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News for Now Update: Week ending March 25, 2023
Today’s News for Now alert contains vital information to empower your health and wellness!
Topics this week include: a newly discovered marker for assessing mitochondrial dysfunction, how women’s involvement can increase cooperation and improve outcomes when agriculture and conservation efforts clash, research showing brain changes from exposure to foods high in both fat and sugar, and more—stories to keep you informed of health news in your community and worldwide.
In our #TBT Pioneer Archives post, Granville F. Knight, MD, in 1957, discusses his approach to treating allergies and infections using nutritional therapy in his medical practice, including circumstantial challenges, why maintaining a holistic view is important, how to carefully and thoroughly evaluate a patient, and a variety of treatments.
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
New Marker for Mitochondrial Dysfunction Discovered
The health of our cells’ #mitochondria is critically important for not only physical health, but mental health, as we’ve learned from Chris Palmer, MD and the Brain Energy theory. Researchers recently discovered that a molecule called NLRP10 signals when a mitochondrion is malfunctioning and targets it for destruction. We hope that this marker will add insight for patients wanting to understand their mitochondrial health. Read more at Science Daily.
Women Help Align Agriculture + Conservation
Andrew Reid Bell, a researcher from Boston University, used video games to test farmers’ behavior in different agriculture and conservation dilemmas around the world, including Gabon, Cambodia, and Scotland. Compared to financial incentives, he found that simply involving women in decision making often resulted in more cooperation and in outcomes that achieved both biodiversity and agricultural-output goals. Read more at Phys.org.
High Fat + High Sugar Changes the Brain
Research has shown that the body identifies when foods are high in both fat and sugar, learning to seek them out again (i.e. to crave them). Although this was once adaptive during our evolutionary history (when calories were harder to acquire and in which additional motivation to seek them out was advantageous), it now poses a problem as exposure to these foods creates the cravings we now need to combat. Read more at Neuroscience News.
Navajo Still Waiting on 1962 Irrigation Promise
Members of the Navajo Nation in northern New Mexico are waiting on the US government to fulfill a 1962 agreement to provide 40,000 acres of irrigation infrastructure that were promised in exchange for San Juan River water rights. As agricultural efforts remain compromised and even drinking water is scarce in areas, tribal communities are hoping the Supreme Court will support their rights in an upcoming case. Read more at Civil Eats.
The Nutritional Approach to Allergy and Infection, by Granville F. Knight, MD
In this 1957 #TBT article, Granville F. Knight, MD, discusses the approach used to treat allergies and infections using nutritional therapy in his medical practice. He covers circumstantial challenges to obtaining adequate nutrition, why a holistic view of symptoms and diseases is important, how to carefully and thoroughly evaluate a patient, and a variety of treatments including supplementation, elimination of problem foods, and other lifestyle interventions. Read more in our Pioneer Archives Post.
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