By Dr. Karen Bender What is Cardiovascular Disease? Cardiovascular disease is a class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels. CVD includes coronary artery disease (CAD) such as angina (chest pain)and myocardial infarction(commonly known as a heart attack) and stroke. There are many other conditions that fall into the category of CVD but this article will focus on … Read More
The Vagus Nerve: Learn to Reduce Inflammation and Improve your Stress Response
By Dr. Karen Bender Meet Your Vagus Nerve Have you heard of the “wandering nerve”? This important nerve is named the vagus nerve because it wanders throughout your body, connecting the brain to the rest of the body. It’s the longest nerve in the body, and it stretches from the brain to the large intestines. Why You Should Care Since … Read More
Forest Medicine & The Science Behind Shinrin-Yoku
By Aylah Clark, ND Less than 0.01% of our species existence has been in our modern, urbanized surroundings. (1) Throughout the 99.99% of our species’ time before this urbanization, we had many more interactions with nature and subsequent adaptations of our immune system, genetic expression, microbiota ecosystem, and stress response. Our bodies respond to airborne plant compounds and work in symbiosis with microorganisms. Our … Read More
Is Metabolic Syndrome Making You Fat?
Once known as an obscure condition termed Syndrome X, metabolic syndrome has now hit the main stream media outlets as cause for concern. In recent years, we have learned that drinking as little as one soda per day, no matter if it was regular or diet, can increase the risk of heart disease through metabolic syndrome. Unfortunately, most people are … Read More