Monthly Archives: October 2011

GMO Toxins Found in the Bloodstream

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right!   Weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us! A study published back in May was the first to show that the Bt toxin…

Hey Baby, What’s Your Gut Type?

  Dr. Smith blogged a while back on a new study that found three distinct gut types, or enterotypes, based on stool testing. Studying the gut microbiota is an exciting area of research, and will further our understanding of how our gut bacteria influence our health. We’re really only just beginning, though it’s clear that our gut bacteria play a…

Leaky Gut Associated with Belly Fat

Belly fat, or visceral adipose tissue (VAT), is the fat that accumulates around the organs in the abdomen. It is strongly related to metabolic disorders including insulin resistance, fatty liver and inflammation. Because of the close proximity of belly fat to the intestines, and the ability of gut bacterial toxins to affect inflammation outside the gut, the relationship of increased…

Prebiotics and Probiotics—A Primer

  I talk about probiotics a lot. I even have a PBS show on the topic—The Road to Perfect Health. I call your gut bacteria the Gut Protection System, or GPS. The word probiotics means, “for life.” Probiotics are defined as beneficial bacteria (sometimes yeast) that benefit the person taking them in some way. Many people relate probiotics to yogurt,…

Super Bugs and Genetically Modified Food

  I have blogged before on superbugs in our bodies—like C. diff, MRSA and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Superbugs is the term for bacteria that have developed antibiotic resistance, making the infections they cause very difficult to treat. The main reason for the development of these superbugs is the overuse of antibiotics—in medicine, food production (livestock) and even in hand soaps. Now,…

What Omega-3 Are You Getting?

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us! Many people are familiar with the term “omega-3.” And many people also know that good sources…

Omega-3s and the Heart—Yet Another Reason to Take Them

  The science behind omega-3s—especially EPA ad DHA, the omega-3s found in fish—is particularly strong for cardiovascular benefits. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that healthy adults consume the equivalent of 500 mg daily of EPA and DHA; that people with heart disease consume 1,000 mg of EPA and DHA daily; and that patients who need to lower triglyceride…

High-Dose Probiotics

Probiotic use for digestive conditions has seen a gradual increase in dosage over the past couple decades. Doses of 7 billion were thought to be very high just ten years ago, while average doses were about 250 million. Today, an average probiotic dose is around 1–5 billion with high-dose probiotics ranging from 30 to 450 billion or more. This increase…

The All-Powerful Oz Speaks On Probiotic Potency Scams

Oz has spoken again! This time the good doctor sheds some light on a common health scam involving probiotics. Dr. Oz has been a great proponent of probiotics to support healthy digestion, immunity and overall health, but in the video segment below he exposes how some probiotic companies can swindle unsuspecting shoppers. Dr. Tod Cooperman of Consumer Labs reveals that…