Tag: disease

Changes in Gut Microbiome Precede Development of Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes involves the inability of beta cells in the pancreas to produce insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. As a result, people with type 1 diabetes must take insulin injections and carefully monitor their food intake to properly regulate blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes is most commonly diagnosed during childhood in children who are genetically predisposed…

3 Foods to Fight Chronic Stress and Obesity

When you encounter a perceived threat, your body reacts by activating the fight-or-flight response—your adrenals pump out stress hormones that put the body and mind into a hyperaware, ready-for-anything mode. Digestion shuts down and the cardiovascular system pumps up in anticipation of, well, a fight or flight. This bodily process is elegantly designed to help save our lives when we…

Phthalate Exposure Linked to Increased Blood Pressure in Children and Teens

Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are chemicals added to plastics used in a wide array of household items from flooring to furniture, plates to plastic wrap, and kids’ toys to tubing. It’s everywhere. While once thought a harmless chemical, studies are continually linking this chemical to negative health effects. A recent study published in The Journal of Pediatrics found that dietary exposure…

Overdiagnosis of Reflux in Infants

Diagnosis of reflux in colicky infants is on the rise. Unfortunately, this means that doctor’s recommendation of acid-suppressing medication in infants is also on the rise. Is it that infants have more reflux than they did in the past, or are doctors overdiagnosing reflux (just as they do in adults)? According to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics,…

RePOOPulating the Gut

The story unfolding about Clostridium difficile (C. diff for short) infection is one I pay close attention to. There is no effective treatment for recurrent C. diff infection, which puts this population at higher risk of complications, including death. In fact, it was recently announced that C. diff infection is now the ninth leading cause of gastrointestinal death, showing a…

Live Healthy and Add Up to Six Years to Your Life

Most of us choose to live healthy because we want to prevent the development of disease, heal a health condition, or simply live a long, healthy life. But does all our effort pay off in the long run? A recent study published in the British Medical Journal says our efforts do pay off—in length of life. The study followed over…

The Human Microbiome Project

The Human Microbiome Project is a five-year research collaboration between 200 scientists at 80 universities and scientific institutions, all funded with $153 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the aim of, “characterizing the microbial communities found at several different sites on the human body, including nasal passages, oral cavities, skin, gastrointestinal tract, and urogenital tract, and to…

Sugar Is Toxic

A recent 60 Minutes segment with Sanjay Gupta will hopefully open the eyes of many people who might not otherwise be exposed to such important information on the toxic effects of sugar. They emphasized that sugar—in the way people consume it today—is a toxin and could be a driving force behind such diseases and heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and…

Celiac Disease—Stressed and Depressed

  According to a recent study published in the journal Chronic Illness, women with celiac disease are more likely to report stress, depression and disordered eating, even if they are following a gluten-free diet. The researchers found that women adhering to a gluten-free diet did experience greater vitality, lower stress, decreased depressive symptoms, and greater overall emotional health than those…