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Rheumatoid Arthritis- what you need to know

Rheumatoid Arthritis- what you need to know

Rheumatoid Arthritis- what you need to knowRheumatoid arthritis (RA) is most likely to show up between the ages of 30 and 50 but also can show up later in life as we go over 60.  Before I talk about causes and treatment tips let's talk about how joints work.Bone joints are held together by tendons that connect muscles to bones and ligaments that connect bones to bones. The bones need to be isolated from touching each other directly otherwise the resulting friction causes wear or spurs. Each bone is covered with a cartilage which forms a smooth surface to reduce...

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Sleep and Aging

Sleep and Aging

Hi Everyone, There is plenty of literature out there that links sleep deprivation to a range of chronic diseases including brain related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and depression, heart attacks and diabetes. These diseases are also correlated with aging so I set off on a mission to see if I could figure out why we lose our ability to sleep as we age. The answer is not so simple.  The scientific community is just beginning to understand the pathways involved with falling asleep, waking up and how these pathways degrade with age.   Here is what I found.How do we fall asleep? ...

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Are your pets suffering from separation anxiety?

Are your pets suffering from separation anxiety?

Hi Everyone,  My mother and father-in-law have three dogs in their life. In truth, the dogs “belong” to my mom.  She is their primary caregiver and brings them with her everywhere she goes.  Well almost everywhere. When they visit their out-of-state children/grandchildren, the dogs stay behind.  The collective demeanor of the “trio”  changes from a happy go lucky, tail wagging group to a sulking, whimpering, long-faced lot staring at the front door for days in anticipation of her return. Lots of pets (and owners!) have separation issues.  My family is lucky that the trio’s reaction is relatively modest, no attacks...

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Covid-19 and CBD-  R&D Update

Covid-19 and CBD- R&D Update

Hi everyone, With the passage of the Farm Bill legalizing hemp and hemp derived products including CBD as well as with some states legalizing all cannabis varieties, the scientific community is starting to conduct meaningful research into cannabinoids.  This blog covers recent papers that have come out looking at the relationship between cannabinoids and COVID-19. Richard B. van Breemen et. al. just published a fascinating paper in the Journal of Natural Products entitled "Cannabinoids Block Cellular Entry of SARS-CoV-2 and the Emerging Variants."  (1) This research found that the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein has an affinity for certain cannabinoids found only in full...

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