Best Health Articles — February 21st, 2016

by Dr. Ana Jones ND and Dr. Louise Wilson ND (inactive)

From Alison: Each Sunday theNDDC publishes a list of the top articles from around the web in 5 different categories: General health, Nutrition, Lifestyle, Specific health conditions/ treatment protocols, and Novel research.

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The Top Article of the Week

Zika Virus Infection Update #1 – Dr. Paul Herscu, ND, MPH

The Zika virus, a mosquito transmitted virus virtually unknown in the Northern Hemisphere, has become common vernacular, and appears to be creating more questions than answers at this time of uncertainty regarding it’s influence on health and development.   While just a few weeks ago there was  global concern about its influence on prenatal development and microencephaly,  these concerns have shifted towards the relationship of this condition with changing diagnostic criteria, vaccinations, as well as pesticide use.  While it may take years to fully understand this current day medical conundrum, as health care practitioners we try to make sense of the current knowledge, hoping to be up-to-date with reliable, emerging information to help our clients during times of uncertainty.

Our Best Article of the Week by Dr. Paul Herscu, ND, MPH, presents an interpretation of the current state of knowledge regarding the Zika virus, providing clarity when there are so many unknowns as well an abundance of questionable informational resources.  While questions regarding this virus will continue to emerge, as health care practitioners we have the tools to make sense of these unknowns, helping our clients make solid decisions about their health even in these times of ambiguity.


General Health

If you have to ask your Doctor this question, you need to have your head examined – Dr. Moshe Daniel Block, ND, HMC

How Dangerous Is Your Deoderant? – Dr. Mercola

Hold Your Breath! The Dirty Little Secret About Air Fresheners and Scented Products – Razi Berry

One in 15 American Homes Is Affected by Major Lung Cancer Hazard – Dr. Mercola

Glyphosphate Gluttony – Dr. Mercola



Can eating too little actually damage your metabolism? – Brian St. Pierre

Magnesium for Women: The Relaxation Mineral – Aviva Romm MS

New study finds clear difference between organic and non-organic milk and meat – Science Daily

Red meat metabolite levels high in acute heart failure patients, research shows – Science Daily


The Downside of Routine – Dr. Aline Potvin, ND

The 5 Biggest Regrets People Have Before They Die – Susie Moore

8 Ways Going Primal Can Save the Environment – Mark Sisson

Is Your Body a Toxic Waste Dump? – Chris Kressler

Yoga Inspired Technique to Help You Heal Injury – Sophia Smith


Specific Health Conditions and Treatment Protocols

New Discoveries May Unlock the Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Autism – Dr. Mercola

SIBO-Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth – Lara Spector, ND


Novel Research

Association of Proton Pump Inhibitors with Risk of Dementia – Willy Gomm, PhD; Klaus von Holt, MD, PhD; Friederike Thomé, MSc; Karl Broich, MD; Wolfgang Maier, MD; Anne Fink, MSc; Gabriele Doblhammer, PhD; Britta Haenisch, PhD

Microencephalopathy cases in Brazil predate Zika virus outbreak, study says -CBC News

IBS Patients Have Lower Vitamin D Levels – Natural Path Editor

Link Between Vegan Diets and a Decreased Risk of Prostate Cancer – NDNR Editor

Novel combination of ingredients may offer greater support for infant brain development – Science Daily

Mother’s Health Can Impact Breastmilk – NDNR editor

About the Author
Dr. Ana Jones ND and Dr. Louise Wilson ND (inactive)

Dr. Ana Jones, N.D. specializes in women’s health and environmental medicine at her private practice in Tempe, AZ. She enjoys volunteering with Naturopaths Without Borders in Rocky Point, Mexico. Her passion is to help others discover optimal health. Join her adventure on Facebook and Twitter.    Dr. Louise Wilson, ND (inactive) is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a specialist honors degree in psychology in 2006. In 2010 she graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Since graduation she has been in private practice in Bolton, Ontario, with a clinical focus on establishing the foundations of health.