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I have written and posted about this before, but it’s worth repeating. You are not your genes - but rather your genes express themselves (or not) when triggered by what you eat, your stress level, your environment, and your activity levels. “Just as a script can be altered with crossed-out words, sentences or scenes, epigenetic editing allows entire sections of DNA to be activated or de-activated.”
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According to the study below, increasing your daily fruit and veggie consumption may help you feel happier. “The people who changed from almost no fruit and vegetables to eight portions a day experienced an increase in life satisfaction equivalent to moving from unemployment to employment.”
If eating lots of fruits and vegetables would make you feel happier in a few months, would you change the way you eat?
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But this assumes that we want to be happier, doesn't it?
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Worried about your child’s thumb sucking or nail biting? It turns out that putting fingers in our mouth when we are little may not be such a bad thing. According to the study below, those children who sucked their thumbs or chewed on their nails had fewer skin allergies later on.
Thumb sucking and nail biting worry parents, but now new research shows that children with those bad habits may develop fewer allergies later in life.
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In the book epidemic of absence the author delves extensively in this hypothesis...

I find it very compelling! 
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Dr. Bredesen of the Buck Institute has been leading ground-breaking research on how Alzheimer’s can be prevented and treated with diet and lifestyle changes, following a functional and evolutionary approach.
Alzheimer's is a disease that has perplexed researchers for decades and as many as 45 million Americans may develop it in their lifetime. Dr. Bredesen of the Buck Institute has been leading ground-breaking research on how Alzheimer's can be prevented and treated with diet and lifestyle changes, following a functional and evolutionary approach. Read on to learn how patients in his program have made impressive progress in reversing cognitive declin...
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Do you have an autoimmune disease? Do starchy foods tend to make your symptoms worse? Mounting evidence suggests that individuals who have autoimmunity related to a particular set of genes called HLA-B27 may benefit from reducing their starch intake. Read on to learn why this is and if a low-starch diet is right for you.
Do you have an autoimmune disease? Do starchy foods tend to make your symptoms worse? Mounting evidence suggests that individuals who have autoimmunity related to a particular set of genes called HLA-B27 may benefit from reducing their starch intake. Read on to learn why this is and if a low-starch diet is right for you.
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Thanks Dr Kresser. It helped me gain insight into why low-carb has helped with my HLA B27 autoimmune arthritis. I put more of my story into a comment under your blog post on your website.
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Research done on healthy volunteers found a decrease of a pro-inflammatory Veillonellaceae bacteria while following a gluten free diet. While the study was small, it’s a good reminder that what we eat (or don’t) impacts our bodies in numerous ways.
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Chris, is vitamin C all pretty much derived from corn?
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This study, done on mice, may help researchers move closer to understanding how a father’s well-being at time of conception could impact his children's and future grandchildren's​ metabolic health.
With a major global issue of obesity, researchers are warning of the harmful legacy that parental obesity can have on future generations. It follows a vital breakthrough in obesity research, which shows a father's metabolic health can be passed from generation to generation, affecting not only his children but importantly his grandchildren.
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Getting your preschooler to bed early may have big payoffs down the road. According to the research below, young children who were in bed by 8 pm had a much lower risk of obesity later in life than those who were allowed to stay up past 9 o’clock.
Little kids who hit the sack early may be less likely to get overtired and fussy in a way that messes with their sleep cycle, researchers say.
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Need some sleep? Ditch the stimulants for a bit. “Many people can drink a cup of coffee or two a day with out any adverse effects on their sleep. But if you’re having trouble sleeping, one of the first things you should do is stop all caffeine intake for at least thirty days". Pg. 236 - The Paleo Cure
Chris Kresser's new book, Your Personal Paleo Code. Using the Paleo diet as a starting place, Your Personal Paleo Code is a 3-step plan to lose weight, reverse disease and stay fit and healthy for life.
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Current building codes seem to be concerned with sealing up our homes to keep energy use at bay but that may be costing our microbiome the bacterial diversity it needs to stay healthy. “As more and more beneficial microbes are identified, we--architects, engineers, and the general public--need to think about how we can facilitate our exposure to them."
Architectural design is often concerned with energy efficiency or aesthetics, not microbial exposure. But, in a Science & Society article published July 7 in Trends in Microbiology, Yale environmental engineers make a case for assessing the benefits of having these unseen organisms in our homes. Maybe, they say, instead of pushing all of them out, we should let the right ones in.
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Vacations are a time to unplug from work, reconnect with family, loved ones or ourselves and rejuvenate our brains and bodies. Unfortunately, research shows that, on average, Americans now take 16.2 days of vacation a year, compared with nearly three weeks of vacation in 2000 and that many who do take vacations work a significant amount during them.
And they're not unplugging from email and text messages when they do get away, an NPR poll finds. "So they're taking their stress along with them wherever they go," says a Harvard scientist.
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Giving a group of sedentary volunteers electric bicycles for a month not only helped improve their aerobic fitness, blood sugar, and body fat, it got them outdoors and moving. While electric bikes might not be the answer for everyone, for this group it made exercising a lot more fun. (I’ve got one myself, and I love it!)
An electrified bicycle might be a way to make exercise both tolerable and practical, a new study shows.
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I'm a health detective. I help people with chronic, complex illnesses who haven't been able to find help anywhere else. I'm a licensed acupuncturist by trade, but I specialize in what I call "investigative medicine". I use modern lab testing and detailed questionnaires to determine the underlying cause of health problems (rather than just suppressing symptoms), and supplements, herbs and nutritional therapy to treat them.
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"...the people suffering from IBS or other digestive problems."
"...Id recommend everyone from the Paleo community or AIMC stay away."
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Susan J.
a year ago
Very uninformed.. I'm concerned that you will be providing harmful information that will hurt the community. Very disconcerting that you would write about nutrition with no training and referencing other blogs instead of peer-reviewed and published studies.
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Brianna Becker
10 months ago
hi what are you doing
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Luz Daugherty
a year ago
Hi Dear Chris: I am very impress by the information you are sharing with us - the people suffering from IBS or other digestive problems. Since the last five years I have been having horrible diverticulatis flares, after reading your articles,and taking notes, I am ready to make the changes in my diet to be a healthy and happy human being. Thanks, Luz Daugherty
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4 years ago
Save your time and money. God complex without the God skills. His staff reflects him...arrogant and incompetent. Very disappointed, Id recommend everyone from the Paleo community or AIMC stay away