"It's all in your head." "There's nothing wrong with you." "All tests come back negative." If you're someone battling a chronic illness, statements like these from your healthcare provider likely cut at you like a finely sharpened razor. Then, of course, come the subtle remarks from your friends and family. It's not that they don't … Continue reading Stopping the cycle of chronic disease
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for approximately 801,000 deaths annually. Even more shocking, it's estimated that nearly 92.1 million Americans are currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease progresses as plaques build up in blood vessel walls, impairing blood circulation. This process can cause … Continue reading Does chronic inflammation cause cardiovascular disease? Absolutely not!
A number of studies have linked Parkinson's disease with issues arising in the gut. While we don't know the direction of causality, if the gut changes the brain or vice versa, a small amount of evidence indicates that the changes may be initiated in the gut. A study published yesterday indicates that one of the … Continue reading Further evidence the gut may be involved in Parkinson’s disease
A study I posted recently on the Facebook page generated a decent discussion on how traumatic brain injury promotes a leaky gut. The interesting take-home message from the study is that one long term symptom of traumatic brain injury(TBI) is "leaky gut". The theoretical trek from there is that endotoxin can then cross the gut … Continue reading Could sealing the blood brain barrier and gut really be this easy?
For those people dealing with gut problems, every day is an adventure. Fortunately, there are a number of dietary approaches that can help a great deal with symptom management. Whether you're talking about the Specific Carbohydrate diet(SCD Diet), low FODMAP diet, or the GAPS diet, many people can do things they weren't previously able to … Continue reading This process is key to regulating gut inflammation
For those interested in the health of their gut, there's been a primary focus on what goes in to it from your diet. Of course this makes sense, your microbiome is regulated to a large extent by what you eat. But if you think you're going to completely transform the health of your gut through … Continue reading Could the key to gut health actually be in your blood?
For people with disorders of the gut, inflammation is a buzzword thrown about as much as the name Tom Brady is thrown about for football fans in New England. This is for good reason, chronic inflammation can cause some pretty nasty problems in any tissue you find it, especially the gut. However, for most people, … Continue reading The hidden source of gut inflammation nobody is talking about…
Your body is in a constant battle with the environment and other organisms that coexist in that environment. Many people are familiar with the way the immune system deals with foreign microorganisms, but another equally important process is the removal of toxins. Detoxification is a $154 word but a process that few people fully understand. … Continue reading The ultimate guide to understanding detoxification
Of all the factors I've discussed on this blog, one of the most important variables involved in gut health is something called the enterohepatic circulation. The enterohepatic circulation more or less functions as a detoxification loop between the gut and liver. As toxins enter your gut, some are detoxified by cells of the gut wall … Continue reading Bile flow, bacteria, and chronic inflammation
Histamine intolerance is a recently identified condition where people have an "allergic" reaction to the histamine found in food. Histamine is a molecule that we all make that's involved in the nervous and immune systems. Many people know of histamine due to its role in causing the symptoms related to allergies: Itchy eyes and skin … Continue reading Hacking histamine intolerance: What you need to know to heal