The Unintended Consequences of Tongue & Lip Piercings

Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

The picture hasn’t turned any rosier for oral piercings since we last blogged about some of their unintended consequences, including infection, broken or damaged teeth, and orthodontic issues. One of the latest studies, published last month in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, confirms earlier research about the damage tongue and lip piercings can do […]


Homemade Sunscreens – Yea or Nay?

Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Did you see the piece that PBS NewsHour recently ran on the dangers of DIY sunscreens? No sooner did they did cite an FDA-led JAMA study published this past May on the potential absorption of sunscreen ingredients than they downplayed its significance. The study was small, they said – which it was (though it actually […]


KTH Flashback: More Than Just the Absence of Symptoms

Posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Originally posted October 24, 2018 Health is more than just the absence of symptoms. And the good news is that more Americans than ever understand that. According to a new survey from Samueli Integrative Health Programs, more than 9 out of 10 Americans today say health is about much more than not being sick. It […]


Cultivating Consciousness in an Unconscious World

Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

In last week’s post, Dr. V explored some of the factors that can affect our decision-making and, ultimately, well-being. And it brought to mind David Foster Wallace’s famous speech “This Is Water,” which he originally delivered as a speech to Kenyon College’s 2005 graduating class. The inability to recognize how distracted we are seems to […]


Use Probiotics Wisely

Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

One of the blessings of having access to as much health information as we have today is also its curse. On the one hand, you’re able to take charge of your health and well-being like never before. On the other, without an in-depth, big-picture understanding, you can wind up making things worse. Case in point? […]


Need Another Sign That “Healthcare”-as-Usual Isn’t Exactly Working?

Posted on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

We’re just going to leave this here: Fitch Solutions highlighted how the six leading chronic illnesses — diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and cancer — are affecting healthcare costs and the added burden in the future…. These leading conditions cost more than $1 trillion annually through hospitalizations, doctor visits, prescription drugs, medical devices […]


It’s Not Just Vaccines

Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

There’s a certain type of meme we’ve been seeing a lot more of lately, as the conflict between vaccine proponents and those who favor vaccine choice keeps growing ever more heated: While we certainly question the “wisdom” of current vaccine practices and believe it wiser to focus on building physical resilience naturally by nurturing the […]


Reason to Steer Clear of Chemical Cleaners

Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Just in time for spring cleaning comes a new study reminding us that how you clean and what you clean with matter. A lot. Researchers looked at the long-term effects of cleaning chemicals among 6230 women and men. Lung function was measured. Frequency of exposure was documented. They found that Women cleaning at home or […]



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