Recapitulation of Ayurveda constitution types by machine learning of phenotypic traits

Recapitulation of Ayurveda constitution types by machine learning of phenotypic traits — Read on journals.plos.org/plosone/article You’ll need to have a basic understanding of the Ayurvedic concept of Prakriti to completely understand the relevance of this quote below. I’ll come back and add some commentary later. Suffice it to say that …

Big Data from World’s Largest Citizen Science Microbiome Project Serves Food for Thought

This is about 18 months old, but it is worth looking at again, given all of the hype in the popular press about gut health in 2019. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and collaborators have published the first major results from the American Gut Project, …

The defining characteristics of functional (and traditional Chinese) medicine

I recently read this very interesting article by Jeffrey Bland: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5312741/ One part that jumped out at me was how similar the “seven defining characteristics of functional medicine” are to some of the core principles of traditional Chinese Medicine. My notes appear after the quoted list items in brackets. “In …

What is constitution?

The role of the microbiome and prenatal and early-childhood epigenetic factors in lifelong gene expression has got me wondering about what inherited constitution actually is? If things like personality, strength, empathy, and intelligence are only partially heritable (30-70%), is constitutional typing ala TCM and Ayurveda truly valid? https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2018-05-15-big-data-from-worlds-largest-citizen-science-microbiome-project-serves-food-for-thought.aspx Major aspects …

Ophiopogon Polysaccharide Promotes the In Vitro Metabolism of Ophiopogonins by Human Gut Microbiota

This is a bit obscure. You’ll probably need to be a Chinese herb geek to fully follow what comes next. Ophiopogon is used in Chinese medicine as the lung and stomach Yin tonic. It is also said to lubricate the large intestine. If you make the dry herb into a …

No need to avoid healthy omega-6 fats – Harvard Health

There’s a lot of hype out there about good fats and bad fats. Omega-6 fats were once criticized as unhealthy, but researchers for the American Heart Association have concluded that they are in fact beneficial to the heart.… — Read on www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/no-need-to-avoid-healthy-omega-6-fats In fact, a recent article I read about …

Functional Foods as Medicine: Selling the 5 Personas

Health coaches and nutritionists may find Dr. Saxena’s differentiation of common personas helpful. She has discovered in her practice that there are five different types of people seeking health advice. Understanding who they are will enable you to provide personalized guidance that will help them comply with your lifestyle advice. …