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Americans Get Too Many Colonoscopies

submitted by: admin on 05/12/2015
Gastroenterologists and the American Society for Gastroenterology recommend screening colonoscopies begin at age 50 and be repeated every 10 years unless there is a special indication for more often. However, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is questioning this recommendation.  A study published in the September 2014 issue of...

Bile - Not Acid - Causes Barrett's Esophagus

submitted by: admin on 11/23/2019
A study published in Annals of Surgery in April of 2012 showed that bile, not acid, is the cause for Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer. This finding is especially important because current drug therapies for GERD focus largely on acid control. Drugs that block acid production might actually make the risk for esophageal cancer higher. Research...

Breast milk is a probiotic

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Spanish researchers reported in the January 2013 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that there are more than 700 species of bacteria in normal human breast milk. They suggest that this is one of the factors leading to which bacteria will colonize the infant's digestive tract. Mother's milk is primarily lactose, but it is...

Everything You Need to Know About Glutamine

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  Glutamine is a conditionally needed amino acid that is far underused, especially in hospitals. Supplementation helps prevent muscle breakdown, protects the bowel lining when we are not eating, boosts immunity, is the major metabolic fuel of the small intestine and is necessary for production of DNA and glutathione.          

Gut Microbes, Brain Chemistry, and Behavior

submitted by: admin on 03/24/2014
The microflora of the gut have more metabolic activity than any organ system in the human body. They live in a complex ecosystem that consists of trillions of microbes with which we live in a critical symbiosis. Studies in mice show that when they are treated with oral antibiotics their behavior can change from outgoing and curious to passive and withdrawn. As...

H. Pylori Protects Against Intestinal Infections

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
People who have the ulcer-inducing microbe, H. pylori, may be protected against intestinal infections. While 50% of us harbor this microbe, only a few of us develop problems from it. It has also been shown to protect against the development of asthma. A study published in the December 2011 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases reported that soldiers infected...

How Artificial Sweeteners Cause Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

submitted by: admin on 10/22/2018
According to the October 2014 issue of the journal, Nature, artificial sweeteners such as saccharine, Splenda, and Nutrasweet (aspartame) cause changes in the human microbiome (intestinal microflora) that lead to glucose intolerance (insulin resistance) within one week in more than half of the subjects of a small study. When stool from these people was tranplanted...

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.

Intestinal Microbes Regulate Inflammation

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  Commensal bacteria in the human intestine produce a neurotransmitter called GABA that may play a role in preventing or treating inflammatory bowel disease. Bifidobacter dentium produces large amounts of GABA that regulates pain and inflammation. GABA may reduce pain and inflammation by stimulating the GABA receptor sites on nerve cells in the brain...

Kidney Stones Overview

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  Kidney Stones are very painful when they are passing into the ureter. They are generally made of calcium oxalate, uric acid or struvite. Collecting a 24 hour urine sample to analyze a stone is the best way to find out their composition. Treatment is centered on increasing water intake to a couple of quarts a day and managing the pain. Occasionally...

Leaky Gut Syndrome

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
The definition, causes, diagnosis and treatment for this condition are reviewed. LGS is an important abnormality seen in most chronic diseases and can be usually be reversed using simple specialized nutritional support.          

Microbes in the Gut Determine the Risk for Cancer

submitted by: admin on 11/21/2013
An article published in the journal of the American Society for Microbiology called mBio showed that both inflammation and a certain microbiome contribute to the development of colon cancer in mice.  Researchers transferred a stool sample from mice with colon cancer to germ-free mice and found that the incidence of colon cancer double that when compared...

New Research to Curb C. Diff

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
  Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a vicious bacterial infection in the intestinal tract that causes a bloody diarrhea caused by the overgrowth of C. diff. It is usually caused by treatment with oral antibiotics and kills 14,000 Americans every year. Ironically mainstream medicine has elected to treat this condition with very powerful antibiotics and...

Prescriptions For Health Radio Show: May 6, 2011

submitted by: admin on 06/20/2024
Prescriptions for Health Radio Show May 6, 2011Dr. Len and Nurse VIcki explore the following topics: The influence of salt in primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes Intestinal microflora types Diet for diabetics: The ketogenic diet Insomnia causes type 2 diabetes Why night owls tend to put on weight Ideal blood sugars increase mortality in people...

Preview of Probiotics: Why They Are Important

submitted by: admin on 06/20/2024
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.

Preview, Leaky Gut Syndrome Overview

submitted by: admin on 06/20/2024
Leaky gut syndrome is defined, its diagnosis, and mechanism of action described. The role of the microflora of the intestinal tract in maintaining normal sized intestinal pores is reviewed. The physiology and pathology of leaky gut syndrome is reviewed.

Preview: Kidney Stones

submitted by: admin on 06/20/2024
Kidney Stones are very painful when they are passing into the ureter. They are generally made of calcium oxalate, uric acid or struvite. Collecting a 24 hour urine sample to analyze a stone is the best way to find out their composition. Treatment is centered on increasing water intake to a couple of quarts a day and managing the pain. Occasionally it is necessary...

Probiotics

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 and Allergies

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
The role of the digestive health in allergic conditions is not appreciated in mainstream medicine. The mechanism of how this works is explained with particular attention to the normal microbes that reside in the human gut. They direct the immune system to react or not react to what we are exposed to in our environment. The effects of antibiotics on the gut microflora...

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.        

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