The hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA)-axis is the major endocrine system that regulates the physiological response to stress and as a result drives how we adapt our own behaviour and physiology in order to accommodate that stress. When the HPA axis is functioning well the body adapts well to stressors and we feel strong, resilient, stable, fit and healthy. When there is [...]
What we are learning about coronavirus and vascular inflammation – are we treating the right disease?
COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, is a novel virus that has caused the biggest global pandemic of our lifetime. Infection rates are in the millions with hundreds of thousands of deaths, global economies in turmoil and countries in lockdown trying to contain the outbreak. Like something out of an apocalyptic movie the world we live in [...]
For thousand of years plants have been used to activate the natural cannabinoid responses of the body and nervous system by native and indigenous healers. In all cases these so called "master plants" have been taken in a full or whole plant form. The more recent Western approach with master plants like cannabis sativa have focused on [...]
Natural immunity refers to the body's natural ability to identify harmful external pathogens like bacteria or viruses and destroy them effectively without severely damaging the surrounding tissue at the site of infection. When the immune system is balanced and firing it should be able to rapidly detect invading infectious foreign objects and create a defensive arsenal to [...]
The immune system plays a vital role in keeping the body healthy by providing a balance between eliminating invading bacteria and viruses, while avoiding damaging the surrounding healthy tissue in the process. However, in the case of people with autoimmune disorders or immune dysfunction, the mechanism to maintain protection of healthy tissue fails and the result is that the [...]
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) is a multi-faceted condition with an array of non-localised symptoms that can often be seemingly unrelated. Recent advances in better understanding this condition have enabled us to construct a model for what the body looks like for people with CFS and the underlying mechanisms behind it progression (Mechanisms of chronic fatigue - read more here). [...]
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is a debilitating condition of previously thought to be unknown cause in which sufferers feel extreme fatigue, muscle and/or joint pain, swollen glands, headaches, gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, unrefreshing sleep and post-exertional tiredness (PEM) without relief. It is currently diagnosed by the process of exclusion in which all other known [...]
14 years ago an event changed the direction of my life forever. I was struck down with chronic fatigue but managed to rebuild myself and recover back to full health.
Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a Peruvian root vegetable unique to the central Andean region of Junin that grows over 4000 m above sea level. For the indigenous people of the region maca was always considered a sacred medicinal plant as it is able to endure some of the most extreme conditions on the planet. Freezing overnight temperatures, [...]
New research has shown that the once unidentifiable chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) may now be a real and diagnosable condition stemming from gut inflammation and bacterial imbalance (dysbiosis). In a landmark study[i] researchers were able to identify biological markers in both gut bacteria and blood to diagnose CFS with 83% accuracy from a pool of people with long [...]