Inflammasomes Linked to Obesity-related Colon Cancer

Inflammasomes and colon cancer

Dysregulation of inflammasomes could be a significant factor in the development of obesity-associated colon cancer, according to new research presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (held online, 10-13 May). When this part of the innate immune system, which provides the first line of defense against pathogens, is exposedRead …

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Lab Study: High-fiber Short Chain Fatty Acids May Control COVID-19 Related Gut Tissue Inflammation

gut tissue inflammation

A study conducted at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, shows that compounds produced by gut microbiota (bacteria and other microorganisms) during fermentation of insoluble fiber from dietary plant matter do not affect the ability of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 to enter and replicateRead …

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Celiac Disease Up to Nine-Times More Common in Young People Exposed to Everday Chemical Pollutant

celiac disease and teflon

Celiac disease is linked to common chemical pollutants, according to the NYU Langone Health, NYU School of Medicine. Elevated blood levels of toxic chemicals found in pesticides, nonstick cookware, and fire retardants have been tied to an increased risk for celiac disease in young people, new research shows. For theRead …

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Clostridioides Difficile Infection Thrives in Popular High-protein, High-fat Diets

Diets like the Keto, Paleo and Atkins focus on high-fat, high-protein meals that are often low in carbohydrates. This mix may appeal to Clostridioides difficile bacteria, too. In a new study published this in mSystems, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, researchers report that mice fed aRead …

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Microalgae Chlamydomonas May Improve Gastrointestinal Health

algae for gastrointestinal health

In this recent study, researchers explored the benefits of a single cell algae for gastrointestinal health. For decades, the green algae, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, which primarily grows in wet soil, has served as a model species for research topics spanning from algae-based biofuels to plant evolution. While other species of algaeRead …

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Mediterranean Diet Superior for Gut Microbiome and Addressing Crohn’s & IBS

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Researchers from the University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands have found that certain foods including legumes, bread, fish, nuts, and wine are associated with a better gut microbiome that aids the biosynthesis of essential nutrients and the production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), the main source of energy for cellsRead …

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Part 1: The Pervasive Misunderstanding of What The FODMAP Diet Does And Does Not Do

FODMAP diet

Editorial response to May 21, 2019 Today’s Practitioner article, Improved Anxiety Symptoms Over Just Probiotic. The article highlights a study that looked for evidence linking reduced anxiety symptoms with regulation of intestinal microbiota. The article stated, “(it is)…the benefits of non-probiotic food and supplements, such as a dietary FODMAP, thatRead …

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PART 2: The Pervasive Misuderstanding of What the FODMAP Diet Does and Doesn’t Do

The exaggerated confidence given to the FODMAP diet, that it has the ability to favorably alter the intestinal microbiota, starve out organisms, or alter the immune system by reducing histamines, for example, are unfounded in the literature.  The diet is being misrepresented across publications, by practitioners and over social media,Read …

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Case Study: Naturopathic Treatment of Non-specific Gastrointestinal Complaints

leaky gut and COVID-19

The following is a comparative analysis of two naturopathic treatments of non-specific gastrointestinal complaints. Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID) affect more than one-third of the general population and contribute a considerable burden on the health and wellbeing of the community and the economy. This study, published in Integrative Medicine Research aimsRead …

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British Medical Journal: Proton Pump Inhibitors Associated with Increased Risk of Premature Death

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Extended use of popular drugs to treat heartburn, ulcers and acid reflux has been associated with an increased risk of premature death. However, little has been known about the specific causes of death attributed to the drugs. Now, a study published in the journal The BMJ, by researchers at WashingtonRead …

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