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 →

  In the last, I told you how the consumption of gluten-grains is the number one dietary reason of constipation. However, it isn’t the only reason you may have trouble going to the bathroom. A number of people who are gluten-free have contacted me expressing frustration with their constipation. So what could be causing their Read More →

  In the last post I wrote about how beneficial bacteria shapes our immunity. Today I want to review some studies in children examining the association between gut dysbiosis and allergic diseases. As I’ve mentioned, commensal gut flora not only maintain the integrity of the gut wall preventing endotoxins and other antigens from entering systemic circulation, 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 →

  This is part two of my three-part series on insomnia. Today I want to cover how disease and inflammation cause sleep problems. In part one, I discussed some habits that help you get a good night’s sleep. And for a number of you who have occasional sleeplessness, improving your sleep hygiene is all that’s Read More →

This is the eighth and last installment of the Gut Critters series on small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). In this post, I want to talk about treatment options for SIBO. Antibiotics Assuming you test positive for SIBO what’s next? Well, the standard course of medical treatment involves antibiotics. The problem for the physician, however, is 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 →

  I want to start this post by saying that I would not want to live in a world without effective antibiotics. Countless lives have been saved because of these miraculous drugs and modern medicine as we know it couldn’t function without them. Most surgeries that we take for granted couldn’t be performed without them 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 →