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The Role of Viruses in Chronic Lyme Disease

Many people are familiar with the role of co-infections in Lyme disease including Babesia, Bartonella and Ehrlichia. Of equal importance is the part that chronic and reactivated viral infections play. Immune suppression is common in Chronic Lyme disease. As a result of this decreased immune activity viral infections can reactivate. Most of the general population […]

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Cerebral Folate Receptor Antibodies Autism

Folic acid is one of the earliest nutrients considered important in life. Early in pregnancy it is known that folic acid is required for the development of a healthy baby. Deficiencies in folate can result in neurological defects such as spina bifida. However our brains need optimal levels of folic acid throughout our whole lifetime. […]

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Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorder

April is World Autism Awareness Month. One of the goals of a naturopathic biomedical approach to treating autism is to identify underlying conditions common in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. One of these conditions is mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondria are cells within each cell of the body that are primarily responsible for producing ATP, a source […]

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Healing the Brain from Post-Concussion Syndrome

Mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion happens from a powerful movement to one’s head.  Traffic accidents, playing sports and every day slips and falls are all sources of concussions.  Brain injuries affect different people in different ways resulting in a great deal of subjectivity in diagnoses and treatment. Symptoms can range from very mild […]

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Blood Brain Barrier Integrity

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. One structure essential to brain health that is often damaged in a brain injury is called the blood-brain barrier. The lining of blood vessels in the brain called endothelial cells forms the blood-brain barrier. These cells fit tightly together and are surrounded by immune cells called astrocytes. This lining […]

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