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Why should I take a probiotic? And what should I look for in probiotics for the best result?

With research and better understandings of the connections of the gut microbiome accumulating, there are, in our opinion, more and more substantial reasons to take a multi-strain probiotic on a daily basis. Research is filling in the complex mystery of the physiological connections between the bacteria in our intestines and the rest of the systems of our body. One particular study explains and assesses the connections between a healthy microbiome and heart disease, particularly in contributing to or reducing atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Gut microbes' influence on human emotional response, mood, and behavior is also accumulating understanding. More recent studi

From the BMJ - The CDC pledges “To base all public health decisions on the highest quality scientifi

Peter Doshi is a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. His report questions the motivations behind the intense push for what appears to be a failed strategy. Read the full report from the British Medical Journal here. Excerpt: "This is not to say influenza vaccines have no proven benefit. Many randomized controlled trials of influenza vaccines have been conducted in the healthy adult population, and a systematic review found that, depending on vaccine-virus strain match, vaccinating between 33 and 100 people resulted in one less case of influenza. No evidence exists, however, to show that this reduction in risk of symptomatic influenza f

Auricular acupuncture as a treatment for pregnant women who have low back and posterior pelvic pain:

We wanted to share a compelling study (click to download entire research paper) with you all, showing efficacy of ear acupuncture in treating low back pain and posterior pelvic pain in pregnant women. It was performed at the Center for the Advancement of Perioperative Health at Yale-New Haven Hospital after obtaining approval from the Human Investigation Committee at Yale University School of Medicine. It was done primarily due to the prevalence of Pregnancy-related low back and posterior pelvic pain (PRLP) (up to 2 million women affected by PRLP annually), and an obvious need for additional, safe, and effective treatments that are non-drug and non-invasive. The importance of treating acut

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