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 →

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 →

Staying healthy while traveling

Summer and summer vacations are coming to an end but many still have travel plans in the near future.  October is one of the best months for traveling and of course, there’s the holidays, and that means travel for many. Unfortunately, with travel often comes illness. What is it about traveling that sends our bodies Read More →

HEALTH: The Four Pillars

The four pillars of health include life quality, nutrition, sleep, and exercise. Before you roll your eyes and say, “Oh, I know that, it’s nothing new,” you may want to continue reading. Most of what you’ve heard about the four health pillars has come from mainstream media, fed by commercial interests, and it’s likely that Read More →

Food Allergy

Food allergies and intolerances are on the rise. If you’re the parent or grandparent of a school-aged child then you know well the many dietary restrictions schools impose to safeguard their students from severe allergic food reactions. No more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! However, children aren’t the only ones suffering from increased rates of Read More →

Seasonal allergies.

Allergic diseases are the 8th most common chronic disease in the US. Hay fever alone affects more than 6 million people a year. Contrary to popular belief, allergies affect people everywhere, equally. There is no region within the US that is more “allergic” than another. And unlike allergies caused by food or animals, hay fever Read More →