War, Inflammation, and One Doctor's Medical Path for Peacemaking

By Erik Goldman, Editor

Weiss Kids Refugees“It is easy to pull a trigger. And in these places there’s always someone willing to give you a gun,” says Dr. S. A. Decker Weiss, of what he’s observed in refugee camps throughout the Middle East.

“There are more weapons in places like Syria and Iraq than books. And it’s hard to learn to read, when you’re not able to sleep through the night.”

That’s the reality for hundreds of thousands of children living in refugee camps throughout the Middle East and other strife-torn regions. They live amid trash and vermin. All day, they breathe diesel fumes and burning tire smoke. The food is dismal, and the sanitation makeshift. In many places, they have only the barest protection from the elements, or from people who would harm them.

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This is Your Microbiome on Drugs: One in Four Rx Meds Harm Friendly Flora

Written by Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Antibiotics have a deservedly bad reputation for their microbiome-ravaging effects, but many other common non-antibiotic medications can also harm friendly gut bacteria, according to a recent study. In fact nearly one out of every four drugs screened caused changes in the intestinal microbiome. 

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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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