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 →

  As promised, I want to discuss what role, if any, dietary fat plays in metabolic endotoxemia, especially in relation to cardiovascular disease. It appears from both animal and human studies that fat indeed increases the translocation of inflammatory lipopolysaccharides (LPS) from the gut into systemic circulation. What needs to be determined is whether all 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 →

  In this post, I want to talk about how your gut flora is an integral player in the development and health of your immune system. Up until now, I’ve talked about how a compromised gut-wall barrier can cause endotoxemia and other immune reactions via translocation of antigens into systemic circulation. However, maintaining gut wall 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 →