-dont-work/#respond Sun, 06 Oct 2019 19:48:20 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=16755 EMF shields don’t work. At least 99.9% of them. That is what I learned in my latest Causes Or Cures podcast featuring Dr. Paul Heroux. Dr. Heroux is an expert on electromagnetism and EMF radiation. He has his PhD in physics and is a researcher who focuses on EMF exposure and biological effects. He is […]

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EMF shields don’t work. At least 99.9% of them.

That is what I learned in my latest Causes Or Cures podcast featuring Dr. Paul Heroux. Dr. Heroux is an expert on electromagnetism and EMF radiation. He has his PhD in physics and is a researcher who focuses on EMF exposure and biological effects. He is highly published in this area and runs InVitro Plus, a toxicology laboratory out of McGill University Health Center, which is dedicated to studying the therapeutic and pathological effects of electromagnetism. He has analyzed several EMF shields on the market, including their scientific claims, and in the podcast explains why EMF shields don’t work.

That said, Dr. Heroux is clear about where he stands on EMF radiation and biological effects. Exposure to EMF radiation is harmful. EMF exposure comes from things like our cell phones, Bluetooth headphones and other wireless devices, laptops, etc.) The harm ( in the form of neurological dysfunction, cancer, infertility, etc.) may take years to manifest, as is the case with radiation exposure, but despite what the tech and phone companies tell you, the risk is real AND supported by quality evidence. Sadly, the populations most at risk are kids and unborn babies. Birth professionals are increasingly telling pregnant people to minimize their EMF exposure and schools in other countries ( not the USA yet, sadly) are minimizing use of wireless.

We definitely need to find a solution to our growing exposure to EMF radiation, but EMF shields aren’t it. I see them everywhere and have a lot of friends and family members who stick them on their devices, but…they don’t work. Sorry. Listen to my podcast with Dr. Heroux to learn why EMF shields don’t work. In fact, not only do EMF shields not work, they may actually be INCREASING your exposure to EMF radiation. Dr. Heroux explains why in the podcast. He also reaffirmed the beneficial behavioral changes we can make to reliably reduce exposure- things I’ve discussed with other EMF radiation researchers in previous podcasts. ( Most of them also said EMF shields don’t work, but I wanted to talk to Dr. Heroux, an expert in this area, to confirm.)

Some of these behavioral changes include:

1. Connecting to the internet via Fiber Optic cables.

2. Turn your wireless off at home when you aren’t using it.

3. Turn your wireless off at night. ( You can get a meter to set this for you, so you don’t have to manually do it every night.)

4. Distance REALLY matters! Your exposure to EMF radiation decreases by the square of the distance between your body and the EMF-emitting device. What does this practically mean? Keep your phone away from your body as much as possible. Talk using speaker phone. Also keep Bluetooth headphones or ear buds away from your body and precious brains.

5. Use wired headphones, not Bluetooth or wireless.

6. If you are pregnant, don’t put an EMF-emitting device directly on your belly and try to minimize EMF exposure as much as possible.

7 If you have kids, minimize EMF exposure as much as possible.

8. If you have a dog or a cat, make sure they don’t nap near ( or on) an EMF-emitting device.

Thanks for reading and/or listening to the podcast. I think this is an important topic so please share and tell your friends. Especially your pregnant friends and friends with kids. Hope you subscribe to my podcast too!  🙂 –  Erin

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Natural, Homemade Sunscreen: More than 70% Don’t Work https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/09/natural-homemade-sunscreen-the-truth-about-whether-or-not-they-work/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/09/natural-homemade-sunscreen-the-truth-about-whether-or-not-they-work/#respond Mon, 23 Sep 2019 17:41:47 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=16662     Natural, homemade sunscreen has become tremendously popular , because folks are scared of the chemicals in many conventional sunscreens. But does natural, homemade sunscreen work to prevent sun burns, sun spots or skin cancer? The short answer is No. In my latest Causes Or Cures podcast, I interviewed Dr. Julie Merten who recently […]

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Natural, Homemade Sunscreen

 

Natural, homemade sunscreen has become tremendously popular , because folks are scared of the chemicals in many conventional sunscreens. But does natural, homemade sunscreen work to prevent sun burns, sun spots or skin cancer? The short answer is No.

In my latest Causes Or Cures podcast, I interviewed Dr. Julie Merten who recently did a study on natural, homemade sunscreen recipes on Pinterest. Dr. Merten is an associate professor of public health at the University of North Florida. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Public Health Review and Chair of the Skin Cancer Prevention Task Force for the Northeast Florida Cancer Control Collaborative. Her research involves behavioral skin cancer prevention. Her recent work on natural, homemade sunscreen recipes on Pinterest was published in Health Communication: “Pinterest Homemade Sunscreens : A Recipe for a Sunburn.”

My podcast with Dr. Merten is worth listening to, because we talk a lot about various aspects of sunscreen: What works, what doesn’t, the SPF riddle, and in general, who or where people are getting their health and wellness advice from. That last one is important, since social media has become folks’ go-to for wellness advice. I often see trendy wellness sites or wellness “influencers” post a spiffy graphic with a bit of health advice that isn’t backed by quality evidence, doesn’t make sense or is simply not true. Personal anecdotes are nice, and can be helpful, but they aren’t quality data. My advice is this: When you are searching for wellness advice online:

1)  Look for randomized controlled trials, meta-analyses or well-done cohort studies for evidence

2) Look at the job and/or credentials of the person giving the advice (And if he/she doesn’t have credentials, does he/she understand science/biology well or at the least, how to differentiate between quality evidence vs poor evidence?)

3) Is the person/website selling anything?

4) At the end of the day, do you trust the person/website?

Advice rooted only in anecdotes or tradition does not mean it’s not useful. It might be very good and helpful, and simply not studied in a large trial. Trials are tedious and expensive. Still, to make an informed decision about a product or taking someone’s health advice, it’s important to know the type of evidence you are working with.

Back to natural, homemade sunscreens:

If you listen to my podcast with Dr. Merten, you’ll learn who is making these homemade sunscreens and the ingredients they are using. You’ll hear that over 70% of these natural, homemade sunscreen recipes offered insufficient protection from the sun. You’ll hear about their “SPF” ( Sun Protection Values) values that were not scientifically derived from any sort of solar simulator, but seemingly pulled from the air and listed as fact. I also brought up the fact that mainstream sunscreen companies notoriously exaggerate their SPF values to trick and entice sunscreen users. Dr. Merten acknowledged that this happens and said it’s wrong. She said that an SPF value above 30 is essentially meaningless. As someone who was always a sucker for the highest SPF, lately I buy nothing over 30.

Dr. Merten also addressed common, legitimate concerns when it comes to sunscreen: Is it inhibiting Vitamin D absorption? What about the chemicals that may be endocrine disrupters? What about the coral reefs?

I use a bunch of natural products ( some have good evidence and some don’t), but sunscreen isn’t something I mess around with. I’m pale, I burn easily and skin cancer runs in my family. I need to know my sunscreen works. That said, I’m also concerned about the chemicals in sunscreen, and brought up that concern with Dr. Merten in the podcast. The chemicals I am talking about are avobenzone and oxybenzone, also commonly found in nail polish and hairspray. Both have been linked to disrupting hormones and birth defects if exposed while in utero. I asked her about a recent study published in JAMA. It was a randomized controlled trial that showed that the application of 4 popular sunscreen brands raises our plasma level of avobenzone and oxybenzone above the recommended FDA threshold. To me, that’s concerning. Dr. Merten knew about the study and gave her opinion on the podcast. (It’s interesting, so listen!)


The good news is that we can avoid the chemical-containing sunscreens altogether, and it’s not by using a natural, homemade sunscreen we are unsure of.  Sunscreen is either a chemical blocker ( like the ones containing Benzones) or it is a physical blocker. The physical-blocking sunscreens contains Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide that, instead of producing a chemical reaction, physically block the sun’s rays. These are mineral-based sunscreens, and those are the ones I use.

In conclusion, I want to stress that sunscreen isn’t proven to stop skin cancer. It helps prevent it, but it’s not a cure-all. If you are worried about sun exposure, it’s most important to stay out of the sun or wear wide hats and big sunglasses when you are in the sun. In a later blog, I am going to come back to the Vitamin D issue and how it relates to sun exposure, because it’s an important one.

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Apple Cider Vinegar and Health: Is it Really a Cure-All? https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/09/apple-cider-vinegar-and-health-is-it-really-acureall/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/09/apple-cider-vinegar-and-health-is-it-really-acureall/#respond Sat, 21 Sep 2019 23:24:34 +0000 http://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=9900     I want to start this blog on Apple Cider Vinegar and Health, by sharing an original song I wrote:   View this post on Instagram Just another laundry day, trying to pass time and thinking about that God-like miracle cure #applecidervinegar…. #healthyeating #laundryday #laundryroom #miraclecures #holistic #wellness. DC: This is sarcasm. A post […]

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Apple Cider Vinegar and Health

 

I want to start this blog on Apple Cider Vinegar and Health, by sharing an original song I wrote:

 

Thank you for listening to my tune about Apple Cider Vinegar and Health. Okay…that little ditty was sarcasm, but I have met people who use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for everything- from warts to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to preventing AIDS. If you google Apple Cider Vinegar (Which is a weak acid, Acetic Acid),  you’ll see that it is good for everything. Google is an optimist like that, but it’s not just Google. My best friend from home swears by it for preventing the flu and common colds. She tells me that when she starts to feel the least bit tired and her nose starts to drizzle, she immediately takes a spoonful of Apple Cider Vinegar, and it keeps her well. I have another friend who told me he uses it for pink eye. He told me that it’s the only thing that clears it up super-fast. I have a relative who says that since she’s started taking a spoonful of Apple Cider Vinegar a day, she feels less tired and more energetic. A lot of folks I know use it to “detox,” but they usually can’t define what exactly it is they are “flushing” out of their bodies.

I use Organic Apple Cider Vinegar ( with the mother) on a regular basis, but I don’t think it’s a super food or a super nutrient or a super vinegar. I don’t believe it’s a panacea. I don’t think any food or food-related item is super, nor do I think any food is 100% bad.  Those are privileged first-world distinctions that drive me nuts. Do you know what a “super food” is in a starving, developing nation? Any darn thing they can put in their mouths.

What does research tell us about Apple Cider Vinegar and Health?

Based on the studies I’ve read, I use Apple Cider Vinegar after big, carbohydrate dinners or sugary desserts. One study in Type Two Diabetic patients showed that ingesting vinegar ( note: Any kind) after meals that rank high on the glycemic index ( meals that contain heavy carbs & sugars) significantly reduces blood glucose levels. It has also been shown to reduce post-meal insulin levels. Reducing blood glucose levels after meals, especially in Type 2 Diabetics, helps lower your risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. Metabolic syndrome is what you want to avoid. In general, Metabolic Syndrome is classified by a cluster of events: (Insulin Resistance, Abdominal Obesity, Dyslipidemia and Endothelial Dysfunction.) Getting Metabolic Syndrome sets you up for a devastating cardiac event. Now,  I’m not a Type 2 Diabetic, but I’m paranoid of getting Metabolic Syndrome and like to keep my sugar on the low side. A couple other studies support the notion that regularly taking Apple Cider Vinegar not only improves short-term glucose control but long-term too, as measured by the HA1C values. (HA1C is Hemoglobin A1C and it tells you how well someone is managing their diabetes or glucose control long-term.)

HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU TAKE?

I mix 4 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar with 8 tsp of water. (If you are trying to control your Type 2 Diabetes this way, you want to keep ingesting this consistently after meals.)

Apple Cider Vinegar may also improve cholesterol levels and triglyceride levelsIt may even slow down dangerous fat build-up in our livers.   NO research specifically states that Apple Cider Vinegar helps you lose weight, however, I can see how better glucose regulation could help control weight gain. If you want to lose weight, you’re better off exercising and cutting calories than depending on Apple Cider Vinegar to do it. I know it’s not sexy, but that’s life. Losing weight and keeping it off requires time, work and commitment.

In my research on Apple Cider Vinegar and health, I saw a lot of patents pending for the use of  Apple Cider Vinegar to fight Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), though I couldn’t find any legitimate evidence, aside from personal testimony, that it works for this. Personal anecdotes are not strong data. One patent claimed that the combination of Apple Cider Vinegar and garlic works against GERD. I have no idea. If it works for your GERD, great, just don’t burn your esophageal lining. A lot of folks don’t dilute their dose of Apple Cider Vinegar with water and end up burning themselves. Speaking of burns, a lot of the literature on Apple Cider Vinegar is cautionary case studies of individuals using Apple Cider Vinegar to remove warts, skin tags, pimples, etc., and accidentally burning themselves. Unless you want a Darwin award, don’t do that.

In closing, if Apple Cider Vinegar works for you, awesome. Keep doing what you’re doing, as long as you’re safe, logical and not delusional. It’s not a panacea no matter how much you want to believe it is.

 

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Cell Phones, Wireless and Pregnancy and the link to ADHD https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/09/cell-phones-pregnancy-fetal-health-effects-interview-yale-hospitals-chief-ob-gyn-dr-hugh-taylor/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/09/cell-phones-pregnancy-fetal-health-effects-interview-yale-hospitals-chief-ob-gyn-dr-hugh-taylor/#respond Mon, 09 Sep 2019 19:26:19 +0000 http://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=11017 What’s the deal with cell phones, wireless and pregnancy? Can being exposed to EMF radiation while in utero lead to ADHD, cognitive dysfunction and behavioral problems? One top doctor shows it can. While the latest and greatest new gadget is exciting and trendy, I always wonder how it impacts our health, especially that of a […]

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What’s the deal with cell phones, wireless and pregnancy? Can being exposed to EMF radiation while in utero lead to ADHD, cognitive dysfunction and behavioral problems? One top doctor shows it can.

While the latest and greatest new gadget is exciting and trendy, I always wonder how it impacts our health, especially that of a vulnerable, developing baby. No one ever discusses health implications when a new phone or wireless gadget hits the market, because we are way more focused on all the cool things it can do. It’s no secret that technology evolves at a super fast rate, but the human body does not. We are adaptable, but how adaptable? We can be exposed to a lot of potentially harmful things and be fine, but how much is too much? This is one reason I always tell pregnant people to minimize cell phone use, exposure to Bluetooth and wireless, and if they use our ZENBands for hypnobirthing, plug into a cheap Mp3 player. Better safe than sorry.

Today I’m excited to talk to Dr. Hugh Taylor, a highly accomplished doctor and researcher who conducted a randomized controlled trial on the effects of cell phones on pregnant mice. While mice aren’t human, they are biochemically and genetically very similar. Dr. Taylor is the chief of Ob/Gyn at Yale New Haven Hospital. He is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Yale, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Taylor is the editor-in-chief of the journal Reproductive Sciences and editor of Endocrinology. He serves on the board of directors of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and is on the governing council of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI).

Erin: Can you tell us about the study you did on pregnant mice and cell phones and the key findings?

Dr. Taylor:  Sure. We had two groups of pregnant mice and put cell phones on top of their cages. One phone was always on, and always communicating with a cell phone tower. The control group used a cell phone that was plugged in, but it was not communicating with a tower, so it wasn’t getting any radiation. But it used the same charger, cord, and had the same set up. The active phone was silent and muted, to make sure noise didn’t interfere with the findings or stress the mice out. It was well-controlled. We exposed the pregnant mice throughout the entire pregnancy, and saw some pretty dramatic findings in the offspring. Behavioral wise, the two groups were quite different. In the active cell phone group, the offspring had significant memory reduction. They were more hyper-active, and less fearful about it. In other words, they were forgetful and bouncing off the wall, but didn’t have a care in the world. The closest thing that we think it resembled is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. We tested on various cages too, to make sure the cage itself didn’t create a difference.  What we were looking at was fetal brain development, the time we think the brain is most vulnerable and most sensitive to exposures, much more so than adult brains. Only fetal brains were exposed to the cell phones, and we removed the phones after birth.  Then we studied the behavior of the mice at all ages, and the differences existed for all the time frames, meaning they behaved differently throughout the duration of their life.

Erin: You also took tissue samples and did pathological studies? 

Dr. Taylor:  Yes, we took the brains out, tested some of the neurons and showed that the electrical currents in the brains between groups were different. The synapses fired differently, so there were different electrical potential across the cells. This tells us why they have these different behaviors, because there really is different wiring in the brain. Again, these mice weren’t exposed to cell phones after birth. So our findings are related to exposure only during birth. The prenatal brain was permanently altered and programmed differently throughout life.

Erin: The effects remained the same throughout the rodent’s lifecycle?

Dr. Taylor:  It did not dissipate. We looked at the effect of aging, though haven’t published those findings yet, so I don’t want to go into details. Suffice to say that at any point, at any age, the difference remained when compared to the control group. Also, this isn’t an all or nothing response. It’s a dose-related response, which means limiting cell phone exposure can have a significant positive effect. Not using the cell phone 24 hours a day would probably be helpful.

Erin: Can you think of any anecdotal evidence or case studies in humans related to this, that you can talk about? 

Dr. Taylor: There is more than anecdotal studies. I referenced one in the paper if you have that (Reference 11) . There are a lot of studies that show that women who were pregnant and lived near cell phone towers or talked a lot on their phones during pregnancy were more likely to have children with behavioral problems. The issue of that is, is it an association? It doesn’t prove cause and effect. The first critical response is usually, “Well of course they have kids with behavior issues! They are always on the phone and not paying attention to their kids.”  You always have to worry about those confounders when an association is all you’re finding. In the mouse study, the critics would say, “Well it’s a mouse, it’s not human,” but I think you need to pay attention when all the evidence is pointing in the same direction. The mouse study was carefully controlled.  The mice are genetically the same, eat the same diet are in the same cages and exposed to the radiation for the same length of time.  The only difference between the two groups of mice was the cell phone exposure, so you know that’s cause and effect, whereas in the human studies, there are so many variables you can’t control for. But when a carefully controlled animal study and the human studies are saying the same thing, that’s pretty compelling evidence, in my mind, that the association is strong.

Erin: Did you notice any other health effects besides behavioral ones, like cancers., etc?

Dr. Taylor: The NIHS has done better studies on other health effects of cell phones. In our study, there wasn’t an increase in cancers, but we really didn’t have enough mice to evaluate those types of effects. You need a bigger study to do that, and we weren’t powered adequately to do that. So it’s not surprising we didn’t find that.

Erin: From a practical perspective, what should pregnant women do to minimize their risk? 

Dr. Taylor: The first thing is this: It’s pretty clear that cell phone exposure can be harmful, but it is a dose-related response. So limit your cell phone exposure. Don’t talk 24/7. More importantly than that, don’t keep your cell phone right next to your abdomen where your baby is growing. The cell phone intensity drops quickly and is related to the square of the distance between you and the phone. So going from 1 foot to 2 feet away would be a quarter of exposure and 10 feet would be 1/100 of exposure. So it drops very quickly.  I tell people very simple things, like at night, don’t have your cell phone on your abdomen or your pillow. Use wired headphones. Turn it off or put it somewhere else, like on a table or desk on the far side of the room. Simple things. It’s important to remember that the cell phone is constantly communicating with the cell phone tower and always giving off radiation and sending out signals whether you are talking on it or not.

Erin: And during the day?

Dr. Taylor:  A lot of women carry their phones in a purse, their pockets and have it by their side.  Just get it away from your abdomen. It’s a simple thing.

Erin: Are you doing more research in this area?

Dr. Taylor: It’s tough to get funding, but in the future, there will be more papers that come out on this topic from our group.

Erin: You see kids getting diagnosed with ADHD at younger and younger ages. Do you think this type of cell phone exposure has anything to do with that? 

Dr. Taylor: It sure may. There are probably a lot of reasons for that. I’m not an expert in that field, but that is what we’ve seen in the epidemiologic evidence and animals. That is the closest diagnose. Hyperactivity, inability to concentrate, reduced memory…, exactly the type of the thing we were seeing.

In summary, guys, I’m posting the below graphic for ways you can minimize your exposure to EMFs. Also check out my Causes Or Cures podcast on which I interview top researchers on how EMFs are impacting our health in other ways. Worth a listen!

Wireless Headphones and Cancer

 

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Thanks for reading!

Erin Stair, MD, MPH 

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