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Antibiotics and Their Dangers

submitted by: admin on 05/13/2015
Antibiotics are massively overused in medical practice. Their side effects are far more profound than most MDs recognize. We review some of these complications, especially in modifying the microbial ecosystem in the gut.            

Choosing the Right Probiotic

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Choosing the right probiotic is not an easy task. Few are studied in clinical trials, so it is difficult to know which ones will work best. One product, VSL #3) is considered a medical food by the FDA and has been studied in 80 clinical trials and delivers up to 900 million live microbes with a diverse combination of friendly flora that includes various...

Do Fungi Cause Digestive Disorders?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
Research published in the journal, Science, in May of 2012 revealed a link between fungi and inflammatory diseases such as ulcerative colitis. More than 100 different species of fungi have been found in the GI tract. White blood cells make a protein called Dectin-1 that locates and kills fungi and has been found to be defective in people with ulcerative colitis. The...

Genetically Engineered Food: What You Need to Know

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
Genetically engineered food and animals are now widespread in supermarkets. The safety is untested and we're conducting a global experiment. Novel changes by modifying genes has advantages but also consequences too. It also has potential impacts on the environment and its ecosystems.          

GMO Foods are a Global Experiment

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
Genetically engineered foods and animals are now widespread in supermarkets. We are swapping genes between the animal and plant kingdom with reckless abandon. Their safety is untested and we're conducting a global experiment that is risky. Novel changes created by modifying genes has advantages but also consequences. It also has potential impacts on the environment...

Good Dental Hygiene, It Can Save Your Life

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
People who have advanced periodontal problems and plaque are at risk for lung infections that can be fatal and cause inflammation. The ecosystem in the mouth is complex and underestimated in its importance in people who are ill.              

Gut Microbes Linked to Weight and Metabolic Syndrome

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
  Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine published in the August 2012 issue of PLoS a study showing that there are at least 26 species of bacteria linked to obesity and the metabolic syndrome traits such as body mass, triglycerides, cholesterol, glucose levels, CRP, insulin resistance, and high blood pressure. We know that many...

Intestinal Microbes and Obesity

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
The importance and function of our gut microbial ecosystem in our body's biochemistry and physiology is discussed. The mechanism of how bacteria can drive obesity are discussed in terms of leptin and insulin sensitivity.

Microbial Testing in Dental Health

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
The biofilm of the mouth is reviewed and the association with plaque discussed. There is a test called a caries screening test that analyzes the microbes in the oral cavity and gives clues for creating a healthy ecosystem.          


submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
The microflora of the gut is composed of thousands of microbial species microbes that live in a complex ecosystem. When this is disturbed it is dangerous and can lead to a wide range of intestinal disorders. Probiotics are the natural microbes found in the gut and they can be replaced.          

Probiotics for Chronic Disease

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
Probiotics have been shown to benefit people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). They maintain a healthy ecosystem in the GI tract that maintains wellness. Dr. Len reviews the ways our cells can become ill and what we can do to prevent this.        

Probiotics Protect the Gut from Radiation

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
Washington University School of Medicine published an article in the journal, Gut, showing that taking a probiotic before radiation can protect the intestine from damage in mice. There is no reason that this would be different in humans. This suggests that taking a probiotic with Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and other strains protects the gut when taken prior to...

Stress, the GI Tract, and Immunity

submitted by: admin on 10/16/2013
The effects of stress on immunity has been studied and shows that it even affects the number and types of microbes that can survive in the human GI tract. Probiotics have a lot to do with digestion, synthesis of vitamins such as vitamin K, B5, B6 and biotin, stimulation of immunity, and regulation of immunity. Many scientists consider the stool in the gut an...

What You Need to Know About Irritable Bowel Syndrome

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  IBS is very common but poorly understood. Symptoms are described. Drugs control symptoms but never deal with the underlying cause. The nature of the microbial ecosystem is very important because their metabolic products affect our physiology. The role of the microbial ecosystem and of intestinal permeability are reviewed.

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