If I had a cardboard box for a head I’d be sad too.  “Rumination refers to the tendency to repetitively think about the causes, situational factors, and consequences of one’s negative emotional experience. Basically, rumination means that you continuously think about the various aspects of situations that are upsetting. Think about your own tendencies. When Read More →

  Today’s post reviews an interesting rodent study conducted in South Korea and recently published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology. (1) This trial sought to determine whether probiotic supplementation, in this case Lactobacillus curvatus along with Lactobacillus plantarum, would lessen the ill effects of high-fructose feeding. By the way, both bacterial strains were derived Read More →

  Those of us living in North America are very aware how severe this cold and flu season has been. Perhaps you’ve been unlucky enough to suffer a bout of respiratory illness yourself. In the United States, the cold is an extremely common virus. On average, children have between six to eight colds a year, 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 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 →

  As promised in the last post, I want to now turn my attention to alcoholic liver disease (ALD). ALD is a major cause of mortality. It claims more than 75,000 lives worldwide each year. Of the estimated 14 million alcoholics in the United States, about 10% to 20% will develop cirrhosis at some point. 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 →