Digestive Health

Gut Bacteria and Childhood Eczema

February 26, 2013

Gut bacterial balance affects many different areas of health, but one of the most important to consider is the establishment of healthy gut bacterial balance during infancy. This is a topic Brenda Watson and I have covered many times. Brenda has blogged on this topic a few times, and we cover it in our bookThe […]

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Gut bacteria: Each species may need its own kind

August 2, 2012

  Last week, scientists reported on a 5-year study of all the bacteria that inhabit the human body – 100 trillion of them, weighing 2 to 6 pounds total (in a 200-pound person) – and of 10,000 different types, though not all of them will reside in any one particular person. This week, an interesting […]

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A Gut Check for Many Ailments – The Wall Street Journal (NY) – By Shirley S. Wang – (Tuesday, January 17, 2012) –

February 7, 2012

What you think is going on in your head may be caused in part by what’s happening in your gut. A growing body of research shows the gut affects bodily functions far beyond digestion. Studies have shown intriguing links from the gut’s health to bone formation, learning and memory and even conditions including Parkinson’s disease. […]

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Chronic Heartburn a Growing Problem in U.S. – By Dennis Thompson – HealthDay (healthday.com) – (Thursday, January 5, 2012) –

February 3, 2012

Heartburn and acid reflux strike many people as an annoying and painful but ultimately harmless problem — a result of overindulgence and gluttony that must be endured, much like a hangover after a night of drinking. But frequent bouts of heartburn and reflux constitute a real medical condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, […]

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Antibiotic use tied to Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis – Reuters – By Linda Thrasybule – (Tuesday, September 27, 2011) –

September 30, 2011

 (Reuters Health) – People who are prescribed a large number of antibiotics tend to have a higher risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a new study finds, providing more evidence that antibiotics may be disturbing bacteria in our intestine.  “It’s not that antibiotics cause inflammatory bowel disease, but that it further supports the hypothesis that […]

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What You Eat Affects Viruses Living in the Gut: Study – HealthDay – By Robert Preidt – (Tuesday, August 30, 2011) –

September 16, 2011

TUESDAY, Aug. 30 (HealthDay News) — Changes in diet affect the populations of viruses that live in your gut, researchers say.  Their findings, published online Aug. 30 in the journal Genome Research, sheds new light on virus populations in the gut, how they differ from person to person and how they respond to what we […]

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Mindful Meditation Might Ease Irritable Bowel Syndrome – HealthDay – By Ellin Holohan – (Monday, May 9, 2011) –

May 10, 2011

MONDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) — A simple meditation technique can help ease the torment suffered by people with a chronic bowel disease, a new study has found. The research, done at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, found that women with irritable bowel syndrome who practiced “mindful meditation” had more than a […]

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