Today’s post covers how endotoxemia and a “leaky gut” negatively impact the hormonal or endocrine system known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA). The HPA axis is a negative-feedback circuit between the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland and the adrenals. Using hormones and the nervous system, these structures are in constant communication with one another to 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 →

This is the sixth post in my series on small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Today I want to talk about those dietary factors that cause impaired intestinal motility and inflammation. I was hoping to include my thoughts on plant lectins in this post, but once I realized I was closer to writing a small book Read More →

  This is the fifth post in the small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) series. This and the next post deal with nutritional factors that predispose to SIBO. As I discussed here and here, there are a number of “non-dietary” causes of SIBO. Nevertheless, many of these diseases are clearly due to dietary factors, such as Read More →

  In part one of this series, I covered what small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is. This post will concern itself with the diseases it’s associated with. As always, association is not causation so SIBO may be along for the ride and not the initiating cause, or conversely, it might be. It can often be Read More →

  Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is exactly what it sounds like, an overgrowth of pathogenic or harmful bacteria in the small intestine, and I think a lot of people are walking around with this medical condition but have no idea they have it. Partly because most people have never heard of it and partly 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 →

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