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Can Antibiotics Cause Weight Gain in Infants?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Treating infants with antibiotics may predispose them to being overweight later in childhood according to an article published in August 2012 in the International Journal of Obesity. When treated in the first 5 months of life, the risk among 10,000 infants of being overweight was 22% higher than those not treated with antibiotics. The type of microbes...

Digestion and Immunity

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
One of the best kept secrets in medicine is that the gut is critical in developing and maintaining immunity. More than 60% of all immune cells are in the GI tract. How this works and is related to leaky gut is discussed.        

Epidural Injections for Back Pain Cause Fractures

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  A study at the Henry Ford Hospital found that epidural steroid injections for back pain increased the risk of fracture by 29% with each steroid injection. They compared 3000 patients with severe back pain who had at least one injection with 3000 control patients without an injection. Steroids decrease absorption of calcium in the GI tract and increase...

Fat Substitutes Don't Work

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
Fat substitutes such as Olestra result in weight gain, not loss! They disrupt the body's mechanisms to control food intake. Olestra works by binding up to 8 triglyceride molecules in such a way that the enzyme lipase cannot begin the fat digestive process and it passes out with the stool. Side effects include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and oily stools....

Gut Microflora Regulate Immunity

submitted by: admin on 03/31/2015
  A study from the Mayo Clinic published in the PloS ONE in June of 2012 showed that the gut microflora regulate the immune system and may be directly related to autoimmune disorders such as ulcerative colitis, and diabetes. In fact, the gut microbiome may be used as a biomarker for this predisposition and it may be possible to prevent autoimmune diseases...

How Safe are Cosmetics? With Marie Veronique Nadeau

submitted by: admin on 03/01/2024
The ingredients in cosmetic products are not regulated and they have many toxic ingredients that are not listed. To have healthy skin it is crucial to eat a good diet, exercise, and be sure you have sufficient antioxidants. Exercising the facial muscles helps keep them from sagging.

Legumes are the Key to Iron Absorption

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  According to a study in the Journal of Nutrition, iron absorption is best from plant ferritin, which contains a thousand iron molecules rather than just single molecules found in iron supplements. Iron supplements often have GI side effects and can harm the lining of the GI tract. Ferritin is absorbed as an entire molecule.        

Losing Weight with Byetta with Joe Prendergast, MD

submitted by: admin on 03/01/2024
Byetta comes from lizard spit; it is an "incretin." It helps lower blood sugar and slow down glucose absorption. There are hundreds of metabolic hormones involved in sugar metabolism. Weight loss is a "side effect" of Byetta.

Low Calcium Diet Promotes Kidney Stones

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Women with a history of kidney stones have a higher absorption rate of calcium present in the diet. Consuming adequate calcium reduces calcium absorption from the gut and helps prevent calcium stones. Most people with calcium kidney stones mistakenly lower their calcium intake. Low calciium intake actually increases the absorption of calcium from the gut and...

Probiotics: Why They Are Important

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
The definition, function, and importance of probiotics are reviewed. The ecosystem of the intestinal tract is composed of at least a thousand different species of microbes. It is easy to disturb this sensitive and complex balance that can lead to important effects on our digestion and absorption of nutrients, our immunity, and overall wellness.        

Role of the Digestive Tract in Keeping Us Well with Marc Weill

submitted by: admin on 03/01/2024
Digestion is just one aspect of what the GI tract does. It also regulates absorption and blockage of toxins and immunity. It is the first gate of entry into the body and its importance is generally far underappreciated.

Small Bowel Overgrowth Syndrome

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
Bacterial overgrowth syndrome occurs when the normally low numbers of bacteria inhabiting the small intestine becomes overtaken by bacteria or pathogens. The prevalence of bacteria in the upper GI tract depends on gastric acidity, peristaltic activity, damage to the mucosa or atrophy, the redox potential, pH, diet and much more. The workup for this condition...

The Dark Side of Soy

submitted by: admin on 03/01/2024
Soy has become very popular in the US, but there are aspects of it that make it wise to know its forms, if it is genetically engineered and how it affects our biochemistry. The controversies around soy are explored.

What is Your Intestinal Bacterial Type

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
An individual's intestinal bacteria flora falls into certain patterns that are independent of nationality, gender, and age according to a 2011 article in the journal, Nature. They believe that the composition of the GI microflora is a new biological fingerprint, just as our blood type or tissue type.  We depend on our GI microflora to metabolize...

Why You and Your Family are Likely Malnourished

submitted by: admin on 11/06/2014
There have been several USDA studies published as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys over the pasts 50 years and all of them demonstrate widespread nutritional deficiencies in the US. Our food is calorie dense, but nutritionally deficient in a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that include vitamins A, C, and D and minerals such...

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