Monthly Archives: December 2009

The high stomach acid conspiracy!

I know too many people who are swallowing antacid pills and potions and even taking prescription drugs on a daily basis, and it got me thinking about stomach acid and pH levels. I recently read an article titled “Too Little Stomach Acid Can Be a Problem Too” by Pharmacist Suzy Cohen. Imagine my surprise—finally someone in mainstream medicine was echoing…

Diarrhea that just won't go away?

Notable News Clostridium difficile (C. diff) – More than Difficult!  Chances are you’ve probably heard of C. diff before, or at least its most common (and least pleasant) side effect – the gut-wrenching diarrhea. I know, I know, here I go talking about poop again, but this is important! C. diff infections are becoming more common every year. Studies tell…

You are what you eat!

Health Links Wednesday Just How Much Do I Need? I’m always telling folks how important it is to eat their fruits and veggies. Not only are they a great source of nutrients, but they’re also loaded with fiber, which is important for good digestion and keeping your bowel movements regular – and remember that good digestion equals a healthier body!…

IBS or parasites? Or both!

Believe it or not, at any given time one third of the U.S. population has parasites. And when I tell you it can happen to you, you better believe it! Keep in mind that parasites can range from bacterial types to microscopic amoebas and even larger worms. Remember Biology 101? Pretty gross. In a stool analysis study performed by Dr.…

Celiac Testing Is Easier Than You Think

I know it seems that I am obsessed with poop—but trust me, all the answers to life’s problems lie in the poop. Well, OK, not all of them, but certainly all digestive ones. A stool test can be the single most important test you can take, for instance when determining celiac disease. If you are sensitive to gluten this may…

Is your gut making you depressed?

IBS can be depressing, literally and figuratively! A lot of people who may be suffering from a type of digestive disorder such as crohn’s, colitis, IBS or even chronic constipation, many times also suffer from mood disorders such as anxiety, depression or irritability.  Now, I know that not feeling well can make you cranky, but there’s a lot more to…

Insect Repellents Have Dangerous Chemical

It is now the mid summer and here in Florida- it is hot and it is humid. With this weather comes an increase in mosquitoes, especially with all the rain this year. Every store, from Target to Walmart and even grocery stores have numerous displays of the most popular brands of insect repellents. For a very long time now the…