The End of a Nonsensical Debate: Fibromalgia Is Real

What are the arguments against, and in favor, of fibromyalgia being a “real disease?” I’m not sure whether this question is trying to get at the difference between “disease” and “syndrome”, or whether it’s an attempt to distinguish between psychogenic and somatogenic illness, or whether it’s about finding arguments in support of the theory that people with fibromyalgia…

Adverse Reactions to Detoxes

What are the symptoms of die-off during a detox? The symptoms caused by die-off due to a detox or treatment with antimicrobials are known as a Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction[1]. The symptoms can include: fatigue, cognitive effects (brainfog, irritability, difficulty concentrating), nausea, diarrhea, bloating/gas, constipation, body aches, mild fever, itchiness and rashes, and sugar cravings[2] .  Although many articles…

The Health Impact of Unsweetened Carbonated Drinks

This article originally appeared as an answer to a question on Quora. Do unsweetened carbonated drinks affect your health? I assume that by describing these drinks as “unsweetened”, you mean they do not include artificial or natural sweeteners. Carbonated drinks can contribute to your body’s hydration. The potential for other harms and benefits depend on…