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Crohn’s disease, Cause, Symptoms and Diets

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects approximately 600,000 people in the US.[i],[ii] People who have Crohn’s suffer from a serious inflammation or irritation of their digestive tract which can lead to sores or ulcers forming. Crohn’s can attack anywhere along the entire digestive tract, but most commonly affects the end of the [...]

By |2018-03-19T09:45:58-04:00December 4th, 2013|Crohns Disease, Diet and Digestive Health|8 Comments

New study suggests a specific type of gut microbe may cause rheumatoid arthritis

Could one lowly bacterium, Prevotella copri, train the immune system to produce the type of human immune cell (Th17) responsible for inflammation and bone damage in arthritis? According to a new study, also reported on in Wired, the answer could be yes. Based on some provocative early studies in mice, a team lead by Dan [...]

Why So Many People Take PPIs?

In Dr. Mike Eades' latest blog, GERD Treatment: Nutrition vs Drugs, he highlights a video presentation by a Dr. Johnson, an academic gastroenterologist from a medical school in Virginia who advises other doctors to ignore the risks of PPIs. Mike and I have been on the same page on both the risks of PPIs and the [...]

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 [...]

Our Germs – What Do We Know About Them?

A friend sent me a great article called "Some of My Best Friends Are Germs" by Michael Pollan about the efforts by a team led by Rob Knight at the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder working on something called the American Gut project. The team analyzes the hundreds of microbial species harbored by [...]

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 [...]

Are Antibiotics Safe for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS ?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is linked to bacteria in our gut The antibiotic rifaximin (brand name Xifaxin) was recently approved by the FDA for diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBSd). You many wonder why doctors would recommend an antibiotic for IBS. The idea that antibiotics may be helpful for IBS is based largely on the work of [...]

By |2016-11-10T16:23:56-05:00September 18th, 2012|Diet and Digestive Health, IBS|54 Comments

Acid Reflux Asthma Link – Explained

People who have asthma often ask “Why do I have both asthma and acid reflux”. On the surface, chronic acid reflux (GERD) and asthma appear to be quite separate conditions with little in common. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes narrowing of the airways, affecting over 20 million people in the US [...]