Spend anytime visiting nutrition-oriented blogs and you quickly discover that the topic of dairy consumption elicits strong opinions. Dairy, in all its forms, has been variously blamed for heart disease, cancer, autism, diabetes, obesity, Kim Kardashian’s fame…well pretty much everything. Some caution against the consumption of dairy by pointing to the fact that humans Read More →

  Fibromyalgia is a disease characterized by chronic wide-spread pain. These painful areas are spread throughout numerous points on the body. Other symptoms of this disorder are joint stiffness, gastrointestinal upset and mental distress: insomnia, fatigue, depression, anxiety and cognitive dysfunction. Estimates for the prevalence of fibromyalgia range from between 1% to 2% of the Read More →

  Today I want to briefly review two research papers examining the role of increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut) and visceral fat accumulation. Visceral fat, otherwise known as central obesity, is a recognized risk factor for the development of fatty liver, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This type of fat is packed in and Read More →

  In this post, I want to write about an interesting Brazilian study that examined the effects of feeding gluten in combination with a high-fat diet to C57BL/6 mice, the most popular strain of mice used in laboratories around the world. (1) Would our furry friends experience any negative effects from consuming the protein found Read More →

  Today I want to continue my discussion of foods, drinks and drugs that tend to aggravate an infected and inflamed gastrointestinal mucosa. Fiber The last post covered gut bacteria’s well-known ability to produce intestinal gas by fermenting fiber. However, dietary fiber, especially insoluble fiber, has other damaging characteristics. As I’ve mentioned before, fiber swells 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 →

  It should surprise none of you that I consider weight dysregulation one of the many manifestations of gut dysbiosis. Obesity is associated with a whole host of disorders, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and non-alcoholic fatty liver. Much of what I’ve written about endotoxemia also applies to obesity. This isn’t to say that Read More →

  In this fifth and final post on gut dysbiosis, endotoxemia and heart disease, I want to explore the role cholesterol plays in all of this. As you know, I consider cholesterol an innocent bystander in this piece, not the villain. So what is cholesterol? Cholesterol is an alcohol but not the same type of Read More →

    In this post, I discussed how unlikely it is that normal digestion of long-chain fatty acids is the source of the pathogens initiating arterial plaque formation. If anything, I showed how protective chylomicrons are in preventing just that. This then leaves us with increased intestinal permeability as the most likely source of translocating Read More →

This is the third and last post in my series on insomnia. Today I want to talk about how diet can sabotage your chances of getting a good night’s sleep. Some of what follows will be glaringly obvious, but hopefully you’ll find something here that you didn’t know before. I’ll be dividing today’s post into Read More →