The human mind and body need precious little coaxing to respond when facing physical attack. The brain kicks in nearly instantaneously, triggering a flood of adrenaline and cortisol into the body and nearly as immediately determines whether to fight or flee. Faster than a body knew it could.
The liver then ratchets into action to manage the flow of hormones and rid the body of the excess when the imminent threat dissipates.
This biological phenomenon works well in terms of protecting us from the kind of acute danger and temporary threats our ancestors faced, but is far less efficient at coping with more chronic situations that arise in our modern lives. The [...]
More than 70 people in North America have reported suffering from measles as of Jan. 23 in an outbreak that started at Disneyland in Southern California earlier this month. Even five park employees have reportedly been infected.
Though the case has the country thinking about measles and serves as the latest round in the immunization vs. non-immunization battle, it’s not the worst outbreak the U.S. has had in recent years, only the most high profile.
“As a parent, this is scary. It brings back all these notions of how unsafe the world can be,” says Well.org’s Dr. Pedram Shojai on a recent Health Bridge podcast. Shojai lives near the amusement park. “It’s one of the most [...]
Flu season is upon us and so is Halloween. Ever wonder why everyone starts getting sick in November? Maybe it has something to do with the change of season but what else happens around that time? Halloween candy happens.
According to Dr. Sears from the DOCTORS TV show, “A big dose of sugar can immediately suppress your immune system and make you more vulnerable to colds, flu and other infections”
Several years back, researchers at Loma Linda University gave volunteers 100 grams of sugar (20 teaspoons, roughly the amount in a liter of soda). The researchers then drew blood from the volunteers and mixed in some bacteria. They found that infection-fighting [...]