By Nicolette Francey Asselin, M.D
1. Sparkless Days
Happiness determines how long we live and how strong our families are.
After returning from an overseas trip, I was fighting time changes and a cold that robbed me of hours of sleep. The day ahead appeared blurred, faint, colorless, and gray. The natural sparkle that generated my sense of enthusiasm and fired my first steps out of bed, had vanished. Later, I sat down to my favorite routine, writing, but chapters I had written appeared dull, unexciting, and soporific. The sunless day weighed heavily on me, or even spicy food seemed bland, vapid, and savorless. Why such a low mood? My husband and I had just had a pleasant visit with my family in Europe, and no dark clouds were lurking on the horizon of our peaceful lives. Full story
This story is the first of a 4 part article series:
- 1. Sparkless Days
- 2. Portrait of the Robbers
- 3. Tryptophan Deprivation
- 4. Manufacturing the “Magic Powder”
This article can be followed in ReFlex-ions.
by Nicolette Francey Asselin
The ability to taste food is a vital part of our lives.
While some studies differ on this point and claim that it is inherited, the ultimate sense of taste is learned and developed at an early age. Early exposure strongly influences the components of flavors, detected by our sense of smell (olfactory system) and taste (gustatory system). Read
by Nicolette Francey Asselin, M.D.
“As a child, my family’s approach to mealtime was without food fights. What I learned stayed with me throughout my life. I realize now that’s how both my loved ones and I have effortlessly maintained good health.”
Envision the meal you carefully prepared with love, spattered all over your kitchen!
“Eating should be fun.” Chef José Andrés on «60 Minutes»
Author: Nicolette Francey Asselin M.D. “Taste Buds” The Magic and Fun of Sensible Food.
By Patti Neighmond
It’s that time of year again. You wake up with a scratchy throat, stuffy nose, a little achy — maybe a fever. Is it a classic head cold, or do you need to be more concerned? Could it be the flu?
“There’s lots of confusion out there, because both are viral respiratory illnesses,” says Dr. Yul Ejnes, an internal medicine specialist in private practice in Rhode Island and spokesperson for the American College of Physicians. “No one likes to get a cold, but people are more fearful of the flu.”
And rightly so.
Last year’s influenza season was particularly severe, resulting in an unusually high number of hospitalizations and deaths from flu complications. Read on
by Maanvi Singh
It’s Good For Your Health
Over this past year, lifestyle blogger Aileen Xu has kept a monthly gratitude list.
Sometimes it was the big stuff: “I’m grateful that my family is so understanding. I’m grateful so many people care.”
And sometimes it was life’s little blessings: “July 2018: I’m grateful for good hair after I shower.”
By C. Claiborne Ray
Q. It is well known that mosquitoes, fleas, lice and ticks transmit human diseases, but what about cockroaches?
A. Read More…
The Online Gene Test Finds a Dangerous Mutation.
By Gina Kolata
Dr. Joshua Clayton, a 29-year-old radiology resident at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, wanted to learn about his ancestry. So he sent a sample of his saliva to 23andMe, the genetic testing company.
His report was pretty mundane — no new revelations. But then he sent the profile created by 23andMe to a separate company called Promethease, which promises to do a more in-depth analysis for genetic mutations that cause disease. Cont