Abbreviations: CFU/mL: colony forming units per milliliter. ESS: euthyroid sick syndrome GI: gastrointestinal PPIs: proton-pump inhibitors SIBO: small intestinal bacterial overgrowth SIFBO: small intestinal fungal and bacterial overgrowth SIFO: small intestinal fungal overgrowth   Today I want to revisit two verified risk factors for small intestinal fungal and bacterial overgrowth (SIFBO). A study published in Read More →

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  Over the past year and a half, I’ve spent much my time on this blog detailing the various dietary practices and other conditions that can impair intestinal-barrier function, and for good reason. While our intestines are located within us, as far as the body is concerned, this environment is actually external to it. And Read More →

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  “Proton-pump inhibitor therapy is now being prescribed for a wide variety of upper gastrointestinal symptoms on the basis that they might be acid induced and therefore may benefit from such treatment. This increasingly liberal usage of these powerful drugs is due to a number of factors, including reduced concerns about potential side effects, reduced Read More →

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  “Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.” Thomas Jefferson     Abbreviations: BCM7: beta-casomorphin-7 C. albicans: Candida albicans FOS: fructooligosaccharide GERD: gastroesophageal reflux disease GI: gastrointestinal H. pylori: Helicobacter pylori, aka Campylobacter pylori IBS: irritable bowel syndrome LES: Read More →

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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 →

  “Saturated fats are benign with regard to inflammatory effects, as are the MUFAs [monounsaturated fats]. The meager effect that saturated fats have on serum cholesterol levels when modest but adequate amounts of polyunsaturated oils are included in the diet, and the lack of any clear evidence that saturated fats are promoting any of the Read More →

    This is quick post alerting my readers to some new research about Crohn’s disease (CD). CD is an inflammatory, autoimmune bowel disease that can affect any part of the digestive tract. However, it is most likely to manifest itself in the ileum of the small intestine or proximal colon. It primarily causes abdominal 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 →

  Today I’m going to talk about some dietary changes that may offer some of you symptom relief from your gastrointestinal issues. This is not a cure for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. These disorders will require reducing gut pathogens and/or overgrowth of fungus like Candida Read More →

  Today I want to cover how gut pathogens can negatively impact the ability to digest food and regulate appetite. Here is an illustration of what should be, but oftentimes isn’t, absorbed in the digestive tract:   Your ability to absorb nutrition is reliant on a healthy small intestine. If any part of the small 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 →

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