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Low FODMAP Diet Offers Road to Relief for IBS

By Kristen Schepker

When it comes to treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), prevailing wisdom encourages eating more dietary fiber to help manage unpleasant digestive symptoms. But new research indicates that a group of fermentable carbohydrates referred to as FODMAPs -- found in many high-fiber foods -- might actually make IBS symptoms worse.

Why Probiotics Don’t Always Work

By Zach Bush, MD, Contributing Writer

The optimally healthy human gut should contain between 20,000 and 30,000 species of bacteria. Variety is key. The greater the diversity, the healthier the microbiome. Zealous use of probiotics, while reflecting a positive trend overall, could be causing problems by "monocropping" the GI tract with a relatively small number of species at the expense of ecosystem diversity.

Eating for 10 Trillion: How Diet Affects the GI Microbiome

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

When making dietary choices, a food’s potential benefits to the gut should be a key part of the decision, urged Tom O’Bryan, DC, at Holistic Primary Care’s 7th annual Heal Thy Practice conference.

Zonulin: An Objective Indicator of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

By Erik Goldman

Zonulin, an endogenous protein that regulates the size of intestinal tight junctions, could be useful as a serum marker for non-celiac gluten sensitivity—a condition that has been the subject of much controversy in recent years.

Rethinking the Role of Stress in Stomach Ulcers

By Kristen Schepker | Assistant Editor

New research published recently in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology provides strong evidence that psychological factors need to be brought back into the clinical picture of peptic ulcer disease.

Oral Contraceptives May Triple Risk of Crohn's Disease

By Madiha Saeed, MD | Contributing Writer

Women may be three times more likely to develop Crohn's disease if they have used oral contraceptive pills for five years or more, according to data from a Harvard University study.

How to Test for Dysbiosis

By Madiha Saeed, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 2. Summer, 2015

Disturbance of the gut microbiome, also known as dysbiosis, has a major detrimental effect on human health. As microbiome research continues to explode worldwide, we are learning that microbial dysregulation within the gut is an important contributing factor in a wide range of common disorders.

Making Clinical Sense of the Microbiome

By Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 1, No. 2. Summer, 2015

It's "the greatest turnaround in science and medicine in the last 150 years," says Raphael Kellman, MD, of the current microbiome revolution.

Iron Deficiency Often Overlooked in Irritable Bowel

By Elizabeth Credi | Contributing Writer

As many as one-third of all patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have iron-deficiency anemia (IDA), and primary care clinicians can play a key role in identifying and remedying this common but often overlooked comorbidity.

Probiotics Add Punch To Treatment of H. Pylori

By August West, Contributing Writer

Two new studies indicate that adding oral probiotics to the therapeutic mix boosts the efficacy of conventional drug protocols in eradicating Helicobacter pylori, the most common bacterial pathogen worldwide, and a main driver of peptic ulcers.

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