Monthly Archives: December 2011

Cantaloupe Concerns—Deadly Listeria Outbreak

  You’ve probably heard about the deadly listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe grown on a Colorado farm, Jensen Farms. Twenty-one deaths (and counting) have been reported out of 109 people infected with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes in over 20 states. The cantaloupes were voluntarily recalled on September 14, but cantaloupes may still be in refrigerators across the country. Jensen Farms…

Flame Retardants and Lower-Birth-Weight Babies

  During pregnancy, mothers-to-be generally try to eat better and take better care of themselves in the hopes of improving the health of their infants. Pregnant moms may also try avoiding certain chemical exposures like cigarette smoke and even harsh cleaning products. This can be a tricky task, however. One recent study has found that flame retardant exposure—a difficult exposure…

Vitamin D and IBD

  Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is characterized by inflammation of the intestines, and is most notably represented as Crohn’s disease, which usually affects the small intestine, but may affect other areas of the digestive tract, and ulcerative colitis, which usually affects the large intestine, or colon. Two recent studies, presented at the American College of Gastroenterology’s 76th Annual Scientific…

Diarrhea After Antibiotics—Probiotics May Help

  In some people who take antibiotics, the uncomfortable side effect of diarrhea results. This happens because antibiotics disturb the gut bacterial balance. Antibiotics, aptly named as they are, work by killing bacteria—both good and bad bacteria. This alteration of gut bacteria can result in an imbalance that favors pathogenic bacteria, resulting in diarrhea. This is known as antibiotic-associated diarrhea…

High Blood Sugar Linked to Colorectal Cancer And More

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer, and the third leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States. A recent study published in the British Journal of Cancer, involving over 5,000 women from the Women’s Health Initiative study, has found a link between high blood sugar levels and colorectal cancer in postmenopausal women.1…

Twinkies For Breakfast?!

  The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has done it again. EWG is a public health non-profit organization on a mission to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. That’s a tall order for any organization, and EWG is doing a fine job. Their latest project involves the assessment of 84 breakfast cereals marketed to…

Alcohol Consumption and Your Gut

  Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is gut condition in which there are abnormally large numbers of gut bacteria in the terminal ileum of the small intestine (the end of the small intestine, just before the colon). SIBO is one form of dysbiosis, or gut imbalance. Normally, the colon is where gut bacteria greatly increase in number, with the small…

Physician Bias, or Pharmaceutical Influence?

  A team of researchers at Mayo Clinic recently uncovered an interesting physician bias regarding the diagnosis of the upper digestive conditions gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and functional dyspepsia (also known as indigestion). The two conditions can overlap, but each condition has its own distinct symptoms. The researchers uncovered a bias on the part of physicians who diagnosed the two…

Arsenic in Apple Juice

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right!   Here is your newest 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!  Back in September, Dr. Oz made headlines when he told viewers…

Heavy Metals in Jewelry

  You know that cute little charm bracelet you picked up last week on the sale rack at your favorite shop? It might have higher levels of the heavy metal cadmium than you’d like. This has become such a problem that five states have passed legislation limiting cadmium in jewelry, but mostly in items intended for children, since children tend…