The Normal Response to Injury: An Editorial on the Natural Healing Qualities of the Inflammatory Process

Last week, while out for a run, I felt a sharp pain in my knee. Inspection revealed no obvious biomechanical issue, and the pain was intermittent. Still I took it easy until I returned home. While the area where I had felt the pain was swollen, it was not discolored. Discolored areas generally indicate the …

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Is the Disconnect between Biology and Culture making you Ill? Part Three: Homeostasis and Couch Potatoes who were Born to Run.

Homeostasis is really about balance, and in this case, energy balance. We are predisposed to maintain this homeostasis by taking advantage of surplus energy and storing it as fat. And while this trait has served our species for 2 million years, we no longer live in a feast or famine environment, and those conditions of …

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Is the Disconnect between Biology and Culture making you Ill? Part Two: Stressing the system

The human immune response system, much like that of other mammals, evolved over hundreds of thousands of years to be a barrier against the nasty bugs and pathogens we live with day-to-day. Since the discovery of antibiotics (and their overuse in both human medicine and industrial farming), we have created a very clean and sterile …

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