Food Issues: A Quest for a Healthy Diet

I thought I had my healthy diet all figured out. Vegetarianism was my eating style of choice. For me, this choice lasted for twenty five years.  After a long struggle with debilitating IBS, I discovered that I had a sensitivity to corn, and was gluten intolerant. And then my body let me know that my…

Food Issues: When Food Was Making Me Sick

About 15 years ago, things were bad. I’d come home after work nearly every day holding my stomach, collapse on the bed, and writhe in pain. When my stomach wasn’t bothering me, I might be having a migraine, the storm taking its merry time to pass through my head. One night I woke up in…

Questioning the Logic of the “Nocebo effect”

If you aren’t familiar with the term, while a placebo is an inert source (such as a pill) that causes a positive health outcome, the term “nocebo” is often used to describe an “inert” source that produces a negative health outcome. In other words, it’s all in your head. The nocebo effect is sometimes used to…