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 →

  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 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 →

  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 →

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 →

  Today I want to talk about depression and the evidence implicating increased intestinal permeability and endotoxins in this psychological disorder. Having discussed how endotoxemia impacts your hormonal system, it’s now time to explore what this can mean for your mental state. Wikipedia describes depression as: “…a state of low mood and aversion to activity 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 last post I wrote about antibiotics and their effects on our friendly gut flora. I now want to talk about probiotics, what they are and what health benefits, if any, can be attributed to them. First, a personal testimony to their effectiveness. I honestly don’t believe I could have gotten over my Read More →

  What Are Prebiotics? Most people know what a probiotic is but what, exactly, is a prebiotic? Prebiotics are non-digestable but fermentable soluble fibers that stimulate the growth of beneficial gut flora in the colon. I like to think of prebiotics as fertilizer for your friendly colonic bacteria. There are two types of prebiotics. Shorter-chain 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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