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The gut microbiome in a nutshell

gut health, Immunity, Inflammation, Lifestyle, microbiome, Nutrition, Wellness

‘Microbiome’ noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)  1. the microorganisms, both flora and fauna, that inhabit a particular region, when considered collectively. 2000 years ago, Hippocrates said ‘all disease begins in the gut’ – and boy how right he was… Naturopathic physicians have long known this to be true and more often then not,…

Astragalus membranaceus monograph

Anti viral, Herbal Medicine, Immunity, tonic herbs, Wellness

Astragalus membranaceus (monograph by Dan Sipple 2015) Constituents The biologically active constituents of most medicinal significance in Astragalus are the Polysaccharides and Saponins. The remaining components of Astragalus include triterpenoid Saponins (Astragalosides I to VIII) Isoflavonoids, Polysaccharides, Phytosterols (including Beta-sitosterol), Flavonoids, Essential oils, and Amino acids. Summary of actions: Immune-enhancing Immunomodulatory Hepatoprotective Antiviral Adaptogen Cardiotonic…

Autoimmune disease & the Th1/Th2 paradigm

Anti inflammatories, Autoimmune disease, Herbal Medicine, Immunity, Inflammation, Medicinal Mushrooms

During my pre-university days of research and trying to bio-hack my way out of the autoimmune conundrum, I became fascinated by an area of research that was gaining momentum in the world of functional medicine and how chronic inflammatory illnesses were treated. It highlighted the importance in re-establishing “Immune balance” when treating autoimmune disease in…