We often hear that mercury causes bacterial overgrowth. Yet it seems to defy logic, mercury kills bacteria*.
Humans lose much of their ability to break down certain sugars as we mature into adults or experience intestinal infections. Many people malabsorb lactose and fructose, to some degree we all probably do. This unabsorbed sugar becomes food for opportunistic bacteria.
Most anyone that has asked a doctor about constipation has probably been told to “consume more fiber”. But is this doing more harm than good? Continue reading Constipation and Fiber, Myths and Complexities
I’ve had several questions about studies showing that phages can transfer antibiotic resistance. So is this true. You might be surprised by the answer.
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Many people with gut issues suffer from cogitative issues and body-wide symptoms, along with the gastrointestinal hell they’re going through. One of the reasons is often high levels of D-lactic acid.
Can antibiotic use lead to an increased risk of colorectal cancer? Apparently.
“An increasing total exposure to antibiotics at age 20–39 was significantly associated with a higher risk of colorectal adenoma… Similarly, antibiotic use during age 40–59 was associated with an increased risk of colorectal adenoma… The associations were similar for low-risk versus high-risk adenomas.”
Yesterday a 45 year old friend of ours passed away. I hate to say it but I think gut bacteria, antibiotic resistance, and our medical system probably led to her death. This is why it matters to all of us.
Here is one of the easiest ways to help your microbiome and your gut.
Throw away everything in your home that contains Triclosan or Triclocarban. Don’t use antibacterial soaps when away from home, as they too may contain these chemicals. Simple isn’t it?
Oh, you want to know how and why? Good, you really need to know just how bad this stuff really is!
Do you take Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)? PPIs are among the top 10 most widely used drugs in the world. PPI use has been associated with an increased risk of enteric infections, most notably Clostridium difficile, with a 65% increase in incidence. The gut microbiome plays an important role in enteric infections, by resisting or promoting colonisation by pathogens. PPIs may just as bad for the gut as antibiotics!
Continue reading Proton Pump Inhibitors Maybe As Bad For The Gut As Antibiotics!
Do you think your body might be high in mercury, chromium, cadmium, lead, or arsenic? Are you wanting to detoxify and get rid of these heavy metals? Probiotics and strengthening your gut’s microbiota may be the answer.
Of course “The Gut Health Protocol” covers SIBO in-depth. But sometimes people just want to know “what is SIBO”. So you can now download the first 4 pages of Chapter 5, “Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth”. This covers the basics and gives you a feel for the book. The remainder of Chapter 5 provides more depth, many more studies, treatment options, and explains the various medical tests for SIBO.
I began this article after reading a decent write up describing the problems with Canola Oil, by Swanson Vitamins The (Not-So) Hidden Dangers of Canola Oil, it’s worth a read, especially if you’re new to the subject. But I thought I would add some more science to the issue.
There has been a lot of discussion about the use of enemas to treat various gut issues. I thought it was time to go over the science behind the subject. This article ends with abstracts from a number of studies.
Eliminating sugar from the diet is very important for gut health, especially when trying to get rid of SIBO and intestinal candida overgrowth. However, using Splenda (the artificial sweetener sucralose) is almost guaranteed to take make matters worse. The use of Splenda can significantly alter the gut’s microbiota, both negatively impacting beneficial bacteria and causing an increase in pathogenic bacteria. It also increases the pH of the colon which is known to lead to disease from pathogenic overgrowth.
What if you knew there was something in your food that feeds bad bacteria and promotes dysbiosis of your microbiome? An artificial substance often listed as “natural”, but really isn’t. One that provides you with no benefit. Wouldn’t you at least try to avoid it.
This isn’t a teaser, I’m not going to tell you it is carbohydrates or something. Oh wait, it is a type starch, but not a natural one.
This article is from the May 21st online edition of the Popular Science magazine. Researchers are looking at ways to inoculate babies born by cesarean section with their mother’s microbiota.
There is a lot of confusion and misinformation about the importance of the acidity / alkalinity of the food we eat. There are a lot of people that spend a lot of effort (as well as money) on “alkalizing the body”. This is taking measures to force a change in the body’s pH to make it more alkaline (or base). First let me say that this topic is covered quite well in The Gut Health Protocol. And second, let me just re-emphasis that trying to alkalize the body is a very bad idea. Continue reading The Alkalizing Myth
Did you know that the debilitating childhood disease rickets is making a comeback in the world? Especially in western countries like England and the U.S.? Or that our children are suffering from more and more autoimmune diseases at earlier and earlier ages? Do you know why? It isn’t because of pollution, it isn’t because of poverty, it isn’t really even due a lack of lack of vitamin D in the diet. Its a lack of sun exposure. For the most part, our children aren’t being forced into dark factories like in previous generations, those factories aren’t spewing out black soot blocking the sun, there isn’t rampant disease causing parents to keep children off the streets. The cause is a largely unfounded and irrational fear of skin cancer. Often times Vitamin D deficiency shows up in infants because the baby’s mother is Vitamin D deficient and the baby is breastfed (PubMed #PMC3012634). Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency are increasingly common in western cultures.
It is clear from the studies (below) that Vitamin D insufficiency is directly related to inflammation and poor mucosal barrier function. Both of these have a direct impact on the gut and gut related diseases such as SIBO. Vitamin D is so important to the immune system that some bacteria actually inhibit our body’s ability to absorb and utilize Vitamin D, doing this for their own survival. Continue reading Vitamin D and the Gut’s Intestinal Mucosal Barrier
While researching enteritis (inflammation of the small intestine) I came across some very interesting research on an amino acid called glycine. Turns out this very simple, and abundant, amino acid is very important for gut health. Strangely enough, we aren’t getting enough of it. Supplementing glycine may be one of the most important things you can do to heal your gut and combat systemic inflammation. Continue reading Glycine, One Of The Most Important Inflammation Regulators
I started this paper to answer a question for you that I already knew the answer to, yes, your gut bacteria and antibiotics can definitely make you fat. But as I started writing this I found some rather disturbing facts associated with the use of antibiotics. I think you’ll find this shocking. Continue reading Can the Wrong Gut Bacteria, and Antibiotics, Make You Fat? The very sad truth.
If you haven’t read The Gut Health Protocol you are probably asking yourself what Iron and Iron Deficiency have to do with gut health. Quit a bit actually, studies follow.
First lets start with Iron Deficiency. SIBO and poor stomach acid are often associated, and without good stomach acid you will have poor iron absorption. If you have inflammation of the intestinal lining (enteritis) you will also have poor iron absorption. Both also cause poor Vitamin B12 absorption as well. Continue reading Heme Iron and Iron Deficiency
Yes, you read that right, saturated fats (and cholesterol!) can help prevent heart disease. How you might ask? Well that turns out to be the interesting part. Through changes in our gut bacteria.
As this study on PubMed from 2013 indicates, meat eaters have more Prevotella bacteria than vegans. This bacteria breaks down carnitine from red meat in to TMA in the gut. TMA causes inflammation and cardiovascular disease . This study used an 8oz cut of lean steak to measure TMA in both a group of vegans and a group of regular meat eaters. The vegans produced less TMA than the meat eaters because they had less of the Prevotella bacteria. But you say I said saturated fat (like that in red meat) can prevent heart disease and inflammation? Read on! Continue reading Saturated Fats Can Prevent Inflammation and Heart Disease
The human animal, like all other animals, evolved with a diverse microbiome. It has become increasingly obvious over the years that our health depends on these little critters. Many people like to believe that we can do without soured and semi-spoiled foods and continue to live off the sterile factory foods they grew up on. Then they wonder why they’re sick and depressed. The first study below just came out (April 2015) and confirms what many other studies have shown, we need a healthy diverse microbiome to prevent depression and keep us healthy. Continue reading Fermented food consumption combats depression
For those of you that avoid all dairy, you may want to rethink it if you can. Butter, especially grassfed, can be very nutritious. The fatty acids it contains (like CLA) are very good for health, especially gut health. CLA is known to help fight intestinal candida. Grassfed butter can also contain high levels of Vitamin K2 (not just “Vitamin K”) which is good for repairing intestinal Tight Junctions, thus helping heal Leaky Gut. I realize that not everyone can eat dairy, but many who think they can’t probably can. If you’re truly “allergic” then avoid it, if you have casein issues butter is often fine as it is mostly butter fat, not protein. Fermented products homemade kefir and aged cheeses are also good. All of this is discussed at length in The Gut Health Protocol.
This article contains several references to peer reviewed studies. You should try to read the “Conclusion” and/or “Discussion” if possible, if that’s too much the “Abstract” if often a lot shorter and to the point.
What could be better than this? Not only do you get a great friend and companion, but one that can help keep you healthy as well! Our pets have several beneficial affects on our health, they help us get more exercise, they help with depression, they alert us to dangers, and now we find out that that they share their probiotics with us. Continue reading Man’s Best Friend Also Man’s Best Medicine? Dogs May Have Probiotic Effect On Gut Bacteria