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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the growing popularity of probiotics and concerns about antibiotic overuse, there has been a lot of attention on the importance of maintaining healthy gut flora. This is certainly a positive step, but what often gets lost in the dialog is the true complexity of the gut microbiome. Dr. Leo Galland, one of the nation's leading functional medicine physicians, offers insights on how to cultivate a healthy relationship with the microbial world within.