For me, the sun rises and sets on emerging (or reemerging) science- pushing the conversation forward, the outrageous twists and turns of new evidence, of new technology; of new interventions for our patients we can explore, or jump right onto if the safety data are good. The newsletters I open first are ALWAYS my science briefs. And full disclosure, my favorite one is from Scientist Magazine. Being current in the midst of the medical revolution is essential to the practice of FxMed. For this reason, we provide Research and News. A digest of topics we are curious about, we have vetted and found beneficial. Check it out. ~ Dr KF
Unpicking Molecular Mechanisms Between Diet, Microbiome and Host – Focus on Ginger
Eating ginger can boost beneficial gut flora and increase the production of protective gut compounds. In a story of remarkable synergy and nutrition ‘dark matter’, scientists have unpicked one more mechanism of action by which superfood plant compounds benefit us. This time they have identified that compounds in ginger (microRNAs to be exact) promote the growth of Lactobacillus species and activate bacterial genes that then trigger the production of IL-22 in the gut lining which has been shown to promote tissue repair.
Functional Medicine Needed to Help Solve Ever-Increasing BMIs
The average US waistline is still expanding, according to new data predictions from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It is estimated that by 2030, around half of the population will be classified as obese, and around one quarter will be severely obese. Prevention and treatment is an urgent priority, given the negative impacts on health and mortality. Functional Medicine goes further than conventional care models when it comes to addressing overweight and obesity – looking at diet quality (not just quantity), movement, environmental toxins, stress, sleep, microbiome, genetics and more within a highly-personalized framework.
Novel Skin-Gut Axis Shows How Sunlight and Vitamin D Production May Modulate the Gut Microbiome
Sunlight, through Vitamin D production, modulates the composition of the gut microbiome, according to new research. Subjects who were vitamin D deficient prior to the study gained increased serum vitamin D levels in response to UVB light exposure during the study and also enriched bacterial abundance in the intestinal environment. It was not determined whether vitamin D supplementation alone would have the same effect – something for future study.
Vegan Diets – Popular But Are They Healthy?
Despite its huge popularity, science is conflicted about the benefits of a vegan diet. Increasing colorful plant food intake is beneficial for pretty much everyone, but strictly avoiding all animal foods – not always. For anyone sensitive to gluten, soy, legumes, or FODMAPs, vegan diets can worsen health outcomes. Plus, nutrient deficiencies are more common on vegan diets and careful planning is therefore needed. Our Nutrition Programs Director, Romilly Hodges CNS, is interviewed by the Wall Street Journal for their Veganuary-timed article.