Best Health Articles — May 8th, 2016

by Dr. Allison Galan 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 health categories to help you stay up-to-date on the latest information.

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The Top Article of the Week

After “The Biggest Loser”, Their Bodies Fought To Regain Weight -Gina Kolata: New York Times

We’re talking weight loss again this week in our Best Article of the Week in an editorial from the New York Times entitled “After the ‘Biggest Loser’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight” by Gina Kolata.   Most all of us are familiar with the reality show “The Biggest Loser”, however, for those who are not the show’s premise is the diet and exercise overhaul of a number of overweight individuals. Season after season viewers witness the extreme weight loss of individuals who, with the help of medical professionals and personal trainers, hope to shed the pounds and be crowned ‘The Biggest Loser’.

While none of this is new to those who have seen the show, what might be is the research coming out detailing the reasons why for many of the show’s participants the weight seems to make a comeback despite their best efforts to keep it off.  Interestingly, and perhaps infuriatingly, the metabolisms of these individuals, although starting off at normal values before their weight loss ventures, had slowed and their bodies no longer burn enough calories to maintain their weight loss. And the issues go further than just metabolism, with decreases in leptin and resultant increases in feelings of hunger and cravings confounding issues surrounding the maintenance of elevated levels of fitness.

A fascinating read that leaves more questions than answers, but none-the-less sheds light on the struggles of weight gain and loss and the complicated nature of our physiology and the body’s mechanisms of survival. “We can’t outrun biology!”


General Health

The Pros and Cons of the Copper IUD, A Natural Health Perspective Dr. Lara Briden, ND

The Trouble With “Cleansing” and “Detox” Dr. Aline Potvin, ND

My 5 Best Wellness AppsDr. Kate Whimster, ND



Amino Acid Therapy For Improved Mood And Cognition Corina Dunlap ND

How Big Government Helps Big Dairy Sell Milk – Liz Sheltens & Gina Barton: Vox

How to Stop Using Food Like a DrugMark Sisson

A Spicy Route To A Longer Life Dr. Weil


How Daily Life Affects Energy BoundariesRobyn Fritz: Natural Path

Relationship Salve: The Practice of Intentional DialogueLeo Babauta: Zen Habits

Brain Exercise: What Type Is Best? Suzane Graham


Specific Health Conditions and Treatment Protocols

Atopic Dermatitis: Treating The Cause Yields Success Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO: NDNR

Topical Use of Castor OilDr. Todd A. Born, ND: NDNR

The Protective Properties of Gut Bacteria on Cancer Dr. Olisa Mak, ND: Natural Path

Acne During Pregnancy: Safe Approaches to Treatment Katie Rose, NMD: NDNR


Novel Research

Medical Error Now The Third Leading Cause of Death in The United StatesJohn Hopkins Medicine: Science Daily

Anti-Asthma Drugs, Pregnancy and Autism RiskRazi Berry; Natural Path

Researchers Identify New Autism Blood BiomarkerUT Southwestern Medical Centre: Science Daily

Antibiotics Allow Gut Pathogens to “Breathe” University of California-Davis Health System: Science Daily

Antibiotics For Young Children Could Lead to Adolescent PrediabetesRazi Berry; Natural Path

About the Author
Dr. Allison Galan ND and Dr. Louise Wilson ND (inactive)

Dr. Allison Galan, ND is a graduate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Alberta. In her practice, she focuses on empowering her patients to be their own catalyst for change, in order to optimize their health. 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.