The Lung Microbiome: How it Influences Asthma Severity

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Lung MicrobiomeFindings from a recent study link asthma severity to distinct changes in the lung microbiome.

Every day, it seems, we learn something new about microbes in the gut and their contributions to both health and disease. This new research, from the University of Illinois, Chicago, sheds light on a lesser-known but vital aspect of the human microbiome.

The investigators examined the lung microbiota of 13 patients with atopic asthma, a condition marked by underlying inflammation of the airways. Prior studies show connections between the composition of the lung microbiome in asthmatics and several clinical features, including symptom control, severity of airway obstruction, and response to corticosteroid therapy.

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Wholesome Rx: Prescribe Produce, Not Pills

Written by By Ellen Kanner, Contributing Writer

“Eat more fresh produce.” It’s an easy bit of medical advice to give. Yet it’s advice millions of Americans aren’t able to follow, even if they want to. A non-profit group called Wholesome Wave is working to make it a little bit easier for both practitioners and patients, by creating a system that allows doctors to literally prescribe produce for patients and their families in underserved communities.

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What Common Blood Tests Reveal About Cancer Risk

Written by Nalini Chilkov, LAc, OMD, Contributing Writer

While there is no simple blood test for predicting who will get cancer, there is a lot of information to be gleaned from basic blood work that, taken together, reveals much about an individual’s predispositions for many forms of cancer.

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Joe Pizzorno - The Toxin Solution

Written by Meg Sinclair

For decades, Dr. Pizzorno has been at the forefront of a movement to build bridges between naturopathic, functional, and mainstream medicine. In recent years, his attention has been focused on the myriad ways that environmental toxins are damaging personal and public health, and on developing practical strategies to help people reduce their toxic loads.

His recent book, The Toxin Solution, presents a harrowing picture yet offers good clinical guidance on how to manage the onslaught. Consider the following:

•    94% of Americans are exposed to enough polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to double their lifetime risk of asthma.
•    60% of US women carry loads of PCB187 sufficient to double their risk of breast cancer.
•    33% of Americans have lead levels high enough to double the risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
•    25% are exposed to enough aluminum to double Alzheimer’s risk.

Holistic Primary Care had the honor of hosting Dr. Pizzorno at our 2017 Practitioner Channel Forum. He shared his research on the role of common toxins in chronic disease and his field-tested therapeutic strategies. Watch the full-length session from HPC’s video archive:

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