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Investigating the influence of cruciferous vegetable, fiber, resistant starch, red meat, and organic food intake on cancer risk

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While cancer is an umbrella term for a number of different diseases, cancers nonetheless share certain hallmarks, such as resistance to cell death, sustained proliferative signaling, and reprogramming of energy metabolism. To begin, let us examine one trait in particular: acquired resistance to apoptosis. Under normal conditions, cells that fail…


An introduction to microbial landscapes, relationships, & terminology

In honor of World Microbiome Day 2021, let’s take some time to appreciate the fascinating world of microbes and our ongoing efforts to study and characterize them. Microbes offer a vast array of utility applications, including but not limited to fermentation, agriculture, bioremediation, and maintenance of human health.

“Man himself…


Sometimes just being there is enough

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I once nearly had a falling out with someone when he couldn’t respect my autonomy. For those of you who may be unaware, I have dealt with systemic chronic illness for over a decade now. …


The answer may surprise you

Would you believe me if I told you that the majority of humans globally (around 70%) are lactose intolerant? What if I insisted that lactose intolerance is the default status in human adults? If you’re skeptical, read on.

What Is Lactose?

Lactose is a sugar found in milk. Like maltose and sucrose, it’s…


An “inconvenient” proposal

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The symptoms of toxic masculinity are pervasive in our culture. In typical modern-day fashion, the content we consume reflects the same anachronistic thinking we condone in our daily lives. But this discussion is not just a frill; it has real-life consequences.

Art Imitates Life

On the drama television series The Morning Show, Mitch…


Never miss an important update again

While I am a proponent of digital minimalism and screen-free time, certain job roles or seasons require that employees respond to crises at the drop of a hat. …


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A revised definition

When the concept was first described 25 years ago, synbiotics were defined as combinations of probiotics and prebiotics. To briefly review, probiotics are microorganisms that provide benefits to the host, and prebiotics are compounds that promote the growth of those beneficial microbes.

Terminology 101

The term came from the Greek prefix -syn


If you build it, they will come

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As a consumer of email content, I share my ideas on what audiences want. Give readers something of value, and they will happily subscribe. If you build it, they will come.

Mailing lists remain an invaluable commodity in these uncertain times. Email newsletters allow us to communicate new ideas and…

Nita Jain

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