The role of stress in negatively impacting the gastrointestinal system has long been recognized. It doesn’t take an Einstein to note a strong correlation between acute psychological stress and the onset of gut feelings that are anything but pleasant. I’ve written about how gut dysbiosis is capable of initiating psychological states like depression and Read More →

  It’s been known for quite a long time that shift workers are at an increased risk for developing a number of diseases. Observational studies have found a strong association between shift work and heart and cerebrovascular diseases. (1) Other studies have noted robust correlations between shift-work and the risk of obesity (2) (3), diabetes Read More →

  I consider bacterial translocation from the gut, aka, metabolic endotoxemia, the key to understanding chronic conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Gut pathogens and large food molecules that breach the gut wall provoke inflammatory immune responses that negatively impact the liver and other organs throughout the body, including the brain. For those of you 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 →

  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 →

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 →

  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 →