Today’s post will cover a recent paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (1) The research group responsible for this paper has been at the forefront in investigating how metabolic endotoxemia impacts numerous health outcomes, including weight regulation and glucose control. This study sought to determine whether a particular 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 →

  High blood pressure or hypertension afflicts one in four adults in the developed world. Hypertension is diagnosed when sustained blood pressure reaches or exceeds 140 mm HG systolic pressure (maximum arterial pressure) over 90 mm Hg diastolic pressure (minimum arterial pressure). Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke and should Read More →

  What would happen if you fed prebiotics to genetically obese mice or mice fed an obesity-inducing high-fat diet? Would anything change? That’s the subject of today’s post, which covers such an experiment published in 2011. (1) Two different types of mice were used in this study. The ob/ob C57BL/6 mouse and the C57BL/6J mouse. 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 →

  Continuing from my post on probiotics and respiratory viruses, I want to review some trials that studied how probiotics can augment the effects of a flu shot. When the seasonal flu vaccine closely matches circulating influenza viruses, effectiveness against catching the flu ranges between 70-90% in healthy adults. Unfortunately, unlike wine, these statistics do 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 →

  I want to continue my series on weight dysregulation by examining the role endotoxemia may play.  As you may have noticed, nowhere in the title does the word obesity appear. While I will talk about how gram-negative pathogens can promote weight gain, it’s equally clear that lipopolysaccharides (LPSs) derived from these same organisms can Read More →