Best Health Articles — Oct 2nd, 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

The Protective Power of Morning Sickness – Adrienne LaFrance

“People are always saying the wrong thing to pregnant women.” This is possibly one of the truest statements when it comes to pregnancy and also begins our Best Article of the Week by Adrienne LaFrance of the Atlantic.

“Expectant mothers hear everything from the obnoxious (“You’re huge!”) to the outright bizarre (“If you eat that Sriracha, your baby will come out bald”).”

“Then there are the well-meaning—yet utterly unhelpful—superstitions and platitudes: “I can tell from how you’re carrying that it’s a girl.” (No, you can’t.) “At least the terrible sleep you’re getting now is great preparation for all those sleepless nights you’re going to have with baby!” (Bone-splitting exhaustion is not something you need to practice ahead of time.) “But morning sickness means your baby is healthy!”

“Actually, there might be something to that last one…and now, there’s more science to support the idea.”

While it might be impossible to escape the old wives tales that inevitably permeate society’s conceptions about pregnancy, when it comes to morning sickness and a healthy baby at least we’ll be able to back this one up.


General Health

TV Doctors Say Annual Checkups Save Lives. Real Doctors Call Bullshit – Sarah Kliff: Vox

What Supplement Do I Take For This? – Dr. Sara DeFrancesco ND

A Probiotic That Actually Lasts – Ed Yong: The Atlantic



7 Ways To Deal With Food Anxiety – Mark Sisson: Mark’s Daily Apple

Consuming Nuts Can Lower Inflammation – Razi Berry: Natural Path

How Should You Balance Your Fat Intake – Mark Sisson: Mark’s Daily Apple

Feed Your Body Like A Ferrari – Dr. Lorraine McCarthy, ND



A Sense Of Purpose = Longer Life – Dr. Andrew Weil

GABA For Sleep – Dr. Joseph Mercola

A Short Guide To Starting, If You’re Struggling – Leo Babauta: Zen Habits


Specific Health Conditions and Treatment Protocols

The 14 Most Common Signs Of Gluten Intolerance – Adda Bjarnadottir, MS

The Microbiota And Bone Health: Yet Another Reason To Protect Your Gut – Dr. Chris Kresser, LAc

Anxiety And Panic Attacks Becoming More Prevalent – Dr. Joseph Mercola

Addressing Leaky Gut In Autoimmune Disease – Dr. Kim Sanders: Natural Path


Novel Research

Meat Consumption Increases Obesity Rates – Razi Berry: Natural Path

Alcohol Shown To Act In Same Way As Rapid Antidepressants – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center: Science Daily

Berberine For Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Razi Berry: Natural Path

Smoking Permanently Damages Your DNA – Razi 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.