Anemia is broadly understood as a deficiency of red blood cells. The chief role of red blood cells is to grab oxygen from the lungs and deliver it to every nook and cranny in the body. This ensures the survival of our cells.
Anemia is complex, and there is no one mechanism behind it.
When the body is anemic, we feel tired and lethargic. Every tissue in the body needs a steady supply of oxygen in order to have fuel and to function properly. Oxygen is one of the ways that we produce energy.
When we talk about anemia, we are really talking about oxygen not getting to where it needs to be. (more…)
What effect do toxic bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract have on autoimmune disease? Laboratory rodent studies indicate that GI bacteria and their toxins (e.g., gram-negative bacteria cell wall components) contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases. Absorption of these toxins from the GI tract stimulates inflammatory and immune responses. J. Vaahtovuo et al.reported significant difference in the GI bacterial makeup in people with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) compared with controls in their 2008 study (J Rheumatol 2008;35:1500–1505). Is it possible to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis by reducing toxic bacteria in the GI tract? (more…)
Digestive ulcers are places where, for some reason, the protective coating of mucus has been eroded away from the lining of your stomach or your upper digestive tract. The feeling is similar to that of heartburn, only lower, and for the same reason: powerful stomach acids are coming in contact with unprotected tender tissue. In the lower digestive tract, ulcers can become so deep that they begin to bleed into the stomach and small intestine. (more…)
Your body is more than just a static conglomeration of tissue and organs—it’s an intelligent network of living, moving parts. So it’s no surprise that, if just one system is performing under par, it won’t take long for other key aspects of your health to go down with it. (more…)
Good digestion is the seat of a long life.
Traditional Chinese medicine has long understood the importance of good digestion. One famous medical doctor from the 16th century named Yu Jia Yan wrote:
If the Stomach is strong, life will be healthy; if the Stomach is weak, life will be unhealthy.
If the stomach is strong, a person has the ability to transform food into valuable nutrients that the body can use. If the digestive force is weak or blocked, the body will not receive the nutrients it needs or properly eliminate waste.
You may have heard of acupressure. (more…)
You’ve been bothered by chronic indigestion, perhaps leading your doctor to order an endoscopy so he/she could look down your esophagus and into your stomach with a camera, and, give you some tests. The finding? For many, it’s that their digestive system is harboring the intestinal bacteria H. pylori… now what?