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  “We look for medicine to be an orderly field of knowledge and procedure. But it is not. It is an imperfect science, an enterprise of constantly changing knowledge, uncertain information, fallible individuals, and at the same time lives on the line. There is science in what we do, yes, but also habit, intuition, and Read More →

Not Just For Vampires! Those who read my small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) series know that I credit garlic, along with probiotics and prebiotics, for helping me cure myself of it. I described my experience in the last post of that series. I’ve since received many emails from people about their experiences using this herb. Read More →

  Continuing with my coverage of regulatory tight-junction proteins and gut-barrier function, today I want to examine the role of a particular member of our beneficial gut flora community. A 2008 study examined which of the following gut bacteria contributed the most to gut-barrier function (1): Bifidobacterium breve Bifidobacterium infantis Bifidobacterium longum Lactobacillus acidophilus Lactobacillus delbrueckii Read More →

  In the last, I told you how the consumption of gluten-grains is the number one dietary reason of constipation. However, it isn’t the only reason you may have trouble going to the bathroom. A number of people who are gluten-free have contacted me expressing frustration with their constipation. So what could be causing their Read More →

  In this post, I want to talk about how your gut flora is an integral player in the development and health of your immune system. Up until now, I’ve talked about how a compromised gut-wall barrier can cause endotoxemia and other immune reactions via translocation of antigens into systemic circulation. However, maintaining gut wall Read More →

This is the eighth and last installment of the Gut Critters series on small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). In this post, I want to talk about treatment options for SIBO. Antibiotics Assuming you test positive for SIBO what’s next? Well, the standard course of medical treatment involves antibiotics. The problem for the physician, however, is Read More →

“We calculate that 99.99% (by weight) of the pesticides in the American diet are chemicals that plants produce to defend themselves….We estimate that Americans eat about 1.5g of natural pesticides per person per day, which is about 10,000 times more than they eat of synthetic pesticide residues.” From the paper Dietary pesticides (99.99% all natural) Read More →

  I want to start this post by saying that I would not want to live in a world without effective antibiotics. Countless lives have been saved because of these miraculous drugs and modern medicine as we know it couldn’t function without them. Most surgeries that we take for granted couldn’t be performed without them Read More →

  In the previous two posts I wrote about the different types of gut flora and their physiological functions. In this post, I want to write about what can go terribly wrong when our commensal gut flora are unhappy. Let’s first define the term dysbiosis or disordered flora. I find that this term is thrown around Read More →