Category Archives: NeuroImmune

Can oxidative stress shrink your brain?

With baby boomers growing older, the age of the population in the United States is increasing. About 50 million Americans are affected each year by over 600 neurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegenerative disease refers to conditions in which nerve cells progressively degenerate … Continue reading

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Is gluten making you overstimulated?

There has been a lot of controversy lately over gluten sensitivity, but the existence of celiac disease is something no one can argue against. Celiac disease affects 1 in 141 individuals in the United States and can cause intestinal damage. … Continue reading

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Tetrahydro…what? It’s essential to understand the whole neurotransmitter pathway

Last week’s post covered the effect oxidative stress can have on the tryptophan pathway and potential decreases in serotonin synthesis. This week we will discuss how oxidative stress can also have a drastic effect on catecholamine (epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine) … Continue reading

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Is oxidative stress stealing your serotonin?

In recent posts, we’ve discussed oxidative stress and the innate systems the body uses to control free radical levels. When these systems are not functioning properly or free radicals are being produced too quickly for the body to keep up, … Continue reading

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What is oxidative stress?

Oxidative stress has become somewhat of a buzzword in healthcare today, but what exactly does oxidative stress refer to? Simply put, oxidative stress refers to the burden on the body as a result of an over-production of free radicals (Figure … Continue reading

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Psychoneuroimmunology: Where kynurenic acid fits

Psychoneuroimmunology. It’s a mouthful, but that’s to be expected when trying to find one word to describe the interaction of the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems and the impact this has on health and disease. Robert Ader, considered the founding … Continue reading

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