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New research from the Finnish Institute for Health and Wellness has linked gut bacteria and mortality. Gut Bacteria and Mortality Researchers from the Finnish Institute for Health and Wellness have published, in Nature Communications, the largest population-level study to date connecting the human gut microbiota* to health and mortality risk. The group analyzed the long-term Read More →

Get the Shot

Get the shot….the COVID vaccine, that is! There are many reasons to get the COVID-19 vaccination, top on my list, it could save your life or the life of someone you love. That’s enough right there but in case you need more motivation….read on. It’s a Race We are currently in a race that the Read More →

Why viruses make us sick

Why Do Viruses Make Us Sick? It surprises many of my students when I tell them that viruses aren’t living. They always follow this epiphany with the question, then how do viruses make us sick? Bacteria vs Virus Unlike bacteria, viruses cannot make you sick without getting into the cells of your body. Since bacteria Read More →

Healthy Eating

There are many ways in which you can adopt healthier eating habits and doing so doesn’t have to be difficult. The all or nothing approach can set you up for failure. If your goal is to eat better and improve your health, then I have 5 essential tips for transitioning to healthier eating and for Read More →

the human genome

Welcome to the second edition of my new series…Biology Basics! These short tutorials will give you insights into the basic biology of processes fundamental to human health.  Last month in part one I reviewed genetics. This month, in part two, I’m introducing epigenetics. Part two – Epigenetics  Epigenetics simply refers to the mechanisms within your body Read More →

the human genome

Welcome to the first edition of my new series…Biology Basics! These short tutorials will give you insights into the basic biology of processes fundamental to human health.   Part one – Genetics  You are born with your genes and there is no changing them, at least not yet! You receive half of all your genes Read More →

Be Healthier at Any Weight

There’s a common misconception that you can’t be “healthy” until you’ve reached some idealized weight. This is unfortunate because as 20 years of studying human disease has taught me, many small choices influence our health for the good, no matter your weight. When you believe that you can’t achieve a healthier body until reaching your idealized Read More →

hunger and appetite

At first glance, hunger and appetite may appear to be the same thing. But upon closer examination, we can see that some types of appetite may not be so good for our health. Hunger vs Appetite Here’s a way to think about the difference between hunger and appetite: Hunger is when you eat a green Read More →