Learn to Soar With Christine Van Loo

“If you want to fly, you have to give up the shit that weighs you down.”-Toni Morrison Christine Van Loo, Aerialist, Speaker, and Coach (http://www.christinevanloo.com/about.html) Christine Van Loo is an elite athlete that started out as an acrobatic gymnast, a sport in which she was a 7-time consecutive US National Champion, female Olympic athlete of … Continue reading Learn to Soar With Christine Van Loo

Undo It! A Book About the Ornish Lifestyle Program

Dr. Dean Ornish developed his lifestyle program decades ago, which is famous for being the first program to be scientifically proven to reverse heart disease, way back in 1990 [1]. The same program has been shown to reverse (or undo, as Dr. Ornish likes to say), other important chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, early … Continue reading Undo It! A Book About the Ornish Lifestyle Program

Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet, Covid, and Other Infectious Disease

One personal anecdote I have is that for the since switching to a whole-food plant-based (wfpb) diet in early 2017 (more than four years ago), I have not had any colds or the flu. I used to get either one at least once a year, even though I've always gotten a flu shot. That didn't … Continue reading Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet, Covid, and Other Infectious Disease

Dietary fiber reduces brain inflammation during aging

In his book Fiber Fueled, which I recently reviewed, Dr. Will Bulsiewicz stresses the importance of the gut microbiome generating healthy short-chain fatty acids when consuming plant foods with lots of soluble fiber. One of these is butyrate. This important new study shows butyrate reduces inflammation in the brain, which should help with healthy brain aging. Great post, thanks, Tony

Health Secrets of a SuperAger

As mammals age, immune cells in the brain known as microglia become chronically inflamed. In this state, they produce chemicals known to impair cognitive and motor function. That’s one explanation for why memory fades and other brain functions decline during old age. But, according to a new study from the University of Illinois, there may be a remedy to delay the inevitable: dietary fiber.

Dietary fiber promotes the growth of good bacteria in the gut. When these bacteria digest fiber, they produce short-chain-fatty-acids (SCFAs), including butyrate, as byproducts.

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“Butyrate is of interest because it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties on microglia and improve memory in mice when administered pharmacologically,” says Rodney Johnson, professor and head of the Department of Animal Sciences at U of I, and corresponding author on the Frontiers in Immunology study.

Although positive outcomes of sodium butyrate – the…

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Exercise Fights Off Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

https://www.parkinson.org/Understanding-Parkinsons/Treatment/Exercise/Neuroprotective-Benefits-of-Exercise Previously I described an inspiring video about Larry, who kept active by using a recumbent bicycle despite advance symptoms of Parkinson's Disease, so I was interested to see a new study that investigated how exercise helps with symptoms of Parkinson's disease. I learned about it on Clarence Bass's site, his discussion is here. One … Continue reading Exercise Fights Off Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease