This is a super quick post to alert you to a recent study that found that Lacotbacillus reuteri increases vitamin D levels by about 25%. This is an extremely important finding given how important this vitamin is for health, especially bone health. It’s been obvious to me that the decreases in vitamin D levels seen Read More →

Much has been written about the harmful consequences of runaway oxidation. As part of normal cellular respiration, there is no way to avoid some level of free radical production because for better or worse, oxygen is a very reactive substance yet necessary for life itself. Oxidation, however, is not merely the addition of oxygen atoms Read More →

  Today I want to write about the mucus layer that lines the gut wall. This often overlooked part of the gastrointestinal tract is of immense importance in preventing metabolic endotoxemia. Mucins are the primary component of the mucus layer that lines the digestive tract. Mucins are high-molecular weight glycoproteins. Glycoproteins are proteins that contain Read More →

  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 →

  “Professor Colin Pritchard’s latest research published in Public Health journal has found that the sharp rise of dementia and other neurological deaths in people under 74 cannot be put down to the fact that we are living longer – the rise is because a higher proportion of old people are being affected by such Read More →

This a brief post about a recently published paper that found depression, widowhood, living alone and the use of certain anti-depressant drugs were all highly associated with the risk of developing a Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) infection. C. diff. is estimated to cause 7,000 deaths annually in the United States and is prevalent in hospitals Read More →

  A few posts back, I expressed my skepticism about a recently published study conducted at the Cleveland Clinic and splashed across the media that purported to show how L-carnitine, found in abundance in red meat, causes heart disease by interacting with gut flora. You can read that post here if you missed it. Unfortunately Read More →

  There are many things that negatively impact gut flora, including man-made chemicals. Therefore, I’m very skeptical of monocausal explanations for gut dysbiosis. Gut bacteria, like all living organisms, can be impacted by a whole host of factors as I’ve explained over the last several months. There is no one cause of gut bacterial death Read More →

  I’m sure most of you have heard or read about a recent study linking red meat consumption to heart disease. Entitled, Intestinal Microbiota Metabolism of L-carnitine, a nutrient in red meat, promotes atherosclerosis (1), it purports to show a new mechanism explaining how consuming red meat increases cardiovascular risk. First, let me thank my Read More →