These evidence-based botanical medicines proven to induce or maintain remission in the debilitating inflammatory bowel disease known as Crohn’s offer hope to those resigned to a fate of life-altering immunosuppressive drugs or surgery.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which is subdivided into ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, afflicts 1.4 million Americans and typically first appears between the ages of 15 and 30 (1). Whereas ulcerative colitis is more distal, affecting the rectum and spreading upwards toward the descending and transverse colon in an uninterrupted fashion, Crohn’s disease typically involves the ileum and colon and can affect any part of the digestive tract, often in a discontinuous pattern characterized by skip lesions (2).
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…)
The Gut Microbiota
The human intestinal tract is home to approximately 100 trillion microorganisms.1 With 100 billion to 1 trillion microorganisms per gram, the human colon is the most densely populated and complex microecosystem known. This enormous biomass has been thought to harbor 500 to 1000 known diverse bacterial species, but recent work using molecular phylogenetic sequencing of genes for 16S ribosomal RNA reveals staggering diversity. The human gut appears to host more than 1800 genera and between 16,000 and 36,000 bacterial species about most of which we know next to nothing.2(more…)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders that physicians treat. Patients with this non life-threatening condition may present with a broad range of symptoms which typically include abdominal pain associated with altered bowel habits, including constipation, diarrhea, or alternating constipation and diarrhea, and a less common presentation of painless diarrhea. Although the symptoms are typically intermittent, they may be continuous and should be present for at least three months before the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome is considered. (more…)
Melatonin is known as the regulator of the sleep wake cycle in the body. It is produced in the pineal gland of the brain and monitors sleep cycles while playing an important role in healing and anti-oxidant protection. New indicators are showing that it may play an even more important regulatory role in the digestive system. (more…)
The cause of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, has been toted as ‘unknown’ by mainstream medical establishments for years. Emerging in the past century and spiking in the 1950’s, IBD is responsible for the suffering of countless individuals worldwide. A letter published in the journal Inflammatory Bowel Diseases may have the answer to the cause of IBD, and particularly the explosion of IBD in the 1950’s. The artificial sweetener saccharin as well as sucralose (Splenda) may be the hidden culprit behind the development of IBD. (more…)
In the US, 75 cents out of every health-care dollar is spent on chronic disease.1 However, few would argue against the fact that our medical system is failing to sufficiently address the chronic disease epidemic. A paradigm shift in health care is needed. The shift is found in integrative, individualized medicine, which marries state-of-the art laboratory analysis with a treatment approach that emphasizes dietary and nutritional interventions.
The case of ulcerative colitis below is from the soon-to-be released Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine, published by Metametrix Institute. DNA analysis of the individual’s gastrointestinal microbiota along with food allergy testing provided individualized guidance for interventions. It is highly unlikely that all cases of ulcerative colitis will present with the identical mix of contributing factors. Thus, specialized laboratory analysis is required to take us away from “one-size-fits-all” population-based medicine to a truly individualized approach that addresses the underlying causes of illness. (more…)
On October 1 and 2, 2010, Health Education and WorldLink Medical, in partnership with Klaire Labs, a division of ProThera Inc., sponsored the Fourth Annual Probiotic Symposium on Immune Function: Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Enzymes, held in New Orleans. An acclaimed international faculty reviewed the vital role of the gastrointestinal microflora in the normal development and continued modulation of the immune system. The multifaceted role of gastrointestinal dysbiosis in the development of allergic and autoimmune diseases was reviewed and the most recent research on the use of probiotics, prebiotics, and enzymes to prevent or treat immune-mediated disorders was presented. The symposium was moderated by Dr. Stephen Bajo, medical director of Renown Health, a nationally recognized and respected integrated health system. (more…)