Introduction "One man's food is another man's poison"---simply put, people can have extremely different reactions to the same food. For example, eggs are a great source of protein, but if a person is allergic, then the egg may be the cause of symptoms and illness. Furthermore, the digestive tract, which is responsible for food breakdown and absorption, accounts for 70% of the immune system, thus food allergies may lead to chronic colds and infection. A food allergy is defined as an abnormal...

Introduction Estrogen dominance is a metabolic state where the level of estrogen outweighs the level of progesterone in the body. This state of imbalance results from either a decrease in available progesterone or an increase in estrogen. Progesterone levels may drop when the body is under stress as the adrenal glands sequester progesterone. This state of low progesterone will automatically cause the body to perceive a higher estrogen level which may trigger a state of estrogen dominance....

Introduction Eczema is an intense, itchy, inflammatory skin disease found on the tender areas of elbows, knees, wrists and neck. Afflicted individuals have difficulty converting essential fatty acids. It is most common in infants and children. Psoriasis is a common adult skin disorder, marked by plaques and silvery scales on the skin, caused by a too-rapid replication and pile up of skin cells. It usually affects the scalp, and the outsides of the elbows, wrists, knees, etc. Drugs can produce...

Introduction Eating disorders are not limited to one age, sex, or ethnicity, although they do tend to be most prevalent in Caucasian teenage females. For 35% of women, and over 75% of American teen-age girls, looking good means being bone thin. The truth is that thin does not necessarily mean healthy and healthy does not mean thin! Striving to meet this abnormal standard means thinness at any cost, leading to eating disorders that are extremely hard to overcome, and may be fatal. Men are not...

Introduction Diabetes (medically known as diabetes mellitus) is a condition characterized by poorly managed blood sugar levels that elevate in response to insufficient production and/or utilization of the hormone, insulin. Insulin promotes the absorption of glucose at the cell site in an effort to convert sugar into energy. In diabetes, the body either fails to utilize insulin efficiently, does not make enough insulin, or both. The result is an accumulation of glucose in the blood, which, if...

Introduction Depression is the most common adult psychiatric disorder, and it is on the rise worldwide. Mood disorders affect 19 million Americans and we spend over $20 billion on treatment. Depression is a combination of genetic, biochemical, environmental, and psychological factors. It is often closely tied to disease. Illnesses may precede the depression, cause it, and/or be a consequence of it. A poor diet high in processed carbohydrates, simple sugars, alcohol and caffeine, has been...

Introduction More than 30,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with Crohn's disease. Crohn's is recognized as segments of inflammation involving the lining of the bowel and their supporting tissues usually involving the colon, small intestine, and/or large intestine. A strictly followed, highly nutritious, mild foods diet is an effective, non-toxic alternative to cortico-steroid drugs. Long-term steroid usage has serious effects including a built up tolerance,osteoporosis, weight...

Introduction Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition of prolonged and severe lethargy or weariness that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other conditions. Numerous, variable symptoms accompany the disease, which most often occurs in females. Most researchers accept that there are a wide group of viruses are involved. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), herpes simplex viruses (genital and oral), and cytomegalovirus (CMV) are clearly implicated. Candida albicans yeast and...

Introduction Cholesterol is a lipid-like steroid substance produced by the liver and transported throughout the bloodstream in all mammals. It is an essential component of mammalian cell membranes, where it is required to establish proper membrane permeability and fluidity. In addition, cholesterol is an important precursor molecule for the biosynthesis of bile acids, steroid hormones, and several fat-soluble vitamins. The fact is our bodies need cholesterol. However, there is a difference...

Introduction Celiac disease is a genetic disease which causes a hypersensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat (durum, semolina, spelt, kamut, and tritacale), rye, and barley. Celiac affects 1 out of every 133 people, yet 97% of people go undiagnosed. Celiac is classified as both a disease of malabsorption and as an autoimmune disorder. The body cannot absorb the nutrients it needs to function properly and the body is damaged by its own immune system. If gluten is consumed, IgA immune...