Tag: bowel

Quick Facts and 9 Simple Tips for IBS Awareness Month

April is IBS Awareness Month—a time for individuals and communities across the country to spread awareness about irritable bowel syndrome and the millions of Americans it affects every day. Coast to coast, activities and events are in the works to help people understand this debilitating disorder, its signs and symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated. Quick Facts about…

Multistrain Probiotics for Constipation During Pregnancy

Constipation is common during pregnancy, occurring in 11 to 38 percent of pregnant women. It usually appears during the third trimester but less commonly during the second trimester. It is thought that increasing progesterone and estrogen hormones during pregnancy may be responsible due to the inhibitory effect these hormones can have on the colon’s ability to contract (and thus, move…

Hypnotherapy for IBS

  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional bowel disorder that involves abdominal pain and discomfort along with abnormal bowel habits of constipation, diarrhea, or an alternation between the two. Symptoms outside the digestive tract are also common in IBS. An estimated 15 to 20 percent of people are affected by IBS, though only a small proportion of them see…

Broccoli and Blueberries for Bowel Health

A recent study, published in the journal Nutrition, demonstrated the effect of broccoli and blueberries on bowel inflammation in an animal model of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).1 Researchers fed IBD mice either a control diet, or a diet with 10 percent broccoli or ten percent blueberries. Both the broccoli- and blueberry-fed mice exhibited similar changes in gut microbiota with one…

Gluten Sensitivity—Not Just a Fad

I’m really excited about a couple of new studies on gluten sensitivity. I have been talking about this condition for so long, knowing that it contributes to many different health conditions in the body. The science is only beginning to scratch the surface of what clinicians have been seeing for years in patients who suddenly feel better after removing gluten…

High Fiber Intake and Longevity

A very interesting study was just published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine documenting the association between high dietary fiber intake and lower risk of dying from some of the most common killers—heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. This was a huge study with over 388,000 participants aged 50 to 71. The nine-year study looked at dietary fiber intake and…

IBS & IBD—Mind, Body or Both?

There is still a general belief with medical doctors and the public as well that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are mostly stress-related psychological disorders. I have personally had many patients who were reluctant to discuss their bowel problems for fear of being labeled a “psych” case. Many practitioners still aren’t aware there can be legitimate…

Save Your Colon!

Colorectal (bowel) cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. The lifetime risk in men for developing colorectal cancer is one in 19. In women it’s one in 20. Those are some scary stats when you think about it! A few lifestyle factors are known to be protective against bowel cancer. A recent study looked at…

Tampa Bay Area: Watch Me Live on PBS Tonight!

Exciting news! If you live in the greater Tampa Bay area, be sure watch me LIVE on WEDU-TV tonight from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. for my NEW PBS special, The Road to Perfect Health. A lot of folks don’t realize that a healthy body begins with a healthy gut. That’s because your digestive tract is where more than 80 percent…