Did you know that you have ten times as many bacteria cells in your body as you do human ones? Humans are, for all intents and purposes, “bacteria powered” (as the t-shirt above on my beautiful friend Courtney suggests).
While this is old news for many who’ve experienced the benefits of a living, probiotic-rich diet first hand, scientists have only recently begun studying the gut-brain connection with more depth.
What they’re finding out is positively fascinating!
A recent segment on NPR delved into much of the latest research.
Brain Scans Prove Connection Between Gut Microbiomes and Mood (more…)
In a recent paper published in the journal Entropy, Dr. Stephanie Seneff and Anthony Samsel argue that the key ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, contributes to most of the diseases associated with a Western diet — everything from gastrointestinal disorders to mood swings, heart disease to diabetes.
Monsanto has long argued that glyphosate is perfectly safe for humans. That’s because glyphosate works by disrupting the shikimate pathway in a plant’s metabolism. Human metabolism does not have the shikamate pathway, so we are safe.
But are we? Did you know that you are mostly made up of microbial life? That the bacteria and microbes that live within your gut outnumber your own cells 10 to 1? Did you also know that these microbes which sustain you do have the shikimate pathway?
In her paper, Dr. Seneff argues that glyphosate interrupts your gut bacteria’s metabolic pathways the same way it does a plant’s. (more…)
by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy
Digestive Health and Weight Gain
When we are eating healthy whole foods with the absence of highly refined carbohydrates, weight gain should not be a problem. However, many people who have switched over to healthy diets, and have even limited their carbohydrate intake, still have problems losing weight. One reason is because many Americans suffer from some kind of digestive disorder that prevents them from properly digesting their food. Without a properly working digestive system, essential vitamins and minerals that are necessary to maintain proper weight may not be absorbed adequately from the foods we eat, even if we are eating healthy foods. (more…)
Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease are both inflammatory bowel diseases that bring both misery and torment to the people diagnosed with them. These diseases drastically shorten both their quality and quantity of life. With proper diagnosis, information, and treatment, patients with these diseases can overcome their disorders.
Crohn’s disease is Ulcerative Colitis’s cousin and is an inflammatory disease of the entire digestive system, unlike Ulcerative Colitis which is generally only found in the colon. A person with Crohn’s disease has a lot of different symptoms which can make diagnosis of the disease difficult. This can make it a long time before a patient with Crohn’s is discovered and treated. The average age of disease onset in a patient who has Crohn’s disease is between the ages of 15 and 30.
Patients with Crohn’s disease have differing exaggerations and symptoms of their disease. Some digestive symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea usually without blood, increased risk of gallstones, frequent bowel movements (even more than twenty per day sometimes), bloating, and weight loss. Systemic symptoms include arthritis, inflammation of the eyes (uveitis, episcleritis), skin inflammation or infection, depression, oral disorders, and nutritional difficulties. (more…)
All disease begins in the gut.- Hippocrates
Hippocrates said this more than 2,000 years ago, but we’re only now coming to understand just how right he was. Research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and that an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autism spectrum disorder, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.
In fact, many researchers (including myself) believe that supporting intestinal health and restoring the integrity of the gut barrier will be one of the most important goals of medicine in the 21st century.
There are two closely related variables that determine our gut health: the intestinal microbiota, or “gut flora”, and the gut barrier. Let’s discuss each of them in turn.
The gut flora: a healthy garden needs healthy soil (more…)
Mon. Apr.1, 2013 by Blanche Levine
(NaturalHealth365) Low vitamin D levels can be the most damaging influence on our genetic health, according to professor George Ebers, Action Medical Research professor of Clinical Neurology and one of the senior authors of published scientific research.
What are the capabilities of vitamin D?
Researchers, at the University of Oxford, have shown the extent in which vitamin D interacts with our DNA. The researchers found 2,776 binding sites from the vitamin D receptor along the length of the genome. These are the ones unusually concentrated near a number of genes associated with autoimmune conditions such as MS, Crohn’s disease, systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and cancers such as, lymphocytic leukemia and colorectal cancer. (more…)
Find out what physicians are saying about IBS—balancing gut ecology is the key to your recovery!
IBS may be the result of a gut infection.
Since the 1970s, physicians have labeled IBS as a psychological disorder. This is because IBS symptoms are frequently made worse by stressful life events. And a physical exam shows no damage to the gut.
Over the last 20 years, research has revealed that the brain and our emotions share a strong relationship with the gut and the immune system.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a collection of symptoms that often point to poor digestion, including:
Although IBS can be aggravated by stress, it is much more than a psychological disorder. Theories behind the cause of IBS include bacterial overgrowth, gut infection, serotonin imbalance, or even depression and anxiety. (more…)