If there was a wanted poster of the most maligned protein, gluten would be on it. Whether it be the prevalence of gluten free recipes or the prominent gluten free labels on many grocery store items, gluten is enemy number one. But should it be? Dr. Pippa Evans, a family doctor in Houston who was formerly a staff physician at Duke Medical Center, said that the biggest problems gluten is known to cause are for those with Celiac Disease. Celiac Disease is an auto-immune disorder in individuals who have variants in one of two specific genes. It wasn’t until after World War II in Europe that doctors discovered the connection between gluten and celiac due to the decrease in the availability of wheat and the declining mortality rates in celiac patients. In the United States, a 1980 article … [Read more...] about What’s the science behind gluten free?
The light that illuminates computers, televisions, and cellphones is called blue light, and while it is not a new phenomenon, the risks of too much exposure from blue light can have lasting negative effects on your eyes, brain, body, and sleep patterns. Blue light is a part of the visible light spectrum. Blue light has a short wavelength of 450-495 nm that causes it to produce higher energy than light with longer wavelengths, such as red or orange light. The sun produces a natural blue light, while indoors artificial blue light emits from technology devices and fluorescent and LED bulbs. “Blue light because of its frequency interferes with particles in the atmosphere, which causes glare and in turn creates headaches and eye strain,” said Dr. Dora Cantu of Opia Vision Center, located … [Read more...] about Blue light: how it affects your eyes and health
As summer looms, so does the thought of getting into shape. Whether that’s to fit into a certain swimsuit or run a marathon, there are many ways to accomplish the goal set in mind. After talking to local fitness instructors it’s clear that the goal shouldn’t be just season long, but a lifetime. There are many gyms in the area to join, like LA Fitness on N. Shepherd Dr. or the YMCA on 34th St. Members at these gyms have access to equipment any day of the week at times that are most convenient to them. These gyms also offer group programs if working out alone is daunting. But for the novice who has only ever used a treadmill, going to a gym alone can make the process more confusing as they try to navigate how to use and how long to use each machine. At Pure Barre in the Heights, … [Read more...] about Different ways to get healthy this spring
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a severe form of acid reflux, is a common disorder that occurs when stomach contents flow backwards into the esophagus. It is caused by a malfunctioning valve between the esophagus and the stomach. Classic symptoms of GERD include frequent, painful heartburn and acid, or food, regurgitation. Painful swallowing, chronic coughing and hoarseness are other symptoms. Left untreated, this condition can damage the esophagus and lead to esophageal cancer. For many patients with severe acid reflux, medication and lifestyle changes do not provide relief. Now, a new minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, using the LINX® device, is giving these sufferers a new lease on life. Reflux-Free Life Jorge Leiva, MD, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons … [Read more...] about New option available at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights for acid reflux patients
Soon-to-be mothers always want what’s best for their baby, and if there’s something they can do to help the baby in the future, they want to know about it. Cord blood and tissue banking is an option many local mothers are choosing. Cord blood refers to the blood inside the baby’s umbilical cord that has stem cells within it with the capability to grow into blood vessels, organs, and tissues. According to babycenter.com, cord blood is currently the subject of FDA-regulated clinical trials that explore their potential in helping people with autism, brain injury, and other conditions. Stem cells can help repair tissues, organs, blood vessels, and a multitude of diseases. Cord blood is a valuable source of stem cells. These stem cells are still immature and haven’t learned to attack … [Read more...] about Cord blood and tissue banking: is it worth it?