Tag: Yeast

Bacteria or Virus? Express Yourself!

Bacteria or Virus? Express Yourself!

As this year’s flu and cold season wanes down a bit, I found it heartening to read that science is focusing on a way to distinguish between bacterial and viral infections to help limit over-prescribing of antibiotics. Over the last decades doctors have been far too willing to offer a sad and miserable patient antibiotics, resulting in killing off many…

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…

Prebiotics and Probiotics—A Primer

  I talk about probiotics a lot. I even have a PBS show on the topic—The Road to Perfect Health. I call your gut bacteria the Gut Protection System, or GPS. The word probiotics means, “for life.” Probiotics are defined as beneficial bacteria (sometimes yeast) that benefit the person taking them in some way. Many people relate probiotics to yogurt,…

Busting Candida Biofilm

  A recent study published in the journal PLoS Biology has found that Candida albicans forms two distinct biofilm types according to what form the Candida is in—the sexual or asexual form.1 A biofilm is a protective polysaccharide matrix in which microbial populations exist and are able to hide from the immune system and antimicrobials. As it turns out, when…

Synthetic Bacteria? What Will It Mean?

The television news magazine 60 Minutes recently aired a piece about the creation of the first synthetic cell. The scientist at the head of this research, J. Craig Venter, is also responsible for mapping the human genome. Over the past 15 years, $40 million and his team of researchers have created a self-replicating bacteria with synthetic DNA. The synthetic cell…

And While We’re on the Subject of Probiotics…

I read recently that more and more Americans aren’t getting enough vitamin B12 in their diet, and that older Americans are more likely to suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency than their younger counterparts. But why should we be concerned about B12 in the first place? I’m glad you asked! Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin needed for healthy cells—especially red…

What’s Going on in Your Gut? Two Essential Tests Can Help You Find Out

Doing what I do, I have a lot of folks come to me with problems like heartburn, constipation, gas and bloating—things that make you think right off the bat, “That’s a digestive issue.” But what about problems like fatigue or weight gain? Even allergies, joint pain or skin problems? What a lot of people don’t realize is that all of these things are connected, and they all come back to your gut.

I have a new book coming out called The Road to Perfect Health, and in it I talk about the vast numbers of bacteria in your body, especially in your digestive tract (which is where roughly 80 percent of your natural defenses are found). And when a healthy digestive balance is upset because of things like poor diet, stress or other factors, the result can be not only poor digestion, but a total breakdown in health.

Five Years Younger with Omega-3s

Seen the headlines lately about Omega-3s? How they’re good for your heart, your immune system, and even for helping with healthy bowel function? I say it’s about time these healthy fats are getting the recognition they deserve, especially a few you may have already heard of—ALA, EPA and DHA. ALA (alpha lipoic acid) is an essential fatty acid, which means…

High-fructose Corn Syrup… Enough is Enough!

Have you seen those commercials lately promoting high-fructose corn syrup? Boy, do those ruffle my feathers! They usually have some person about to eat something with HFCS and other one saying something like, “You’re not going to eat that, are you? It’s got high-fructose corn syrup in it. You know what they say about it.” Then the second person says,…

Another Good Reason to Eat Blueberries

I love blueberries. Not only are they sweet and delicious, but they’re SO good for you! So of course I wasn’t surprised when I read about a recent study that found yet another reason to stock up on these potent little superfruits. Scientists in Sweden recently looked at the effects of different types of fiber on people with intestinal inflammation,…