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What Do Gut Bacteria And Diet Have To Do With Parkinson’s Disease?

A clear link between gut bacteria and Parkinson’s disease (PD) has been established by Caltech researchers led by microbiologist, Sarkis Mazmanian. The study published in the Dec 1, 2016 issue of Cell sheds new light on PD for researchers investigating effective treatments for this incurable central nervous system disorder. One of the leading areas of [...]

FODMAP Approach vs. Fast Tract Diet – Q & A

I recently received some interesting and direct questions from T-J on the differences between the Fast Tract Diet and the FODMAP approach. Here are the questions and answers. You might also be interested in my article on SIBO Diets. Q: “Since I have only just heard of your research, can you advise about the outcome [...]

In response to Jeff Leach’s blog article: “Sorry low carbers, your microbiome is just not that into you”

I recommend that people with digestive health issues reduce, NOT increase, hard to digest fermentable carbohydrates to control symptoms of IBS, acid reflux and other digestive health issues related to general imbalance of gut microbes (dysbiosis) and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). This approach is outlined in my two books, Fast Tract Digestion IBS and [...]

Resistant Starch – Friend or Foe?

What is Resistant Starch? Resistant starch is a type of starch that resists digestion. Starch in general is a large complex carbohydrate used by plants such as oats, corn, potatoes, wheat, rice, nuts, legumes and some fruits such as bananas to store energy. Foods that contain starch make up a large part of many people's [...]

Solutions for Constipation

A recent large study to assess the associations of dietary fiber and liquid intake to constipation concluded: "The findings support clinical recommendations to treat constipation with increased liquid, but not fiber or exercise." To read the study, click here. This conclusion is no surprise based on the The Dark Side of Fiber blog series on [...]

Bad to Bad – Resistant Starch from Fiber

Here is an interesting discovery. Scientists have found a way to transform fiber into resistant starch.The benefits mean more food grown in less prime croplands, but the starch produced is amylose, the resistant starch. Read more about resistant starch. If you have read either book in the Fast Tract Digestion book series, you know my thoughts [...]

By | 2016-11-05T04:27:39+00:00 April 27th, 2013|acid reflux, Fiber, GERD, IBS, Resistant Starch, SIBO|0 Comments

Fast Tract Digestion IBS – Now Available

The Fast Tract Digestion IBS ebook is now available on Amazon (Update: The print book is also available through the Digestive Health Institute)! What Really Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and How Best To Treat It? If you suffer from IBS, you are not alone. IBS affects up to 50 million people in the US. The small intestinal bacterial [...]

Sweets and Sweeteners – Trick or Treat?

Most of us adults still remember the fun of trick or treating; Cheap or homemade costumes, kicking through the fall leaves, and especially, eating all those sweets. A delicious sugar high complete with hyperactivity, call it what you want, but we sure loved it. We were too young to appreciate our parents providing advice and [...]

By | 2016-11-05T04:27:48+00:00 October 30th, 2012|Diet and Digestive Health, Fiber, IBS|31 Comments

SIBO Diets and Digestive Health – It’s about Fermentable Carbohydrates

What is the most effective SIBO diet? Since releasing my first book in the Fast Tract Digestion book series on Heartburn which linked chronic acid reflux to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), I have received many inquiries about using the Fast Tract Diet to treat other SIBO-related conditions such as IBS (update: Fast Tract Digestion IBS / Fast [...]

The Dark Side of Fiber (Part III of III)

This is the final article of a third part series on fiber. This article examines if fiber is good for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and GERD. The first article examines if fiber is good for heart health and protecting against colon cancer. The second article examines if fiber is good for constipation and lowering cholesterol. [...]