Diagnosing and Treating Lyme disease: The First Sign is not always a rash

By Margaret Dayhoff-Brannigan, PhD November 2014 Lyme disease infects approximately 300,000 people each year. Unfortunately, less than 50% of these people will develop the bull’s-eye rash that is the well-known early sign of the disease. Lyme disease is commonly misdiagnosed … Continue reading

Breastfeeding or formula: New evidence or just the media crying wolf?

Deciding whether to breastfeed or formula-feed is probably one of the first choices expectant parents have to make and has led to a heated debate between supporters of each side. Contrary to conventional wisdom about breastfeeding, in March 2014, a study was published finding little or no difference between siblings who were breast or formula-fed. Here’s a closer look at what the study really says Continue reading

Oil Pulling: Snake oil or a worthwhile health practice?

The latest health and beauty trend called “oil pulling” may seem a little unusual. Oil pulling is an Indian practice that is over 3,000 years-old. It is supposed to improve oral health by strengthening teeth and gums and preventing decay and bleeding gums. But it’s still unclear whether or how the practice actually works to get rid of bad bacteria in our mouths. It’s also unknown what the long term effects on oral and overall health may be. Continue reading