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 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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Do you Need an Antibiotic? What are they, What do they do, and How do they do it?

I love getting messages from readers, and G.L asks some very good questions about how modern medicine works. So good in fact, that I have decided to share them with you and to devote this month's post to antibiotics.  “Dear Dr. Davis, I read your blog and I have a question you might be able …

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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis: 150 Million Years in the Making

If you were to ask the average person to name the worst epidemic diseases in history, they would probably start that list with bubonic plague, or the Spanish flu. Some would even list Ebola. Few, however, would think to mention tuberculosis. Moreover, while it is not a common infection in the modern industrialized world today, …

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Listening to all the Chatter

Ever been to a particularly noisy place like a bar, or tried to listen to a conversation on a train or bus? Or tried to carry on a conversation in a busy restaurant? Unless the background noise is deafening, we can usually filter out virtually all other noise and hear the other person although often …

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Opinions are Not Facts, and Things are seldom as they first appear.

“The rise of childhood obesity has placed the health of an entire generation at risk.” ~Tom Vilsack  Often of late, we hear non-experts make sweeping pronouncements on subjects from healthcare and education to socioeconomics. Seldom do they add anything to the conversation, instead muddying the already perturbed waters. While we certainly cannot fault someone for …

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Cyclospora Infection: What it is, where it came from, and why you want to avoid it.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued warnings concerning infection by a parasitic protozoan named Cyclospora cayetanensis. This pathogen was first identified in the late 1970s, making it a relative newcomer in the realm of human misery. The protozoan was first identified as a form of blue-green algae, and later as a …

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