“Chronic low-grade inflammation is now considered to be a critical pathological factor underlying many modern chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases, and is associated with aging. Chronic low-grade inflammation is characterized by elevated circulating levels of inflammatory cytokines, such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-1, and IL-6. A primary cause Read More →

Abbreviations: BCM7: beta-casomorphin-7 FODMAP: fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides and Polyols MCP1: monocyte chemotactic protein 1 MPO: myeloperoxidase NCGS: Non-celiac gluten sensitivity SIBO: small intestinal bacterial overgrowth   Today’s post is about an Italian trial confirming that all may not be right with the Western world’s favorite grain. The study is titled Small Amounts of Read More →

Abbreviations: F-HFD: fructose enriched high-fat coconut oil diet F-SO-HFD: fructose enriched high-fat soybean oil diet HFD: high-fat coconut oil diet LPSs: lipopolysaccharides PUFAs: polyunsaturated fatty acids SO-HFD: high-fat soybean oil diet Viv: low-fat, high-fiber rodent diet   “Look! It’s moving. It’s sa — it’s… it’s alive. It’s alive… It’s alive, it’s moving, it’s alive! It’s Read More →

Cheshire Cat: Where are you going? Alice: Which way should I go? Cheshire Cat: That depends on where you are going. Alice: I don’t know. Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go. ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland   Dear Dr. Aaron E. Carroll, You don’t know me from Adam, but I feel Read More →

  Abbreviations: ATIs: amylase and trypsin enzyme inhibitors HFD: high-fat diet HPA axis: hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis IAP: intestinal alkaline phosphatase (aka alkaline phosphatase) IL1-β: interleukin 1 beta LPSs: lipopolysaccharides NF-kB: nuclear factor kappa B PUFAs: polyunsaturated fatty acids TLRs: toll-like receptors TLR4: toll-like receptor 4 TNF-α: tumor necrosis factor alpha WGA: wheat germ agglutinin Today I Read More →

Saccharin

Today’s post is inspired by an Israeli paper published in the journal Nature that studied the effects on glucose metabolism and gut flora from ingesting three popular artificial sweeteners. What they found is of more than passing interest in this calorie-obsessed age. (1) I spend a lot of time on this website writing about the Read More →

Glass

  Abbreviations: CNS: central nervous system DNA: deoxyribonucleic acid DNMTs: DNA methyltranferases EAAT: excitatory amino acid transporter EAAT3: excitatory amino acid transporter 3 ENS: enteric nervous system FODMAP: Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides and Polyols GERD: gastroesophageal reflux disease GSH: glutathione IBS: irritable bowel syndrome LPSs: lipopolysaccharides SAM: S-adenosylmethionine SIFBO: small intestinal fungal and bacterial Read More →

Fresh Apple

  Today’s post will cover a question that repeatedly comes up. It’s a question I’m sure many of you also have: “What diet should I be following when dealing with a gut issue?” Let me first dispense with dietary recommendations that have not been subjected to controlled trials to assess efficacy for controlling annoying or Read More →

Gluten

On February 13th of 2013, I published a post entitled Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Endotoxemia. I made the case that the high prevalence of bowel dysfunction and fibromyalgia was no mere coincidence. In today’s post, I’ll present evidence from a preliminary study out of Spain implicating non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) as a possible trigger Read More →

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  Welcome back from your second and last intermission. I trust the wait wasn’t too long. In today’s post, I’ll be concentrating on how cortisol is regulated by the body, and how these regulatory systems are shaped by immune activation. There is a happy medium where hormone concentrations within a defined lower and upper limit 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 →

  “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 →

  It’s been known for quite a long time that shift workers are at an increased risk for developing a number of diseases. Observational studies have found a strong association between shift work and heart and cerebrovascular diseases. (1) Other studies have noted robust correlations between shift-work and the risk of obesity (2) (3), diabetes Read More →

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