Tag: pathogenic bacteria

A Glimpse of How Gut Infections Develop after Antibiotics

Antibiotics work by killing not only the harmful bacteria, but also the beneficial bacteria. It is relatively common for antibiotics to lead to gut infections that arise because potentially pathogenic bacteria are no longer kept in check by the beneficial microbes that inhabit the gut. “Antibiotics open the door for these pathogens to take hold. But how, exactly, that occurs…

Good Fats, Bad Fats

Although many people consider all fats as bad fats, this simply is not the case. Certain types of fats have been linked to the development of chronic diseases, and other fats have been linked to good health. It is clear that not all fats are created equal. But why is that? What happens in the body that produces such a…

Antibiotic Resistance—Down to the Last Straw

Antibiotic resistance, which I blog about often, is one of the major problems facing the medical world today. Earlier this year, you may have heard about a pathogenic bacteria that struck at University of Virginia Medical Center, a National Institutes of Health hospital, killing seven people. This bacteria was found to be resistant to carbapenem antibiotics—the last antibiotic left to…

Gut Balance is Key to Avoidance of C. difficile Infection

The bacterium Clostridium difficile (also known as C. diff) is a major pathogenic contributor to the development of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, or diarrhea that results from taking an antibiotic. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), C. difficile diarrhea is linked to 14,000 deaths in the United States each year.1 Interestingly, first line treatment for C. diff infection is antibiotics—the…

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…

Soluble Fiber and Exercise Reduce Belly Fat

  An interesting study published in the journal Obesity points out that eating more soluble fiber, like that from apples and beans, and moderate exercise will selectively decrease belly fat.1 The authors don’t seem to know why it is selective to belly fat, and not subcutaneous fat (fat just under the skin). I think one reason would be that the…

Good heart health begins in your mouth

“Renew You” Challenge – This weekly challenge is about how heart health begins in your mouth. Your digestive tract (what I like to call the gut) begins in your mouth. The thought, smell or sight of food triggers the release of amylase enzymes in the mouth to begin the digestion of carbohydrates. The chewing process is also important for the…

Cigarettes Loaded with Harmful Bacteria

As if smoking isn’t bad enough for your health, researchers recently discovered that cigarettes are “widely contaminated” with hundreds of species of infectious bacteria… yuck! Not only that, but they think those bacteria are somehow able to survive the smoking process, which means it’s not just smokers who are affected, but people exposed to secondhand smoke may be at risk too.…