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Digestive Health

Minty Fresh & Symptom-Free

By Erik Goldman

Peppermint can help take some of the “irritable” out of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, according to a recent metanalysis of 9 randomized trials.

Link Between Gluten and Obesity Challenges “Classic” Picture

By Kristen Schepker | Contributing Writer

Historically, medical textbooks have presented Celiac disease patients as small, thin, anemic individuals--a depiction that still dominates many physicians' views of gluten intolerance and the people who have it.

Cannabis: A Remedy for Crohn's?

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

Medical cannabis, while certainly not a "cure" for Crohn's disease, produced marked symptom  reductions in  a small but compelling study of patients who did not obtain relief from steroids and other conventional drugs.

For Crohn’s Patients, Splenda’s Not So Splendid, Equal Equals Trouble

By Erik Goldman

Artificial sweeteners Splenda and Equal may be problematic for people with Crohn's disease because they appear to promote the growth and adherence of E. coli.

Predictive Antibody Testing Facilitates Early Detection of Autoimmune Disorders

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 13, No. 4. Winter, 2012
Advances in immunology are translating into an array of new tests that enable clinicians to detect  diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac, Crohn's, and autoimmune thyroid disorders at the earliest stages when they are most responsive to lifestyle-based treatment.

Probiotics Reduce C. difficile After Antibiotic Treatment

By Erik Goldman
A new systematic review shows that probiotic prophylaxis can prevent Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea, one of the most problematic side-effects antibiotic drugs.

Breast Milk May Protect Infants From Deadly Intestinal Condition

By John Otrompke, Contributing Writer

Human breast milk contains a unique substance that may protect newborn infants from necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), an often lethal inflammatory condition that commonly affects premature and low birth weight babies.

 

Can Probiotics Influence Fertility? It’s Conceivable!

By Ciel Patenaude, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 2. Summer, 2012
Presence or absence of particular strains of beneficial bacteria in the female digestive and reproductive tracts have a much greater influence on fertility than most people realize.

Three GI Ecosystems

By Leo Galland, MD - Vol. 13, No. 2. Summer, 2012
The GI microbial world is comprised of 3 very different compartments: Gastric, Small Intestinal & Colonic. Each has a distinct biochemical and physiologic "climate." Digestive heatlh--and by extension, overall health--depends on the relationships between these diverse microbial worlds.

Must We Always Eradicate H. Pylori?

By Leo Galland, MD - Vol. 13, No. 2. Summer, 2012

Helicobacter pylori, one of the most common microorganisms found in the human GI tract, can definitely be pathogenic, but in many people it is not. In some, it may even be helpful: gastric colonization with H. pylori inhibits ghrelin, an appetite stimulating molecule. Some researchers argue that eradicating H. pylori actually promotes obesity. Dr. Leo Galland, a pioneer in functional medicine, opts to take the middle ground between total eradication and total tolerance of this bug.

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