Tag: bacteria

Antibiotics Overprescribed for Sore Throats and Bronchitis

As we gear up for the winter season we are reminded of the usual increase in cold and flu that runs through our communities, work places, and schools. Along with more sniffles and coughs come more visits to the doctor and, unfortunately, more prescriptions for antibiotics—often at the urging of the patient. But cold and flu are viruses, which are…

Taking the “Yuck” Out of Fecal Microbial Therapy

Fecal microbial therapy (FMT), or fecal transplant, involves the transfer of stool from a healthy donor (usually a family member) to the intestines of an individual suffering from an illness—usually Clostridium difficile infection, although other conditions have been treated with FMT, including ulcerative colitis, autism, and even obesity. One of the hurdles the medical establishment faces when deciding on the…

Breastfeeding May Protect Against ADHD

Breastfeeding, when possible, is one of the best ways for a mother to give her infant a healthy head start in life. Babies who are breast fed establish a healthy balance of bacteria in their intestines, rich in beneficial bifidobacteria. An early diet of nature’s perfect food confers a number of benefits to the recipient babies, including possible protection against…

Multi-Strain Probiotics for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

There are over 1000 species of bacteria that naturally occur in the human digestive tract. A high diversity of bacteria is characteristic of a healthy gut balance. Increasingly, researchers and doctors are recommending multi-strain probiotic formulas to reflect the natural diversity found in a healthy gut. Because each strain has unique characteristics and functions, a multi-strain probiotic may be the…

Fermented Milk with Probiotics Affects Brain Function

What happens in your gut affects what happens in your brain (among other things). The gut-brain connection was once thought to travel in one direction—from the brain to the gut. The most obvious brain-to-gut manifestation of this connection is the stomach ache you experience during a stressful event. But we now know that the gut-brain connection is bidirectional. Your digestive…

Gut Health, Bone Health

Our understanding of the gut connection to overall health is always expanding. From the gut-brain and gut-skin connection to the gut-joint and gut-immune connection, it’s obvious that gut health is crucial for overall health. A new study published in the Journal of Cellular Physiology is helping to solidify yet another gut connection: the gut-bone connection. Using an animal model, the…

Gut Microbes and L-carnitine—Good or Bad for You?

A recent study has got many people talking about the potential benefits—or detriments, depending which side you’re on—of L-carnitine for heart health. The study, by Cleveland Clinic and published in Nature Medicine, found a link between increased blood levels of TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide, a metabolite of L-carnitine produced in the gut by certain bacteria) and an increased risk of cardiovascular…

The Gut Connection—Leaky Gut—Supported by Dr. Oz

I have to admit, after all these years of spreading the message of the gut connection to total-body health, to hear my message coming from Dr. Oz was certainly gratifying. Just last week his show covered the condition that epitomizes the gut connection to chronic disease—leaky gut syndrome. You can watch the show, in three segments here: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/medical-mystery-solved-pt-1 http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/medical-mystery-solved-pt-2 http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/medical-mystery-solved-pt-3…

Dysbiosis in IBD—Nitrates the Culprit?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves dysbiosis, or an imbalance of beneficial to harmful bacteria in the intestines.1 Specifically, obligate anaerobic bacteria are depleted and the facultative anaerobic bacteria Enterobacteriacea increase. A recent study has found one way in which this dysbiosis develops.2 Researchers from UC Davis discovered that the potentially harmful Enterobacteriacea—specifically, E. coli—use nitrate to grow. Nitrate is formed…

The Gut-Brain, Gut-Immune Connection to Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition often considered difficult to understand. The main characteristic of CFS is persistent and relapsing fatigue, usually worsened by physical and mental exertion. It also involves neuropsychological symptoms including loss of memory or concentration, headaches, sleep disturbances, depression, and anxiety. Of these symptoms, depression and anxiety are the most common with about half of…